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  Education funding is always one of the most hotly-debated issues in the state budget...and Governor Cuomo set a starting point in his spending proposal Wednesday.  School advocates believe a substantial increase in Cuomo’s state aid proposal might not even allow schools to keep up.

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You might say it was the first day of school Thursday for SUNY Upstate Medical University’s new president.  Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena has spent the past three months or so getting to know the university and the community it serves.  She calls the transition between her appointment in September and today "marvelous."

"I've been anticipating the first day, and I'm thrilled."          

She says one of her themes is to connect science and education to the work they need to do at Upstate.  She says there has to be a focus on tackling Syracuse’s high rate of poverty. 

Frahm-Hingtgen comes to WAER-Syracuse University from KMST public radio operated by Missouri University of Science & Technology where she most recently served as the station’s Program Director.

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Governor Cuomo released his State of the State message and $143 billion budget spending plan, including $1 billion more  for schools next year , and ethics reforms.

Cuomo saved his plans for education and ethics reform for his speech, after already rolling out a massive infrastructure project that he says will make the late Governor Nelson Rockefeller “jealous”, calling for a statewide $15 minimum wage, and numerous other proposals.

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Economic Forecasters say Central New York’s economy will likely experience and mix of slow and steady growth in 2016.  The results of surveys given to nearly 200 CenterState C-E-O members and business leaders towards the end of the 2015 were released this morning during the corporation’s annual breakfast.  President Rob Simpson says when members were polled and surveyed, they didn’t know the region was going to win the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

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It appears the Village of Fayetteville is about to be the first in the county to go forward with a deer management plan.  Village trustees have decided to hire government sharpshooters to cull the deer herd instead of using volunteer bow hunters.  

  The village’s deer committee had recommended signing an agreement with the USDA animal and plant health inspection service.  Mayor Mark Olson says this means trained, professional sharpshooters will come in and do the work as opposed to using volunteer archers.

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Governor Cuomo is scheduled to give his State of the State speech on Wednesday. The governor has already spent the past week rolling out a lengthy agenda for the New Year.

Governor Cuomo has already announced more than a dozen separate proposals as part of a 10 day roll out of his agenda leading up to Wednesday’s formal speech. 

  

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Many Central New Yorkers might not think winter is a good time to visit the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.  But zoo officials beg to differ, and are offering incentives to get visitors through the gates during the typically slower months.   Zoo Director Ted Fox says a mild, snowless December certainly boosted attendance…

"We've had lots of extra people coming in, enjoying the sunny days, getting close to the animals.  Unlike summer, with the leaves off the trees, the animals are much more visible."

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About 50 refugees from Ethiopia took to the streets of Syracuse Friday to try and get the U.S. government to stop attacks against people in their homeland.  People who fled violence years ago are seeing their relatives in danger.  They're crying out to urge Washington to stop government backed violence in their African Homeland.   Habiba Boru came to Syracuse 15 years ago to escape similar attacks. 

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Discussions on climate change are often about fossil fuels burned for energy…and the impacts of pollution from cars and trucks on the roads.  But one Central New York expert in efficient buildings and earth-friendly construction materials wants that to change the debate.  Rick Fedrizzi of Westvale helped start the U.S. Green Building Council.  He suggests a different focus if we want to reduce greenhouse emissions.

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