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Sen. Valesky Sticking with Independent Democratic Conference Despite Pressure

It appears senator Dave Valesky will remain with the Independent Democratic Conference for the time being, despite continued pressure to reunite with democrats to form a majority. But some feel the IDC has outlived its usefulness. Valesky continues to defend his alignment with the conference, citing work with both parties on a host of successful issues from property tax relief and economic development to positive, on-time budgets. " People expect us to get things done, and that's really the...

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As the leaders of two nuclear-armed countries trade threats, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Trump "is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language."

Disney is saying goodbye to Netflix and will aggressively enter the crowded subscription streaming market.

There will be one streaming service for sports and another for films and television shows, the company announced on Tuesday. The same day it reported weak fiscal third-quarter earnings.

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The former EPA regional administrator under President Obama says scientists who leaked the report on further evidence of climate change to the New York Times should be commended as “whistleblowers”.

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Syracuse’s Republican mayoral candidate says one of the keys to move the city out of poverty and lagging economic growth is through mayoral control of the school district.  Former superintendent and educator Laura Lavine says she’s prepared lead the turnaround.  

She says the Syracuse City School District’s recent improvement to a 60 percent graduation rate is nothing to celebrate.  The statewide average is 80 percent.  She says children are not learning and graduating as they should, and teachers don’t feel safe…

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Dozens of kids playing in Syracuse parks this summer are learning more than just fun and games.  The YMCA Power Scholars program, an educational camp, is wrapping up its lessons with over 60 third- and fourth-graders. The children themselves find that the camp is about more than even just reading and math.

“In the morning it’s just like regular school, but in the afternoon you get to do fun stuff, said Siany .”

How is Washington spending tax dollars that might benefit President Trump? Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee want to count the ways.

The committee's 18 minority members sent letters on Tuesday to the 15 cabinet departments and nine independent executive branch agencies, requesting documents on their spending at "businesses owned by or affiliated with the Trump Organization."

They said the letters are the first step in an investigation of federal spending involving Trump companies.

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The Syracuse University community was struck with a loss Tuesday as beloved former Football Coach Dick MacPherson died.  Coach Mac is credited with ramping up enthusiasm for the program. 

(More on Coach Mac's Career Here)

Scientists from 13 federal agencies have drafted a report, leaked to several news organizations, which finds that temperatures in the U.S. are rising and human activity — especially greenhouse gas emissions — is “primarily responsible.” Some scientists have expressed concerns that the Trump administration will suppress the report, since Trump and members of his cabinet doubt the effect of human contribution to climate change.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai cut his the vacation short and returned to the company's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters as criticism mounted over a senior engineer's controversial memo condemning Google's diversity initiatives. The engineer was subsequently fired.

The memo, which some inside Google jokingly called a "manifesto," was widely shared inside and outside the company.

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Masters of Scale continues this week on WAER featuring a conversation with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerber.

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