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Water Pollution
5:02 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Environmental Research Group Reports Widespread Water Pollution in New York State

One information graphic from the Wasting our Waters report from Environment New York
Credit Environment New York Center

New York’s rivers and lakes are still a dumping ground for polluters…and some of the worst are here in Upstate New York.  That’s the assessment of the research group “Environment New York.”  Their new report “Wasting Our Waters” points at Anheuser-Busch in Baldwinsville for dumping 1.4  million pounds of toxic waste into the Oswego River in 2010. 

It also notes Eastman Kodak had the most discharges by toxicity with 12,000 pounds of toxic compounds released into the Genesee River. Environment New York Director Heather Leibowitz wants to see practices change.

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SENATE CONTROL
12:34 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Sen. John DeFrancisco Concerned that Democrats will Neglect Upstate

Sen. John DeFrancisco, (R) Syracuse
Credit nysenate.gov

Senate Republicans have a new strategy in what’s shaping up to be an election battle for control of the State Senate. They say now that a group of breakaway Democrats is abandoning them and rejoining the rest of the Democrats, the Senate will be dominated by New York City liberals who won’t care about Upstate and Long Island.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA
11:36 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

New Medical Marijuana Program Poses Potential Legal Dilemma for Employers, Employees

Some Central New York employers and employees might face a legal dilemma when the state’s medical marijuana program takes effect. 

 Partner at Tully Rinckey law firm in Syracuse Graig Zappia  says the  federal Controlled Substances Act still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug with “no accepted medical use.” 

Lawyer Graig Zappia says an employee who might be fired for using medical marijuana has no protection under federal statutes like the Americans With Disabilities Act. But, he says, the employee likely has recourse under state laws.

  Zappia says both sides have to be wary of anything that might infringe on the rights of others.  He says medical marijuana also introduces liabilities for doctors participating in the program.  Zappia says health care providers will have to be very certain to just whom they’re prescribing the medication so they don’t run afoul of the law.  

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Local News
12:40 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

CNY Restaurant Owners Express Anger, Seek Help for Business Lost to Destiny Eateries

Are local establishments losing out to people flocking to the mall? Asti Cafe owners joined a meeting looking for answers.

  A number of restaurant owners from around the Syracuse Area were pretty mad at seeing a dip in their business blamed largely on a government decision.  Al Barbagallo and his family have run Barbagallo’s Restaurant for 38 years and he shared his feelings.

“Anger…because small businesses employ 95% of the people in this country.  Why should somebody get a tax break that I can’t get, why should the empire zone get a tax break or why should Destiny get a tax break.”

 

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NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY 2014
11:41 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

CNY Young Men of Color Have Highest Rates of HIV Infection

Young men of color in Central New York have one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the state, and one organization is trying to reach them to get tested.  

 Friday is National HIV Testing Day, which wraps up a week dedicated to increasing the number of those who know their status, not only for their own good, but also to avoid spreading the disease.  

  The Care Network provides education to schools and community members to spread awareness that people living with HIV can still lead long, prosperous lives. 

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2014 Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival
5:15 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

A Weekend of Jazz, Wine, and Arts Comes to Clinton Square in Late July

Credit cnyjazz.org

If you’ve been thinking about some Jazz Music with a sip of wine from the vine… chances are that you live in the right city.  The Northeast Jazz and Wine Fest will bring plenty of music to Downtown Syracuse almost a month from now. 

Organizer Larry Luttinger says there are many acclaimed artists in this year’s line-up.

"That consists of pianist Michael Wolff who did many years as Arsenio Hall music director, Mike Clark best known for his fantastic work back with the  legend Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters back in the eighties and we're bringing in Gil Parris, America's finest guitarist in all possible genres. He's a great blues player, a great smooth jazz player, a great R&B player, a great straight-ahead jazz player. He'll be joining that trio for an hour of fun. "

Some other main stage performers include Sherma Andrews, Michael and Angela Lynn and Marcus Johnson. Luttinger says Johnson will also serve a role as mentor to scholastic musicians. 

"Student groups play, Marcus Johnson listens to them and then he plays with them as a soloist in their final tune. Then he stays on stage, takes the microphone and gives them support of commentary and tips and pedagogical advice in front of an audience of parents and the general public. That way we hope to let the public in on the way jazz concepts are taught." 

Rounding out the two day event are separate stages that feature Mardi Gras inspired music, world beat, local jazz ensembles along with wine tasting.

Larry Luttinger says this year's festival will appeal to all of your senses.

The Northeast Wine and Jazz Fest is scheduled for the weekend of July 25th and 26th and will coincide with Syracuse ArtsWeek.  

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Interstate 81 Replacement
9:13 am
Wed June 25, 2014

New I-81 Replacement Plan Emerges on Eve of Public Meeting

The elevated portion of I-81 continues to be in focus with a new proposal, as well as a public meeting Thursday.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  Just days before a public meeting about the replacement of I-81 through Syracuse, a closed door meeting was held today with local and State DOT Officials.  Senator John DeFrancisco brought in engineering plans provided by his constituents.  It calls for building a 1.2 mile tunnel with an overlapping boulevard. 

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Community
8:54 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Plenty of People Love a Parade of Homes to Take Ideas Back to Their House

  The parking lot was crowded, and hundreds of people milled about the street in Cicero, strolling between the dozen brand new houses on this gorgeous first day of summer.

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Local News
6:36 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Peace Activists Help Residents Call Congress to Keep Military Out of Iraq

Amelia Lefevre is beside the phone booth set up for people to call congress and oppose military intervention in Iraq.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Peace Activists set up a phone booth in downtown Syracuse today to allow people to call their congress members to keep the U.S. completely out of Iraq.  They oppose any military intervention there – even the limited involvement proposed by President Obama in response to the advances of Islamic militant groups.  Syracuse Peace Council Staff Organizer Amelia Lefevre continues to see a hunger for militarism in government leadership.

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