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  People who drive through downtown Syracuse are still seeing Verizon workers walking a picket line, and the latest contract offer made public by the company is not likely to change the strikers any time soon.

What Verizon called its last, "best" offer is not sending picketers home on the verge of a new agreement, in the opinion of local communication workers Local 1123 leaders.

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  A film about the first spectator sport in North America is part of a special spring edition of the Syracuse International Film Festival. They’re calling SpringFest.  It’s focusing on films that have a Central New York connection through subject, filmmaker or local talent working on them.  Syracuse University Sport Management Professor Dennis Deninger says his film “America’s First Sport” tells of the first time spectators actually watched a sporting event: a lacrosse game.

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A group of former prisoners sat in tears in the Syracuse Federal Court today… but not for the reason you might expect. They were recognized by the Intensive Reentry Court Program for their successful transitions back into society after prison. Former drug addict, Sonya of Potsdam said she was at first reluctant to join the program.

   “I didn’t know how to say no to drugs, you know, that’s my first thinking, “Well huh I’m in a new city let’s go”, but I knew I couldn’t do that.”

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  Symphoria is announcing its new season on the heels of a successful year which saw attendance jump more than 20 percent in single ticket sales.  Some highlights of the new season reflect how the orchestra is attracting audiences. 

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The upcoming season at Syracuse Stage will be the last chosen by outgoing artistic director Tim Bond.  It reflects his ideas of diversity – in style, tone, and culture.

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Doctor Supports Zika Virus Funding

Apr 26, 2016
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Senator Chuck Schumer’s push for $1.9 billion in Emergency Funding to address the Zika Virus comes just before the first warm weather season in the U.S. since the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) issued its warning. They concluded there is a link between the virus in pregnant women and birth defects seen in Brazil. Locally, the Chief of Infectious disease at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Timothy Endy, feels the money to combat the virus is necessary.

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  Just days after Earth Day one environmental group is raising concerns about the water quality in New York’s rivers and streams.  The problems are both the specific threats and the lack of information about them.

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Taking renewable energy to the streets

One of the stops on Saturday’s self-guided tour of renewable energy sites in Onondaga County is the nine electric car charging stations on Water Street, near the Erie Canal Museum.  With a total of 120 charging stations around the county, there are more charging stations than electric vehicles. However, soon, plug-in electric cars could become more common on the Central New York roadways.

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