Regional Coverage

12:14pm

Tue March 25, 2003
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Feature: Media Coverage of Iraqi Conflict

Syracuse, NY – Much has changed since the first Gulf War.

In the early 90's, very few people had internet access, there was no Al Jazeera, and there was only one 24 hour cable news network.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke with media critic Joan Deppa from Syracuse University's Newhous School of Public Communications about the trends and how this war is forever changing coverage of armed conflict.

9:33am

Tue March 25, 2003
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Fort Drum to Deploy Thousands Over the Next Month

Watertown, NY – Officials at Fort Drum say close to 4,000 troops will be deployed over the next few weeks.

About a thousand soliders from the Northern New York base were deployed recently.

They'll support Central Command in the war on terrorism.

Fort Drum spokesman Brian Hilferty says troops will also be deployed to Iraq.

For security reasons, the base will be announcing the deployments only after troops have departed.

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4:41pm

Thu March 13, 2003
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Special: Does NY's Pension Fund Invest in Terror?

Albany, NY – A California-based think tank says over 400 publicly traded firms do business and supply technology to countries that support
terrorism.

The Claremont Insititure has sent letters to the comptrollers of all 50 states asking them to examine which companies their pension funds are invested in and whether they may be unwittingly supporting terrorism.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen took a look at the issue... and at New York's pension fund.

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10:37am

Thu March 13, 2003
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Feature Report: Oswego's Proposed Windmill Farm

Oswego, NY – Oswego may soon become home to the United States' largest windmill farm.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen explores the impact such a project might have on the region.

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2:34pm

Thu February 27, 2003
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Governor Reviews Fire Codes in Response to RI Fire

New York – Fire agencies in New York have been directed by Governor Pataki to review fire codees and procedures in response to the deadly nightclub fire in Warwick, Rhode Island.

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9:02am

Thu February 27, 2003
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Larry Cohen's Commentary on Tragedy

New York – It seems that these past few weeks have been filled with disasters both in the sky and on the ground.

Larry Cohen assures us that tragedies have been the subject of some of the great thinkers of earlier generations.

10:30am

Wed February 12, 2003
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Feature Interview: Scars of a Childhood

Oswego, NY – WRVO's Chris Ulanowski speaks to some African Americans who grew up in the segregated South.

3:53pm

Thu January 30, 2003
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Feature: Crow Shoot in Auburn Fires Up Controversy

Auburn, NY – Hunters will gather in Auburn this weekend for a crow shooting tournament.

Organizers of the shoot say it will be a fund event to raise money for charity.

Opponents call it mean-spirited and pointless.

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1:48pm

Thu January 30, 2003
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Highlights from Governor Pataki's Budget Presentation

Albany, NY – In order to drag New York out of the fiscal doldrums, Governor Pataki made some hard budgetary suggestions yesterday.

Medicaid and education funds would be cut by about $1.2 billion a piece. Bearing the brunt of these cuts would be teaching hospitals, nursing homes, and struggling public school districts.

Sales tax exmeptions on some clothing and shoes would be eliminated.

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4:06pm

Tue January 28, 2003
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Special Feature: Help for Utica Refugee Population

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12:28pm

Tue January 28, 2003
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Standoff Between Police Chief and State Troopers

Canastota, NY – The standoff continues between a Mohawk Valley police chief and state troopers.

39 year old Guy Blasier barricaded himself inside his house yesterday after a dispute with his wife.

His wife called police claiming Blasier had physically assaulted her.

Blasier is the chief of police in Canastota.

Authorities say Blasier is holding no hostages. He is alone in his home along the south shore of Oneida Lake.

They will not discuss the details of the domestic incident.

10:21am

Fri January 24, 2003
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Salt Supplies

Oswego, NY – If the inclement weather continues much longer, some localities may run out of rock salt.

As WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports, they may have to turn to the Port Authority in Oswego to restock their stores.

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9:00am

Wed January 22, 2003
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Special Report: 30 Years Since Roe v. Wade

New York – Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the United States.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen takes a look at how that decision affected New York, and how the debate has changed in the past 30 years.

9:56am

Tue January 21, 2003
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Frostbite Warning

Central New York – Cold weather means an increased risk of frostbite.

Public health officials all across upstate New York are asking citizens to be extra vigilant about wearing proper outdoor clothing.

Here are some things you can do to prevent frostbite:

- Wear many loose layers of warm clothing. Do not wear tight clothes that can cut off cirulation.

- Keep hands and feet covered at all times when outside. Wear heavy socks and boots that cover above the ankle. Wear gloves or mittens or a combination of both.

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2:12pm

Mon January 20, 2003
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Possible Statewide Smoking Ban Could Affect Local Law

Albany, NY – The state legislature will likely consider strengthening the state's indoor air laws this session. Bills addressing a ban on smoking in public will likely be presented in the next few weeks.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports that a state law would void any county-level law already on the books.

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11:23am

Fri January 17, 2003
Science

Ants in Space

Syracuse, NY –
The Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off into Space Thursday carrying a science experiment developed by students at Syracuse's Fowler High School. The project is aimed at determining the effect of zero-gravity on the behavior of ants.
Syracuse University's L-C Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science is assisting the Fowler students. Associate Dean Eric Spina explained the significance of the project to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.

10:00am

Fri January 17, 2003
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Special Feature: How Do People React to the Cold?

Oswego, N.Y. – Central New York is experiencing what some forecasters predict will be the area's most bitter-cold weather in several years.
As the cold continues to sweep down from Canada, weather experts advise residents to keep warm and try to avoid lake effect snow.
WRVO's Allessandra Messore tells how residents cope with the weather and what advice they have to offer.

1:55pm

Tue January 14, 2003
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Utica School Board May Hire Consultant

Utica, NY – The Utica School Board will consider hiring an outside consultant to help cut costs.

School Board President D.Victor Pellegrino says the financial advocate would help the district restore it's credit rating. In November, Moody's Investor Services warned the Utica school district that it was facing junk bond status.

Superintendent Daniel Lowengard says the district is cutting costs daily. He says the only solution to the schools fiscal problems is more state aid.

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1:46pm

Tue January 14, 2003
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Latest on the Destiny USA Project

Syracuse, NY – The Pyramid comapnies says small businesses will get the same opportunities as big chains when it comes to locating in or working on the Destiny USA mega-mall project.

Pyramid Executive Mike Lorenz says the company is working with small businesses on a daily basis. He says Pyramid may partner with the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce to hold a series of workshops for small businesses who want to be involved in the Destiny USA project.

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2:49pm

Mon January 13, 2003
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Lobbyists Concerned About Capitol Security

Albany, NY – A number of lobbying groups are concerned that new security measures at the Capitol will hinder them from meeting with legislators.

One group, Housing Works, says it may sue the state if the new metal detectors and personal searches prevent them from scheduled meetings with lawmakers.

Housing Works represents people with HIV and AIDS.

The Pataki administration says foot traffic should flow quickly through the security checkpoints and that privacy and free speech rights won't be compromised.

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12:32pm

Mon January 13, 2003
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Utica School District to be Audited

Utica, NY – The State Comptroller's Office will soon perform an audit of the Utica School District.

The audit comes after Moody's Investor Service warned the district that it was nearing junk bond status.

The district has long struggled financially. It has diminishing budget reserve, maxed-out debt, and is now facing a likely cut in state aid.

The school district will end the fiscal year with a deficit.

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11:35am

Mon January 13, 2003
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Local Reservists Called Up

Mattydale, NY – 95 Marine reservists from Central New York are now on active duty.

Company B of the 8th Tank Battalion will head to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina tomorrow. They will then head overseas.

They'll be supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

The reservists were in the midst of a tank drill this weekend when they were notified.

They were also given a preliminary shot of anthrax vaccine while at the base in Mattydale.

11:22am

Wed January 8, 2003
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Stalled Energy Policy

Oswego, NY – With the new legislative session getting underway today, New York's budget crisis may be foremost on the minds of state lawmakers. But there's plenty of unfinished business from last year that the Legislature and Governor Pataki have to address. Among them is the reauthorization of a law makes it easier for developers to build new power generating plants.

4:16pm

Tue January 7, 2003
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CNY Congressman talks about 108th Congress

Syracuse, NY – Central New York Congressman Jim Walsh will remain in a powerful position in the 108th Congress which reconvenes today. In this interview with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski, the seven-term house member talked about his priorities in the new Congress.

4:01pm

Tue January 7, 2003
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CNY Congressman talks about 108th Congress

Syracuse, NY – Central New York Congressman Jim Walsh will remain in a powerful position in the 108th Congress which reconvenes today. In this interview with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski, the seven-term house member talked about his priorities in the new Congress.

1:25pm

Tue January 7, 2003
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Cayuga Community College Expands Nursing Program

Fulton – Fewer people are entering the field of nursing...making it difficult for hospitals to fill nursing positions. Cayuga Community College is helping to address the problem by expanding its nursing program.

WRVO's Amy Cavalier has this report:

12:16pm

Tue January 7, 2003
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11:53am

Tue January 7, 2003
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CNY Congressman talks about 108th Congress

Syracuse, NY – Central New York Congressman Jim Walsh will remain in a powerful position in the 108th Congress which reconvenes today. In this interview with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski, the seven-term house member talked about his priorities in the new Congress.

11:49am

Mon January 6, 2003
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The Latest Report on Destiny USA

Syracuse, NY – There are still two unresolved issues related to the Destiny USA project.

Chris Ulanowski has the story.

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9:00am

Mon January 6, 2003
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Snowmobile Clubs Continue Talks with Insurers

New York State – Thousands of miles of snowmobile trails were closed this weekend despite an overabundance of snow.

Snowmobile clubs had to purchase insurance for their trails from a new provider this year. Recently, it was discovered that the policies have an exclusion clause that declines to cover snowmobile accidents.

That's forced the clubs to close trails.

State Insurance Department officials plant to meet with the snowmobile clubs and the Northfield Insurance Company today to try to resolve the dispute.

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