Greg Smith is the composer of four of NPR's most distinctive themes: Talk of the Nation, Day to Day, The Motley Fool Radio Show and Weekend Edition Sunday's "Voices in the News" theme. Aside from his musical contributions to NPR, he spent many years toiling in the trenches at the network. Greg started at NPR as a production assistant for Morning Edition in 1980 and over the next 20 years produced and/or edited many of the network's news programs, leaving the NPR's full-time staff in 1999 as senior editor of Weekend Edition Sunday.

Karen Feagins joined WJCT in 2005, and has worked in many different roles at the station in both radio and television. Her love of journalism and storytelling began in the 4th grade when she was named editor of the newspaper at her elementary school in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Karen attended the University of Missouri to study Broadcast Journalism, and spent several years as a commercial television news reporter before finding her home in public broadcasting. She is now news director and head of radio programming WJCT, and assists with the production of "First Coast Connect."

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
6:53 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

CenterState Region Releases Business Plan

The CenterState CEO releases its Metropolitan Business Plan
Credit John Smith / WAER

The CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO) released its Agenda for Economic Opportunity Thursday, detailing a plan for future development initiatives Thursday that was two years in the making.  After intensive research, planning, and development in partnership with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, the CEO released five key findings for shifting Central New York's economic profile in a more positive direction:

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Harriet Tubman
4:26 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Underground Railroad Figure Was Much More Than Abolitionist, Says 2-Day Conference

Tubman Centennial Conference covers much more than Underground Railroad.
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A seminar on Harriet Tubman reflects on issues such as slavery and unequal education that are going on today.  The Harriet Tubman Booster Club is hosting a centennial symposium, “Harriet Tubman: No Longer Underground.”

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Economic Redevelopment
8:04 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Regional Economic Council Releases Progress Report

A slide in Wednesday’s presentation devoted to Stickley, Inc. of Manlius
Credit John Smith / WAER

The Central new York Regional Economic Development Council (CNYREDC) held a presentation at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Wednesday detailing the progress it has made in creating jobs and ensuring economic development in the area. The presentation was held in preparation for a request of $31 million in funding, the Council's third round of sponsorship from the state government.

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Rick Pluta has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.

Rick was one of the first Michigan political reporters to write about “pay-to-play” fundraising, and the controversies surrounding recognition of same-sex relationships. He broke the news that Gov. John Engler was planning a huge juvenile justice overhaul that included adult-time-for-adult-crime sentencing, and has continued to report since then on the effects of that policy decision.

Election 2013
9:16 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Not Much Remodeling Necessary in Mayor's Office After Tuesday's Syracuse Election

Stephanie Miner, seen here at a campaign event before the Democratic Primary, easily cruised to second term in office
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Mayor Stephanie Miner decisively won her bid for re-election last night with a total 68-percent of the votes. The incumbent did not face a Republican challenger, but had a Green party and a Conservative rival.  Miner says she is looking forward to tackling the many issues in the city of Syracuse.

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Election 2013
8:13 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Syracuse Could Still Be Run by All Democrat Council

WAER's Sawyer Rosenstein (right) interviews Alex Walsh, one of four GOP candidate running for Common Council disappointed election night.
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The Common Council in Syracuse will likely remain Democratic...pending the results of one district seat.  The race is still too close to call in the 1st District between incumbent  Democrat Jake Barrett and Republican Joe Carni.  Barrett hopes he can stay on as councilor to revitalize a key corridor…

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Election 2013
7:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Republicans Keep Just About All Their Majority in Onondaga County Legislature

Onondaga County Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon (at podium) joins GOP Party Chair Tom Dadey on stage after he won re-election to his 16th district seat
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The results of Tuesday’s election will end up looking pretty much like things before the election for the Onondaga County Legislature.  Republicans appear to have a 13-4 majority, down a seat from the 14-3 majority they now enjoy.  Though one incumbent isn’t a solid winner…giving democrats hope of picking up one seat.  Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon was one of many G-O-P incumbents that won handily.

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Ashley Lopez is a reporter for WGCU News. A native of Miami, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree. 

Previously, Lopez was a reporter for

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