Regional Coverage

6:22am

Mon May 19, 2014
Regional Coverage

Entergy expected to replace condenser tubes at Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant after delays

The James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant
Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the operators of the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba failed to replace the plant's condenser tubes when they should have.

When the power plant goes offline later this year for refueling, the condenser tubes at the facility will also be replaced.

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6:48am

Thu May 15, 2014
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Motorcyclists urged to take state safety course

Motorcyclists operate their bikes on the training course.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Thousands of motorcyclists are preparing to hit the road as summer nears, and New York state is urging caution.  

To encourage caution and safety, the state is urging motorcyclists to take its Motorcycle Safety Program. During the course, motorcyclists weave in and out of traffic cones behind Shoppingtown Mall in DeWitt, the site of one of the state’s programs.

Program manager Ben Zadrozny said the idea is to get inside the head of riders and teach life saving techniques.

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4:11pm

Wed May 14, 2014
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Cayuga Nation leadership dispute continues to smolder

The flare up in events is a boiling over of a decade-old dispute among senior members of the Cayuga, who disagree over who controls the nation and its business interests.

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11:41am

Wed May 14, 2014
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SUNY Oswego students concerned about possible Bridge Street Run changes

Students gather on Friday afternoon to take part in the Bridge Street Run.
Leah Landry WRVO

Students on the SUNY Oswego campus have been taking to social media to voice their concerns about proposals to change the tradition of Bridge Street Run, an unsanctioned bar crawl that draws hundreds of students and others to the city to celebrate the last day of classes.

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7:14pm

Tue May 13, 2014
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SUNY Oswego president says heroin overdoses tragic, time for 'new approach' to Bridge Street Run

Cassandra Genua

SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley, in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, praised the response of the Oswego police and fire departments to heroin overdoses over the weekend that left one student dead and hospitalized two students. 

Stanley also said, “it is time for a new approach to the Bridge Street Run,” the traditional pub crawl in Oswego to celebrate the end of the SUNY Oswego school year, which was going on when the overdoses occurred.

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11:05am

Tue May 13, 2014
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Oswego Police arrest two in connection with weekend heroin overdoses

Gino Geruntino WRVO

The city of Oswego Police Department has arrested two men in connection with the heroin overdoses that occurred in the early Saturday morning hours in Oswego.

Brian Tumolo, 21, of Manorville, N.Y., has been charged with selling heroin to two people, who later were taken to Oswego Hospital and treated for suspected heroin overdoses. Tumolo was arrested early Saturday morning.

One of the individuals Tumolo is alleged to have sold the heroin to is Gabriel Gonzalez, 22, of Bridgeport, Conn. Gonzalez was arrested Monday evening and also charged with selling heroin.

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7:20am

Tue May 13, 2014
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Oswego lawmakers vote unanimously to ban Bridge Street Run

Students wear their white shirts during the annual Bridge Street Run in Oswego.
Leah Landry WRVO

The city of Oswego Common Council voted unanimously Monday night to ban the Bridge Street Run, a decades-old pub crawl that draws hundreds of SUNY Oswego students to downtown Oswego each spring on the last day of classes. 

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10:57am

Sat May 10, 2014
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Heroin overdoses in Oswego leave 1 SUNY Oswego student dead, 2 others hospitalized

Gino Geruntino WRVO

Story updated on Monday, May 12 at 8:00 a.m.

On the SUNY Oswego campus, students say they are still coming to terms with the weekend's heroin overdoses, in which one student died and two others were hospitalized.

Many students say they are uncomfortable talking about the subject. One student, Jessie Brandt, said she was scared when she first saw the emergency alerts on her phone.

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6:26am

Fri May 9, 2014
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Oswego's Bridge Street Run: Bigger than ever, but is it better?

Bridge Street Run 2013
Cassandra Genua

Today is the last day of classes for the school year at SUNY Oswego, a day that some Oswego students treat like a holiday. That’s because every year Oswego’s Bridge Street explodes with hundreds of people for the bar crawl called the Bridge Street Run, also known as BSR. Participants wear white t-shirts that are signed by friends and fellow classmates as they go from bar to bar.

For some students the event has become a staple of their time at SUNY Oswego.

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11:16am

Thu May 8, 2014
Public Radio Presents

Re:Sound - Unforgettable stories curated from around the world

prx.org

During the month of May, join us for a new look at sound. From the producers of The Third Coast International Audio Festival, we present a special series of its flagship radio program "Re:sound." Hosted by award-winning producer and writer Gwen Macsai, "Re:sound" is known for presenting unforgettable audio stories carefully curated from around the world. Each episode explores a new theme through a variety of lenses, a refreshing mix of storytelling styles and joyful use of sound. Check below for the schedule of shows:

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7:07am

Thu May 8, 2014
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Syracuse Common Council approves small tax hike for city residents

Syracuse's Common Council met Wednesday and approved the city's budget, with a small change in the tax rate.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Syracuse's Common Councilors are raising taxes in the city in a way they say won’t be painful.

Mayor Stephanie Miner’s proposed budget didn’t include any tax hikes, but the one the Common Council passed Wednesday does. The tax increase they are instituting is ultimately a wash because of a new state program that reimburses taxpayers for any tax increases they pay this year.

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4:08pm

Wed May 7, 2014
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Rosamond Gifford Zoo celebrates 100 with plans for the future

Map of proposed changes at Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse is 100 years old this year. To coincide with that anniversary, the zoo has announced a 20-year new action plan that could change the way the zoo looks like in the future.    

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says the anniversary makes it a great time to look towards the future.

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7:29am

Tue May 6, 2014
Cayuga Nation

Cayuga Nation leadership dispute heading to court

Sam George, a sachem chief of the Cayuga Nation and member of the Unity Council.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The decade-old leadership dispute between factions of the Cayuga Indian Nation that flared up last week is heading to the courts.

Clint Halftown, who claims to be the rightful federal representative of the Cayuga, filed lawsuits against a group of chiefs and clan mothers who say they are in charge of the nation.

That group, who call themselves the Unity Council, moved last week to take control of two nation-run gas stations and office buildings in the Finger Lakes.

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3:25pm

Mon May 5, 2014
Regional Coverage

Colleagues remember former Air National Guard commander

The late Maj. Gen. Robert Knauff (Retired).
Credit provided photo / Air National Guard

Colleagues and fellow service members are remembering the late commander of both Syracuse's and New York state's Air National Guard as a tough, but fair and visionary leader.

Retired Maj. Gen. Robert Knauff (Retired) died Saturday in a glider accident outside of Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 61. He lived in Manlius.

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9:29am

Mon May 5, 2014
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Former Air National Guard commander dies in flying accident

Maj. Gen. Robert Knauff (Ret.).
Credit provided photo / Air National Guard

The former commander of the Syracuse Air National Guard unit, then later state guard operations, died over the weekend in a flying accident in Arizona.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says 61-year-old Retired Major General Robert Knauff died Saturday afternoon after his glider crashed in Aguila, in the desert outside of Phoenix.

Knauff assumed command of the Syracuse-based 174th Fighter Wing in 1996 and was commander of the New York Air Guard from 2005 until his retirement from the military in 2009.

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8:37am

Mon May 5, 2014
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Decade old leadership dispute in Cayuga Nation flares up

Sam George, a sachem chief of the Cayuga Nation and member of the Unity Council.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A decade-old dispute between traditional leadership in the Cayuga Indian Nation and its representative to the U.S. government has boiled over.

The two factions are now battling over control of the nation's business interests in the Finger Lakes. 

After the death of a Cayuga chief in 2003, Clint Halftown became the nation's federal representative. When new chiefs, including Sam George, were installed by clan mothers a year later, they say they removed Halftown from that role.

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6:18am

Mon May 5, 2014
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National anti-casino activists lend support to Southern Tier residents

Protesters gather to oppose a new casino being proposed in Tyre.
Matt Martin WSKG

A vocal group of residents in Tyre have sued their town board over a proposal to bring a casino to the rural farming community. The group is now getting support from a national anti-casino activist. 

Protestors gathered Thursday in a field next to a proposed casino site in Tyre. The handful of protesters held signs opposing Rochester businessman Thomas Wilmot’s casino application.

Wilmot’s one of three applicants seeking to build a casino in the Southern Tier/Finger Lakes Region.

Les Bernal, executive director of Stop Predatory Gambling, addressed the crowd.

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3:14pm

Fri May 2, 2014
Regional Coverage

New event to bubble up at New York State Fair

NYSFair/flickr

Officials with the New York State Fair continue to announce new events and attractions, as the end-of-summer event looks to reverse a trend of dropping attendance.  

Fair officials today announced a first for this year’s exposition -- a  running event called the Bubble Blast 5K Run that will be a fundraiser for ACR Health and Operation Walk.  It’s the latest of a series of initiatives meant to get more people to come to the fair. Acting fair director Troy Waffner admits there is a feeling of urgency this year to boost attendance.

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7:20am

Fri May 2, 2014
Transportation

The 16 different paths for a new Interstate 81

Interstate 81 in downtown Syracuse. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A new Interstate 81 could rise 25 feet higher than it currently does, or be buried 81 feet below the ground's surface. Those are just two of the 16 options the state Department of Transportation has revealed to the public as an update to their lengthy process of choosing how to replace the current roadway.

There are two constants in the 16 options: The north-south I-81 will be properly connected with the east-west I-690 in all directions. And properties will have to be knocked down, though DOT provided few details about that.

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6:56am

Fri May 2, 2014
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Central New Yorkers fight to end child sexual abuse

Two survivors of child sexual abuse are urging central New Yorkers to take part in a program that aims to prevent abuse, by arming bystanders with information.

Dan Leonard’s story of child abuse goes back to when he was 11 years old and a football coach began abusing him. And Leonard says he wasn't the only victim.

“He abused hundreds of kids over the years. Anyone attached to that football program knew what was going on or should have suspected it.  Nobody, all those years, all those kids, nobody said anything,” Leonard said.

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2:49pm

Thu May 1, 2014
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Petition calls for return of Oswego's 5 percent tax cap

The Oswego City Council was presented with 500 signatures calling for a tax cap during its Monday night meeting.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Oswego's Common Council was recently presented with a petition seeking to add a five percent tax cap back to the city's charter, which was removed in 2011. The city of Oswego continues to deal with resident complaints about last year's 43 percent property tax hike, and struggle with balancing its budget.

Lawyer Kevin Caraccioli got more than 500 people to sign the petition. He says the tax cap would work in the same way as it does in school budgets, requiring city voters to approve budgets that surpass the tax cap.

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6:08am

Thu May 1, 2014
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Syracuse budget hearing highlights need for first responders and literacy

Virginia Carmody, with the Literacy Coaltion of Onondaga County, speaks during Syracuse's public hearing on its annual budget.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Pleas for funding for a literacy program, and concerns about public safety spending rounded out comments at last night’s public hearing on the city of Syracuse’s proposed 2014-2015 budget.

In all, six people spoke to common councilors about Mayor Stephanie Miner’s proposed $660 million spending plan last night. Among them was Felicia Salley, a mother of three from Syracuse’s southside. She says the Imagination Library, run by the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, has helped her kids prepare for school by providing each of her children one new age-appropriate book a month.

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5:31pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Regional Coverage

Where an Interstate 81 tunnel through Syracuse could go

An artist rendering of what Almond St. in downtown Syracuse could look like with Interstate 81 tunneled below it.
N.Y. Department of Transportation

A tunnel to replace Interstate 81's current elevated path through downtown Syracuse could take four possible routes through the city.

The New York Department of Transportation revealed tunnel options ahead of a meeting to explain all 16 possible variations of a new Interstate 81 in Syracuse. 

Interstate 81 runs from the Canadian border in the north to the Pennsylvania border in the south. The 50-year-old highway carries thousands of cars each day through Syracuse.

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3:53pm

Wed April 30, 2014
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Oneida County Sheriff creating a community affairs unit

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is launching its new community affairs unit with hopes that it will continue providing positive contact between law enforcement and the county's residents. 

Sheriff Robert Maciol introduced the community affairs unit during his inaugural state of the county law enforcement address at Utica College earlier this week.

"I need a direct life line to the community of Oneida County. I mean we need the people of Oneida County just as much as they need us," he said.

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7:47am

Fri April 25, 2014
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State senator and local boxing coach entering the ring for charity

Ray Rinaldi (left) and state Sen. John DeFrancisco weigh in for Saturday's fight.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

A boxing match this weekend between a state senator and the founder of a youth program in Syracuse will raise money and the profile of the North and West Area Athletic and Education Centers. State Sen. John DeFrancisco and local boxing coach Ray Rinaldi will be the only ones on a fight card that’s meant to raise money and promote awareness for a program that keeps inner city kids out of trouble.
 

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3:45pm

Thu April 24, 2014
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Neighbors Project collects stories, memories for Safe Haven Museum

Seventy years ago, nearly 1,000 European refugees came to Oswego to escape the Holocaust during World War II. Now the city's Safe Haven Museum is collecting and cataloging stories from those living in the city at the time, for what it calls the "Neighbors Project." The refugees, many of them Jewish, were housed at Fort Ontario from 1944 until 1946. The camp was the only one of its kind in the United States.

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1:34pm

Tue April 22, 2014
Infrastructure

Syracuse has repaired 2,000 potholes since April 1

Kevin Hunter, a Syracuse public workers employee, prepares the city's new pothole patching truck.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Public works crews have already patched 2,000 potholes on Syracuse streets in April, but there are so many more, they now have their own email address.

City officials Tuesday unveiled a new pothole repair truck and called on residents to help report potholes around town. A quarter of those repaired so far came from city complaints, officials said.

Finding more shouldn't be a problem.

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9:11am

Tue April 22, 2014
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Cortland among counties to pull out of SAFE Act pilot program

Franklin gun shop

The Cortland County clerk’s office has backed out of a pilot run of a re-certification program for gun owners, part of the state’s stricter gun control laws, because it didn’t feel it was getting enough support from the state.

Under a provision of the January 2013 SAFE Act, current pistol permit holders must update their permits by 2018. That means verifying addresses and what weapons are owned.

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6:25pm

Sun April 20, 2014
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Joseph Fahey on The Campbell Conversations

Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

One of Syracuse’s most intriguing mayors is Democrat James McGuire, who in 1896 bucked a Republican establishment to be elected into office, at just 26.  This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher talks with his biographer, Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey, about the mayor’s times, his legacy, and his controversial activism on behalf of Irish independence. 

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12:47pm

Thu April 17, 2014
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East Syracuse votes to merge police force with DeWitt

Ken Hawkins Flickr

The chief of the East Syracuse police department is now faced with the task of phasing out his force by the end of the year. Residents of the village last night voted to dissolve the department and merge it with the DeWitt police force.

The village rejected the measure the first time it came up in October 2012, but taxes have gone up 22 percent since then. The town board resurrected the idea this year and voters passed the measure Tuesday.

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