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Upstate Medical University Cancer Center researchers are optimistic that the recent “Cancer Moonshot” initiative by the White House will bring positive advancements towards treating the disease. Professor Leszek Kotula says this new push will help expand research efforts.

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A crowd of people marched Syracuse streets today to demand an end to violence and call for better treatment by Police.  Organizer Shauna Spivey-Spinner believes better relations in each community can help.

“We need community policing.  We need to know the cops in our neighborhoods and they need to know us.  You can’t expect someone from Solvay to come and work on the Northside when they know nothing about our neighborhoods so we need community policing.  We need to know who these cops are so we can trust them, because trust needs to be built.”  

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  Local residents who like the idea of a trail around Onondaga Lake might like to know about a federal program that could help complete it.  After years of a construction stalemate, Onondaga County has applied for a federal transportation grant that would pay most of the cost of finishing the 13-mile loop.  Senator Chuck Schumer was in Syracuse on Monday touting the benefits of completing the trail.

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  Central New Yorkers who aren’t playing Pokémon Go, or don’t know what it is, have probably wondered why people of all ages are walking around, almost aimlessly, staring at their smartphones.  Some in the tech community see what could be the beginning of a trend.

It’s a new world for Pokémon fans in search for Eevies and Jigglypuffs…

The goal is to catch as many Pokémon as you can.  I talked to an app development, consultation, and design team called Bojaga Studios at the Syracuse Tech Garden to find out the appeal.  

State Comptroller Faults Cuomo Job Creation Program

Jul 15, 2016
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Governor Cuomo’s job creation programs have been in the news recently. The State Comptroller audited one of them, called the Excelsior Jobs program, and found some problems.  Capital correspondent Karen DeWitt sat down with Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to talk about the programs and their value to taxpayers and New York's economy.  She learned some of the benefits went to a nationally known New York company.

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The Metamorphosis of the State Fairgrounds will be dually new territory for car enthusiasts and attendees alike at this year’s Syracuse Nationals.  It’s a feeling of “what the heck happened here?”  But as shiny, pinstriped vehicles fill in to park on what will serve as the new midway in a little over a month, eyes will concentrate more on some of the hottest wheels in town.  The kind people dream of owning as kids playing with scale cars.  It’s all about the paint and what’s under the hoo

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  An expansion in the eligibility of federal food benefits could help local families and elderly.  It might also boost the local economy – if people take advantage.

The big change in the SNAP program is raising the eligibility threshold to 150% of the federal poverty level.  Food Bank of Central New York Outreach Director Amalia Swan can see a significant impact on those struggling.

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Dr. Marvin Druger discusses lunar landings throughout history.

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  Central New Yorkers who visit the Rosamond Gifford Zoo can once again see elephants playing in the water.  Officials opened the new pool area on Tuesday, and the elephants could already be seen taking a dip.  Zoo Director Ted Fox says many families and visitors have been very anxious to see what the new habitat will look like.

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