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  You may not be able to see it on a sunny day, but when it rains you may find yourself looking at a new take on sidewalk art.  The lack of rain means Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection Commissioner Tom Rhoads had to innovate.  

"Right now we're in dry weather, but what we're going to do is activate the art.  Let's see what happens," Rhoads said as water was poured on the sidewalk.  "So, it says, 'Keep litter out of the forecast.  Connect the drops.  Save the rain.'”                                 

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  One look outside at a grassy area will tell you it’s been quite dry for the past month or so.  What does that mean for forests and some of the insects that live there?  First, Dr. Rene Germain wants to make an important distinction.  He's a professor at SUNY ESF's Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management.

" We're in what we call this temporary meteorological drought."

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Trombone Shorty closed out the 2016 M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest last night at Onondaga Community Colelge.  The New Orleans musician played with his up-tempo Orleans Avenue and had much of the crowd on its feet call and response singing and enjoying an elaborate light show to go along with the music.

Before Shorty, Guitarist Julian Coryell led the group Eleventh House.  He played this number honoring his father, Larry Coryell who had to cancel the jazzfest appearance after complications from a medical procedure.  

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Central New York’s own orchestra Symphoria will be taking the stage at the Lakeview Amphitheater for the first time ever on July 4th.  The concert will also include a fireworks display immediately after the performance.  Musician and Organizer Jon Garland says the selections should put everyone in a patriotic mood.

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  When the M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest hits the stage this weekend many people will go to see a favorite artist on this year's lineup.  The festival, this year returning to Onondaga Community College, has become something more than a concert for the community.

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Upstate Medical Center hopes a brand new Pediatric ER will help relieve stress on kids and parents visiting Urgent Care.  Director Doctor Richard Cantor says the $3 million project is a big step forward for the hospital.

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It’s been 10 years since New York’s highest court ordered that more state money be paid to schools with the poorest children. But advocates say in the decade since the 2006 ruling, many so called high needs schools have fallen even further behind.

  The Alliance for Quality Education looked at the school aid in the state budget allotted to 161 of the poorest schools among the over 700 districts in New York.

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    The support of two of the most prominent women in New York politics helped Colleen Deacon secure the nomination for the 24th congressional district in Tuesday's primary.  She enjoyed endorsements by Hillary Clinton and Kirsten Gillibrand to boost her first-time candidacy among democrats.  

Deacon topped Eric Kingson and Steve Williams in the contest.  Kingson enjoyed attention late in the race when Bernie Sanders endorsed him and held an event in Syracuse with the candidate.  Deacon ran largely on issues such as equal rights, pay equity and women's health issues.  She drew 49% of the vote, while Kingson tallied 32% and Williams got 19%.  

Deacon will run against incumbent John Katko in the November election.  Katko is finishing up his first term in congress.  

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  Central New Yorkers who bought diesel vehicles from Volkswagen learned 10 months ago that the company cheated on their emissions testing.  Volkswagen may now be facing criminal charges and major environmental fines.  New York state attorney General Eric Schneiderman will be handling the ongoing investigation.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to focus on positive actions in his public events in recent days as a federal investigation into his administration’s economic development programs continues.

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