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  A successful grandparent mentorship program that serves hundreds of Syracuse-area first and second graders is on the budget chopping block if the U.S. Senate can’t save it.  Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Van Duyn elementary in Syracuse today, one of at least 30 schools and family support locations served by the Senior corps program.  Schumer says the grandparents are a critical addition to schools and families…

Pondering the M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest on the Monday after ...

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All hands were on deck this morning as Syracuse's Operation Walk Cargo Team unloaded and packed 16-thousand pounds of medical supplies for their upcoming service trip to Guatmela. A team of 50 people…from surgeons and nurses to cardiologists and physical therapists will make the journey south in a few weeks.  

  Director Kimberly Murray says the group hopes to treat 75 patients in need of hip and knee replacements, and complete 90 or more free surgeries. 

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Thousands of cars, from hot rods to classics to muscle cars will be on display at the New York State Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday for the 2015 Syracuse Nationals.  Organizers expect 8000 cars and as many as 80,000 visitors.  

Tourism officials told the Business Journal that last year's event boosted the local economy by $13 million.  Organizers call the Nationals the largest car show in the Northeast. 

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About 135 businesses have officially been created since the Syracuse Tech Garden opened to offer free office space and business support.  The high-tech space is marking its 10th Anniversary today with a full day of events and giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to network. Judges also listened to the next regional start-ups pitch their ideas for cash awards.

Advocates for highway and auto safety

  A change in federal law could mean trucks with double trailers, more than 80 feet in overall length will be driving on upstate New York roads and highways.  Senator Chuck Schumer says that would mean a dangerous change in traffic that puts people at risk.  On average 4000 people a year are dying from truck related crashes and Schumer worries that would only get worse. 

At 5 p.m. Friday, the first notes of the 33rd edition of the M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest will depart from the instruments from the students that make up the city of Syracuse's Park & Rec All-Star Band and roll out over the campus of Onondaga Community College.

  The 33rd edition of Syracuse Jazzfest is approaching, and founder and executive producer Frank Malfitano says he’s always seems to set a new bar for himself.

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  New York State has seen a boom in solar power over the past three years…and one local expert says it’s just a start of a conversion to sustainable energy sources.  

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There might finally be some movement to re-develop the long-vacant former NYNEX building in Syracuse across from city hall.  Common councilors today approved a $700,000 settlement with the owner…even though Isaac Jacobowitz of Brooklyn owes about $2 million in overdue property taxes and penalties. 

   Deputy Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development Ben Walsh says now the clock is ticking…

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