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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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Catch Up On The Latest Reports Diagnosing Issues Related To Poverty In Syracuse.

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

It was one of Donald Trump's first acts as President: a Jan. 23, 2017 executive order that cuts off U.S. support to foreign groups unless they promise not to "perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning." This includes providing patients with referrals or information about the procedure, even if those activities are funded by non-U.S. government sources.

Every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has adopted a variant of the "Mexico City policy" — so called after the city where it was first announced. And every Democratic successor has reversed it.

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The Syracuse common council Tuesday evening re-ignited the debate over what to do with I-81 though the city, because councilor Joe Driscoll says the topic is so important.

"When this meeting was announced, the overhwhelming feedback was 'haven't we had this discussion enough? I've heard about this on and on, to death.' My response would be 'no we haven't.'  This is the most important decision to affect this region for 50 to 100 years, so it's worth a couple more discussions."

Driscoll says turnover on the council prompted the meeting.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be held in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, with a united bid from North America winning the right to host soccer's showcase event, the sport's world governing body decided on Wednesday.

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un heads a brutally oppressive regime. But since meeting face-to-face with Kim, President Donald Trump has had kind words for the dictator.

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Governor Cuomo says the anti sexual harassment  policies enacted in the state budget are among the strongest in the nation, but his political rivals say the governor has not done enough to respond to allegations of sexual harassment in his own administration.

Cuomo, in his speech at last month’s state Democratic Party convention, contrasted New York’s newest policy to prevent sexual harassment to the lack of action in Washington, where he says “the silence is deafening”.

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The Downtown Farmers Market kicked off its 46th season Tuesday in Clinton Square with beautiful food and live music.    Downtown residents and lunch breakers enjoyed the music of Miss E and the Resonators.

They perused the wares of dozens of local vendors, and haggled and swapped recipes with farmers, bakers and craftsmen. Market Director Chuck McFadden said opening day couldn’t come soon enough.

Updated at 9:41 a.m. ET on Wednesday

Results from Tuesday's primaries underscored one major theme – it's Donald Trump's Republican Party now.

‪"The Republican Party has moved from the country club to the country," former Virginia Rep. Tom Davis, who ran the committee charged with electing Republicans to the House, told NPR's Morning Edition on Wednesday.

Why Was Singapore Chosen To Host The Summit?

Jun 12, 2018

The Trump-Kim summit is the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. But how did it come to be held in Singapore?

In the weeks leading up to the meeting, several locations were considered: the Korean Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, the border barrier that separates North and South Korea; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Geneva, Switzerland; and Stockholm, Sweden.

However, it was Singapore, a city-state of five million people at the tip of the Malaysian peninsula, that quickly emerged as the top choice.

About  1,000 talented high school students from across the state, the nation, and even the world are arriving in Central New York ready to demonstrate their knowledge about a wide array of environmental and energy issues. 

They’re competing in the Genius Olympiad at SUNY Oswego this week.  Mary Eileen Wood with the Terra Science and Education Foundation says it’s a chance to let the students know they can make already make a difference.

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A Syracuse University international relations expert is calling the upcoming summit between the U.S. and North Korea extremely significant and could set the stage for more progress. 

Stuart Thorson is a professor emeritus from the Maxwell school, and has researched technology and governance North Korea.  He says we’ll have to see if the leaders agree to move in a direction that will perhaps formally end the Korean War, and establish diplomatic relations.