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College Fair
5:34 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

CNY Prospective College Students Learn About Post-Grad Opportunities at OCC

Simmons College Admission Counselor Erika Howe speaks to a student at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, as part of the Syracuse National College Fair on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Credit Chenelle Terry, WAER News

Central New York prospective college students and their parents filled Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena Tuesday for the Syracuse National College Fair.  More than 200 college representatives from across the country were on hand to help students jump start their paths to a higher education.  

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Health & Medicine
11:49 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Shortage of Chemical Used to Sterilize Surgical Equipment

Vials of the biologic that sterilizes surgical equipment.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse-area hospitals say they’re facing a shortage of a crucial sterilization product that could delay surgeries.   There appears to be a major disruption in the supply chain of a biologic known as Sterrad biologic indicator made by Advanced Sterilization Products, which is used to sterilize surgical equipment and tools. The hospitals alerted Senator Chuck Schumer of the problem.   

Schumer stopped by SUNY Upstate Medical University Monday to call attention to the matter and demand more accountability from the manufacturer and the FDA. 

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ST. PATRICKS DAY IN SYRACUSE
3:21 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Poster Artist Adds His Touch to Syracuse's St. Patrick's Festivities

Poster Artist John Francis McCarthy and Parade Pres. Janet Higgins.
Credit John Smith / WAER News

The green stripe has been painted on Salina Street.  Parade-goers are getting their green on.  It's time again for St. Patrick's Day Syracuse-style.  The 32nd annual parade gets underway Saturday at noon, and focuses on Ireland's 32 counties and four provinces.    But amid the revelry, floats, green beer, and Irish dancers is the the  poster designed with a piece of Irish history.  

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I-81'S FUTURE
2:28 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Experts to Share Transportation Project Experiences, Offer Insight on I-81

Interstate 81 looking north at the I-690 interchange.

A number of experts will be coming to the Syracuse area over the next few months to share their experiences with transportation projects on a scale similar to what’s ahead for Interstate 81.  The series is being organized and co-sponsored by the city, county, and state. County Executive Joanie Mahoney expects the experts will be a wealth of information.  Mahoney says the speakers are intended to complement the displays and materials at the Carnegie library on Columbus Circle where people can stop in at their leisure to learn more about the options and process.

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FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
6:15 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Food Bank Examines Scope of Hunger in Central New York

Volunteers from Dairy Marketing Services help sort food at the Food Bank of Central New York
Credit Food Bank of Central New York

The face of hunger is changing locally, according to an assessment completed by the Food Bank of Central New York.  The Food Bank recently wrapped up a survey of the scope of hunger in the region, and the results supported stories they’ve heard from their emergency food program partners.  Food Bank Executive Director Kathleen Stress says the picture of hunger has traditionally been a homeless man visiting a soup kitchen.  Now, she says it’s shifted, and it can be more present in your daily lives than you might expect:  

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