Regional Coverage

4:31pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Regional Coverage

Lake effect conditions shut down part of North Country

White out conditions in Adams, NY
Catherine Loper/WRVO

Pounding snow in the North Country and bitterly cold temperatures across the state will around for at least one more night.

Government officials in New York state from the governor on down are urging residents in parts of northern, central and western New York to stay indoors as lake effect snow, wind chill advisories and frigid temperatures are causing dangerous conditions.

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10:03am

Tue January 7, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego County luring business, jobs to area

A car made with Novelis aluminum on display during the company's October commissioning ceremony.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

After losing several big name manufacturing plants in recent decades, Oswego County has been aggressively trying to lure new companies in, filling vacant facilities with new tenants. The most recent announcement was made in Fulton, where a Pakistan-based poultry processor has taken over the former Birds Eye plant.

Mayor Ron Woodward says new companies help combat his city's recent struggles tied to job loss.

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9:15am

Tue January 7, 2014
Regional Coverage

Extreme weather conditions cause state of emergency

Adams, NY
Catherine Loper/WRVO

Upstate New York is in the midst of a cold front that is bringing dangerous weather conditions and causing large parts of northern New York to essentially shut down. Businesses, offices, health clinics, courts and other facilities either closed for the day or closed midday due to treacherous weather conditions.

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7:55am

Tue January 7, 2014
Regional Coverage

School closings and delays for Tuesday

Jason Kuffer Flickr

There are several closings and delays for Tuesday, Jan. 7, as schools report bitterly cold wind chill temperatures and lake effect snow. Check back for more cancelations.

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6:59pm

Mon January 6, 2014
Weather

Bitter cold, lake effect snow causes school closings, travel problems

Ellen Abbott/WRVO file photo

Bitterly cold temperatures, strong winds and heavy lake effect snow is causing travel problems and school closings and delays around the region late Monday and Tuesday. 

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8:58am

Mon January 6, 2014
Regional Coverage

Fulton's Birds Eye plant gets new life as poultry processor

Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward cuts the ribbon at K&N's Foods inauguration Friday.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The former Birds Eye plant in Fulton is officially the home of a Pakistan-based poultry processing company which hopes to begin manufacturing products in the next couple of months.

K&N's Foods USA bought the vacant building last January, and in less than a year invested more than $5 million into the building's purchase and renovation to get it up and running. Adil Sattar, chief executive with K&N's Foods USA, says although the company isn't producing anything just yet, it is already an employer.

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8:07am

Mon January 6, 2014
Regional Coverage

Trial against drone resisters continues today

Defendants and supporters protested before the trial began on Friday.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The trial of Hancock drone war crimes resisters continues later today in a town of DeWitt courtroom. The men and women, mostly from upstate New York, are defending themselves from trespass charges, after an October protest of the use of unmanned aerial drones at the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Mattydale.

The 16 defendants contend their blockade of the entrance to the air base is not a crime.

“The actual crime is the killing of civilians, the war of aggression, the violation of national sovereignty,” said Clare Grady, of Ithaca.

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9:20am

Fri January 3, 2014
Transportation

Another voice in the I-81 debate: move people, not cars

Peter Sarver of the Moving People Transportation Coalition at their kickoff event.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Another group has formed to weigh in on the future of Interstate 81’s path through downtown Syracuse. This one calling for a focus on moving people, not cars.

The elevated stretch of I-81 through downtown Syracuse is nearing the end of its 50 year lifespan. Area residents are entwined in a lengthy debate over its second life, which largely boils down to rebuild or reroute.

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10:02pm

Thu January 2, 2014
Regional Coverage

Drum soldiers' housing allowance up, but rents still expected to stabilize

John Bartow, executive director of the Tug Hill Commission, says despite the housing allowance for Fort Drum soldiers rising again this year, rents are stabilizing in the region.
Credit Joanna Richards

The growth of Fort Drum and its fluctuating soldier population have always complicated the housing market around Watertown. But the Army post throws another factor into the mix: soldier’s housing allowances. They just went up.

As of January 1, the Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH, rates across the military went up an average of 5 percent. In the Fort Drum area, it’s up around 13 percent. Junior enlisted soldiers have gone from receiving $948 per month to $1,071 per month, to cover the cost of housing and utilities.    

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8:19am

Thu January 2, 2014
Regional Coverage

Cold weather grips central, northern New York

Loren Sztajer Flickr

Much of central New York is under a winter storm warning until tomorrow morning. Snow will fall heavily at times around the region, with the heaviest of the snow falling from Syracuse south. Six to 12 inches of snow is possible around central New York by tomorrow with lesser amounts to the north.

In addition to the snow, the region will be facing bitterly cold temperatures. Wind chill advisories are posted for the region through tomorrow morning.

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5:48am

Thu January 2, 2014
Regional Coverage

School closings and delays

ecksunderscore Flickr

A winter storm moving through central and northern New York, combined with brisk winds and bitterly cold temperatures, is causing some school delays and closings this morning.

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5:30am

Tue December 31, 2013
Regional Coverage

Governor announces $4.5 million to boost winter tourism upstate

Governor Andrew Cuomo, at the Valley Snow Travelers snowmobile club groomer barn in Lowville, Lewis County.
Joanna Richards

Governor Andrew Cuomo visited a newly expanded snowmobiler lounge in Lowville Monday to unveil a new ad campaign to promote winter tourism upstate. Cuomo says there’s new energy in the north country, thanks to increasing economic investment. He credits the efforts of both the region and his administration in making that happen.  

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5:30am

Mon December 30, 2013
Regional Coverage

Money to expand drone hangar at Fort Drum

Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper drone at Hancock Field in Syracuse.
Credit David Sommerstein

Not long after a military drone crashed into Lake Ontario in November, the program that aircraft belonged to is getting a boost with funding from the 2014 defense spending bill signed into law last week. The money will go toward expanding a storage and maintenance facility at Fort Drum.   

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5:34am

Fri December 27, 2013
Regional Coverage

Watertown’s community college meets higher enrollments with construction boom

JCC's new residence hall is slated to open in fall 2014.
Joanna Richards

Jefferson Community College in Watertown has some big campus upgrades in the works. The projects at the SUNY school represent more than just an expansion. They could change its identity.   

On a lot coated with rocks and muddy snow, a new dorm is going up. Bart Young, foreman on the construction site, points out its features.

“All the offices will be over in this area. There’ll be a classroom down in this area, main electrical room. And this is all glass front area right here. It’ll be like a foyer coming in and out of the courtyard.”

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7:06am

Thu December 26, 2013
Regional Coverage

Sand, salt, beet juice?

New York State Thruway Authority truck with 2,000 gallons of beet-brine mixture
Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail

The winter months can pose a headache for drivers navigating the roads after a snow storm. Plowing can only do so much and too often a slick, hard pack of snow and ice can cover streets making them dangerous to drive.

So what are road crews trying now? Beet juice.

It’s not used everywhere, but it is catching on. The New York State Thruway Authority is one of several state agencies pre-treating and treating roads with and mixture of beet juice extract and brine water.

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5:34am

Thu December 26, 2013
Regional Coverage

Maffei wants expanded broadband access in rural central New York

Tom Blackwell Flickr

Bringing broadband Internet access to rural central New York is on the list of items that Syracuse-area Rep. Dan Maffei says he would like to get done. Maffei, a Democrat, says the move to bring broadband to the area isn't just about having a faster connection to do Google searches, but building sustainable economic and informational growth.

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4:00pm

Wed December 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

Salvation Army makes final push for donations despite lagging numbers

File photo
Nick Harris Flickr

Bad weather and a shorter fundraising season are taking their toll on the Salvation Army's Red kettle Campaign this year. Maj. Don Hostetler, commander of the Salvation Army's Empire State Division, says at first the season was actually tracking ahead of last year. But heavy snowfalls and a stretch of bitter cold temperatures dampened a strong start, resulting in the charity's late season push to reach their $4 million goal.

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5:34am

Wed December 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

Operation Christmas Child brings gifts, joy to world's children

Patty Jennings poses with one of many boxes collected at Oswego Alliance Church for Operation Christmas Child.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

While out shopping for gifts for family and friends this holiday season, some charitable shoppers also reached for dolls, notepads and toiletries to pack into a shoebox for a child overseas. The shoeboxes not only give impoverished kids some necessities, but something less tangible -- hope.

Recently, hundreds of festive shoeboxes line the walls of Oswego Alliance Church. Volunteers take a couple minutes to stack each box, straightening out the red and green columns into one uniform wall. None of the boxes have shoes in them.

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1:34am

Wed December 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

Some celebrate dark, chilly Christmas Eve – but it’s not all bad

Unburdened by windshield-scraping, kids enjoy the ice storm's aftermath Saturday in Watertown.
Joanna Richards

Utility crews worked down to the wire last night to try to get everyone’s lights and heat back on by Christmas morning. Most of the 70,000 customers who lost power during the ice storm had it on again by yesterday evening. But a handful of residents celebrated a dark and chilly Christmas Eve.

Pockets of Watertown, Clayton and Gouverneur still had no power last night.

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4:22pm

Tue December 24, 2013
Regional Coverage

Keep the holidays happy, avoid dangerous items

Some items to keep an eye out for during the holidays.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The Upstate New York Poison Center wants New Yorkers to stay safe this holiday season. They've provided a list of things that can turn a happy holiday into tragedy.

Some things on the list remain after the holidays are long gone, like food safety. Other listed items are seen only during the holiday, like toxic plants- think mistletoe and holly berries. There are also items that can cause choking in young children.

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9:22am

Tue December 24, 2013
Regional Coverage

Oswego Common Council passes 2014 budget

More than 100 people attended last night's budget vote.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The Oswego Common Council passed its 2014 budget plan last night, including a more than 40 percent property tax increase. But instead of the boos and anger seen last Thursday night, councilors heard cheers from the hundred or so people who watched the event.

In a seemingly surprise announcement to the crowd just prior to the vote, council president Ron Kaplewicz broke the news about the city's 15 Department of Public Works jobs that were placed on the city's chopping block.

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5:00am

Tue December 24, 2013
Regional Coverage

Lights, calm returning after ice storm, but some dangers remain

Jefferson County Legislature Chairwoman Carolyn Fitzpatrick praised emergency responders for keeping people safe during the ice storm during a Sunday afternoon press conference in Watertown.
Joanna Richards

The lights are coming back on in Jefferson County after the ice storm left most residents in the dark for some period over the weekend. National Grid says it expects to restore power to nearly all customers by midnight tonight.

Sixteen-hundred field workers from as far away as New Jersey and the Ohio Valley are helping to make that happen. Despite the progress, the utility says some customers could be in the dark through Christmas.

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4:03pm

Mon December 23, 2013
Regional Coverage

Annual 'Christmas Bureau' helps low-income families

Volunteers help families pick Christmas presents at the Salvation Army's Christmas Bureau
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

More than 2,500 low-income families in Onondaga County are getting their holiday stockings filled today. Families have been filing through the OnCenter in Syracuse for the Salvation Army’s yearly Christmas Bureau.

Theresa Johnson of Syracuse is unemployed this Christmas and is happy that for the Christmas bureau program that provides gifts and food for families like hers.

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12:31am

Mon December 23, 2013
Regional Coverage

North Country scraping its way out of blanket of ice

Power lines downed by icy tree limbs coiled on the frozen roadways all over Watertown Sunday.
Joanna Richards

10:34am

Fri December 20, 2013
Regional Coverage

Oswego residents speak out against proposed budget increase

A large crowd filled out the Oswego Middle School gymnasium.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Hundreds of residents from the city of Oswego packed the gym at Oswego Middle School on Thursday to voice their concerns about the city's proposed budget. The $34 million budget originally included a property tax increase of more than 80 percent. But the Common Council cut $2 million from the budget earlier this week, dropping the possible tax increase down to about 43 percent.

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8:50am

Fri December 20, 2013
Regional Coverage

Sisters of St. Francis selling campus, moving St. Marianne Cope shrine

The building that currently holds the shrine to St. Marianne Cope.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Some big changes are coming to the Court St.campus of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. It involves the sale of the campus, and moving a shrine to recently canonized St. Marianne Cope, who began her ministries as a Sister of St. Francis, in Syracuse.

The current campus on the corner of Court and Grant St. on Syracuse’s north side dates back to the 1860s, when a new order of Franciscan nuns bought the property. Over the past 150 years it’s been home to a convent, school, chapel and a day care, among other things.

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7:48am

Tue December 17, 2013
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County, Syracuse look to consolidate government

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner (left) and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney discuss their plan to consolidate government in the county.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse are hoping to build on the success of government consolidation projects in the past to make more moves to modernize or consolidate government in the future. How the two biggest government entities in central New York will do this is isn’t quite clear, but they say they want to get the conversation going.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney used a snowy day in Syracuse to illustrate the idea of government inefficiency.

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5:39am

Tue December 17, 2013
Regional Coverage

School closings and delays

ecksunderscore Flickr

This list will be updated throughout the morning.

Cincinnatus: 2 hour delay

Cortland: 2 hour delay

Gouverneur: 2 hour delay; no AM Pre-K

Homer: Closed

Marathon: 2 hour delay

McGraw: 2 hour delay

Onondaga: 1 hour delay

Watertown: 2 Hour Delay

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3:54pm

Mon December 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

Fulton school particpates in "Take a Veteran to School Day"

Students and veterans meet on "Take a Vet to School Day."
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Fifth and sixth graders at Granby Elementary School in Fulton got the chance to meet and ask questions to several current and former service members Monday morning, during the school's "Take a Vet to School Day" event. Members of the Army and Navy gave students a look into their lives in the military, including what they did overseas, where they've been stationed, and in one case, what their favorite gun is to shoot.
 

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8:10am

Mon December 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

School closings and delays

Jason Kuffer Flickr

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