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About three dozen self-described Water Protectors came to Syracuse’s Clinton Square Tuesday as part of a national day of action calling on the federal government to reject The Dakota Access Pipeline.  The group stood outside of the Bank of America to protest the loan issued to build the pipeline.  Many people came to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, the native population that has been negatively affected by the pipeline’s construction. Water Protector Margaret Birdlebough of Syracuse was among the crowd.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo stopped by Syracuse Thursday to help wrap up a three-day convention on unmanned aviation systems, or drones, that attracted companies from across the nation and beyond.  He used the opportunity to commit $30 million  in additional funding to expand drone testing in the region.  

Cuomo made his intentions clear when he began his remarks to hundreds of attendees at the Oncenter.

"I'm here because I want you and this industry located in Central New York," Cuomo said to applause. "That doesn't just happen by chance."

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Crews are expected to being working Saturday to repair a leak in a pipeline that released some raw sewage into the southern part of Onondaga Lake last Friday. High flows from last week’s heavy rain put enough pressure on the 50-year-old pipe to cause the leak.

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As Onondaga Lake visitors get to enjoy expanded amenities such as the West Lake Trail, County officials have previously indicated a beach could possibly be added someday.  A new survey released today asks Central New York Residents what they envision for the lake including recreational activities.  FOCUS Greater Syracuse is offering the online survey on their website.  Spokesperson Dee Klees says this is different from the other lake surveys they’ve conducted in the past.

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Experts who want to develop the next cutting-edge technology to support the power grid, electronic devices and electric cars are at the Energy Storage Technology conference Thursday at Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

Held by New York Best, the annual event brought together some of the best researchers on energy storage systems in the world.

Bill Acker, executive director at New York Best, said main businesses are now implementing the technology.

Members of various Syracuse-area environmental groups gathered today to create a list of questions and issues they’d like to see addressed by the 24th district congressional candidates.  They plan to forward them to the five media outlets hosting debates leading up to election day. 

Olivia Green is a water resource specialist with the Atlantic States Legal Foundation.  She wants to know where John Katko and Colleen Deacon stand when it comes to non-point source pollution. 

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Syracuse Common Councilors lent their voice Tuesday to a proposal to make a renewable energy technology more affordable.  WAER's Chris Bolt reports environmentalists are joining with elected officials to have the state take another step to reduce climate change.

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Syracuse Common Councilors lent their voices Tuesday to a push to make a renewable energy technology more affordable. Environmentalists are joining with elected officials to have the state take another step to reduce climate change.

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The Museum of Science and Technology is starting to put together the largest, most expensive visiting exhibit the museum has ever hosted.   It’s called Nature’s Machines and it's so large that five tractor-trailers were needed to bring it to the MOST.  The 5,000 square foot exhibit was built at The Field Museum in Chicago, and its debut here is the first time an exhibit of this scale has ever been on display in a mid-market city.  Chief Program Officer Peter Plumley says Syracuse should be excited.   

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