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FINANCIAL LITERACY
5:11 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

"Mad City" Puts Solvay High School Students in Real-Life Financial Scenarios

Seniors Davis Kippen, far left, and his "wife," Loren, red pants, reflect on their choices at Mad City, Solvay High School.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Who knew day care costs so much?  You mean I have to buy insurance?  Oops, guess we can’t afford that new smart phone.  

Those were just some of the real-life financial lessons being learned Friday at Solvay High School at an event called Mad City.   Each student is given a packet with their assigned occupation, salary, and some debt.  they then visit the various “merchants” who sell food, cars, furniture, clothes, and so on.  Economics teacher Karen Harmon has helped lead the simulation since it started five years ago. 

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NY Financial Aid Awareness Month
3:04 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

College Financial Help Can Dry Up So Start Applying Now

Students considering Syracuse University or any other school need to get a jump on financial aid.
Credit syr.edu

  Central New York families and individuals might be making a choice of a college this spring…but the time is now to start seeking help to pay for it.  Governor Cuomo designated January as Financial Aid Awareness Month. 

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ONONDAGA COUNTY SHERIFF'S RACE
6:39 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

DeWitt Police Chief Seeks GOP Nomination for Onondaga County Sheriff

Gene Conway announces his run for Onondaga County Sheriff with his wife Ann by his side.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway made it official Thursday and declared his candidacy for Onondaga County Sheriff.  About 60 supporters packed into Tony's Restaurant on Burnet Ave. for the announcement. 

His law enforcement career spans 37 years, the last 12 in DeWitt.  Conway is a Republican who started in North Syracuse, followed by 24 years in various roles in the sheriff’s department.

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Surgeon General Report
3:12 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

New York Cancer Officials Recall Start of Health Concerns about Smoking

A 1964 Surgeon General Study made first widespread claims that smoking caused cancer and other diseases
Credit acscan.org

  New York Cancer prevention officials are recognizing the 50th anniversary of the study that began decades of trying to get people to either quit – or never start – smoking.  

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State of the State Address
9:09 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Business Perks, Education Proposals Highlight Gov Cuomo's 2014 Agenda

Gov Cuomo addresses lawmakers and others in Albany during his 3rd State of the State address Wednesday
Credit Karen Dewitt/WXXI News

  Upstate New York’s economy figured heavily into Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address Wednesday.  

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