School Finance
6:33 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Cuomo Promises Surplus in Budget, Boost for Education

Dr. Rick Timbs advocates for education funding with the Statewide School Finance Consortium.
Credit statewideonline.org

Schools hoping for more state aid could see a boost in funding from New York State compared to recent years.  Governor Cuomo told The Capitol Pressroom’s Susan Arbetter that education aid in the 2014 budget could increase four percent.  He adds that working out what’s fair for each city and school system is the job of the state legislature:

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COLD CASE BROKEN
2:11 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Georgia Man Arrested in Connection to 1985 Syracuse Murder

Ronald Meadow arrested in Georgia.
Credit Georgia authorities.

The Onondaga County District Attorney and the Syracuse Police Chief say a Georgia man has been arrested after evidence linked him to the death of his ex-wife in Syracuse dating back to 1985.  Colleen Meadow’s estranged husband, Ronald Meadow has been charged with second degree murder.  Meadow was found strangled to death in her Syracuse Apartment.  District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says a particular investigator was instrumental.

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Programming Update
2:07 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Roots Of Smooth Host Passes

Roots of Smooth host Bobby Jackson
Credit The Jazz Mind

Bobby Jackson, the talented and engaging host of The Roots of Smooth airing on WAER  Mondays at 8 PM died on December 9, 2013 in Cleveland, OH.  He was 57 years old.

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POWER OUTAGE REPAIRS
6:40 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

National Grid Preps for Winter Storm Season

National Grid's building in Syracuse
Credit National Grid

With a fresh wave of winter weather sweeping through areas north of Syracuse, National Grid is preparing to respond to any potential power outages. The company held a demonstration Wednesday afternoon to show how they handle repairs when a fuse is blown. 

John Fiume, the manager of customer and community management, says National Grid takes steps to prepare for potential issues before winter weather hits, including monitoring forecasts and planning staffing in advance.

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Clear Path for Veterans
11:59 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Human Side of War in Iraq Focus of New Book by Veteran at CNY Vets Center

Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango is designed to be a comfortable place where veterans can gather or receive services.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  It took Iraq War veteran John Ready of Oneida almost ten years to write about the experiences he went through as part of a civil affairs unit.  But he decided to chronicle the strange, sometimes funny and poignant happenings and thoughts in his book, "Does My Suicide Vest Make Me Look Fat?: A Soldier's Year in Iraq."   

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Trecherous Toys
5:14 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Some Toys Under the Christmas Tree Could Unwrap an E R Visit, says NYPIRG Study

One item on Trecherous Toys report that claims it could cause facial injuries and packing materials could cause choking.
John Smith/WAER News

Every year, Central New York kids request popular toys during the holiday season for various reasons… maybe it’s the bright colors or the sounds they make.  However, the New York Public Interest Research Group is cautioning parents to beware of parts that pose choking hazards, injuries or even lead poisoning.  

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Entertainment
11:33 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Jazz Journeys - Episode 1

Trumpeter Hugh Masekela

This week on the debut episode of Jazz Journeys, I will discuss the newest release from saxophonist Houston Person as well as vocalist Rene Marie's tribute to the late Eartha Kitt.

Also...we remember former South African President Nelson Mandela with some music from his countryman Hugh Masekela.

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Alliance for Quality Education
7:22 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Syracuse Teachers, Parents, School Officials Feeling 'the Blues' Over Education Funding, Reform

School Employees and Parents wore blue to indicate their mood about school issues.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Teachers, Parents, School Administrators and others wore blue Monday to protest the way public education is being run and funded.  

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HATE CRIME
6:19 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

New York's Highest Court Agrees to Hear Appeal in Syracuse Transgender Murder Case

The late Lateisha Green
Credit transgenderlegal.org

New York State’s highest court has agreed to look at an appeal of a lower court ruling that freed a Syracuse man convicted of the state’s first hate crime.  Back in July, the State Supreme Court’s 4th Appellate Division tossed out the conviction of Dwight DeLee in the 2008 murder of transgender woman Lateisha Green on a technicality.  

Michael Silverman is Executive Director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York City, and has worked with the Green family for the past five years.

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