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LAWRENCE J. HACKETT, JR. IS BEING HONORED
5:27 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Proposed Agent Orange Fairness Act Named After Syracuse Native

Judge Joseph Fahey speaks about his friend Lawrence J. Hackett, Jr.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

A Central New York Vietnam Veteran who likely died of cancer from Agent Orange exposure now has his name on proposed legislation to support other veterans and families.  The Lawrence J. Hackett, Jr. Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Fairness Act unveiled today would ensure that veterans and their families would get the necessary healthcare and compensation to cover them.  A longtime friend of Hackett’s, Judge Joseph Fahey says his friend’s story is similar to others.

Listen to Congressmember Dan Maffei talk about Agent Orange and what Veterans are covered for health insurance.

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EXPERT WORRIES ABOUT SAFETY OF US FORCES
12:39 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

National Security Expert at SU Feels Swap to Bring Sgt. Bergdahl Home was 'the Right Thing to do'

Director of National Security Studies at SU's Maxwell School, Bill Smullen.
Credit Maxwell School website.

The Director of National Security Studies at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School is relieved that a US soldier has been returned but, he's also concerned about the release of five high level Taliban operatives.  Bill Smullen has been keeping a close watch on developments.  He says the released detainees are dangerous planners and thinkers.

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Local News
2:39 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Move to Amend Spokesperson to Appear in Syracuse

National Move to Amend Spokesperson, David Cobb. He's also a Lawyer.
Credit Move to Amend website.

A national Democracy Activist speaking tonight (6/2/2014) in Syracuse is hoping to keep the momentum going for a movement to end Corporate Personhood.  In essence, he says it provides for the same rights as humans.  Move to Amend Spokesperson David Cobb says the problem is that several laws safeguard corporations through constitutional rights.

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COMMON COUNCIL OVERRIDES MAYOR'S VETO
2:46 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Lawmakers Flex Veto Power. Syracuse Property Taxes to Increase 1.5 Percent

Syracuse Common Councilor Kathleen Joy talks about why lawmakers decided to spend more money.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

Syracuse homeowners will be paying 1.5 percent more on their upcoming city tax bills in July.  The Syracuse Common Council approved the measure today to override Mayor Stephanie Miner’s spending veto. 

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UTILITY SAFETY
4:47 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

North Syracuse Elementary Students Learn Power and Gas Safety

National Grid employees Paul Wilson (left) and Mike Hargreaves (right) instruct students about the dangers of power lines and how to stay safe.
Credit John Smith, WAER News

A combination of stormy weather and spending more time outdoors this summer is a good refresher for what to do when encountering power lines on the ground in Central New York.  About 400 students at Allen Road Elementary in North Syracuse participated in workshops today with National Grid representatives.

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