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What can Onondaga County and other police agencies learn from the events in Ferguson, Missouri? Saint Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar talked to law enforcement officials today about the lessons from the Ferguson riots and how police leaders can prepare for similar events in their communities. He says simply engaging with people can improve the atmosphere of a community.

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The latest exhibit of photos taken by local photographers of a diverse range of birds returning to Onondaga Lake is coming up this weekend. The photos were taken in recently restored and enhanced areas along the lake shoreline.

Photographer Greg Craybas of Camillus started snapping photos six years ago after he noticed bald eagles on the commute to his dental practice on University Hill.

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Proponents of raising taxes on New York’s wealthiest say they have a new impetus to increase the state’s revenue- the continued bad news from Washington about deep federal cuts to health care and other areas.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has called an amendment to the federal repeal of Obamacare that would force the state to pick up county Medicaid costs “unconscionable”.  

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Syracuse Common Councilors Wednesday approved what they fear might be the city’s last application for an annual allotment of federal grant money.  The anticipated $4.5 million in year 43 of Community Development Block Grant funding is expected to come through as planned sometime this summer.  But the program’s future is in question after President Trump proposed to cut it from the budget.  Councilor Helen Hudson says  CDBG currently comprises only three percent of the federal budget.

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An 18-year veteran of the Syracuse Police force was honored Tuesday for her dedication to keeping animals safe in the community.   The recognition came one day after the sheriff announced an animal abuser registry.

The Humane Society of the United States bestowed its Humane Law Enforcement award upon Officer Rebecca Thompson for her compassion and for enforcing animal cruelty laws.  She says she’s always taken notice of pets while on the job.

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The City of Syracuse’s longstanding infrastructure problems seem to be even more commonplace with water main breaks during the winter.  Members of the Rebuild New York Now coalition joined Mayor Stephanie Miner today to share similar concerns about the impacts of bad infrastructure on water quality or contamination.  She feels optimistic about Governor Cuomo’s pledge to spend a massive amount on infrastructure repairs.  Now she hopes state lawmakers will include those plans in the State Budget.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leader of the opposition in the legislature, Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan, both agree that a new provision in the federal health care act repeal will harm the state and its taxpayers. Cuomo calls it a “targeted war on New York”.

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Men's basketball head coach Jim Boeheim and SU athletic director John Wildhack address the media in a press conference Monday, talking about the unexpected departure of assistant coach and head coach designate Mike Hopkins, who has been a part of Boeheim's staff for over 20 years. Hopkins took the head coaching job at the University of Washington on Sunday. The two speak of the future of the program, with Boeheim deciding to remain the coach of the team, but does not mention how long his contract will go.

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Onondaga County is taking steps to reduce animal abuse in Central New York. Sheriff Eugene Conway today announced that his office would create and host an animal abuser registry to prevent animals from falling into the hands of abusers.

“Animal cruelty is a serious problem, and while New York has criminalized the cruel treatment of animals, animal abuse and cruelty continues to occur here in Onondaga County and elsewhere.”

This week on the best of WAER Sports Podcast, we shine the spot light on Jordan Evans & Scott Firman. Both are vital members of the current Syracuse Lacrosse Men's Team. They also played Lacrosse for the same high school.

WAER's Noah Eagle examines the 8 year trip that the team mates and friends have taken and the past  they continue to represent. 

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