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Central New  Yorkers have chance to weigh in Monday on a significant rate hike being proposed by National Grid.  If the utility’s plan is approved as is, typical gas and electric customers could be on the hook for an extra $18 a month.

Onondaga County to Sue Opioid Drug Makers Over "Misleading Information"

Jul 27, 2017
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Onondaga County Lawmakers are preparing to file a lawsuit against opioid drug manufacturers for what they maintain is misleading information about the drugs that has fueled the county’s opioid and heroin epidemic.  Syracuse University School of Law Professor Nina Kohn says even if the county shows the drug manufacturer’s engaged in deceptive behavior, the court could still find they’re not legally responsible.

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Nearly 30 Veterans with physical and psychological disabilities are learning skills this week at Syracuse University to successfully build and launch their own businesses.  The 11th annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities is offered through the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.   

Coordinator Elissa Gibbs says the mission of the program is to arm the men and women with the knowledge and support they need to get their business ideas off the ground.

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Hundreds of people with and without disabilities marched through downtown Syracuse Wednesday to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Longtime advocate and Arise Foundation board member Agnes McCray says the ADA is an achievement in itself.

“We were doing so many things before the ADA, and the ADA came in and made it easier and a little more accessible for all people.”                        

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Growing the technology sector in Central New York could be dependent on getting more young women interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The AT&T and CNY STEM Hub Camp for Young Women at LeMoyne College kicked off this week.  The week-long summer program immerses 30 local high school girls in the STEM fields, with a focus this year on computer coding and the continued development of drones.  Le Moyne College President Linda LeMura shared one example of a local science role model for campers.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Wednesday morning about foreign agents and attempts to influence the U.S. election. The panel is among the bodies investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Senators had requested Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, to appear as witnesses. Instead, they are in closed-door discussions for now.

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This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger discusses marijuana. You won't hear a debate whether to legalize the drug or not. What you will hear is a description of what makes up the controversial plant. You'll also hear about the potential use of medicinal marijuana.

Hear Science on the Radio each Wednesday night at 8:35.

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An upcoming job fair in Syracuse aims to address one of the biggest challenges facing employers…finding a qualified candidate for the job.  A variety of companies will be on hand later this week in hopes of finding a match.   Twiggy Billue is program coordinator for Build to Work at Jubilee Homes, which is hosting the fair.

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Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, told lawmakers in a statement on Monday that he "did not collude... with any foreign government."

Kushner is meeting behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday and the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. Both panels are investigating Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and whether any members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

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The future of the Affordable Care Act is uncertain in Washington, and there are several scenarios under consideration. The latest possible changes could impact New York’s relatively healthy health care system.

The good news is that the Affordable Care Act in New York is doing quite well, according to state officials.  The health insurance exchanges are functioning, with 17 carriers offering plans in 2017. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, at a recent rally to preserve the ACA, said New York has built “one of the best health care exchanges in the country”.

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