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The finalists for the "Elevating Erie" project were unveiled at the Erie Canal Museum Thursday Night. These cutting edge designs to transform parts of Syracuse and Dewitt could spark change in city infrastructure. 

For many people there's little connection between Erie Boulevard and the Erie Canal.  But a design competition - and some creative future thinking - are trying to change that.

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Walking into the Hotel Syracuse is like witnessing a rebirth of historic tracings of the past.  The man responsible for rescuing the hotel was honored today.  The Onondaga Historical Society presented the Owner, Ed Riley with the OHA Medal Award recognizing outstanding and meritorious service to local history.


  People who drive through downtown Syracuse are still seeing Verizon workers walking a picket line, and the latest contract offer made public by the company is not likely to change the strikers any time soon.

What Verizon called its last, "best" offer is not sending picketers home on the verge of a new agreement, in the opinion of local communication workers Local 1123 leaders.

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  The owner of the last functioning portion of the former Allied Chemical Plant in Solvay has made a multi-million dollar investment to improve emissions. 

“We did it because Chemtrade is a responsible care company,”  Bob Amend, Chemtrade Logistics Plant Manager, said. “And we take our obligation to the community, to keep it safe and have the smallest environmental footprint possible.”  

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Assistant Commissioner of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Chuck DeWeese introduces the "No Empty Chair" program Friday at West Genessee High School. The "No Empty Chairs" campaign is a statewide effort to minimize crashes involving teen drivers.Credit John Smith / WAER NewsEdit | Remove

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Sometimes the best things come in small packages. That’s certainly what the Director of Tiny Homes For Good, Andrew Lunetta believes as a wall goes up on one of his miniature houses for homeless veterans.

Volunteers have broken ground on two 300 square-foot homes on Rose Avenue in Syracuse.

Lunetta said although tiny homes have become a fad across the country, his homes are not a publicity stunt and are truly cost effective solutions to homelessness in Syracuse.

Another Anchor Store Closes; What's in Shoppingtown's Future?

Apr 8, 2016
Front of J.C. Penny, from inside of Shoppingtown mall
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    Shoppingtown Mall was once a powerhouse jammed packed with stores.  But after 60 years, J.C. Penny closed its doors forever at 5 p.m. Friday.  The only anchor store left is Sears. 

Shoppers like Ryan Kelley of Eastwood question how long the mall can survive with so many stores leaving.  

Six Clay Residents Arrested in Largest Local Fentanyl Bust to Date

Mar 25, 2016
Chris Bolt


  The Onondaga County Sheriff’s department has arrested six people in the Town of Clay allegedly caught in the act of packaging thousands of doses of a drug called fentanyl, the latest twist in the ongoing problem of synthetic drugs. 

Sergeant Young of the County’s special investigations unit said this seizure of fentanyl was the largest that the department has had to date.  He said the bust prevents more community members from experiencing harm.

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  About 2,300 Onondaga County union workers will be compensated for lost wages after a majority of members voted to accept the county’s settlement offer for an Improper Practice charge brought by the union. 

The charge stemmed from Onondaga County’s approval of a retroactive, three-year contract back in February.  But the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), citing state law, said anything more than a one-year contract can only be put in place if the union agrees to it, which it did not.  

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More than a hundred supporters rallied and chanted together today in support of Vera House and its efforts to combat domestic and sexual violence. Survivors are telling their stories to illustrate the need for the annual White Ribbon Campaign.

Wanda Marshall found herself a victim of date rape… and faced the trials of domestic violence all on her own.

“When I became a Mary Kay consultant we work in support of Vera House by giving grants to them.  It’s just my way of giving back and helping other women know there is help out there and there is support that they can and will get through it.” 

Today Wanda is a survivor and was proudly dressed in white to support the campaign’s goal to create awareness to the community.