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Two warring factions of Democrats in the State Senate are rejoining forces, as pressure has mounted from the party’s left leaning base for a reunification. But the Democrats are still one vote short of the 32 seats they need to regain the majority the Senate.

The nearly decade long split between the mainstream Democrats in the Senate and the Independent Democratic Conference is over.

Syracuse Univ. Marks Anniversary of MLK's Death With Plaque

Apr 4, 2018
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Syracuse University unveiled a new plaque Wednesday to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, who was murdered 50 years ago in Memphis, Tennessee. Dean of Hendricks Chapel Brian Konkol set the stage for the ceremony.   

“Our program today not only possesses a significant date but also an important setting. As here the Shaffer art building galleria is next to the location where Dr. King spoke during a 1965 visit to Syracuse University.”

Canadian Diplomat Visits Syracuse to Discuss Trade and Tariffs With Local Businesses

Apr 4, 2018
Scott Willis / WAER News

Trade and tariffs were on the mind of a Canadian diplomat who paid a visit to Syracuse Wednesday. Consul General of Canada in New York Phyllis Yaffe was in town to talk to business leaders and owners about the impact of fast-changing trade policy. She says the primary focus is continuing to negotiate updates to NAFTA, which has regulated trade between the US, Canada, and Mexico for 24 years. Yaffe says there have been some that she terms “unusual” requests from the US, including a sunset clause.

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Syracuse air travelers will soon have four new direct destinations to choose from thanks to a new partnership between Hancock International Airport and Frontier Airlines. The announcement comes just one day after introducing a similar agreement between the airport and Allegiant airlines to offer direct flights between Syracuse and Nashville. Starting on July 2, CIO of Frontier Rick Zeni says Denver, Raleigh, Orlando and Chicago will be added to the roster of direct flights, bringing that number up to 21 cities. 

The entertainment community has been buzzing recently with the return of the beloved TV show Roseanne.  This week on Pop Life Joe Lee is joined by Bob Thompson to discuss the return and how it's being received with the political angle the show now features.

They'll also chat about the upcoming Netflix reboot of Lost in Space. What's different this time around? And what staples of the original show remain intact?

Syracuse (6-3, 3-0) came into the Carrier Dome Tuesday night after two top-ten victories over #3 Duke (8-2, 1-1) and #6 Notre Dame (5-3, 1-1). Now, the Orange welcomed its 104-year cross-state rival, Hobart (4-6, 1-1) into the Loud House. With a runaway 11-4 victory, SU brought home the Kraus-Simmons trophy for the sixth consecutive year.

Though the final score went the ’Cuse’s way, the game started off in favor of Hobart. It took 1:52, but Bryan Hancock tickled the twine and it was 1-0 for the Statesmen.

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A $12 million civil lawsuit was filed today against the City of Syracuse, Police Chief Frank Fowler and Officer Vallon Smith after alleged police misconduct. Officer Smith allegedly broke a 14-year-old student’s arm at Nottingham High School in February of last year after he was suspended and had been asked to leave the school’s premises.  Jabari Boykins’ mother says he has autism and bipolar disorder.  Lawyer Charles Bonner says the officer assaulted Boykins without probable cause.

The Carrier Dome in downtown Syracuse in often known as " The Loud House". This isn't due to a superior sound system or even the amazing acoustics but rather this is due to the fans.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast Michael Lehr introduces us to some of the fans right here in Syracuse that make the Carrier Dome a special place to play.

Another candidate has announced they will challenge Andrew Cuomo for Governor. This time it’s Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who offered a political indictment of Cuomo’s practices and temperament in office.

Today at 7 PM in the Dome, the No. 8 Syracuse Orange (5-3, 3-0) look to continue to ride their two-game win streak as they take on the Hobart Statesmen (4-5, 1-1). Hobart is the first unranked team the Orange will face off against since beating unranked Binghamton 21-4 in February.