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The latest Downtown Living Tour showed people are still intrigued by apartment life in Syracuse.  This weekend’s was the 12th annual event put on by the Downtown Committee,  and showcased 9 places that could be your next residence.  WAER’s Chris Bolt went along for the tour.

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Most Central New York moms will receive flowers, jewelry, or some other gift this weekend.  But for moms living in poverty with infants,  DIAPERS might be considered a welcome gift. 

The CNY Diaper Bank is aiming to collect 100,000 donated diapers during their third annual, month-long diaper drive through special events and collection efforts.  Founder and president Michela Hugo says they’re at least a quarter of the way there…but probably more…

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The snow is gone, hopefully for good, and that’s left behind the usual layer of litter in and around Syracuse.  Mayor Ben Walsh announced an effort today that he hopes inspires residents to pick up trash not just now, but year round.  It’s called Clean-up ‘Cuse: Adopt a Block, where individuals, school groups, businesses, organizations and others can conduct monthly litter clean-ups in a two block area. 

Organ Donors and Recipients Celebrate at The Donate Life Event

Apr 25, 2018
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Local organ donors and recipients are celebrating the lives -- and friendships -- they’ve created through the event of giving or receiving an organ donation.  Kidney recipient Michael Demaintenon joined his donor Jessica Green at Upstate University hospital today. Demaintenon says he didn’t initially want to go public about his failing kidneys. Then the function of his kidneys declined this past January, and he created a Facebook page in search of help.

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Syracuse University Students continue to protest for the third straight day and are calling for the expulsion of the local chapter of Theta Tau and involved students from campus.  Protestors continue to press the university administration to take action, despite outlined plans to deal with the crisis.  Some may find the language in the report offensive.

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More student tenants have come forward with complaints about unsafe and unsanitary conditions at properties owned by a University-area landlord. The students are the latest to join a tenant association that formed in February demanding that Syracuse Quality Living promptly and properly address maintenance complaints. SU graduate student Emily Kraft says nothing appeared wrong until she moved in.

Some Syracuse Corner Stores are now Offering Healthy Options for Customers

Apr 11, 2018
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The co-owner of a well-established corner store in Syracuse’s Hawley Green Neighborhood says she realized the need to provide better nutritional options for customers, especially impressionable young kids.

"I could see the kids when they were young and they have grown up and I'm like, look at all these kids getting bigger and bigger every day and it brings tears to my eyes. I said, these are beautiful children, they just need someone to guide them to eat healthy."

 

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An agriculture irrigation system for farmers. Creating canal-side pocket neighborhoods. Maybe a great Erie Canal race. Those are three of seven finalists announced today for the Reimagine the Canals Competition launched as part of this year’s bicentennial celebration. Kimberly Harriman is the Senior Vice President of the New York Power Authority, and presented the finalists at SUNY ESF.

Experts: Human Trafficking Cases Increase in CNY with Opioids

Apr 10, 2018
John Smith, WAER News

Experts who handle youth human trafficking cases in Onondaga County say that the illegal activity continues to be on the rise, and that the opioid epidemic seems to be fueling the problem.

The Homeland Security roundtable discussion at the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center shared the disturbing local trends of trafficking and drugs.  Congressmember John Katko was surprised to learn of the correlation.

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Opponents of the massive subsidy plan for New York’s struggling nuclear power plants say there’s new evidence that supports their case to repeal the 2016 bailout.  Two Oswego County plants owned by Exelon were among those granted $7.5 billion in taxpayer money over 12 years by the New York Public Service Commission. Executive Director of Nuclear Information and Resource Service Tim Judson expressed his disappointment in the PSC not serving the public’s interest.

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