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We’ve heard of March Madness in college basketball.  But Friday could be called Match Madness for nearly 150 Upstate Medical University students who opened envelopes containing their residency assignments.  That’s where they will spend their first year of training as doctors. 


There’s no question the world of Science suffered a great loss with the passing of physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking.  But experts on people with disabilities say his life was also important in other ways. 

Many people can envision pictures of Stephen Hawking, using a wheelchair and talking through a computer device due to his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Construction season in Central New York is coming, with Spring a week away.  Safety officials want to make sure people know what’s underground before starting to dig – for anything from a home or building, to a pool or fence post.  Dig Safely New York hosted contractors at Onondaga Community College today.  Executive Director Kevin Hopper says they’ll contact utilities to identify underground problems.


A federal jury found Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joe Percoco guilty on three counts of bribery and conspiracy to commit honest service fraud, in a Manhattan court room on Tuesday.

Percoco, Cuomo’s former closest aide who has been described as being like a “brother” to the governor, was found guilty of participating in two bribery schemes, where he netted nearly $300,000.

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A normally routine item on the Syracuse Common Council’s agenda has revealed some cracks in the city’s requirement that contractors hire a certain percentage of minorities and women for their projects.  The annual street maintenance project called the unimproved street slurry seal program seems to be falling short of preferred goals.  The city typically shells out about a million dollars a year for a company to do the work on select side streets.  Assistant corporation counsel Joe Barry says it’s put out to competitive bid, and the contract goes to what’s termed the lowest responsible bidde

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Some Central New York dairy farmers are facing such difficult times that they’re considering leaving the business altogether.  A combination of persistently low prices of milk and rising labor costs are forcing long-time farmers to make some tough decisions.

For Mark Tucker, dairy farming is all he’s known.  He’s been working his family’s fourth generation farm in Skaneateles full time for over 40 years. 

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More than 100 acres of land on a hilltop in Cazenovia with walking trails and an extensive display of art sculptures will be able to continue following a generous gift left behind by one of its founders.  The place is known as Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.  Friends of Dorothy Riester say that she viewed - life itself - as a work of art.  Longtime friend and Stone Quarry Hill Art Park Historian Steven Waldron recalls a particular visit with Dorothy.

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The New York economy is bracing itself for the impact of a new tariff being rolled out by the federal government.  President Trump is has enacted] a 25 percent tax on foreign steel and a 10 percent tax on aluminum.  Tariffs are usually meant to bolster domestic industries and products, but Whitman School of Management International business studies Professor Peter Koveos says this ignores how much industry has changed.

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International Women's Day Thursday got a boost Sunday night, as the Oscars ushered in a week of conversations about the representation, inequality and sexual harassment of women in the workplace.

Syracuse Stage has announced the line-up of plays they’ll produce for the 2018 – 2019 season, including a popular farce, an original play with a local, historical connection, a holiday musical and an updated Jane Austen work.

WAER’s Chris Bolt and Stephen Shepherd of ‘Stage Right Radio’ find out what audiences can expect from Syracuse Stage’s Artistic Director Bob Hupp and Associate Kyle Bass.