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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s inspector general has found that numerous security and oversight problems at the state prison in Dannemora contributed to the prison break of two inmates last year.

  The June 6, 2015, escape of inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat from the Clinton Correctional Facility near Plattsburgh led to a massive three-week-long manhunt in which Matt was killed in an encounter with State Police and Sweat was shot and wounded and retaken into custody.

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Dozens of 5th and 6th graders from Syracuse City Schools took a break from the classroom Friday to practice their swing, run bases and also bump into the Major League Baseball Commissioner at Burnet Park.  Robert Manfred visited Syracuse today to celebrate the city's partnership with the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Program (RBI) to promote wider participation in baseball and softball programs.  RBI provides programmatic support from uniforms to coaches to training.    

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  Governor Cuomo was in town today to celebrate two local businesses’ plans to create and retain 450 jobs in Downtown Syracuse. The newly restored Hotel Syracuse was the backdrop for his remarks about the economic revitalization happening in Upstate New York State.

“Hotel Syracuse reborn, new advanced manufacturing high-tech companies locating in downtown Syracuse, who ten years ago would have been on the first plane to Austin, Texas or to South Carolina now locating here because they see the economic future.”

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The impact of gun violence in is seen and heard on a regular basis in Syracuse.  Parents Rita and John Fredette know this firsthand.  Their son Joshua was killed in 2005.

"A monster stole the breath away from my son," Rita Fredette said.   "No matter what we all do to stop  and impact violence, that cannot heal my heart.  

"How do you get well?  I don't know," John Fredette said.  "Every day is yesterday, July 2, 2005."

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It’s been over a month since Gov. Andrew Cuomo hired a special investigator in response to a federal probe of his Buffalo Billion project and other economic development programs.  But so far, no contract with that investigator, Bart Schwartz, has been released, and questions remain about what exactly he is investigating.   On April 29, the same day that Cuomo revealed that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had subpoenaed records related to his economic development programs, Cuomo announced that he’d hired Schwartz, a former prosecutor who served under Rudy Giuliani when Giuliani was U.S. Attorney.

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  Auburn city officials are hoping that a statewide grant competition will help revitalize the city’s downtown area and economy. Auburn Mayor Michael Quill unveiled the proposal focused on a new welcome center to help visitors navigate the developing Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.

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Heavy trucks and construction equipment didn’t stop a few dozen Syracuse university staff and faculty from holding a protest of the pedestrian promenade project that got underway Tuesday.  Renderings show the project will eliminate the roadway in favor of a more accessible plaza along University Place between S. Crouse Ave. and College Place, with seating, improved landscaping, and lighting.  Newhouse professor Tula Goenka  says it won’t help students.

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Central New Yorkers know the meaning behind Memorial Day…honoring those who died in combat.  But most families probably haven’t experienced that devastation firsthand. twice.  Not like the Bolen family.  First Lieutenant Edward J. Bolen was a student at Columbia University when he joined the Army Air Corps in February 1943.  After training and being stationed in the U.S., he flew his first overseas mission in January 1944.  His niece and family historian Mary Ellen Bolen Coon says he piloted a P-47 Thunderbolt, which served as a bomber and gunner.

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The Village of Waterloo is marking their 150th Anniversary observance of Memorial Day this weekend with much of the town center in red, white and blue.  According to Committee Co-Chair Dave Duprey, Civil War re-enactors are in town from all over the country for a remembrance ceremony tonight at 8 PM and throughout the weekend.


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  Lacrosse fans can get one more dose of action this season on WAER Sunday afternoon.  We will bring you a special broadcast of the Le Moyne Dolphin Lacrosse game from Philadelphia, where they take on Limestone for the Division II National Championship.  

The Dolphins are coming off of a semi-final win over Merrimack, 8-4.  Limestone topped University of Tampa 13-10, propelling the Saints to their third straight title game.  

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