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FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
6:15 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Food Bank Examines Scope of Hunger in Central New York

Volunteers from Dairy Marketing Services help sort food at the Food Bank of Central New York
Credit Food Bank of Central New York

The face of hunger is changing locally, according to an assessment completed by the Food Bank of Central New York.  The Food Bank recently wrapped up a survey of the scope of hunger in the region, and the results supported stories they’ve heard from their emergency food program partners.  Food Bank Executive Director Kathleen Stress says the picture of hunger has traditionally been a homeless man visiting a soup kitchen.  Now, she says it’s shifted, and it can be more present in your daily lives than you might expect:  

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SPECIAL EFFECTS COMPANY
6:38 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Film Production Company to Build New Facility in DeWitt

Director Ihor Podolchak shoots a scene in the film Delirium in 2008
Credit Tamara podolchak (Own work) / Wikimedia Commons

Students working on a degree in television or film in Central New York will soon have access to unprecedented technology and training opportunities. This week, Governor Cuomo announced the formation of the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries, which should create at least 350 new high-tech jobs and 150 construction jobs in our area.The facility in DeWitt will provide a cutting-edge visual production technology and research center that will specialize in providing advanced visual production to the area's growing film and television industry. will rent space to startups.

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Transgender Rights
6:35 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Parents of Transgender People Share Stories at All Saints Parish

Adeline Livingston, left, and Anna Livingston are eager to show how proud they are of their transgender father, Mallory Livingston, center, at the CNY Pride Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
Credit Valerie Crowder, WAER News

A Syracuse-based task force is mobilizing the public to raise awareness for one of the most highly discriminated groups in the country: transgender people.  These meetings, which began Tuesday at All Saints Parish in Syracuse, are a wake-up call, highlighting the inequalities most transgender individuals face, said Vince Sgambati, a member of the task force.

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BUSINESS EXPANDS
6:27 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Dot Foods in Liverpool Continues Growth Trend

An electric forklift hard at work at the Dot Foods warehouse in Liverpool
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Central New Yorkers may have seen Dot Foods trucks around the area, but always wondered: just what is Dot Foods? The Syracuse-area branch of the nation’s largest food re-distributor continues to grow, along with the rest of the company.  WAER’s Scott Willis recently took a tour of  their Liverpool facility to find out what they do and what makes them so successful:

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Coerced Confessions
4:36 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

NY High Court Rules Police Can Go Too Far in Interrogations, Reverses Convictions

New York's Highest Courty, the Court of Appeals
Credit wikipedia.org

Two cases decided Thursday by New York’s highest court give defendants more ability to say they were bullied by police during interrogations.  One local attorney puts into perspective how it might change police interview practices. 

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