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  Central New Yorkers trying to sign up for medical insurance through the state's health exchange have until Friday night to enroll in order to have that coverage take effect January 1st.  New York Health Benefit Exchange Director Donna Frescatore  says an original deadline was pushed back.

This week phones rang at record pace as people tried to get answers about the various insurance plans or needed help completing applications.  

There are so many memorable melodies that encompass the holiday music catalog.  In this edition of Jazz Journeys, we take a closer look at the origins of The Christmas Song and the artist who made it famous.

  Progress continues on Onondaga County’s Amphitheater project…despite winter weather and environmental concerns.  WAER’s Chris Bolt reports local contractors can also find out how to get involved tonight.

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When Western New York was dealt a major winter storm last month with an entire year’s worth of snow piled up in a matter of days, Onondaga County Employees and first responders made the trip to offer help.  Today they were recognized by County Executive Joanie Mahoney for their efforts.  She personally received hand-written thank you letters from Erie County Residents.


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  After years of studies, moratoriums, and intense lobbying on both sides, top state health and environmental officials today recommended against hydraulic fracturing in New York state.  

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For more than a decade the non-profit group that owns the Harriet Tubman Home and grounds in Auburn, New York have been trying to get the historical place designated as a national park. Last Friday, the US Senate voted to pass the measure by a vote of 89 to 11 and now it’s waiting for President Obama’s signature. Harriet Tubman Incorporated President and CEO Karen Hill wants that as a Christmas gift.

  It's a gray late Saturday afternoon in Syracuse, the sun has been nowhere to be found in more than a week, the temperatures have not risen over the freezing point in at least that long, those that shovel the pavement they call their own are probably still more than a little bit sore, and the holidays that call for gift-giving and before that gift-wrapping are knock-knock-knocking at everybody's door.

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Elected officials from Central New York and statewide are calling for an extended moratorium on hydraulic fracturing after they say mounting scientific evidence shows additional risks and harms of the controversial gas drilling technique.    About 140 members of the group Elected officials to Protect New York signed and sent a letter to Governor Cuomo after he announced a clear decision on fracking could come by the end of the month.   The group would like to see a three to five year extension of the moratorium.  Julie Huntsman is co-coordinator of the group and Town of Otsego council member.  She says they’re grateful for the governor’s restraint thus far…

A view inside an industrial-looking room, with purple pipes, an orange pump, and large metal water tanks
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As the Carrier Dome’s roof protects Orange fans from the elements, now the rain run-off streaming down the Dome’s roof will be collected into two 25,000-gallon bulk storage tanks. The water captured will be chlorinated and then used to flush toilets in eight of the Dome’s restroom facilities. There will be about 8,000 gallons available for use throughout the facility, stored in an indoor room by the concourse. Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Matt Driscoll says it’s a sign of the times: 

  What a difference a week makes.

Trevor Cooney exploded for a team-high 25 points, saving the Orange from an embarrassing home loss to Louisiana Tech.   It was a season-high for Cooney, just eight days after scoring a season-low two points against St. John's.

In that game, Cooney made just 1-of-6 shots, missed all four threes and continued Syracuse's miserable year of outside shooting.  In this one, he shot 4-8 from behind-the-arc, while taking over ball handling duties at points in the game.

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