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  U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is once again urging Congress to pass reforms to help combat sexual assault in the military. Samantha Jackson survived a sexual assault as a military spouse.  She joined Gillibrand at an announcement on Tuesday to share her story of being raped by her ex-husband, which she tried to report to the commanding officers.
 

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Opponents of nuclear power are asking Central New Yorkers to register their opinions at hearings Wednesday as the state prepares to include nuclear energy as part of its “clean energy standard.”  Some are worried too many exceptions are being made for a struggling industry that should not be defined as “clean.”

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What do a giant tortoise, a carnivorous plant and the fossil remains of ancient apes have in common?  They're all on the Top Ten List of New Species put out by the SUNY E-S-F International Institute for Species Exploration.   

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The Director of National Security Studies at Syracuse University says the full lifting of the arms embargo against Vietnam is long overdue.   WAER brings the unique perspective of a retired army colonel who served in South Vietnam.

Bill Smullen hopes the diplomatic overture is the first of many steps that could also lead to a stronger economic and defense relationship with the country.

"Having had two tours in Vietnam,  when I returned from my second tour, I never anticipated that any time soon we would have any kind of a relationship with Vietnam."

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Immigrant students can now attend high school in Utica after a settlement agreement was reached with the district.  The suit Tuyizere vs. Utica was filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York last April on behalf of six students who were repeatedly denied enrollment in Proctor high school after months of letters, phone calls, and threats of litigation.  Legal Services staff attorney Susan Young says the students had been placed in alternative programs in violation of state law that guarantees a free public education to anyone under 21.

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  Syracuse residents got a chance to get an update on the options to replace the elevated portion of Interstate 81 today from one of the key figures who will decide.  Former Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll is now the Commissioner of the State Department of Transportation and he spoke at a forum hosted by FOCUS Greater Syracuse. 

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  How do you bridge the gap between poverty and gainful employment so people can support their family? …and what is businesses responsibility.  Business, education and community service organizations took on the topic at Centerstate C-E-O Wednesday.  V-P of Economic Inclusion Dominick Robinson says poverty issues are often thought of as problems for the government and non-profits to solve.  However, he says investment in the companies and the employees can help change economic disparity.

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After more than five years of planning, the Carrier Park Field of Dreams in DeWitt is ready to hold a grand opening celebration Saturday after construction on the first phase of the park was completed last fall.  Dom Cambareri has been waiting for this moment since the idea to build a fully-accessible, multi-sports park was first born about 10 years ago.

"This is the firsst phase of the dream become reality," Cambareri said.

Syracuse Faces Maryland in Matchup of Blue Blood Programs

May 19, 2016
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The Syracuse Orange (12-4, 2-2 ACC) face the Maryland Terrapins in the second round of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse tournament. The Orange defeated Albany last week by a score of 11-9 to advance. The Terrapins thumped Quinnipiac 13-6 to move on. 

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Governor Cuomo’s statewide task force on heroin and opioid abuse stopped in Syracuse Wednesday to hear testimony from area treatment experts on what’s needed to address the epidemic.  The discussion revealed there are significant gaps in treatment.

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