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2:29 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Medicaid Transportation Company Plans 80 New Jobs at Downtown Syracuse Call Center

MAS CEO Russ Maxwell makes new jobs announcement
Credit Christian Bersani/WAER News

A Syracuse company that manages Medicaid transportation announced Wednesday it will add 80 new jobs in its Syracuse headquarters. 

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RAILROAD SAFETY
11:47 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Sen. Chuck Schumer Says "Flawed" Railcars Pose Danger to Syracuse and Upstate

Sen. Chuck Schumer holds a news conference in Armory Square with the railroad in the background that carries hundreds of tankers every day. Also with him are Onondaga County Dept. of Emergency Management Commissioner Kevin Wisely and Mayor Stephanie Miner.
Credit Maria Catanzarite, WAER News

Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by Syracuse Tuesday to call on the Federal Transportation Department to propose a fix for flawed rail cars called the DOT 111. 

He says the hundreds of cars that travel through the center of Syracuse every day are the same ones that derailed in Quebec a few weeks ago, killing dozens and wiping out a small town.  

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STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT
10:56 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Syracuse Common Councilors Explore Consolidating Vehicle Repair, Maintenance

Councilors Jake Barrett, Helen Hudson, and President Van Robinson listen to Deputy Syracuse Fire Chief David Reeves.
Credit Maria Catanzarite, WAER News


The Syracuse Common Council is contemplating merging city vehicle maintenance and repairs under one roof. Councilors met with city department heads Monday morning.



With more than one-thousand City-owned vehicles on the streets, Council Committee members think one building will be enough to service all five departments. Councilor Helen Hudson says cutting costs is the main reason behind the proposal.

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SYRACUSE MAYORAL RACE
6:53 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Syracuse Mayoral Cadidate Pat Hogan Unveils Equal Rights Plan

Credit Chris Bolt, WAER News

Syracuse mayoral candidate Pat Hogan further expanded his campaign platform Monday by releasing his Equal Rights Plan.


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MAKING NEW FRIENDS
11:55 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

CHAT Camp Helps Non-Verbal Kids Connect

Graham Tresness celebrates the first-ever CHAT Camp.
Credit Maria Catanzarite, WAER News

The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University brought together five area children to take part in a week-long camp for kids who chat a bit differently. Everyone has a voice—some just use the touch of a screen. 

Today was the final day of the first-ever CHAT camp, or also known as the camp of “communicative hope through assistive technology.” Speech and language pathologist Beth Tollar thinks kids with unique ways of speaking need to know they aren’t alone.

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