Regional Coverage

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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3:29pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

Onondaga Historical Association celebrates their 150th birthday

The Onondaga Historical Association turns 150 this year. Friday night they hold a Jubilee Celebration in Syracuse University's Carnegie Hall that also marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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3:28pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

Firefighters fear budget cuts may lead to Syracuse Station 7 being closed

At Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner's State of the City address, firefighters protest the possibility of one station being closed
Ellen Abbott WRVO

As Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Minor laid out budget issues in her State of the City address last night, one group showed up to protest a potential budget, the shutting down of Fire Station No. 7 on Sryacuse's east side.  Firefighters were out in force during the mayor's speech to get their point across.

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9:02am

Fri January 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

The "State of the City" will require more budget cuts

It was a positive State of the City that Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner presented in her yearly address to common councilors last night. But beneath the reports of economic development progress, public safety initiatives and new schools construction, lurks more fiscal challenges.

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9:06am

Thu January 24, 2013
Regional Coverage

Soldiers say women welcome in greater combat roles – as long as they can hold their own

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce Thursday that a ban on women serving in combat roles in the military will be lifted over the coming years. Around heavily-deployed Fort Drum, soldiers generally welcomed the news – with some caveats.  

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5:11pm

Wed January 23, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse's effort to connect The Hill to downtown continues

The first phase of the Connective Corridor was completed in 2012 and includes a bike lane.
Credit Courtesy Connective Corridor

Red modern-looking street lamps, bright green bike lanes and smoothly paved roadways now stretch from Syracuse University to the edge of the city's downtown.

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6:32am

Tue January 22, 2013
Regional Coverage

Wounded Fort Drum soldier calls president's inaugural address “on-the-job encouragement”

Specialist Jacob Owens attended the president's second inauguration Monday.
Credit Fort Drum Public Affairs

More than half a million people gathered on the National Mall in front of the Capitol to be a part of President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Among them were about 10 wounded warriors who have been recovering at Walter Reed hospital in Washington. Among that group were four Fort Drum soldiers. One, Specialist Jacob Owens, spoke with a reporter after a long day full of ceremony.

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3:01am

Tue January 22, 2013
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County increases Veterans Services staff as need goes up

Onondaga County lawmakers this month approved a new staff member for the Veterans Service Agency. an increase of returning veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan is putting more stress on the agency.

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3:51pm

Mon January 21, 2013
Regional Coverage

Restoration planned for Stickley House

Everson Museum executive director Steven Kern stands next to a Stickley grandfather clock on display there.
Credit Tom Magnarelli/WRVO

A $500,000 New York State Historic Preservation grant was awarded to the Everson Museum to restore the Gustav Stickley House in Syracuse. Those involved with the restoration are hoping it will attract fans of the Arts and Crafts Movement to the area.  

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7:27am

Mon January 21, 2013
Regional Coverage

State law proposed to withhold state payments to some tax delinquent landlords

Proposed state legislation would allow social services officials to withhold rent payments for low-income housing when the landlords haven’t paid their taxes.

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