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Changing Research on Fracking
5:54 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

New Concerns in the Debate over Hydro-fracking, Natural Gas Drilling

Sane Energy Project expanding fracking debate
Credit saneenergyproject.org

  Some of the scientific community that’s been studying Hydro-fracking for natural gas is trying to broaden the discussion about impacts and expectations.  A series of forums will look at emerging knowledge around gas drilling in Marcellus shale here in New York.  

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Our Neighbors
8:05 am
Wed January 15, 2014

In Any Syracuse Season, a Good Neighbor Is a Great Thing

Tim Garriques
Credit Mark Bialczak

 The first time we had a shovel-worthy snow this winter, my next-door neighbor was out front with his mega-efficient snowblower.

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WALLIE HOWARD JUNIOR CASE
2:03 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Syracuse Police Officer's Killer Eligible for Parole in 2020

Officer Wallie Howard, Junior.
Credit Syracuse Police website.

The man who fatally shot Syracuse Police Officer Wallie Howard, Junior in 1990 will be eligible for parole in six years after a ruling today by a Federal Judge in Utica to shorten his sentence to 31 years.  Robert Lawrence faced life in prison but, became eligible for re-sentencing in 2012 following a U-S Supreme Court ruling.

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Politics & Government
1:23 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

North Country Congressmember Bill Owens to Retire

Congressmember Bill Owens
Credit owens.house.gov

Democratic Representative Bill Owens  will not be on the ballot this November.  He's decided not to seek re-election in the 21st district, which encompasses much of the North Country from Lake Ontario to the Vermont border.   A lawyer by trade, Owens was first elected in a special election in 2009 to fill the vacancy created by John McHugh's appointment to Secretary of the Army. 

A year later, Owens narrowly won a three-way race against Republican Matt Doheny and Doug Hoffman.  He's now serving the final year of his second full term.  Here's an excerpt from Owens' statement:

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COUNTY SHERIFF'S RACE TAKING MORE SHAPE
3:19 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh Makes Career Announcement

Onondaga County's longest running Sheriff Kevin Walsh announces his future intentions.
Credit John Smith / WAER News

Another missing piece to the puzzle of who’s running for Onondaga County Sheriff this year became clearer today. Sheriff Kevin Walsh’s longstanding career for the county’s top law enforcement job has spanned 20 years and he was also on the force for another 20 years prior. Walsh threw a bit of a curveball when he first said that he wasn’t retiring and discussed his many teaching jobs in law enforcement that he intends to continue.  However, what about his current job?

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