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The economic stability of Syracuse and other Rust Belt cities might very well hinge on refugees.  More than 400 people have spent the past two days at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown to attend the Welcoming Economies Convening, a coalition of public and business leaders dedicated to resettling refugees.  Co-Chair Steve Tobocman says that while refugee policy must have its roots in humanitarianism, we also shouldn’t ignore the refugee population’s economic contributions and potential.

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Central New Yorkers may be surprised to know that health insurance experts are optimistic about the upcoming open enrollment period.  New York’s runs from November 1st to January 31st, a full month-and-a-half longer than the Federal deadline.   ACR Health’s Director of Insurance Programs, Steve Wood says despite the uncertain future of federal healthcare, it’s as important as ever to get insured.

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The state’s governor and senior senator teamed up to urge New York’s Congressional delegation to oppose a provision in the federal tax overhaul plan that they say could be harmful to the state’s taxpayers and New York’s economy.

Speaking outside a suburban home in Albany County, Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo called the federal plan to get rid of the state and local tax deductions “double taxation”. Schumer says middle class New Yorkers will pay more money in taxes each year if the proposal is approved.

Representatives from nearly ten local environmental and energy groups gathered Monday in Syracuse to discuss the best ways to expand upon a relatively untapped method of renewable energy for New York Dairy farms.  Ed Bogucz is with the Syracuse Center of Excellence. 

"Anaerobic digesters are a technology that take manure and convert that to gas, which can be used for heating or producing electricity.  It's a proven technology that's used around the world."

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The 29th annual "Remembrance Week" is taking place on the Syracuse University campus. This is a time to remember the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 where 35 Syracuse University students lost their lives.  After their tragic passing, S.U. created 35 scholarships for seniors.  Senior Alex Alvarez-Claudio was selected to represent Alexia Tsairis.  He feels a bond with Alexia and her talents as a photographer.

You'll most likely never pick up the latest version of the Madden video game and see a kicker on the cover. But they are still a vital part of a successful football team, college or professional. 

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Sean Salisbury looks at the positive and negative of kicking for a major college football team. Plus, an inside look at Syracuse University's Senior Kick Cole Murphy.

After a failed fourth down conversion on Syracuse's final possession, quarterback Eric Dungey walked to the sideline and slammed his helmet down in frustration. As hard as he tried, the junior couldn't will his team past #8 Miami (6-0, 4-0). The Orange hung around all game, but ultimately lost 27-19.

While neither team played particularly well, the first half was especially sloppy. Miami receivers dropped countless passes to spoil drive after drive. For the Orange (4-4,2-2), Eric Dungey threw four interceptions, all coming in the first thirty minutes.

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Green Party Candidate for Syracuse Mayor Howie Hawkins pointed to the crumbling condition of the Westside Academy at Blodgett today as an example of the inequality of education in the city. Hawkins scolded the Joint School construction board for failing to make the school a priority, leaving families uncertain about the future. 

'Cuse Travels to Miami For ACC Showdown

Oct 20, 2017

Coming off the biggest win the program has seen in 30 years, Syracuse (4-3, 2-1) heads down south for a clash with eighth-ranked Miami (5-0, 3-0). The Orange took down second-ranked Clemson a week ago, the first time Syracuse beat a top two ranked team since 1984. 

Miami is still perfect for this season as the Hurricanes squeaked out a win against Georgia Tech 25-24 last week. They put the second longest winning streak in college football on the line in this ACC game.

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Advocates for the Forever Wild forest preserves in the Adirondacks and Catskills, are trying to spread the word about two ballot propositions in the November elections. They are for one of the proposals, but against another.

We walk up the trail to the summit of Hadley Mountain  in the southern Adirondacks, fallen leaves crunching underfoot.

The wind picks up a bit as we climb up the fire tower for the panoramic view.