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  Central New York school districts are preparing for a potentially difficult budget year after new numbers came out Wednesday that would severely limit a district’s ability to raise money from their local communities.  Some say it might be an unintended consequence of the New York State real property tax cap law enacted in 2012.

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  Education funding is always one of the most hotly-debated issues in the state budget...and Governor Cuomo set a starting point in his spending proposal Wednesday.  School advocates believe a substantial increase in Cuomo’s state aid proposal might not even allow schools to keep up.

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Excitement is building at Syracuse University over the potential of the proposed National Veterans Resource Complex.  SU officials want to make such a statement that, for the first time in years, they’ve launched a national design competition to select an architect for the project.  Mike Haynie is Vice Chancellor and Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at SU.  He says the rapid growth and success of the programs at IVMF has presented some infrastructure barriers that keep them from having a local impact. 

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About 500 additional Syracuse high school students will have the option to ride the bus come February after an agreement with Centro.  The city school district announced Monday the maximum walking distance for students  has been reduced from two miles to 1.5 miles.  Centro director Frank Kobliski says it was a matter of logistics and no extra buses.  

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  Syracuse was named one of the top 10 best cities in the nation for veterans to come and earn their college degrees. Hiring Our Heroes conducted a survey of cities with good access to colleges with veterans programs, as well as graduation rates and job opportunities.  Syracuse placed 7th on the list.

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  Nearly 6,200 Central New York college students who rely on a long-running federal student loan program find themselves in limbo after congress failed to renew the program.  The Perkins Loan program provides low-interest loans to students who can’t borrow or afford more expensive private student loans.  Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at LeMoyne College Wednesday, one of 122 institutions across New York that count on the loans to help make college more affordable.

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Dozens teachers and their supporters wore black t-shirts on the first day of the State Fair on Thursday with a pretty direct message for the Governor… “Call Out Cuomo.” The only problem was, he wasn’t there to see it firsthand. However, he did send Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul who acknowledged the teachers when asked by the media.    

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  A group of students from New York City is spending the week enjoying Central New York’s slower pace and environment.  The students are part of a program that might just launch them into science careers.

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Data collected by a team of local researchers concludes an experiment of sorts launched about five years ago by the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County seems to be working…and very well.  In 2010, the coalition and its many community partners started enrolling select Syracuse children in a program that sent books to their homes in hopes of starting good reading habits with parents. 

   It’s called Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  Dr.  Jeff Craig is Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support at OCM BOCES.

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Nearly 289 million people are active users on Twitter. But Vera House intern Elizabeth Scheemaker  says she isn’t one of them.

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