State Farm Bureau Conference
4:45 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

What's the Future of New York Farms?

Ashley Willits is New York State President of Future Farmers of America.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Some 350 farmers from around the state are working on the future of farming at the Farm Bureau’s Annual State meeting in Liverpool that continued today.  

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Medicare Open Enrollment
10:02 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

CNY Medicare Beneficiaries Have Just a Few Days to Change Coverage

Medicare Myths and Behaviors might not serve beneficiaries best.
Credit UnitedHealthCare

Central New Yorkers who are on Medicare need to make any changes in their plans by the end of open enrollment, December 7th.  Officials with UnitedHealthCare Medical and Retirement in Syracuse want to make sure people aren't confused about enrolling through the Health Care Exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Surgical Tech Program
5:29 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

OCC Program Enjoys Success Starting Medical Careers

Students in Surgical Technician Program get hands-on training that helped all members of the last class pass national certification.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Onondaga Community College’s Surgical Technician Program is receiving a lot of attention after recent graduates earned high scores on the national certification exam. The 10 month program at OCC is a crash-course in physiology and surgical procedure, where students learn the skills needed to assist surgeons and nurses during surgeries. 

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CNY SPCA
6:54 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

SPCA Looking for Holiday Giving to Finish Kennel Renovations

View of the old kennels for large dogs at the CNY SPCA. The group launched donation drive Monday to renovate them.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

The Central New York S-P-C-A is hoping people’s holiday generosity will help them make their kennels a little more joyous for the animals.  Officials say newer facilities might be better for both the pets and the workers.

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CRIME AND SAFETY
6:21 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Burglar Alarm Legislation Delayed...Again

Syracuse City Hall

Unanswered questions and lack of support delayed a planned vote by Syracuse Common councilors Monday to impose a $30 annual fee on burglar alarm owners.  The measure has been discussed since March as a way to recover the cost of police responding to numerous false alarms.  

 

City officials say there were more than 9,800 alarms last year, and all but 14% were false.  The yearly assessment for the more than 13,000 households and businesses with alarms would raise about $360,000 dollars a year.  Business groups have been opposed to the measure from the beginning.  

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Molly Solomon joined HPR in May 2012 as an intern for the morning talk show, The Conversation. She has since worn a variety of hats around the station, doing everything from board operator to producer.

She is now the General Assignment reporter and covers a number of important topics including education, tourism, and food sustainability. A California native, Molly joined HPR after graduating from University of California Santa Cruz with a BA in Sociology. At UC Santa Cruz, she worked for KZSC as well as the student newspaper, City on a Hill Press. When she's not reporting local news, Molly can usually be spotted riding her bike around Kaimuki or eating her way through Oahu's plethora of Japanese restaurants.

Liz Reid's initials spell EAR, and she’s just enough of a mystic to believe that working with sound is her destiny. Liz came to 90.5 WESA from KRPS public radio in Southeast Kansas, where she was a Feature Producer and the local host of All Things Considered. Previously, Liz interned and freelanced at KQED public radio in San Francisco. She has an MA in Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University, where she also taught audio production classes. She’s done stints working in academia and the music industry, but she’s happiest in a public radio setting. When Liz is not reporting and hosting at 90.5 WESA, she likes to sing and play guitar, ride her bike, camp with her partner and puppy, and watch science and nature documentaries.

Peter Payette is the News Director at Interlochen Public Radio, the broadcast service owned and operated by the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He manages the news department, has hosted its weekly program Points North, and reports on a wide range of issues critical to the culture and economy of northern Michigan. His work has been featured on NPR and Michigan Radio and in Traverse Magazine. He teaches radio storytelling to students at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He is also working on a book about the use of aquaculture to manage Great Lakes fisheries, particularly the use of salmon from the Pacific Ocean to create a sport fishery in the 1960s.

Rob Manning has been both a reporter and an on-air host at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Before that, he filled both roles with local community station KBOO and nationally with Free Speech Radio News. He's also published freelance print stories with Portland's alternative weekly newspaper Willamette Week and Planning Magazine. In 2007, Rob received two awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists, and he was part of the award-winning team responsible for OPB's "Hunger Series." His current beats range from education to the environment, sports to land-use planning, politics to housing.

Local News
3:05 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

"Buying Local" in Syracuse for The Holidays?

Mars Jewelry in Eastwood is offering specials to reel-in holiday shoppers
Credit John Smith / WAER News

Not every holiday shopper wants to compete with everyone else for gifts during annual Black Friday sales at malls.  There are plenty of people who are experiencing a leisurely pace this weekend, walking from store to store at Armory Square in Downtown Syracuse.  The secret shoppers we spoke with are searching for those special gifts such as Greg (yes, a man who actually shops early) from the city.

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