Regional Coverage

3:06am

Sat January 19, 2013
Regional Coverage

Researcher looks to make firefighters' work a bit easier

Tyler Hale, a firefighter in Cayuga Heights, tested leather and rubber boots to measure their effects on joint and muscle movement.
Matt Richmond/Innovation Trail

Tyler Hale is a 25-year-old volunteer firefighter with the Cayuga Heights Fire Department. Wires connecting small plastic sensors snake up his arms and legs and down his back and Huiju Park, an assistant professor at Cornell University, directs Hale through a series of movements.

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7:41am

Thu January 17, 2013
Gun Control

Cuomo says gun laws won't impact Remington, but rumors circulate

The Remington Arms plant in Ilion, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Speaking on a brief visit to Rochester on Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he didn't believe that the NY SAFE ACT OF 2013 passed on Tuesday would impact on jobs at Remington Arms in upstate New York.

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11:15pm

Wed January 16, 2013
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Miner running for mayor again

Mayor Stephanie Miner announces her re-election bid at Syracuse's Inner Harbor
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The political season in the city of Syracuse has begun.  Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has made a relatively early announcement of her intentions to run for re-election.

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4:23pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

One district attorney sees plusses and minuses to new gun control law

Reaction to New York's new gun control law from prosecutors is generally positive. For one central New York District attorney it closes some loopholes, but leaves others open.

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3:36pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

New grocery store ends food desert

TOPS President Frank Curci at the opening of their new grocery store on Syracuse's north side
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

A food desert on Syracuse's north side is no more.  The grand opening of a TOPS Grocery store means a place to shop in one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods.

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1:08pm

Wed January 16, 2013
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Unique

11:26pm

Tue January 15, 2013
Regional Coverage

Former SU employee charged with videotaping athletes in locker room

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and Syracuse police at Tuesday's news conference
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

A former Syracuse television sportscaster, and Syracuse University employee stands accused of unlawfully recording video of male student-athletes in a locker room, without their knowledge. 

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4:17am

Tue January 15, 2013
Regional Coverage

Rosamond Gifford Zoo has banner year

Llamas are some of the new animals at the zoo in Syracuse
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Last year was a record year for attendance at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. Several factors combined to make the zoo the place to go last year.

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2:05am

Tue January 15, 2013
Regional Coverage

Watertown scares away nuisance crows

Cody Baciuska, of Loomacres Wildlife Management, fires pyrotechnics into the sky to scare away Watertown's winter crow flock.
Credit Joanna Richards

It's an eerie sight – every winter, around dusk each night, a flock of between 20,000 and 30,000 crows gathers in the trees around the Black River in Watertown. They can be a neat sight against the white winter landscape, but the city wants them gone. That's because they squawk and poop and generally annoy a lot of city residents. The city has hired a wildlife management company to disperse the birds.

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9:15am

Mon January 7, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse's Mizpah Tower may have a new buyer

The Mizpah Tower, seen here in a postcard image, has a new suitor.
Credit Boston Public Library / via Flickr

A long-closed historic downtown Syracuse building may have a new buyer, as someone has triggered the foreclosure process on the Mizpah Tower.

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6:04am

Sat January 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

Oswego couple give back to SUNY and central New York

Richard Shineman
Credit Shineman Foundation

SUNY Oswego recently announced that it has received the largest donation in its 150-year history. But perhaps more remarkable than the $5 million gift is the couple who it is from, and the lasting legacy to the university and the community they are creating.

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8:35am

Fri January 4, 2013
Regional Coverage

Groups calls for Onondaga County jail oversight board

The United as One Coalition is taking its case for an Onondaga County jail oversight board to county lawmakers.  Coalition members want the Onondaga County Legislature to create a board that they say could ultimately save lives.

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5:46am

Tue January 1, 2013
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Cell Phones for Soldiers drive help military overseas

If you have an old cell phone stashed in a drawer that you don't use any more, you can help a soldier overseas keep in touch with home.  Central New York's "Cell Phones for Soldiers" annual collection drive continues, as does the need.

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5:43am

Mon December 31, 2012
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NY's food pantries say hunger is growing

Food pantries and soup kitchens say they are reluctantly becoming a permanent part of the nation’s safety net for the poor. In a new report on New York’s charitable food distribution system, the groups say it is government that needs to step in and lend a helping hand.

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5:40am

Mon December 31, 2012
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Thrifty shoppers snag fashion finds at Watertown Urban Mission benefit boutique

Fashionistas in the Watertown area got a treat recently: a stylish – and affordable – one-day clothing boutique at the Black River Valley Club, to benefit the Watertown Urban Mission. 

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4:27pm

Fri December 28, 2012
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New Native American museum to highlight Great Law of Peace

What used to be the Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois Museum on Onondaga Lake will be transformed into a new kind of museum in the next year. The new Great Law of Peace Educational Center will tell the story of upstate New York's Native Americans, from their point of view.

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4:10pm

Wed December 26, 2012
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Pulaski to decide on whether to dissolve police department

Residents in Pulaski will vote in March to keep or abolish the Pulaski Police Department, but some are worried resources will be stretched too thin.

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1:31pm

Wed December 26, 2012
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Changes in legislation, consumer taste help spur growth in craft brewing

Fellowship of the Rich Flickr

New York state’s craft beer industry received a boost earlier this year when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will benefit craft and farm breweries throughout the state.

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8:14am

Mon December 24, 2012
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Wurlitzer organ one of Syracuse's landmarks

Empire Theater

The New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse has been an institution in the area for years. But many people don't know about another landmark housed on the grounds – an authentic Wurlitzer organ.

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7:00am

Mon December 24, 2012
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New database makes Fort Drum's historic cemeteries more accessible

Michael Sprowles, of Fort Drum's cultural resources office, checks a new map to locate grave sites at Sheepfold Cemetery on Fort Drum.
Joanna Richards WRVO

With the outbreak of World War Two, the Army installation then known as Pine Camp expanded, to become Camp Drum and eventually Fort Drum today. In the process, it swallowed up several villages, including their cemeteries.  Fort Drum researchers have created a database and new maps that will help family members of those buried at the cemeteries to find and visit their loved ones' gravesites, both in person and online.

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4:25pm

Fri December 21, 2012
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Eastman Business Park power plant sold, will get makeover

Kodak is set to sell its coal-fired power plant at Eastman Business Park to a company that will convert it to a cleaner, natural gas facility.

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3:52pm

Fri December 21, 2012
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Vigils around central New York remember Newtown shooting

The name of each victim followed by a chime. That simple gesture was the cornerstone of a service of prayer, healing and hope at Temple Concord in Syracuse this morning.

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7:13am

Wed December 19, 2012
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Onondaga County moves to sell Van Duyn nursing home

The Onondaga County Legislature met Tuesday to vote on the sale of the Van Duyn nursing home.
Credit Ellen Abbott / WRVO

Onondaga County lawmakers have taken the first steps to moving the 185 year old Van Duyn nursing home off county tax rolls.

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6:04am

Wed December 19, 2012
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Saranac brewery cuts ribbon on new biodigester

F.X. Matt Brewing CEO Nick Matt, in blazer, checks plans for a biodigester in June. The system will begin operating next month.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The historic F.X. Matt Brewery, maker of the popular Saranac line of beers, is getting more "green" next month. It won't be making green beer on a regular basis, as some brewers do for St. Patrick's Day, but it will flip the switch on a new anaerobic digester.

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7:36am

Tue December 18, 2012
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Syracuse approves plan to share funds with new land bank

The Syracuse Common Council voted Monday to give the city's newly formed land bank a loan for startup costs and to share property tax revenue so the land bank can function over the long term, but some felt the details of those plans left a lot to be desired.

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6:01pm

Mon December 17, 2012
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Thruway cancels plans to raise tolls on trucks

The New York Thruway Authority has canceled plans to raise tolls.
Credit Jacob Enos / Flickr

Updated: Tues. 2:55 p.m. with correction.

The New York Thruway Authority has rescinded a controversial 45 percent truck toll hike proposal, saying it intends to cut costs instead.

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8:12am

Mon December 17, 2012
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Salvation Army sees continued high need for annual giveaway

At the end of this week, the biggest Christmas giveaway in central New York takes place and the high numbers of families who signed up for the annual Christmas Bureau shows an economy that's still hurting.

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4:33pm

Fri December 14, 2012
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NY leaders react to Newtown shooting, call for gun measures

Governor Andrew Cuomo is pledging to work for gun control in the wake of the shooting at the elementary school in Newtown Connecticut, calling it “yet another senseless and horrific act of violence involving guns.”

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3:27pm

Fri December 14, 2012
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Chiefs Baseball

1:06am

Fri December 14, 2012
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Fort Drum's 2nd Brigade Combat Team prepares for Afghanistan deployment

Fort Drum's 2nd Brigade Combat Team members U.S. Army Maj. Marc Beckage, Maj. Nicholas Ploetz and Lt. Col. Eric Johnson, at a physical readiness training Aug. 8, 2012, at Fort Drum.
Capt. Michael Greenberger, Department of Defense CC some rights reserved via Flickr

Fort Drum's 2nd Brigade Combat Team is preparing for a January deployment to eastern Afghanistan. The deployment marks a shift for troops from combat to advising and assisting the Afghan security forces. 

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