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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner Running Independent Campaign for Governor

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has decided to run for New York Governor after all. The New York Times was first to report her independent campaign on Monday. Since last fall, Miner had said she was mulling a run for governor or Congress but hadn't made a decision. The ballot for governor will be full in November. Democrat Cynthia Nixon is challening two-term incumbent Cuomo in a primary, but has also secured the Working Families Party line. Marc Molinaro has secured the Republican...

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Nancy Kelly and Joshua Romero swung by WAER to talk about a new venue for relaxation and music in the 315.

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The Vice President wasn't the only person by the name of Pence in Syracuse Tuesday.  Second Lady Karen Pence visited Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital to sit in on some art therapy with a patient and share some of her own art. 
She avoided any comments about the key children’s issue gripping the nation.

 “I drew a drawing for you over there,” DJ LaRock told Karen Pence.

“You did?” she replied. “Oh my gosh, I love it.”

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Over 300 protesters met outside of the Embassy Suites near Destiny USA Tuesday to decry the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence.  He stopped in Syracuse  for a $1,000 per plate fundraiser for the reelection campaign of Republican Congressman John Katko.

Tom Drumm is a protest organizer and member of Speak Out CNY.   He says the protestors represented an array of organizations and causes, but all feel that Katko and his colleagues need to do more to rein in the Trump administration.

Since early May, 2,342 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southern U.S. border, according to the Department of Homeland Security, as part of a new immigration strategy by the Trump administration that has prompted widespread outcry.

Here's what we know about the policy, its history and its effects:

Does the Trump administration have a policy of separating families at the border?

Yes.

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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has decided to run for New York Governor after all.  The New York Times was first to report her independent campaign on Monday.  Since last fall, Miner had said she was mulling a run for governor or Congress but hadn't made a decision. 

For most of her childhood, growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania, Kelly Zimmerman felt alone and anxious.

She despaired when her mother was depressed or working late shifts; when her parents fought nonstop; when her friends wanted to come over, and she felt too ashamed to let them see her home's buckling floor, the lack of running water.

Kelly tried to shut out those feelings, and when she was 18, a boyfriend offered her an opioid painkiller — Percocet.

Her anxiety dissolved, at least for a little while.

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul came to Nottingham High School Monday to greet supporting students, teachers and administrators who want to prevent school shootings. 

The last-minute pitch is happening just before the end of the legislative session.  Hochul says the Red Flag legislation would act as another safety measure.

Ahmed Alaa describes raising a rainbow flag at a crowded concert in Cairo last September as "the best moment" of his life. In photos from the event, he looks ecstatic as he waves the flag in the spotlights of the outdoor stage hosting the Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou' Leila.

He posted the photos on Facebook, and others did too. The next morning, he woke up to death threats.

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Congress Member John Katko would like to see the President and Congress stop the policy of separating children from families trying to enter the US at its borders, he said in a release Monday.  He said he supports border security, as long as it's done, 

"...in a humane way that preserves family unity and keeps young children safe," he added.

The U.S. Supreme Court punted Monday on its biggest decision of its term so far. The justices had been expected to rule on the limits of partisan gerrymandering.

Instead, the court sidestepped the major issues on technical grounds, sending the issue back to the lower courts for further examination.

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Central New York’s rural fire departments that also provide ambulance services are hoping state lawmakers take action on critical legislation before they wrap up session this week.  The EMS cost recovery bill has sponsors in both houses of the legislature.  Executive Director of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs Jerry Deluca says New York is the only state in the nation that prohibits fire department ambulance services from billing for their expenses.

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