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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SYRACUSE MAYORAL RACE
6:53 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Syracuse Mayoral Cadidate Pat Hogan Unveils Equal Rights Plan

Credit Chris Bolt, WAER News

Syracuse mayoral candidate Pat Hogan further expanded his campaign platform Monday by releasing his Equal Rights Plan.


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Gabriel Spitzer covers health and science at KPLU, after a year covering youth and education. He joined KPLU after years covering science, health and the environment at WBEZ in Chicago. There, he created the award-winning mini-show, Clever Apes. Having also lived in Alaska and California, Gabriel feels he’s been closing in on Seattle for some time, and has finally landed on the bullseye.

Freelance Reporter and Contributor to Women's Focus.

MAKING NEW FRIENDS
11:55 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

CHAT Camp Helps Non-Verbal Kids Connect

Graham Tresness celebrates the first-ever CHAT Camp.
Credit Maria Catanzarite, WAER News

The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University brought together five area children to take part in a week-long camp for kids who chat a bit differently. Everyone has a voice—some just use the touch of a screen. 

Today was the final day of the first-ever CHAT camp, or also known as the camp of “communicative hope through assistive technology.” Speech and language pathologist Beth Tollar thinks kids with unique ways of speaking need to know they aren’t alone.

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Festival Returns
6:32 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Syracuse Latino Festival Returns for 2013

Fanny Villareal sat for an interview at the WAER studios
Credit John Smith, WAER News

The Syracuse Latino-Americano Festival is back again, and organizer Fanny Villarreal says it is going to be better than ever before.

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Carrie started at KUNM as a volunteer in the front office, and soon after her arrival she became a regular substitute in the news department. Carrie is a graduate of Clemson University and a South Carolina native; however, she has fallen in love with the natural beauty and hospitality of the Southwest. In addition to her duties in the newsroom, she spends her free time hiking and skiing with her husband. Carrie's career in broadcasting is just beginning, and she hopes to pursue her passion for this field by continuing to host and report for New Mexico's Community Powered Public Radio.

Anastasia Tsioulcas is an Associate Producer for NPR Music. In this role she is responsible for producing, blogging and occasional reporting on classical and world music.

Tsioulcas is co-host of NPR's classical music blog, Deceptive Cadence, and also produces live concert webcasts, ranging from Member Station co-productions to other live concerts and special events, including Field Recordings and Tiny Desk Concerts, that she's helped curate and produce.

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