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The first public engagement meetings will be held Monday to discuss the preliminary recommendations of the Consensus commission on local government modernization.  Public opinion could play a large role in determining just how government will serve residents in the future.

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  Long-time advocates of Syracuse’s south side are clearly welcoming the news about plans to finally open a full service supermarket in the impoverished neighborhood. PriceRite will begin construction this spring on a 35,000 foot store at the corner of South and Bellevue avenues.

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Most people who live and work outside the Syracuse University area might not know there’s a new housing subdivision going up not far from Manley Fieldhouse.  After a slow start a year ago, Xavier Woods off Comstock Avenue is getting some traction.

  Transgender Central New Yorkers now have the legal backing to file any complaints of discrimination or harassment.  New regulations took effect this week under the state’s human rights law.  The regulations prohibit discrimination against anyone because of their gender identification or how they present their gender.  That could now be considered discrimination on the basis of sex or disability.  Director of the Syracuse/Onondaga County Human Rights Commission Barrie Gewanter says this change is critical.

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  Someone on the other end of a phone line can play a crucial role for someone considering suicide.  Contact Community Services is seeking more hotline volunteers for what can be a life-saving service.

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  Law enforcement officials  and gun safety advocates say the key to reducing the gun violence in Syracuse is to stop the flood of guns trafficked here from other states.  Mayor Stephanie Miner and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand convened a roundtable discussion Friday at the Southwest Community Center to discuss proposed federal legislation that would make gun trafficking across state lines a crime. 

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It appears the Village of Fayetteville is about to be the first in the county to go forward with a deer management plan.  Village trustees have decided to hire government sharpshooters to cull the deer herd instead of using volunteer bow hunters.  

  The village’s deer committee had recommended signing an agreement with the USDA animal and plant health inspection service.  Mayor Mark Olson says this means trained, professional sharpshooters will come in and do the work as opposed to using volunteer archers.

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Many Central New Yorkers might not think winter is a good time to visit the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.  But zoo officials beg to differ, and are offering incentives to get visitors through the gates during the typically slower months.   Zoo Director Ted Fox says a mild, snowless December certainly boosted attendance…

"We've had lots of extra people coming in, enjoying the sunny days, getting close to the animals.  Unlike summer, with the leaves off the trees, the animals are much more visible."

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About 50 refugees from Ethiopia took to the streets of Syracuse Friday to try and get the U.S. government to stop attacks against people in their homeland.  People who fled violence years ago are seeing their relatives in danger.  They're crying out to urge Washington to stop government backed violence in their African Homeland.   Habiba Boru came to Syracuse 15 years ago to escape similar attacks. 

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  Syracuse experts who work with the homeless say it’s just not realistic to get everyone who lives on the streets inside when temperatures go below freezing.  Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order this week mandating just that.  But Housing and Homeless Coalition Coordinator Melissa Marrone has found forcing people inside doesn’t work.

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