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  Onondaga County’s Sheriff has a few ideas about how to reduce what he’s calling an epidemic in heroin abuse.  He’s trying to help addicts in the community as well as those behind bars. 

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  Someone on the other end of a phone line can play a crucial role for someone considering suicide.  Contact Community Services is seeking more hotline volunteers for what can be a life-saving service.

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  Older New Yorkers have a range of things to watch regarding their health and security during this upcoming session in Albany.  AARP in New York supports a family leave proposal that would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave.  Legislative Director Bill Ferris says it might make it easier for someone to take care of a relative at home.

William Wallak / Jewish Community Center, DeWitt, NY

As Onondaga County public school students had this Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Day off, some kids attended a camp to learn more about who Dr. King was and his accomplishments for equal rights for all.  The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse hosts the annual camp.  Director of Children and Teen Services, Mick Hagan says some students arrive at the camp not knowing the whole story.

Scott Willis / WAER News

  Law enforcement officials  and gun safety advocates say the key to reducing the gun violence in Syracuse is to stop the flood of guns trafficked here from other states.  Mayor Stephanie Miner and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand convened a roundtable discussion Friday at the Southwest Community Center to discuss proposed federal legislation that would make gun trafficking across state lines a crime. 

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  Education funding is always one of the most hotly-debated issues in the state budget...and Governor Cuomo set a starting point in his spending proposal Wednesday.  School advocates believe a substantial increase in Cuomo’s state aid proposal might not even allow schools to keep up.

Scott Willis / WAER News

You might say it was the first day of school Thursday for SUNY Upstate Medical University’s new president.  Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena has spent the past three months or so getting to know the university and the community it serves.  She calls the transition between her appointment in September and today "marvelous."

"I've been anticipating the first day, and I'm thrilled."          

She says one of her themes is to connect science and education to the work they need to do at Upstate.  She says there has to be a focus on tackling Syracuse’s high rate of poverty. 

Frahm-Hingtgen comes to WAER-Syracuse University from KMST public radio operated by Missouri University of Science & Technology where she most recently served as the station’s Program Director.

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Governor Cuomo released his State of the State message and $143 billion budget spending plan, including $1 billion more  for schools next year , and ethics reforms.

Cuomo saved his plans for education and ethics reform for his speech, after already rolling out a massive infrastructure project that he says will make the late Governor Nelson Rockefeller “jealous”, calling for a statewide $15 minimum wage, and numerous other proposals.

downtownsyracuse.com

Economic Forecasters say Central New York’s economy will likely experience and mix of slow and steady growth in 2016.  The results of surveys given to nearly 200 CenterState C-E-O members and business leaders towards the end of the 2015 were released this morning during the corporation’s annual breakfast.  President Rob Simpson says when members were polled and surveyed, they didn’t know the region was going to win the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

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