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On the first really nice Sunday of the spring season, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo drew in 5,000 people. The Friends of the Zoo are looking to build on many successes with new animals and exhibits by drawing in more crowds as part of a 20 year master plan. Today they took a look back on the past year and what’s ahead. President and C.E.O. Janet Agostini says 362,000 visitors came in 2014.

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  Local Authorities are working together to address a growing trend of people using synthetic marijuana (known as Spice and Spike) in Syracuse and Onondaga County that continues to land people in the hospital and is a real public health threat.  Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler says his department has been dealing with an upsurge in calls.

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Several Central New York minority and women-owned businesses spent their Friday finding out how to get assistance or to expand their businesses becoming eligible to get state contracted work.  Regional Opportunities Expo’s are being held across the State and came to the State Fairgrounds.  Lourdes Zapata is the Executive Director of the State Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development. She says the healthiest economy has diversity.

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Out of all of the shirts for sale in stores at Destiny USA, you’ll never see any with these sayings... ”The pain will never stop," and “I chose to survive.”  Those are just a sampling of the more than 300 shirts spread across the Vera House Clothesline Project at the mall to raise awareness about sexual abuse.  All of them are made by survivors and will be on display until May 6th.  Prevention and Education Director Loren Cunningham says sexual abuse causes a ripple effect of emotions in families and beyond.

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Central New York’s business sector of women-owned entrepreneurs are part of the total of 9 million businesses who are creating new products, services and jobs across the United States.  For some, the Wise (Women Igniting The Spirit of Entrepreneurship) Symposium 2015 is their first introduction to making the right connections to launch their own.  They gathered at the Carrier Dome for the 13th annual Symposium on Tuesday.  The Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet was a presenter. She explains that young women realized their parents were only earning five percent raises in corporate America.

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An environmental group is making the push for the State Legislature to adopt the Child Safe Products Act to remove tainted toys from store shelves across the State and locally. Members of Clean and Healthy New York made toy purchases in Onondaga County and then used an X-ray fluorescent scanning device to see what they contained. Deputy Director Bobbi Chase Wilding scanned the toys and what she found might surprise you.

CNY LGBT Groups Push for a Statewide Ban on Youth Conversion Therapy

Apr 10, 2015
Valerie Crowder, WAER News

Central New York advocates for LGBT issues praise President Obama for his recent public stance against conversion therapy for minors, as the New York State Legislature prepares for a vote on two proposals that would outlaw the practice on youth.

  Syracuse University professors are saying that Rolling Stone magazine needs to be held accountable for the inaccuracies in its recent campus rape story.  After an assessment from the Columbia School of Journalism regarding Rolling Stone’s “A Rape on Campus” story, three journalism professors from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at SU gave their reactions to the backlash the magazine is now facing.

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  Central New Yorkers might be worried about flooding over the next few days…with rain in today’s forecast coupled with the recent snowmelt.  One expert in flood repair has a very personal connection to a hidden threat of water damage.

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  The Village of Fayetteville’s Mayor says residents could possibly see the former site of O’Brien and Gere start to get a face-lift six months from now.  However, a series of approvals needs to happen, first for a large apartment and mixed-use development project.  

A meeting will be held Monday night for the Village Planning Board to look further at the specifics of the project.  It calls for 12, three-story buildings with 26 apartment units in each.  Mayor Mark Olson says the developer is required to get a zone change for the mixed- use development.

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