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NYS Releases Action Plans to Combat Harmful Algal Blooms in Skaneateles, Other Lakes

Plans are now in place to try and prevent harmful algal blooms in Skaneateles, Owasco, Cayuga, and nine other lakes across New York. They were named as priority water bodies as part of the Cuomo administration’s $65 million plan to identify contributing factors and find solutions to the blooms. Scott Kishbaugh is with the state DEC’s division of water. " We expect that many of these projects will effectively serve as a laboratory for innovative strategies to try to address blooms on lakes...

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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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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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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray headed to Capitol Hill Monday for a grilling from senators — that quickly turned partisan — about the inspector general's scathing report on the FBI's mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016.

A Trump administration policy of separating children from their parents on the U.S. border has prompted a crescendo of criticism among religious leaders.

They span different faiths, denominations and ages. Some of them have also helped the president gain support for his base.

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The African American community in Syracuse is kicked off its 30th annual celebration of Juneteenth Friday to commemorate their freedom.  It all started on June 19th, 1865 when black people were told slavery was over, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.  

Juneteenth Spokesperson Nakeia Chambers says the event is about inclusion.

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