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Upstate Medical Center hopes a brand new Pediatric ER will help relieve stress on kids and parents visiting Urgent Care.  Director Doctor Richard Cantor says the $3 million project is a big step forward for the hospital.

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It’s been 10 years since New York’s highest court ordered that more state money be paid to schools with the poorest children. But advocates say in the decade since the 2006 ruling, many so called high needs schools have fallen even further behind.

  The Alliance for Quality Education looked at the school aid in the state budget allotted to 161 of the poorest schools among the over 700 districts in New York.

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    The support of two of the most prominent women in New York politics helped Colleen Deacon secure the nomination for the 24th congressional district in Tuesday's primary.  She enjoyed endorsements by Hillary Clinton and Kirsten Gillibrand to boost her first-time candidacy among democrats.  

Deacon topped Eric Kingson and Steve Williams in the contest.  Kingson enjoyed attention late in the race when Bernie Sanders endorsed him and held an event in Syracuse with the candidate.  Deacon ran largely on issues such as equal rights, pay equity and women's health issues.  She drew 49% of the vote, while Kingson tallied 32% and Williams got 19%.  

Deacon will run against incumbent John Katko in the November election.  Katko is finishing up his first term in congress.  

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  Central New Yorkers who bought diesel vehicles from Volkswagen learned 10 months ago that the company cheated on their emissions testing.  Volkswagen may now be facing criminal charges and major environmental fines.  New York state attorney General Eric Schneiderman will be handling the ongoing investigation.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to focus on positive actions in his public events in recent days as a federal investigation into his administration’s economic development programs continues.

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  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand chose Fayetteville’s connection to women’s rights as a place to announce her bill to promote the anniversary of women’s suffrage.  She’d like to see more attention to the centennial of women’s right to vote, which comes around in 2020.  Gillibrand says the voting rights struggle is connected to women’s issues today.

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  Registered democrats will go to the polls Tuesday in the 24th congressional district to choose who they’d like to see replace incumbent republican John Katko.  In the first of our series on the upcoming primary, we hear what motivated political newcomers Steve Williams, Colleen Deacon, and Eric Kingson to run for congress.

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  The Fowler High School Class of 2016 graduates Thursday, but seniors put on their caps and gowns a day early to parade through local elementary schools. High fives and cheers could be seen and heard in the hallways of Bellevue Elementary School, with younger kids holding signs to congratulate the passing high schoolers. Graduating seniors Juliana Rodriguez and Ramel Davis say the excitement was palpable.

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  Syracuse school children no longer have to worry about being fined if they’re late to return a book to the city’s libraries.  Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Tuesday the city will pay $7,000 per year to cover the cost of the fines, as well as prevent blocks on library cards.  She says the idea is to keep children reading so they stay on track at school, especially during the summer. 

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What began in January as an ambitious reform package proposed by Gov. Cuomo to address a wave of corruption at the Capitol dwindled to just two proposals by the time the session closed.  Here’s a look at what happened:

Back in January, Governor Cuomo proposed a number of changes to react to a wave of corruption that led to the convictions of the two former leader of the legislature on felony corruption charges.

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