Local Agriculture
5:30 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Syracuse Downtown Farmers' Market Opens

Fresh produce at Downtown Syracuse's Farmers' Market.
Credit Max Brady

A rainy start to the Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market today didn’t keep it from opening with a splash.  Workers stopped by on their lunch breaks to enjoy the fresh produce and baked goods, and left with items to take home.  The weekly event featured dozens of vendors selling fruits, vegetables, wine, baked goods, dairy products and decorative plants.

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Pressure from Schumer
1:02 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Minoa Mayor Hopes to Find Solution to Longtime Flooding Problem Near Railroad Tracks

Sen Schumer helps Minoa try to work out flooding problem with CSX Railroad company.
Credit villageofminoa.com

Kaitlyn Richards reports on what Minoa's Mayor hopes to get out of meeting the CSX Railroad company regarding flooding caused by the rail yard.

The Village of Minoa is hoping for a solution to a long-standing flooding problem that is affecting all the houses adjacent to the rail yard. 

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Politics & Government
1:45 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Labor Groups say "Hold On" before passing Cuomo's Tax Free NY business plan

Gov Cuomo's Tax Free Business Plan drawing Criticism

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax free business plan is taking criticism from state labor groups. The proposal would allow businesses that move onto a SUNY campus to be free of property taxes, sales taxes, and income taxes.

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Jobs and Education
1:21 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Value of STEM subjects Shown in Scholarships and Brookings Study

How education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM fields) pays off.
Credit srcinc.com

Four Central New York Students received Scholarships to follow education in STEM fields…right at a time when a recent study shows how valuable Science, Technology, Engineering and Math can be. 


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Business & Government
6:38 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Syracuse's Soundgarden Could Stay; Store, City Officials Reach Deal

Armory Square's Soundgarden
Credit Soundgarden Facebook Page

Forty eight hours after it’d appeared that Soundgarden in Armory Square could close its doors, a compromise was reached that would exempt certain items from the city’s secondhand dealer ordinance.  The store had been trying for months to get CDs, DVDs and other media exempt from some provisions of the ordinance because they said it would be too burdensome to log the thousands of items they take in each month. 

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Veterans Benefits
3:38 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

CNY Veterans Can Go Bowling and Get Job, Health Assistance

VA Medical Center hosts program for veterans at B-ville Bowling Alley
Credit Syracuse.va.gov

Syracuse veterans will have a chance to get a line on jobs, improve their health, and practice their bowling this Saturday. The V-A sponsored event is geared toward veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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Underground Railroad
6:30 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Harriet Tubman House Moving Closer to National Park Status

Dan Maffei joins Tubman House President Karen Hill and other local offials at Congressional hearing
Credit Office of Dan Maffei

Supporters and representatives from Central New York attended a Congressional Hearing in Washington today to push for the establishment of a Harriet Tubman National Park in Auburn.  It would be based around Tubman’s home. 

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Drug Arrest Bias
5:58 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Law Enforcement in Onondaga County Accused of Racial Bias in Marijuana Arrests

Charges of racial bias in drug arrests come out of NYCLU study
Credit surfky.com

Onondaga County has the third largest racial disparity in marijuana arrests in the state.  

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Alternative Energy
5:36 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Push Is On for Solar Power Bill to be Voted Upon in Albany This Session

Solar Power Bill in Albany could create jobs and limit power outages during storms like Sandy, advocates say.
Credit greenterrafirma.com

Solar energy advocates are pushing the New York State Assembly to vote on a bill before session ends that would make solar power more accessible in C-N-Y and across the state. 

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Ashley Gross is KPLU's business and labor reporter, covering everything from Amazon.com and Boeing to garbage strikes. She joined the station in May 2012 after working for five years at WBEZ in Chicago, where she reported on business and the economy. Her work telling the human side of the mortgage crisis garnered awards from the Illinois Associated Press and the Chicago Headline Club. She's also reported for the Alaska Public Radio Network in Anchorage and for Bloomberg News in San Francisco.

She studied history at Brown University and earned a master's in international affairs at Columbia University. She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She lives in West Seattle with her husband and two sons.

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