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More than 100 advocates for those with developmental disabilities filled a hall at the Onondaga County War Memorial Thursday calling for increased wages for direct care providers.   The agencies that employ the workers are funded almost entirely by Medicaid, and haven’t seen a funding increase in eight years.  Despite earning about 10 dollars an hour, most providers say the work is rewarding.  Rayven Pearsall is a direct care provider with Arc of Onondaga.

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The Syracuse Orange (2-4, 0-2 ACC) returns home to the Carrier Dome this weekend to face fellow conference opponent, No. 17 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies (4-1, 2-0 ACC). This Saturday's matchup will be the first time the Hokies will be playing in Syracuse since the 2002 season.

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About two dozen health services providers and other Syracuse-area stakeholders gathered Wednesday to discuss strategies to make hepatitis C screening and care more of a priority in New York State.  About 200,000 New Yorkers are living with chronic hepatitis C, and half of those infected are unaware of their status. Policy analyst at the grassroots group VOCAL-NY Clifton Garmon says the state needs to know hepatitis Cis a problem.

What can the chosen candidate of New York’s 24th Congressional District do to bring more jobs and improve the economy in Central New York?  We’ve heard from the candidates on social security and on drug policy.  Today WAER’s Chris Bolt asks the candidates how they are trying to cope with a business landscape that’s constantly evolving.

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The beleaguered head of SUNY’s Polytechnic Institute, Alain Kaloyeros, formally resigned from his post Tuesday, after being placed on leave without pay following criminal charges from state and federal officials.

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Onondaga County lawmakers Tuesday approved what is probably one of the more difficult budgets they’ve seen in several years.  Ways and Means Committee Chair David Knapp says he entered the budget process last month with low expectations.

"If you asked me back in September if we would be able to get to where we are now, I would have been very pessimistic," he admitted.

He says  the $1.29 billion spending plan had challenges from both the cost and revenue sides….

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Syracuse Common Councilors lent their voices Tuesday to a push to make a renewable energy technology more affordable. Environmentalists are joining with elected officials to have the state take another step to reduce climate change.

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Syracuse Police have identified the suspect who died in Sunday night’s shootout with police near Syracuse University.  Police say 41-year-old Deric Brown of Syracuse was pulled over on the 600 block of Walnut Avenue for driving with no headlights.  Chief Frank Fowler says the officer noticed the handle of a handgun in the car, and told the suspect to keep his hands up as  he began walking back to his patrol car. Folwer says that's when Brown exited his vehicle fired multiple shots at the officer, who fired back, striking Brown at least once.

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Coming into Saturday night having not scored less than 30 points in a game through five games this season, the Syracuse Orange (2-4, 0-2 ACC) offense looked unstoppable. Then it started raining.

Hurricane Matthew played defense for both teams in Wake Forest on Saturday(5-1, 2-0 ACC), but in the end, the Syracuse Orange dropped Saturday’s game at a score of 28-9.

Difficulty enrolling as an organ donor might be keeping many in Central New York and across the State from making that lifesaving decision.  New York’s 26 percent registration rate is second lowest in the country. Nancy Ryan of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network says the state has to give potential donors more options to register.