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Pride Week in Syracuse got underway Monday with a proclamation at city hall and a memorial to victims of the massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub a year ago. Mayor Stephanie Miner and other local officials commemorated L-G-B-T-Q pride by raising the rainbow flag in front of city hall.  Calling for more equal rights, Miner also remembered the 49 victims killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

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The Syracuse parks department is marking a century of operation, years after many parks were already established.  One of them is Onondaga park in the Strathmore neighborhood.  

Kelly Wise says it was her family’s first weekend in the neighborhood nine years ago this month when her connection to Strathmore and Onondaga Park began.

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People of many faiths will stand in solidarity with Central New York’s Muslims Saturday as they continue to celebrate Ramadan.  A walk to the mosque from Grace Episcopal Church  and an open house is intended to counter an anti-Sharia law march in front of the federal building.

President of the Islamic Society of Central New York Mohmed Khater says people are certainly free to gather and rally.  But he also feels it’s their responsibility to help the larger community understand Islamic ideology.

If you think your lawn and flowers are waterlogged, think of what Central New York farmers are dealing with after record amounts of rain this spring.  WAER News checked in with an expert to find out what the industry is up against. Margaret Smith is a professor in plant breeding and genetics at Cornell University. 

"Well, it's starting off to be a really challenging agricultural year."

She says there’s a complicated choreography behind the planting season….

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The leader of the Oneida Indian Nation was the guest speaker for Centerstate C.E.O.’s Bi-Annual Speakers Series on Thursday and shared his visions on how the business community can collaborate to enhance the Central New York Economy.  Ray Halbritter says diversity in business lends itself to creating positive outcomes.

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Central New York has been getting more than its fair share of cool temperatures and rain this spring.  So, we checked in with the National Weather Service to see what’s going on?  If you think that you’ve been missing the sunshine, Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Binghamton can relate.  Brian Tenninger says they can’t recall a long stretch of sunny days since May.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting involved in New York’s Congressional races. At a rally with House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, he vowed to help defeat the state’s republican members of the House of Representatives when they are up for election next year.

House Democratic Leader Pelosi introduced Governor Cuomo at the rally of union workers at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is preparing to celebrate the birthday of one of its oldest…and largest residents.

"This summer marks a milestone for one of the most beloved family members at the zoo.  Siri, the matriarch of our elephant herd, will turn 50 years old this year.”                                             

Zoo Director Ted Fox says Siri was first brought to the zoo in 1972 when she was 5, and is still one of the zoo’s biggest attractions.   He says the 9,000 pound pachyderm has thrilled generations of visitors.

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New York State is seeking $1.5 billion dollars of private investment to increase the state’s renewable energy production.  Governor Cuomo recently announced the plan following President Trump’s recent decision to pull-out of the Paris Climate Agreement.  Cuomo hopes to considerably increase clean energy infrastructure and jobs by 2020.  The initiative is the largest renewable energy pledge of any state in U.S. history.

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The New York State legislature is back at the Capitol for three weeks of meetings before the session ends later in June.  A number of advocacy groups say there’s an opportunity for lawmakers to act to address some of the harm that they say President Trump’s policies are causing.  But divisions in the legislature may hinder any chance of achievements.