Politics & Government
11:35 am
Tue April 29, 2014

CNY Groups Trying to Change Constitution for Fair Elections

Michael Messina-Yauchzy with Move to Amend and Jonah Minkoff-Zern, National Director of Public Citizen's Democracy is for People campaign, were both in Albany Monday lobbying for New York to join the move to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
Credit Tony Cresswell.

  A group of Central New Yorkers joined a number of democracy groups in calling on state lawmakers to help limit the influence of money in politics.  

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SUNY Occupational Health Study
6:26 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Limited Pay Just One Problem Facing Low-Wage Workers

Low-wage worker study uncovers many other risks, problems in workplaces.
Credit ohccupstate.org/

For low-wage workers in Syracuse…dangerous working conditions, high turnover and the inability to raise any concerns are part of their day-to-day life. SUNY Upstate's Occupatio

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Senior Community Needs
12:45 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Seniors Speak Out about Transportation, Nutrition, Lament Closed Downtown Senior Center

Common Councilor Nader Maroun moderates panel on senior needs in community
Credit Ashley Siu/WAER News

Public transport was one of many topics discussed at the Ida Benderson Seniors Action group forum where seniors addressed their needs. Drucilla Adams has a tough time walking up hills and has been affected by a change in bus routes.

“When there’s no bus, I can’t get there unless someone picks me up.  I’m concerned because I know it’s a university section but we still are in the area and we still need some transportation on the weekends.  I don’t go anywhere on weekends; I’m like in jail.” 

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Reaction to AG's Sanction
3:21 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Advocates Applaud Bed, Bath & Beyond Fines for Denying Jobs to Those with Criminal Records

People getting out of Syracuse's Justice Center are supposed to be protected to at last be able to apply for jobs, but common practice often automatically excludes them.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Local advocates that try and help people get jobs after they’ve been convicted of crimes say the “Bed, Bath and Beyond” settlement this week could help.  New York’s Attorney General fined the national retailer for automatically excluding any job applicants with a criminal history, violating state labor laws.

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Community
8:43 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Add Sun, Fun People and Sips of Red and White, Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Tour Sparkles

Goose Watch next to Cayuga Lake
Credit Mark Bialczak

Wine has never been my thing.

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CHARITY FUNDRAISER
6:58 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Senator DeFrancisco and Ray Rinaldi Face Off for Charity

Senator DeFrancisco poses at a press conference Thursday promoting Saturday's event
Credit John Smith / WAER Sports

It’s not often you hear of a State Senator Stepping into a boxing ring to duke it out with a boxing legend. Nonetheless, that’s precisely what one elected official from Syracuse is doing this weekend.

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WAER 88.3 FM
6:13 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

New, Modern Transmitter Powers WAER Into the Future

The transmitter is delivered to its home at Day Hall
Dan Gurzynski WAER News

Listeners on the fringes or weak spots of WAER's broadcast signal probably noticed a big change in recent days... they can actually hear us again!  The station recently  installed a new transmitter that brings our signal to it's FCC licensed 50,000 watts.   As radio equipment goes, WAER's old transmitter could no longer do the job, and was running at low power for months.  

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION
12:05 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Historic Mansion Returning to its Former Glory

The front of the Babcock-Shattuck House facing E. Genesee St.
Scott Willis WAER News

A vacant, boarded-up mansion that held a gloomy presence over the corner of East Genesee and Westcott streets for years now shines as an example of historic preservation.  The exterior of the former Babcock-Shattuck house is all but finished, and work has shifted inside.  Plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling are mostly installed, and framing is ready for drywall.   The Queen Anne-style house was built in 1895, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Kevin Kniestedt became the host of Morning Edition on WFAE in September of 2013. Prior to that, he spent twelve years in public radio in Seattle/Tacoma and Spokane, Washington, where you could find him on the air just about any random hour of the day. Kevin has spent time hosting both news and music, has interviewed the likes of Dr. John, Chick Corea, and Branford Marsalis, and has authored the list 1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die. Kevin is also a huge sports fan, loves a good film festival, and can often be found indulging on a massive plate of nachos.

Report Those Potholes
4:36 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

See Any Potholes Syracuse? (can you miss 'em?) Mayor Miner Wants to Know

Mayor Miner publicizes ways residents can report potholes and track their repair.
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

More complaints about pot holes has Mayor Stephanie Miner calling on Syracuse residents to help the city locate and fix them. New efforts and technology by the Department of Public Works are trying to solve a deep problem.

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