Going to College
8:57 am
Fri August 16, 2013

On Point Gets Inner City Kids Ready for College with Study Habits and Back-to-School Shopping

Students go on a shopping visit to Destiny USA thanks to On Point for College. They also got orientation and study tips early as part of pre-college preparation.
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

Low-income Syracuse-area college students got a helping hand today as they prepare to head to campus for their first classes, with the help of On Point for College.

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Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri–Cities. She covers the Mid–Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.

The South Sound was her girlhood backyard and she knows its rocky beaches, mountain trails and cities well. She left the west side to attend Washington State University and spent an additional two years studying language and culture in Italy.

Criminal Justice
9:36 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Oneida Nation Police Draw Praise on 20th Anniversary of Force

Oneida Nation Police praised for helping local communities on the 20th anniversary of forming the department.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

The Oneida Indian Nation marked the 20th anniversary of its police force Thursday.  Officials from the surrounding community took the opportunity to say how they're benefitting.

Looking back at June’s flooding, Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley remembers being glad to have the support of the Oneida Indian Nation Police.

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE
6:17 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Killer Freed; Victim's Family and Transgender Community Fear for Their Safety

Attorney and Transgender Alliance Founder Mallory Livingston, LaTeisha Green's mother Roxanne, and father Albert Cannon.
Credit Scott Willis, WAER News

The transgender community in Syracuse fears for its safety now that the killer of a young trans-woman is free. 

Green’s mother Roxanne says she has little faith in the legal system, after the Appellate Court in Rochester released Dwight DeLee on probation last week.

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Diane Orson is a reporter and producer for WNPR and a contributor to National Public Radio. Her stories are heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Here And Now. She began at WBUR in Boston and came to Connecticut in 1988.

SYRACUSE MAYORAL ELECTION
6:26 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

State Legislators Endorse Mayor Stephanie Miner for Re-election

Mayor Stephanie Miner discusses workforce training programs
Credit Miner for Mayor

Syracuse’s Democratic state lawmakers say Mayor Stephanie Miner has been a tireless advocate of Syracuse and a close partner in government. 


Assemblymembers Bill Magnarelli and Sam Roberts, plus Senator Dave Valesky endorsed Miner’s campaign for re-election today in front of H.W. Smith school.  The building is the last to be renovated under phase one of the massive Joint Schools Construction Project.  Bill Magnarelli says Miner made sure legislation for phase two made it through the legislature:

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Employment News
2:29 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Medicaid Transportation Company Plans 80 New Jobs at Downtown Syracuse Call Center

MAS CEO Russ Maxwell makes new jobs announcement
Credit Christian Bersani/WAER News

A Syracuse company that manages Medicaid transportation announced Wednesday it will add 80 new jobs in its Syracuse headquarters. 

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RAILROAD SAFETY
11:47 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Sen. Chuck Schumer Says "Flawed" Railcars Pose Danger to Syracuse and Upstate

Sen. Chuck Schumer holds a news conference in Armory Square with the railroad in the background that carries hundreds of tankers every day. Also with him are Onondaga County Dept. of Emergency Management Commissioner Kevin Wisely and Mayor Stephanie Miner.
Credit Maria Catanzarite, WAER News

Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by Syracuse Tuesday to call on the Federal Transportation Department to propose a fix for flawed rail cars called the DOT 111. 

He says the hundreds of cars that travel through the center of Syracuse every day are the same ones that derailed in Quebec a few weeks ago, killing dozens and wiping out a small town.  

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Dave DeWitt is currently working on the year-long North Carolina Teacher Project. He came to WUNC in 2003 and spent four years on the staff of The State of Things.

STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT
10:56 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Syracuse Common Councilors Explore Consolidating Vehicle Repair, Maintenance

Councilors Jake Barrett, Helen Hudson, and President Van Robinson listen to Deputy Syracuse Fire Chief David Reeves.
Credit Maria Catanzarite, WAER News


The Syracuse Common Council is contemplating merging city vehicle maintenance and repairs under one roof. Councilors met with city department heads Monday morning.



With more than one-thousand City-owned vehicles on the streets, Council Committee members think one building will be enough to service all five departments. Councilor Helen Hudson says cutting costs is the main reason behind the proposal.

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