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BUILDING CLOSURES
1:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Water Main Breaks Close Civic Center, Chase Building Downtown

Syracuse Water Dept. workers repair a water main break at the intersection of E. Jefferson and Montgomery Streets that closed the Civic Center.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Onondaga County officials today announced that the Onondaga County Civic Center will close to the public and most employees today as of 12:30 due to the loss of potable water and sanitary services after being impacted by a nearby water main break. 

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DRONE CRASH REPORT
12:29 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Crashed Air Force Drone was Flying with Gear that Couldn't Handle Cold

An MQ9 drone like this crashed into Lake Ontario last November.
Credit Ryan Delaney / Innovation Trail

  The remotely piloted Air National Guard drone that crashed last November into Lake Ontario was flying with equipment that likely couldn’t function properly in cold weather.   Besides some clouds on Nov. 12, 2013, Air National Guard crew members recalled to accident investigators that it was a nice day for flying.

But it was a cold, late fall day, just below freezing on the ground at Fort Drum, where the Air National Guard launches its remotely piloted aircraft for training missions over upstate New York. 

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Arts & Culture
7:12 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Rolling Hills of OCC Again Prove Welcoming for M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest

A supportive crowd enjoying Jazz Fest
Mark Bialczak

The hills were alive with the sound of music.

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CRAFT BEER
1:47 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Local Brewery Hopes to be a Model for Growing Industry

Sen. Chuck Schumer reveals the bottle that could soon hold beer grown from ingredients grown by Empire Brewing Co. on its farm in Cazenovia. Owner David Katleski is at left.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

A popular craft brewery in Armory Square hopes to bottle its beer for the first time in its 20-year history with an expanded farm and bottling facility in Cazenovia.   Empire Brewing Company owns 22 acres of land off Route 13, and wants to grow the hops and barley there to make more beer in order to meet increasing demand. 

     

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CNY Ronald McDonald House in Need of Donations
12:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

CNY Ronald McDonald House is Celebrating Christmas in July to Drum Up Donations

The CNY Ronald McDonald House
Credit John Smith/WAER News

The Ronald McDonald House of Central New York is hoping the spirit of Christmas giving will help them drum up donations for their annual Christmas in July Campaign. The home opened the doors of its new location in December of 2012 in Syracuse. 

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