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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.

NASA

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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  Syracuse University gave its new Athletic Director John Wildhack a big “welcome home” celebration today. Wildhack, an alumni of Syracuse University, says the decision to take the job was driven by a love for the University.

“It’s a big passion play. There is no question. The love that I have for this University is significant. The chance to come home, the chance to work with young people, and help young people develop, develop academically, develop athletically, and to work with a talented group of coaches, that excites me.”

Move to Amend is calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish the illegitimate courted-created concept that corporations and other artificial entities have inherited constitutional rights.
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Move to Amend is coming to Syracuse to promote ending the practice of allowing corporations to have constitutional rights.  The group feels those viewpoints are tied closely to the power and views of the wealthiest Americans. 

New York State Department of Transportation

  The often slippery winter traveling conditions along the Onondaga Lake Parkway and high volume of traffic leading to cross-over accidents is having the State Department of Transportation looking at room for improvement.  A public meeting will discuss some of the possibilities. 

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