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Onondaga County’s health commissioner says recent rankings of the community’s overall health indicate our behaviors are more of a factor in determining health outcomes more than the availability and quality of care. While residents can make better choices, social and economic factors also come in to play. 

Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta says the big picture is key when looking at a person’s overall health. 

"In public health we say ‘everything affects health,’ and then also ‘health affects everything.’"

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The newly-approved state budget makes impacts on public schools, as well as the ability to continue through college.  But increased education aid still leaves questions for schools and students. 

Always controversial, overall state aid to school districts rose more than a $1 billion in the state’s spending plan.  New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kremer thinks the extra aid hits the right targets.

Top-ranked Syracuse (9-1, 3-0) overcame a slow opening quarter to knock off Cornell (3-7, 2-2) at home Tuesday night 15-8. 

The Orange got off to a quick start as Nick Mariano scored just under four minutes into the game. Cornell would counter with three goals of its own, all of them assisted by Big Red freshman Jeff Teat.

This in-state rivalry got testy early and never really stopped. There ended up being 12 minutes worth of penalties between the two teams, often resulting in 5-on-5 or even 5-on-4 situations. 

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A new AAA report shows that nearly 4,000 tickets were issued to motorists in Onondaga County in 2015 for using their cell phones and texting while driving.  Legislative analyst and report author Alex Slatky called the situation ‘an epidemic’ and said people need to be more aware of the severity of distracted driving.

Top-Ranked Syracuse Takes On Cornell

Apr 11, 2017

Looking to match its best start since 1990, Syracuse (8-1, 3-0) faces Cornell (3-6, 2-2) on Tuesday night from the Carrier Dome.

The 102nd edition of this in-state rivalry finds a Syracuse team looking to avenge an overtime loss against Cornell a year ago. Now senior Nick Mariano scored four goals in the Orange's 10-9 defeat.

Syracuse is on a six-game winning steak that has propelled themselves to the top of the NCAA polls following former number one Penn State's loss against Maryland over the weekend. 

Zero Tolerance on Move Over Law to be Enforced in Onondaga County

Apr 10, 2017
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Law enforcement officials in Onondaga County will be targeting motorists next week who don’t observe the state’s Move Over Law. Today, County Police Chief Joseph Ciciarelli says they’re launching a zero tolerance enforcement of the law from April 17th through the 21st. James Waverkak of Meyer’s Towing works on the thruway and faces the dangers of the highway every day. He thinks only about 60% of drivers obey the Move Over Law.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner released the final budget of her administration Monday, which she says was made more difficult by the late state budget and uncertainty about federal funding.  The $700 million spending plan includes $293 million for city operations, and $407 million for city schools, which anticipated $20 million in additional state aid.  But Miner says the state only came through with $12 million in its budget approved Sunday night. 

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we hear about an emerging lacrosse program in Central New York. Jamesville-Dewitt is well know for their high school lacrosse success of recent years. Also Syracuse University has a storied history of success at the collegiate level, but they're not the only college program with success.

WAER's Tim Scott has the story of how Le Moyne College has established  a strong lacrosse program built to succeed for the long haul. And what future success might be in store for this Dolphins program led by  head coach Dan Sheehan

Syracuse Law Professor Endorses Legality of U.S. Missile Strikes Against Syria

Apr 7, 2017
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The chemical attack in Syria is being called a crime on humanity by a Syracuse University International law expert, who says from a moral aspect Bashar al-Assad needs to be stopped. Thursday night, President Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria as a response to the chemical weapon attack.  Syracuse University Law Professor David Crane says from a legal perspective international law does allow the United States’ reprisal.

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Symphoria is looking ahead to another successful season even though the current slate of performances doesn’t wrap up for another month. The orchestra is planning a variety of music at a range of venues in hopes of appealing to a broader audience.

From masterworks and pops…to kids, casual, and spark concerts, managing director Catherine Underhill says there’s likely to be something for everyone when the new season opens in September.  She feels it’s part of their mission to provide an opportunity to take in live music.