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Under reporting and lack of public discussion seem to be the biggest barriers to stopping elder abuse.  Wednesday marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and Vera House Project Coordinator Jenny Hicks says the issue is frequently ignored or avoided.   

    

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  More than 30 volunteers at St. Joseph’s Health Center gathered on Tuesday to execute Operation Backpack . The program helps hundreds of children go to school fully packed and prepared with all the school supplies they need for the upcoming academic year.

Bins filled with back to school essential quickly ended up in backpacks that were ready for drop off at the at the St. Joseph pediatric outpatient clinic locations for distribution.  Lauren Spring is the current president of the St. Joseph's Auxiliary Board who helped organize "Operation Backpack" 

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  The raising of a rainbow flag in front of city hall elicited applause from the somber crowd gathered to mark the beginning of CNY Pride Week.  What is usually a festive event was tempered by the tragedy in Florida over the weekend.

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  After 72 years, a Central New York World War II veteran finally received a prisoner of war medal that’s long overdue. Congress member John Katko says Mr. Fay C. Bailey set a good example for younger soldiers.

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The Muslim Chaplain at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel says Muhammad Ali was one of history’s most influential and inspiring individuals who was strongly committed to bringing about change in the world.  WAER brings this perspective of a religious leader who says Ali lived the core values of Islam.  Dr. Ahmed Malik  says Muhammad Ali stepped out of the ring, so to speak, to serve all people.

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  People interested in planes and aviation can climb inside many types of aircraft and see aerial demonstrations at the Syracuse International Air show this weekend.  They can also pay tribute to a Navy Blue Angels Stunt Pilot who died in an accident last week…and who was scheduled to fly here in Syracuse.  

New York State Begins its $10.4 Billion Commitment to Combat Homelessness

Jun 9, 2016
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  What would it take to eliminate homelessness in Syracuse and across New York State? That’s the question Governor Cuomo hopes to answer with the launch of his Homelessness Action Plan. He pledged $10.4 billion during the State of the State address to fight homelessness over the next five years. Organizations in Syracuse will soon be submitting proposals for a share of those funds.

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  What will the future hold for the Democratic Party after the primary results Tuesday that secured the nomination for Hillary Clinton? Colgate University Political Science Professor Tim Byrnes says in the coming weeks Bernie Sanders will face facts that he’s not going to be the party’s nominee.

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Until recently, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, director of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has been the darling of the Cuomo administration. But now, he’s one of the figures at the center of federal and state investigations into alleged pay-to-play schemes for economic development projects, and is increasingly on the outs with the Cuomo Administration.  

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The summer travel season is just around the corner and Syracuse TSA officials want airline travelers to be prepared.  Federal Security Director of Upstate New York Bart Johnson shares some tips for a faster screening process.

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