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Sudanese Call on US Senators and Syracuse Community to KIeep Sanctions on al-Bashir Regime

Members of Syracuse’s Sudanese community are urging Congress to not ease sanctions against Sudan’s violent leader. Today's announcement was part of a nationwide day of action to support Sudanese people. Abraham Dut Deng was one of the first Lost Boys of Sudan to come to New York. He ended up in Syracuse along with other refugees fleeing deadly violence. His message aimed at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congress Member John Katko is to keep pressure and sanctions on the government of Omar al...

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The Trump administration's travel ban finally reaches the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, posing enormous questions involving the structure of the American government and the values of the country.

At issue is the third version of the ban, which President Trump has complained is a "watered-down" version. The court allowed it to go into effect while the case was litigated, but the lower courts have ruled that all three versions either violate federal law or are unconstitutional.

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Members of Syracuse’s Sudanese community are urging Congress to not ease sanctions against Sudan’s violent leader.  Today's announcement was part of a nationwide day of action to support Sudanese people. 

Abraham Dut Deng was one of the first Lost Boys of Sudan to come to New York.  He ended up in Syracuse along with other refugees fleeing deadly violence.  His message aimed at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congress Member John Katko is to keep pressure and sanctions on the government of Omar al-Bashir.

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has proposed a new rule that restricts scientific research that can be used by the agency for its regulatory decisions.

The proposed rule only allows the use of studies that make all data publicly available for anyone to analyze. Pruitt proposed the new rule as a way to make the agency's decision-making more "transparent, objective and measurable."

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Interest rates reached a milestone Tuesday and the stock market frowned.

Tuesday morning, for the first time in four years, the rate on the 10-year U.S. government note topped 3 percent. The bond market move contributed to a sharp sell-off in stocks, as investors wondered whether the long-running bull market might be at a pivot point.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that foreign corporations cannot be sued for damages in U.S. courts for aiding in terrorist attacks or other human rights violations. The vote was 5-to-4.

Writing for the conservative majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said the"courts are not well suited to make the required policy judgments implicated by corporate liability in cases like this one."

Rather, the political branches — Congress and the executive — should deal with these issues, he said.

Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET

Democratic lawmakers are calling for a subpoena to force the U.S. Census Bureau and Commerce Department to release internal documents about the decision to add a controversial citizenship question to forms for the upcoming national headcount.

The request comes two weeks before a congressional oversight hearing on the 2020 census.

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Top Syracuse University Officials updated the community Monday about the incident involving a fraternity’s offensive videos that have resulted in outrage across campus and beyond.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports on what’s next after the Theta Tau chapter was expelled from campus. 

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As Central New Yorkers and the Nation honor Earth Day, Renewable Energy experts and advocates looked to the future of power.  Experts – from industry, government and non-profit advocacy groups were in Syracuse to share their views about which technologies might be making our electricity … and helping save the environment. 

Prison Reform Advocates Gather to Protest at the Justice Center

Apr 23, 2018
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Several local groups gathered this past Saturday to discuss reforming the justice system in New York State. There was an emphasis on helping women, the elderly, and ending solitary confinement for inmates. Clifford Ryan told his story of how he is hoping to free his relative from solitary.

“He’s been held in solitary confinement for a really, really long time, almost over 8 months, and it serves no purpose but to drive that person insane.”

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