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Matthew Griffin had what anybody would consider a far fetched idea that didn’t draw a lot of support.

"Nobody was really going to lend us money to make flip flops in Afghanistan."

You read that right. He was in an army boot factory and had the idea for his company, Combat Flip Flops.  He’s expanded shoes to scarves, jewelry and other products, helping in ways connected to his military service.

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Governor Cuomo’s health department is analyzing the plan in the Republican Congress to overhaul Obama care, and finds it carries a heavy price tag for New York.

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Thursday marked the first day on the job for Jaime Alicea as the new superintendent of the Syracuse city schools.   The Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday night to remove the word “interim” from his title.

Alicea says he never thought he’d become superintendent when the Puerto Rican native  began as a kindergarten teaching assistant at Seymour Elementary in 1983.

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Criticisms of the latest version of President Trump’s Travel Ban have come from New York leaders.  You might have heard earlier on Morning Edition about concerns that the ban has a chilling effect no travel. 

The Finger Lakes area depends quite a bit on tourism for the local economy.  And policies that restrict travel – or inhibit it – could have trickle-down effects. 

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no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear
saying-
leave,
run away from me now
i dont know what i’ve become
but i know that anywhere
is safer than here

Wael reflected on his journey home after the first mission trip he went on as an aid worker in a refugee camp. It was back in September, long before the camps were well established. It was chaos and despair. His flight home was from Greece to Germany, an ironic twist.

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Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney used the occasion of her 10th state of the county address Tuesday evening to calm some of what she called the “fearmongering” over the Consensus Commission’s recommendations to modernize local government. 

"There is not a single thing written in the Consensus report that will spell disaster for anyone."

Such has been the rhetoric from the mayor to the county legislature over the main recommendation to combine Syracuse and Onondaga County.

Onondaga County Lawmakers approved the sale of “Lot 17” today, which is perhaps better known as the parking lot used for the Oncenter downtown. The law approved the sale of the nearly three acre lot to the local developer PEMCO for $2.5 million.  Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon said the developer plans to build a $135 million complex, including student housing, restaurants and retail space.

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Congressmember John Katko is weighing in on issues ranging from wiretaps to town hall meetings as the Trump Administration and Congress continue their rocky start.  As we’ve heard, President Trump has accused former President Obama of wiretapping phones in trump tower before the election.  While Trump has offered no proof, Katko says as a former federal prosecutor, he knows it shouldn’t be too hard to find out.

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Syracuse Men's Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim has a national championship, nine Big East regular season championships and five Big East Tournament championships in his career at Syracuse. He is also a three-time gold medal winning Basketball Hall of Famer with over 1,000 career wins (regardless of what the NCAA says).

On Wednesday, Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange (18-13, 10-8) look for their first ever victory in the ACC tournament in Brooklyn, New York. The Miami Hurricanes (20-10, 10-8) stand in their way.

Congressmember John Katko hosted a roundtable discussion with health care providers Monday to find out the potential pros and cons of the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  But Katko doesn’t appear ready to support any plan just yet.

Katko says all the major hospitals in the 24th District were represented at today’s meeting at Saint Joseph’s hospital. He says the biggest concerns revolved around potential cuts to Medicaid and what it might mean for hospital budgets… and patients.

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