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11:14am

Fri November 15, 2002
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Dissenting Oneidas File Civil Rights Suit

Vernon, NY – Nineteen Oneida Nation members have filed suit against 25 Oneida Tribal Leaders claiming the Nation has violated their civil rights.

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9:38am

Fri November 15, 2002
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Feature Interview: Women in Engineering

New York – Lockheed Martin in Syracuse is holding it's second annual "Woman in Engineering" workshop today.

WRVO's Chris Ulanowski talks with Lockheed Martin's Kevin McSweeney about the lack of women in engineering.

4:50pm

Thu November 14, 2002
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Federal Assistance with Invasive Species Sought

New York – New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer is leading an effort by Attorney Generals from four Great Lakes States to urge the federal government to protect the waters from harmful, foreign species.

The Attorney Generals say zebra mussels, spiny water fleas, sea lamprey, and other species of fish and insects, which enter the lakes through the ballast water of ocean-going ships, have cost the states millions of dollars in damage.

Spitzer says the Environmental Protection Agency needs to dictate a uniform approach to combatting invasive species.

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3:08pm

Thu November 14, 2002
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Medical equipment maker, Welch Allyn Inc. will move some of its North Carolina operations to Skaneateles. Workers at the North Carolina plant will be offered a relocation or a severance packages. The company's mechanical blood pressure devices and stethescopes will now be made at the Skaneateles plant. No word yet on how many new jobs will result from the move.

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12:36pm

Thu November 14, 2002
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Fast Ferry Deal Develops

Rochester – Canadian American Transporation Systems has revealed that the company's president and financial advisor are the primary private investors.

Earlier this week, the Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority halted the project, demanding among other things, that the company reveal it's private financers.

Transit Authority Chairman William Nojay says that CATS still has to meet several other demands before the autority will release it's six million dollar share of the 14 million dollar state aid package.

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11:57am

Thu November 14, 2002
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Gobin Sadan Temple Fire: One Year Later

Palermo, NY – Sunday is the first anniversary of a fire that destroyed a sikh worship center in Palermo.

Three teens were charged with arson in connection with the blaze.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen explores how the sikh community has recovered and how local officials are teaching tolerance to young people.

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10:48am

Thu November 14, 2002
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Seneca Casino Compact Approved

New York – The United States Secretary of the Interior has approved the state's gaming compact with the Seneca Indian Nation...but with some trepedation.

In a letter to Governor George Pataki, Secretary Gale Norton says the revenue-sharing part of the plan streches the limits of The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in ways that Congress never imagined.

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4:59pm

Wed November 13, 2002
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Block on Wine Shipping Barred

New York – A federal judge has ruled that a law banning out-of-state wineries from directly shipping wine to New York consumers is unconstitutional.

U-S District Judge Richard Berman made the ruling in a case brought by "Swedenburg Estate Vineyards" in Virginia.

The New York law is similar to laws in 29 other states. It requires that imported liquors be distributed only through licensed wholesalers and retailers to ensure accountability and that taxes are paid.

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4:15pm

Wed November 13, 2002
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Pharmacists Fight to Give Flu Shots

Albany – Pharmacists tried to give a shot in the arm to a long-proposed law allowing them to give flu shots. Pharmacists held a news conference in Albany on the issue yesterday.

But nurses continued to oppose the effort as a threat to public health.

Craig Burridge is executive director of The Pharmacists Society of The State of New York. He says five thousand to seven thousand people die each year due to what is a preventable disease.

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12:49pm

Wed November 13, 2002
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Destiny USA Update

Syracuse, NY – An executive with the Pyramid Companies, Mike Lorenz, says the developer hopes the New York State Senate will act on it's six month old tax break legislation in the new session.

(CLICK on icon above to hear Mike Lorenz on the Destiny USA incentive package.)

Lorenz says the company understands that the legislative process takes time, but that Pyramid wants final authorization on the bill as soon as possible.

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12:30pm

Wed November 13, 2002
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Winter Tourism in the Adirondacks

Oswego – The winter recreational season is fast approaching and one popular area is the adirondacks region, where officials struggle to balance tourism with tranquility.

WRVO's Amy Cavalier spoke with Richard Beamish, publisher of "Adirondack Explorer," a bi-monthly publication based in Saranac Lake, about the region's unique winter opportunities.

12:28pm

Wed November 13, 2002
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Nursing Home Comparison Web Site

Oswego – The federal government has announced a new nursing home comparison website. But an association for the state's non-profit, long-term care providers says this shouldn't be the sole resource consumers ues when selecting a nursing home.

Hear a report by WRVO's Amy Cavalier or check out the site online at: http://Medicare.gov.

11:35am

Wed November 13, 2002
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Winter Tourism in the Adirondacks

Oswego – The winter recreational season is fast approaching and one popular area is the adirondacks region, where officials struggle to balance tourism with tranquility. WRVO's Amy Cavalier spoke with Richard Beamish, publisher of "Adirondack Explorer," a bi-monthly publication based in Saranac Lake. Beamish explored the region's unique winter opportunities.

9:55am

Wed November 13, 2002
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More Oswego County Residents Will Get KI Pills

Oswego, NY – Oswego County has been handing out potassium iodide tablets to residents living within the ten mile zone around the Nine Mile Point nuclear plants.

Now, two entities will start distributing the pills to employees who WORK inside but LIVE outside the hot zone.

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9:49am

Wed November 13, 2002
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Winter Tourism in the Adirondacks

Oswego – The winter recreational season is fast approaching and one popular area is the adirondacks region, where officials struggle to balance tourism with tranquility. WRVO's Amy Cavalier spoke with Richard Beamish, publisher of "Adirondack Explorer," a bi-monthly publication based in Saranac Lake. Beamish explored the region's unique winter opportunities.

4:34pm

Tue November 12, 2002
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Preparing for Disaster

Syracuse – A senior fellow at John Hopkins University's Center for Bio-defense Strategies speaks about how public health and emergency response officials can better prepare the public to respond constructively to disasters.

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2:18pm

Tue November 12, 2002
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Preparing for Disaster

Syracuse – A senior fellow at John Hopkins University's Center for Bio-defense Strategies speaks about how public health and emergency response officials can better prepare the public to respond constructively to disasters.

12:00pm

Tue November 12, 2002
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Preparing for Disaster

Syracuse – A senior fellow at John Hopkins University's Center for Bio-defense Strategies speaks about how public health and emergency response officials can better prepare the public to respond constructively to disasters.

11:22am

Tue November 12, 2002
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Forum to Explore Nuclear Safety After 9/11

Oswego, NY – A number of environmental groups will be holding a forum at SUNY Oswego tonight exploring nuclear safety after September 11th.

One of those speaking will be Doctor Gordon Thompson, the executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies and a professor at Clark University.

Thompson says one of the main safety concerns at the nation's nuclear plants is the practice of storing nuclear waste on site in large dry casks.

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10:55am

Tue November 12, 2002
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College Hands Out Potassium Iodide to Students

Oswego, NY – The State University of New York at Oswego will begin handing out potassium iodide, or KI, tablets to students today.

Taking the pills after a nuclear incident can help prevent thyroid cancer by absorbing certain kinds of radiation in the body.

The Oswego County Emergency Management office has been handing out KI tablets to residents living within 10 miles of the county's three nuclear reactors.

The college is just about 10 miles away from Nine Mile Point.

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10:36am

Tue November 12, 2002
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3:31pm

Mon November 11, 2002
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Major Fire in Cortland Called One of City's Worst

Cortland, NY – Smoke was visible for miles and miles after last night's fire at the Cortland County recycling plant.

The City of Cortland was blanketed in thick, malodorous smoke for much of the night.

Forty firefighters were called in to battle the blaze. One suffered a minor shoulder injury.

City officials are calling the fire one of the city worst.

About 50 tons of plastic and paper products burned.

3:06pm

Mon November 11, 2002
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Seneca Nation Picks Name for New Casino

Niagara Falls, NY – The Seneca Nation's new casino on the American side of Niagara Falls will be called the "Seneca Niagara Casino."

The Nation held a contest to name the new gaming facility. About 500 entries were made. The winner is a Seneca Nation member from the Alleghany territory. She gets a five day vacation in the Bahamas for her efforts.

The casino logo will feature a picture of the American falls.

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2:45pm

Mon November 11, 2002
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Pharmacists and Immunizations

New York – A suggestion made by a professor at The University of Buffalo's School of Pharmaceuticals to allow pharmacists to administer flu and pnemonia vaccinations is not new.

12:06pm

Mon November 11, 2002
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Recycling Center Fire

Cortland – Police investigating a suspicious weekend fire that destroyed a county recycling center in Cortland have found some clues to help them determine the cause.

Investigators found that the entrance gates at Cortland County's Recycling Center had been ripped from its hinges.

Inside one of the storeage bays, police discovered a burnt-out minivan that had been stolen from a nearby neighborhood.

Police think the fire got started near the minivan, although they're not sure how.

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10:57am

Mon November 11, 2002
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Senator Clinton Hosts Telecom Summit

Canandaigua – A day long telecom summit was held in Canandaigua on Friday.

Business leaders from around the state and around the nation met with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss strategies to attract investment in broadband infrastructure in Upstate New York.

The leaders also discussed how technoology could bring new jobs to upstate New York.

Senator Clinton says the telecom summit yielded some interesting discussions and she hopes to hold another meeting in the future.

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10:20am

Mon November 11, 2002
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Patients Could Get Shots at Pharmacy

Buffalo – WRVO's Amy Cavalier reports that the idea of allowing pharmacists to give shots isn't a new one:

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9:11am

Mon November 11, 2002
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Schumer: Online Cigarette Merchants Target Teens

Washington, D.C. – New York's senior senator says it's too easy for teens to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products over the internet.

Charles Schumer demonstrated just how easy it was with help from his 13 year old daughter, Alison.

Alison Schumer sat at a computer in her father's New York City office yesterday and ordered a carton of cigarettes from the web site www.cigarettesexpress.com.

She did not complete her purchase. However, there were no age verification requirements on the site.

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2:50pm

Fri November 8, 2002
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Lock I Old Erie Canal Found

Albany – Union College archeologists have found what they believe to be the stones of the wall of Lock One on the Old Erie Canal in Albany. The locks acted like water elevators -- moving boats through changes in elevation along the canal. Lock One was part of an extension of the 363-mile canal more than 150 years ago.

Researchers say the canal spurred westward expansion in the country and was a link to the nation's fertile interior lands. It tied the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

12:28pm

Fri November 8, 2002
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Nuclear Siren Testing Confuses College Students

Oswego, NY – The Oswego County Office of Emergency Management tested all 37 of it's nuclear alert sirens Friday morning.

The tests went off without a hitch, but the loud alerts caught some students and faculty off guard.

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