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A bald eagle and hawk are recovering after Cornell University wildlife experts say they suffered acute poisoning.  Both were found lethargic and unable to fly, and both are classified by the DEC as threatened in New York State.  Despite the uncertain outlook when they were picked up, both raptors made unexpected recoveries.  Here are their stories, as provided by Cornell media relations:

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A professor of government at Cornell University has mixed reviews of President Trump’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night. Professor Elizabeth Sanders says that Trump’s speech was successful overall, but his sincerity is still in question.

"For Trump I thought it was a good speech.  The big question is whether he means it and whether he will put some kind of mobilization skills to work, which he hasn't demonstrated before, to get his own party and segments of the other parties to support these things." 

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A Cornell University Professor Law who specializes in financial and monetary law and economics is not impressed by the G-O-P’s $1.5-Trillion federal tax cut bill.  Robert Hockett feels that the Republican majority had a lack-luster year of getting things done and this was its last chance.  He calls the plan, which places a cap on state and local tax deductions - a Civil War Tax Bill.

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Cornell University, New York Sea Grant, and charter boat captains have teamed up on a high-tech mission to learn more about the behavior of King Salmon in the Lake Ontario ecosystem.  They’re already getting valuable information from pop-off satellite tags attached to the fish. 

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A Co-Director of Cornell Law School’s Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic feels there’s not much more the federal government can do to further screen or vet refugees and immigrants.  Professor and Acting Immigration Lawyer Steve Yale-Loehr says he understands the need to evaluate the screening process as a matter of National Security.  But he says the rules are already stringent for refugees to gain entry into the U.S.

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If you think your lawn and flowers are waterlogged, think of what Central New York farmers are dealing with after record amounts of rain this spring.  WAER News checked in with an expert to find out what the industry is up against. Margaret Smith is a professor in plant breeding and genetics at Cornell University. 

"Well, it's starting off to be a really challenging agricultural year."

She says there’s a complicated choreography behind the planting season….

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Criticisms of the latest version of President Trump’s Travel Ban have come from New York leaders.  You might have heard earlier on Morning Edition about concerns that the ban has a chilling effect no travel. 

The Finger Lakes area depends quite a bit on tourism for the local economy.  And policies that restrict travel – or inhibit it – could have trickle-down effects. 

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Cornell University will have a new president starting next spring.  The board of trustees Monday unanimously selected Martha Pollack as the permanent successor to President Elizabeth Garrett, who died in March of colon cancer after only eight months on the job.  Since then, former President Hunter Rawlings III has been serving on an interim basis.  Pollack has been Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan since 2013.  She'll take the helm at Cornell April 17th.  

  A lot of people here in Central New York have Black Friday marked on their calendars for holiday shopping.  But one local economist says despite all the flashy ads, those great deals you’re counting on are not the focus of most stores. 

Cutting short our thanksgiving or campaign out before dawn might not produce the windfall of savings most shoppers think.  Cornell Professor of Applied Economics David Just has looked into the behavior of both the buyers on Black Friday…and the retailers.  Shoppers can get in a frenzy that clouds good judgment.

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A wind power project that's starting construction later this year is pointing out some of the changing economics that might make it a more viable alternative energy source. Wind energy pricing is now at an all-time low according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy. The price from wind power sale agreements in 2014 fell to just 2.35 cents/kWh. 

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