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If you’re thinking about traveling this summer, you’re not alone.  The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is expecting a record-breaking travel season.  To make sure everything runs safe and smoothly, travel experts are offering some tips on what travelers can do in advance.  TSA Federal Security Director Bart Johnson wants passengers to pack properly.  He says people bring all kinds of dangerous objects, like cork screws, switch blades and even guns, which can delay check-points.

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The Vice President wasn't the only person by the name of Pence in Syracuse Tuesday.  Second Lady Karen Pence visited Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital to sit in on some art therapy with a patient and share some of her own art. 
She avoided any comments about the key children’s issue gripping the nation.

 “I drew a drawing for you over there,” DJ LaRock told Karen Pence.

“You did?” she replied. “Oh my gosh, I love it.”

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Over 300 protesters met outside of the Embassy Suites near Destiny USA Tuesday to decry the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence.  He stopped in Syracuse  for a $1,000 per plate fundraiser for the reelection campaign of Republican Congressman John Katko.

Tom Drumm is a protest organizer and member of Speak Out CNY.   He says the protestors represented an array of organizations and causes, but all feel that Katko and his colleagues need to do more to rein in the Trump administration.

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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has decided to run for New York Governor after all.  The New York Times was first to report her independent campaign on Monday.  Since last fall, Miner had said she was mulling a run for governor or Congress but hadn't made a decision. 

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul came to Nottingham High School Monday to greet supporting students, teachers and administrators who want to prevent school shootings. 

The last-minute pitch is happening just before the end of the legislative session.  Hochul says the Red Flag legislation would act as another safety measure.

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Congress Member John Katko would like to see the President and Congress stop the policy of separating children from families trying to enter the US at its borders, he said in a release Monday.  He said he supports border security, as long as it's done, 

"...in a humane way that preserves family unity and keeps young children safe," he added.

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Central New York’s rural fire departments that also provide ambulance services are hoping state lawmakers take action on critical legislation before they wrap up session this week.  The EMS cost recovery bill has sponsors in both houses of the legislature.  Executive Director of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs Jerry Deluca says New York is the only state in the nation that prohibits fire department ambulance services from billing for their expenses.

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The African American community in Syracuse is kicked off its 30th annual celebration of Juneteenth Friday to commemorate their freedom.  It all started on June 19th, 1865 when black people were told slavery was over, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.  

Juneteenth Spokesperson Nakeia Chambers says the event is about inclusion.

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Protestors across the nation and here in Syracuse are calling on Congress to end the separation of children from parents among people at the border and other immigrants. 

Robin Best of Manlius took part in today’s March and rally.  She believes the policy for those trying to gain asylum in the United States will have long-term effects.

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For those who diligently follow the world of science and it's rich history you are probably familiar with Madame Curie. And it just so happens,she's the focus of this week's Science on the radio with Dr. Marvin Druger.

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