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Mayor Stephanie Miner and representatives of ACR Health announced significant progress towards ending the state’s AIDS epidemic by 2020. New York’s AIDS crisis peaked in 1993 with nearly 15,000 new infections. In 2015, the number of new infections was down to 3,123, a 79% decrease. But the fight is far from over.

Denise Smith lost her 32 year-old son Ron to AIDS just last December. Ron was diagnosed in late 2013 after being disoriented and having trouble walking.

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Medical professionals agree that when it comes to stroke treatment and prevention, time is of the essence. Reacting quickly to stroke symptoms greatly improves the effectiveness of stroke response and care. Upstate Comprehensive Stroke Center outreach coordinator Josh Onyan finds many people underreact to stroke symptoms.  He wonders if they’re not certain what to look for.  Onyan suggests the word FAST can help you member symptoms.

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Concerns here in Upstate New York over the Trump Administration Budget range from education to the disadvantaged to farmers.  Cuts proposed to a wide range of federal programs would have impacts locally.  Alliance for Quality Education Billy Easton envisions a number of ways school children would suffer.

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High waters on Lake Ontario, Sandy Pond and other lakes could play a role in people’s recreation plans this holiday weekend.  Meanwhile residents are still dealing with record high waters, as the state tries to offer assistance.  Department of Environmental Conservation Deputy Commissioner Ken Lynch knows people will be out on the water this Memorial day.  And he shares some advice.

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Green Party candidates for Syracuse mayor and common council are rallying support for a universal health insurance plan that’s now one vote shy of support in the state senate.  The New York Health Act is a single public payer system financed by progressively graduated taxes on payrolls and non-payroll income such as capital gains and interest.  Mayoral candidate Howie Hawkins says federal funds for Medicaid, Medicare, and the family and child health plus programs would be folded in, resulting in savings for all but the wealthiest New Yorkers.

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Local representatives from towns and villages across Onondaga County are asking for more time if the Governor wants them to develop a shared services proposal to save money.  They say the state needs to take responsibility for billions of dollars in unfunded state mandates.

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Parents and children in Central New York are being urged to keep an eye out for heroin and fentanyl disguised as candy.  It’s turned up in the southern tier, where police have issued a public health warning about the drugs that look like sweet tarts candy.  The latest attempt to get kids addicted has the Prevention Network’s Beth Hurny almost speechless…

"It's sick.  I can't even...I'm so angered by the whole thing."

She says it goes beyond just hiding the drug.

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The Top Ten list of New Species is out from the Institute for Species Exploration.  The SUNY E-S-F program shows how making new discoveries of animals, insects and plants is critical before they become extinct.  The list comes out on the birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, an 18th century Swedish botanist who's considered the father of taxonomy, the science of identifying and naming species.  

If your favorite show has ever been canceled perhaps you long for the day when it will get a reboot.  Well long no more Twin Peaks fans, after more than 25 years the David Lynch crime drama has returned.

This week Joe Lee and Bob Thompson recall the first two seasons of Twin Peaks as well as look forward to more of the reboot. That along with your weekly invitation to binge, introducing you to binge worthy television. 

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The Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs is marking 100 years of operation this year, and WAER News is embarking on a special series of stories over the next few weeks that will take you to just some of the city’s 170 green spaces.   We'll start with a primer on how the department got its start, years after some parks were already established. 

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