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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.