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  Syracuse residents who got the shock that their property is now in a flood zone can find out more information at a meeting this week.  They’ll find out what’s at stake in the future of flood risks and costs.

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Driver’s will be get reacquainted to programming themselves to be extra observant for students and yellow school buses with flashing lights as a new school year begins this week in Onondaga County.  Law enforcement from Cicero, DeWitt, Geddes, Liverpool, and North Syracuse came together today at Liverpool Elementary to remind drivers it’s time for them to be more vigilant.  North Syracuse Police SGT. Jeff Tripp says drivers will be watched closely.

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The two employees fired from the Central New York S-P-C-A amid a theft investigation found themselves arraigned on grand larceny charges Friday morning.  Details of the case made public today show the extent of the alleged embezzlement is both staggering and crippling.   Onondaga County’s District Attorney detailed almost $700-thousand in funds siphoned from the animal shelter.  Bill Fitzpatrick says former Director Paul Morgan is accused of writing more than 100 checks to himself.

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  The Syracuse Police Department’s trail run with body cameras should be the beginning of a conversation about police-community relations and accountability.  That’s the position of the New York Civil Liberties Union.  Central New York Chapter director Yusuf Abdul Qadir says he was happy to hear about the grant that will fund 10 body cameras.  But he has a few areas of concern that need to be addressed by the proper policy.

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The new Marriott Syracuse Downtown is open and ready for business.  The official opening ceremony was held this morning at the new main entrance on East Onondaga Street.  After the doors closed in 2004, there was a decade of uncertainty for the hotel which originally opened in 1924.  However, one local man with a vision and expertise to restore large hotels tried to keep it from becoming obsolete.  Ed Riley has never been one to take full credit for the $74 million dollar transformation.

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  A law ten years in the making to punish repeat drunk driving offenders isn’t as far reaching as State Senator John DeFrancisco would have liked but, he feels it will get people to think twice about the consequences.  MaryJo Heitkamp-France joined DeFrancisco Wednesday announcing the signing of the law named for her daughter.

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The City of Syracuse continues an active role in joining together with community partners in the Governor’s effort to ‘End the Epidemic by 2020’ …ultimately ending the spread of HIV / AIDS.  The target goal of End the Epidemic is to reduce the number of new infections from the current roughly 3,000 a year in the state to 750 or lower.  Mayor Stephanie Miner’s task force is bringing together 20 healthcare and social service providers for those residents at risk.

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  An Onondaga County Grand Jury has determined a Syracuse Police Officer acted responsibly when she fired a fatal shot at an armed suspect.

D-A Bill Fitzpatrick says the Father’s day gathering in June heard in that 9-1-1 dispatch started out fine and then a dangerous scene unfolded as a gang related incident.  Officer Kelsey Francemone was the first to respond to a shots fired call.  Fitzpatrick showed a surveillance video from Stone Court Apartments leading up to the moment a crowd piled on top of her.

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Syracuse poverty rate ranks number 1 out of 100 cities for having the highest concentrations of poverty among Blacks and Hispanics. The 2015 findings were published by a Rutgers University Professor. We decided to examine some of the local efforts to eradicate poverty.

Learn more about these anti-poverty programs and initiatives, and hear from some of the people on tech front lines here.

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Syracuse poverty rate ranks number 1 out of 100 cities for having the highest concentrations of poverty among Blacks and Hispanics.  The 2015 findings were published by a Rutgers University Professor.  We decided to examine some of the local efforts to eradicate poverty.

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