Regional Coverage

12:53pm

Thu July 3, 2003
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Soldier's Story

Oswego, NY – Korean War Veteran Paul Spottek of Victory, Cayuga County crafted a homespun C-D to remind us this Fourth of July why the "Soldier" is so important to our freedom and independence.

10:34am

Thu July 3, 2003
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Oswego County Fair

Sandy Creek, NY – The 146th annual Oswego County Fair is taking place in Sandy Creek this week. Officials predict that more than 20,000 visitors will come to the fair, which is open through Saturday evening. WRVO's Skye Rohde stopped by the fair earlier this week and has this sound portrait.

3:16pm

Tue July 1, 2003
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Alpaca Farms

Croghan, NY – Alpacas are common in the high plains of Peru, Chile and Bolivia, where people have created clothing out of their fleece and used their dung as fuel for centuries. Alpacas, cousins of llamas, haven't even been in the U.S. 20 years. But these docile, fuzzy ET-lookalikes -- five feet from head to toe -- are an increasingly popular choice of livestock for both established and brand-new small-scale farmers.

11:14am

Wed June 25, 2003
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Finding a New Job in Central New York

Mexico, NY – With the state of the state's economy, finding a job in Upstate New York isn't easy.

WRVO's Elziabeth Christensen talked to some current job seekers about their experiences and about the tools they've used to search for employment.


3:12pm

Thu June 19, 2003
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Health Care Worker Shortage

Oswego, NY – The health care worker shortage is just as apparent in central and northern New York as it is elsewhere across the nation. But upstate community hospitals face the added challenge of competing with top-of-the-line urban facilities to entice doctors, nurses, pharmacists and technicians to work with them. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports on the different ways hospitals are addressing the shortage.

3:57pm

Tue June 10, 2003
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Tax Breaks for DestiNY USA?

Oswego, NY – The fate of DestiNY USA could be decided in the next few days. The developer of the $2.2 billion project is seeking a multi-million dollar tax break from the state, but one house of the Legislature is unlikely to endorse the measure. The Senate's refusal to consider it is primarily due to opposition from Syracuse-area state senator John DeFrancisco. He tells WRVO's Chris Ulanowski that it's still unclear exactly what the developer wants to build.

11:18am

Mon June 9, 2003
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Interview with Robin Wall Kimmerer

Oswego, NY – Mosses are the most primitive of all land plants. Rarely more than an inch tall, they're considered the "amphibians" of the plant world.

Robin Wall Kimmerer, a professor at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, has looked at mosses through a hand-lens for more than 30 years. In her new book "Gathering Moss," she blends scientific description with her indigenous heritage to understand the role mosses play in their environment.

11:16am

Fri May 30, 2003
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Green Buildings in Central New York

Syracuse, NY – As interest in environmentally friendly building techniques increases across the country, solar panels, low-flow toilets and south-facing windows are becoming more common. New York City, Albany and Buffalo are already moving ahead with numerous "green" projects. And proponents say central New York is poised to become the green building capital of the country. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports.

9:09am

Thu May 15, 2003
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Nutraceuticals

Oswego, NY – Consumers have turned more and more in recent years to naturally grown herbal products to supplement their diets. Now there's a push to grow nutraceutical crops in New York state. And the growers have the attention of a group of state legislators who want to learn whether crops like echinacea, ginseng and black currant can thrive -- and sell -- in the Empire State. WRVO's Skye Rohde has more.

4:26pm

Tue May 6, 2003
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Jamelske Case Update

Syracuse, NY – Last week, when the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office released photos of John Jamelske, they hoped it might trigger more victims to come forward.

As yet, none have.

Jamelske, 67, is accused of kidnapping, imprisoning, and raping at least 5 women.

The Dewitt man would often target homeless women or runaways, abduct them, and keep them imprisoned as his sex slaves in a room he'd built in his basment.

3:18pm

Tue May 6, 2003
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Pataki Courts Dems

Albany, NY – Governor George Pataki is looking for allies in odd places.

The Republican is courting some Assembly Democrats.

WRVO's Joshua Hurwit reports.

1:37pm

Tue May 6, 2003
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Officials Find No Problems During Nuke Drill

Oswego, NY – A weekend drill tested first responders on their ability to react to a major nuclear emergency at Nine Mile Point.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports that no major flaws were found with the local emergency response plan.

12:03pm

Tue May 6, 2003
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Utica Police Warn of Drive By Bombing

Utica, NY – Authorities in the Utica area are looking for the men who threw a homemade bomb out of a moving car.

The men were driving a dark, late-model car, possibly a Mazda. Police think the four suspects are in their late teens or early 20s.

Witnesses say the driver threw what looked like a plastic soda bottle out of the car. The bottle contained about an inch of liquid and an aluminum-foil like substance.

The device exploded, injuring three police officers.

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4:59pm

Tue April 29, 2003
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Syracuse Task Force Aims to Curb Summertime Violence

Syracuse, NY – A Task Force report is due out by the end of the week with recommendations to help curb violence in the city of Syracuse.

Last year was one of the most deadly on record. 25 homicides were reported. 15 occured during the summer.

Syracuse officials are hoping to avoid that level of violence this year.

It's unclear what funding may be available for anti-violence programs, however. The city is facing it's worst fiscal crisis in decades.

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1:08pm

Tue April 29, 2003
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Latest on the State Budget Battle

Albany, NY – The state legislature has approved a $1.5 billion stop gap spending bill to allow the government to keep operating until May 4th.

The bill does not, however, contain the standard school aid payments that are awarded to districts on May 1st.

The legislature has a tentative agreement that would raise tuition at SUNY schools by around $950 per year. If signed by the Governor, it would be the first tuition increase for SUNY since 1995.

State lawmakers told Governor Pataki they won't cut member items.

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10:17am

Tue April 29, 2003
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Busy Time For New York's Native Americans

New York State – The Cayuga Indian Nation has purchased two parcels of land in Union Springs.

The acreage will house a gas station and carwash. The Cayugas will operate the convenience store under the name "Lakeside Trading."

It's the first step in the Cayuga's plan to reclaim parts of their ancestral land.

The tribe is currently landless. It's members generally reside on other Native reservations across the state.

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4:08pm

Mon April 28, 2003
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Schumer: Can the Spam

Washington – Democrat Charles Schumer will introduce legislation today that would impose penalities on those who send unsolicited bulk e-mails.

His law would allow internet users to sign up for a "no spam" list, similar to the state's Do Not Call Registry.

Violators could be fined up to $5,000.

The average e-mail user receives 1,000 spam messages per year.

12:33pm

Mon April 28, 2003
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Fort Drum Soldier Faces Court Martial

Fort Drum, NY – A Fort Drum soldier faces a court martial for refusing to receive the anthrax vaccine.

26 year old Kamila Iwanowska says she resisted getting the shots on relgious and medical grounds. Military prosecutors say she refused to obey a lawful order.

The trial will begin in 2 weeks.

The Pentagon insists that the anthrax vaccinations are safe. Severe reactions develop in one in 100,000 vaccinations.

10:58am

Mon April 28, 2003
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Albany: Budget Progress and Earth Day Protest

Albany, NY – Governor Pataki and legislative leaders will meet again today.

Schools may get an I.O.U from the state legislature this week when both houses restore nearly $ 2 billion in education cuts in Pataki's budget.

Districts must present budgets to voters soon, taking the cuts into account.

Also brewing at the state capitol today, a major Earth Day rally. A coalition of more than 50 environmental groups will hold their lobby day today.

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11:24am

Wed April 2, 2003
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Visiting Professor from Cuba on War, Women, and Castro

Oswego, NY – Graciela Gonzalez Olmedo is a visiting professor from the University of Havana in Cuba.

She spoke with WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen about Cuban's views of war in Iraq, the role of women in Castro's Cuba, and the recent crackdown on dissenters in her native country.

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(Translation is by Eugenio Basualdo.)

4:33pm

Mon March 31, 2003
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Peace Movement in CNY Grows

Syracuse, NY – Central New York peace activists say the anti-war movement in the region seems to be growing.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen has the story.

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2:31pm

Mon March 31, 2003
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Peace Movement in CNY Grows

Syracuse, NY – Central New York peace activists say the anti-war movement in the region seems to be growing.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen has the story.

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11:52am

Mon March 31, 2003
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Peace Movement in CNY Grows

Syracuse, NY – Central New York peace activists say the anti-war movement in the region seems to be growing.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen has the story.

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10:09am

Mon March 31, 2003
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Peace Movement in CNY Grows

Syracuse, NY – Central New York peace activists say the anti-war movement in the region seems to be growing.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen has the story.

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2:48pm

Thu March 27, 2003
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Feature: Analyzing Al Jazeera

Syracuse, NY – In the early days of the conflict with Iraq, footage shot by Arab TV network Al Jazeera was a staple on news outlets in the United States.

Now that coverage has all but vanished.

Al Jazeera's English language website has also had problems. First, too many hits crashed the site. Then hackers, apparently upset with graphic footage of casualties, sabotaged the site.

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3:15pm

Wed March 26, 2003
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"The Boys From Syracuse" are Ready to Go

Mattydale, NY – Reservists from the 174th Fighter Wing in Syracuse have just completed six months of training with newer, faster attack planes.

Officials at the base say they're ready to deploy at a moments notice.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen visited the base and spoke with the base commander about what role the "Boys From Syracuse" might play in the Iraqi conflict and when they may be deployed.

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10:42am

Wed March 26, 2003
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Local Officials Are Prepared for Terrorism

Oswego, NY – The heightened homeland terror alert issued with the start of the war in Iraq has prompted local officials to assess the resources the level of preparedness need to respond to a crisis or disaster.

WRVO' Allessandra Messore reports that Oswego, like many cities across New York are reviewing their local emergency plans.

She visited with city officials and has this report.

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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.

To learn more about the 10th Mountain Division and Fort drum:

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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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