Regional Coverage

10:42am

Thu February 21, 2013
Regional Coverage

Auburn plant announces closure

A manufacturing company in Auburn, N.Y. has announced it will be closing its doors by the end of 2014.

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9:15am

Wed February 20, 2013
Gun Control

Syracuse University holds discussion on gun violence

Dr. James Knoll, center, speaks at a discussion on gun violence at Syracuse University. The other panelists, from left, are Scott Armstrong, Robert Spitzer, Helen Hudson and Stephen Barton.
Stephen Sartori Syracuse University

There was an almost constant collecting of index cards in Hendricks Chapel Tuesday evening, each containing a question on the issue of gun violence in America. The questions were for five panelists participating in what was billed by Syracuse University as a discussion, not a debate, on gun violence in America.

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6:12am

Tue February 19, 2013
Regional Coverage

Area advocates worry about sequestration effect on regional non-profits

Advocates sent letters on Valentine's Day to lawmakers asking them to consider progressive budget principles in the sequestration debate.
Courtesy Greater Syracuse Tenants Network

The automatic federal budget cuts that are slated to go into effect in March would have a big impact on programs that help the poor and elderly in Syracuse.  Advocates for these programs are urging Congress to do something to prevent the across-the-board spending cuts knows as sequestration.

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8:58am

Mon February 18, 2013
Regional Coverage

Upstate Hospital requesting more funding from state

Upstate Hospital in Syracuse.
Credit Ellen Abbott / WRVO

SUNY is asking the state for up to $185 million to stabilize its two public teaching hospitals. Most of the cash is needed for the Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. But Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse also needs millions.

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9:16am

Thu February 14, 2013
Regional Coverage

Finger Lakes wines faring well in competitions

Fred Chiang Flickr

It’s wine competition season, a time of year when judges offer their opinions at dozens of events around the world. New York Wine and Grape Foundation’s Jim Trezise was at an event in Sonoma to see how Finger Lakes wines have been faring.

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9:05am

Thu February 14, 2013
Regional Coverage

Members of Congress push for Harriet Tubman National Park in Auburn

Heather L via Flickr

Lawmakers in Washington are pushing for the establishment of a Harriet Tubman National Park in Auburn, where the abolitionist lived and died. Members of the New York congressional delegation say it could have a big impact on Auburn.

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9:21am

Tue February 12, 2013
Regional Coverage

Same-sex military couples “elated” by news of some spousal benefits, say full equality is needed

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced yesterday that in line with the repeal of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, some spousal benefits will be given to same-sex service members and their partners. The federal law known as the Defense of Marriage Act still prohibits many of the major spousal benefits, like housing and health care, from being extended to same-sex couples. But Panetta's announcement still had advocates for gay service members cheering.   

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5:02pm

Mon February 11, 2013
Regional Coverage

Psychologist says more focus needs to be on access to guns

The effects of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. in December that killed 26 children and staff, lingers in the psychological community. It's one reason Syracuse University's psychology department is hosting a panel discussion Monday night focusing on different aspects of the psychology of school violence. One presenter is worried how this tragedy could end up further stigmatizing mental illness.

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9:10am

Mon February 11, 2013
Regional Coverage

Area ski resorts enjoy benefits of snowstorm

This season's snowfall has brought back revenue for many winter sports industries in central and northern New York, after last year's winter with lower than normal snow levels. Friday's snowstorm that blanketed the East Coast was beneficial to area ski resorts, including Greek Peak in Cortland County.

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8:58am

Mon February 11, 2013
Regional Coverage

Year-long celebration of Two Row Wampum begins

Two Row Wampum
Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign

This week begins a year long campaign in New York that focuses on the Two Row Wampum, a treaty between the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Nation, and some of the first settlers of New York state. The idea is educate, advocate, and create a better relationship Native Americans and New Yorkers.

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8:47am

Mon February 11, 2013
Regional Coverage

Despite well-publicized shootings, crime rate is down

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting and the contentious push for new gun control laws in both Washington and Albany, it’s often easy to forget that the United States has been experiencing what some have called the "Great American Crime Decline."

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6:30pm

Sun February 10, 2013
Regional Coverage

Extended Interview: Matt Zeller on the Campbell Conversations

For eight months in 2008, Matt Zeller was an Army Lieutenant acting as an embedded trainer with Afghan security forces in the Ghazni Province.  Following that, he was a CIA analyst, ran for Congress, and authored a book about his war experiences.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, he speaks in powerful and unvarnished terms about his time in Afghanistan, his struggles upon his return to the States, and the shortcomings of American foreign policy in the Middle East.

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9:55am

Fri February 8, 2013
Regional Coverage

Businesses bypassed by new I-81 connector road have mixed reactions

Will Farr, of Farr Auto Sales, says the new connector road has alleviated traffic along Route 342 - and that helps customers get in and out of his lot more efficiently.
Credit Joanna Richards

Until recently, the only way to drive between Route 11 and Interstate 81 near Fort Drum was a two-lane road, Route 342. As the Army base grew, local businesses flocked there to serve the increasing traffic. But the state built an $87 million bypass to ease traffic and give military vehicles a direct route to Fort Drum’s main gate. I-781, as it’s known, opened last December. Local shop owners have had mixed reactions to the new road.

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4:03am

Fri February 8, 2013
Regional Coverage

Soldiers say Army instills reverence, respect for weapons

Darius Gibbs, an Army veteran, uses a rifle for target shooting at the Watertown Sportsmen's Club's facility
Joanna Richards

Speaking to soldiers about firearms, no matter what their individual views are on gun control, one thing becomes clear: they take them seriously.

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6:05am

Thu February 7, 2013
Regional Coverage

"Ban the Box" employment proposal controversial

The Syracuse Common Council is considering legislation that would prohibit businesses from screening prospective job applicants about their history of criminal convictions, early on in the hiring process. It's a concept meant to stop discrimination against potential employees with a criminal record.

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5:14am

Thu February 7, 2013
Regional Coverage

Innovation in the gun industry

Mike Saechang Flickr

For gun manufacturers, there is one thing that seems very apparent - the demand for traditional weapons is high. For many customers, there is a personal connection to guns that have been in the family for years. For others, it is the allure of brands and models that have stood the test of time.

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5:44am

Wed February 6, 2013
Regional Coverage

Patients leave their mark on Upstate Cancer Center

Marrah Smith, 6, a cancer patient, signing a beam in the new Upstate Cancer Center.
Credit Ellen Abbott / WRVO

Some central New York cancer patients have signed their name to the new Upstate Cancer Center being to built next to University Hospital in Syracuse.

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1:43am

Wed February 6, 2013
Gun Control

Courtships of Remington Arms may not be too serious

Lawmakers from several states are encouraging Remington Arms to leave New York.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

3:53pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

Snow may be plentiful, but snowmobile clubs low on funds

A snowmobile passes a trail groomer along a stretch by the Erie Canal in Oneida County.
Durrie Lawrence/WRVO

There's been a lot of snow lately for snowmobilers around central New York, but last year's slow season has impacted funding for the clubs who maintain the trails.

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11:02am

Tue February 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

New York's small gun retailers have to adjust to new gun laws

Brian Sherwood with his personal gun collection.
Credit Sarah Harris/Innovation Trail

If you’re buying a gun, chances are you can find what you want at big box stores like Gander Mountain, Dicks, and Walmart. But New York state is also home to over 1,800 small gun retailers, who are trying to adjust to the state¿s new gun laws.

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7:46am

Mon February 4, 2013
Regional Coverage

Changes to Post-Standard bring unexpected consequences

Ellen Abbott/WRVO

A new era of newspaper journalism has taken hold of central New York this week. The Syracuse Post-Standard's new business model is in place, with fewer printed copies of the paper, and more emphasis on digital platforms. And there are many implications of this change to the region.

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5:44am

Fri February 1, 2013
Regional Coverage

Post-Standard takes leap into digital era

The newspaper business is changing. It has to, in a digital world where information is as close as an app on a phone, or a tap on a computer. The question is, how will newspapers make that change? The Syracuse Post-Standard, owned by Advance Newspapers, has made its move, and the change is about to occur.

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4:09pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Regional Coverage

NY Farm Bureau hopeful on immigration reform

Doug Kerr Flickr

The New York Farm Bureau is optimistic following news that Congress is working to pass new immigration reforms. The bureau, a lobbying group, says it was very excited to hear the proposals made by a bipartisan group of senators and by President Barack Obama this week.

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8:58am

Thu January 31, 2013
Regional Coverage

Penn Yan downtown sees resurgence

Boston Public Library Flickr

Despite the sluggish economy, at least one small town in the Finger Lakes has been seeing some promising signs of life in its downtown corridor.

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3:21pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Regional Coverage

Officials bring gun control law to forums across the state

Attendees at Tuesday's forum in Endwell question state police officials on New York's new gun control law.
Matt Richmond WSKG

Two weeks after passing new gun control measures, New York officials have begun holding public forums to discuss what’s in the law. Forums have been held in Lake Placid, near Buffalo, Rochester and in Oswego. At Tuesday's forum in Endwell, Broome County, about 100 attendees came out to raise their questions and vent their frustrations over the new law.

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2:19pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Regional Coverage

State report shows Utica in fiscal decline

A new state report describes the city of Utica as a city in fiscal decline. The state Comptroller's office has released a fiscal snapshot of the city as part of its new fiscal monitoring system.

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11:54am

Wed January 30, 2013
Regional Coverage

State agencies try to explain gun laws to critical citizens

Two weeks after passing new gun control measures, New York officials are holding public forums around the state to discuss what's in the law.

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4:03am

Wed January 30, 2013
Regional Coverage

Owens: Fort Drum “in good shape” as Army considers cutbacks

The U.S. military is in the process of cutting almost half a trillion dollars from its budget over ten years. The Pentagon says the cuts will lead to a more agile force with a new strategic mission. A new Army report weighs alternatives for restructuring that could affect Fort Drum. Under one scenario, the post could see an increase of 3,000 soldiers, but under another, it could lose up to 8,000 soldiers and 15 percent of its civilian workforce.

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11:35am

Mon January 28, 2013
Regional Coverage

Attendance at annual gun show up; organizers cite recent gun control laws

Organizers of an annual gun show in Albany say they are seeing bigger crowds this year, due to the recent changes to New York's gun control laws and potential changes at the federal level.

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9:06am

Mon January 28, 2013
Regional Coverage

Pawn shops finding ways around Syracuse laws

The city of Syracuse is asking Onondaga County to help crack down down on burglaries. Syracuse officials want to make it harder for burglars to sell stolen items to second hand shops throughout the county.

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