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Onondaga Lake marked a major milestone this week when dredging and capping operations were declared complete.  As recently as 15 years ago, and as far back as a century, many felt the lake and its habitat would never be restored after decades of industrial pollution.  Centerstate CEO President Rob Simpson says  that cynicism has persisted as a metaphor for the region on several fronts.

Syracuse Lacrosse Gears Up For Another ACC Tournament

Apr 27, 2017
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Top-ranked Syracuse is the reigning back-to-back conference champion in the ACC, and Friday will start the Orange's pursuit of a third straight.

Syracuse (11-1, 4-0) travels to Durham, North Carolina to take on the Tar Heels (6-7, 1-3) in the first round of the ACC tournament. The winner will take on either Duke or Notre Dame in the final. 

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WAER continues its celebration of the 16th anniversary of Jazz Appreciation Month with Part 2 of Jazz Journeys. 

Hosted by Music Director Eric Cohen, this week's program offers up another collection of wide ranging interviews by award winning author and journalist Reese Erlich in addition to music from the various artists.

 This week, we delve into the musical minds of pianists Chick Corea and George Shearing, along with  guitarists John Pizzarelli and John Scofield among others.

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This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger talks about the Sun. You'll hear specific details about our source of light and heat such as how far away from earth is it?  What is the Sun's chemical makeup ? And just how hot is the surface of the Sun?

All of that and of course a well-timed joke or two, this week on Science on the Radio. You can hear Science on the Radio Wednesday evenings at 8:35pm on WAER.

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Volunteer Fire departments in Onondaga County and across the state will open their doors this weekend in hopes of adding new members to their ranks.  The seventh annual Recruit NY campaign gives residents a chance to talk with firefighters about various volunteer opportunities and to see firefighting demonstrations.  Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President Ken Pienkowski says more volunteers are needed to ensure the protection of New Yorkers without additional cost to taxpayers.

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Syracuse police officers are struggling to keep up with the number of calls coming in...and the department is looking for help from the city budget.  Councilors continued hearings on aspects of the proposed budget from Mayor Stephanie Miner.

Chief Frank Fowler pointed out to Common Councilors the workload is putting a strain on staff.

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State lawmakers and lobby groups say Governor Cuomo was in error when he said that there was no political will to enact reforms in 2017.

Democratic lawmakers, along with the League of Women voters, rallied outside the Senate chambers for bills that would allow same day voting, and early voting by mail in New York State.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins says the most recent Presidential election should serve as a “wake up call” about the importance of voting and access to polling machines.

Syracuse Lawyer Encourages Employers to Support Working Immigrants

Apr 25, 2017
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A Syracuse immigration lawyer is still encouraging employers to sponsor immigrant workers despite the Trump administration’s added scrutiny of the skilled worker visa program.  Andrea Godfread-Brown with Brown and Palumbo held a workshop Tuesday afternoon to educate both business owners and immigrant workers about working in the U.S. with or without a visa.  She said that while immigrants come to the country eager and ready to work, potential employers are skeptical because of their citizenship status.

When the weather gradually becomes warmer and the snow is a distant memory Central New York Music fans begin to think about Jazz Fest. This June the Syracuse Jazz Fest will celebrate it's 35th anniversary. In honor of this achievement  WAER presents Jazz Fest 35, a look at the history of the Syracuse Jazz Fest.

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A Le Moyne College political science expert doesn’t feel the federal government is heading for a shutdown at the end of the week if the president and Congress can’t agree on a budget.

“I think that the more likely outcome would be a continuing resolution, which is what we’ve had in the past to sort of get over these problems, which essentially amounts to kicking the can down the road – really, it would just be funding the government at its current level and then sort of revisiting the issue probably in the fall.”

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