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Central New York is preparing for some significant snowfall Wednesday, and the City of Syracuse is asking those who live and work in the city to do their part to keep roads and sidewalks clear.  About 4 to 8 inches of snow is expected to fall between late Wednesday morning into the evening.  Director of Operations Corey Driscoll Dunham says the plows need space to do their work.

Karen DeWitt / WXXI News

A Republican candidate for governor is calling for hearings on controversial tourism signs on the New York State Thruway and other highways set up by the Cuomo Administration. The federal government says the signs are illegal and will withhold federal funds if they are not removed.

Onondaga County reports more than 1200 peple have confirmed flu cases so far this flu season.  That includes 270 cases the week ending January 28th. 

County Medical Director Dr. Quoc Nguyen relies on information provided by the State Health Department, which confirms cases.  He says the number of patients experiencing respiratory issues due to flu complications isn’t as high as in other parts of the state.

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A Syracuse University alumnus and U.S. Navy veteran is donating $20 million to support the construction of the National Veterans Resource Center on campus.  Site preparation is underway on the $62.5 million  project.

Melissa Osgood / Cornell University

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:


John Smith / WAER News

It’s National ‘Go Red for Women Day’ and aside from Central New Yorkers wearing red, you might have noticed many of the buildings around the City of Syracuse lit-up in red to raise awareness and funds to fight cardiovascular disease.  According to the American Heart Association, only 17 percent of women consider heart disease to be the greatest health problem in America today.  Local spokesperson Kristy Smorol is determined to defeat the number one killer of women.

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Syracuse-area Congressmember John Katko says he favors the release of the controversial classified memo that alleges the department of justice and the FBI abused their surveillance powers ahead of President Trump’s election.  It could be released later Friday pending Trump’s approval.  Katko says it should come out sooner than later as special prosecutor Robert Mueller continues his investigation.

Scott Willis / WAER News

After months of consideration, Syracuse-area state senator John DeFrancisco made it official Tuesday evening in a crowded room of more than 100 supporters at a hotel in Salina.

"There's just too much at stake to sit on the sidelines.  New Yorkers need a leader that they can trust.  That's why, with your support, I humbly announce my candidacy for governor of The State of New York," DeFrancisco said to cheers and applause.

Karen DeWitt / WXXI News

The head of Governor Cuomo’s economic development programs says he doesn’t think federal corruption trials now taking place will have any effect on the projects.

Governor Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, is on trial in federal district court in Manhattan, charged with engineering two bribery schemes. One of the companies accused of participating in the crimes received funding through the state’s economic development programs. The two top leaders of COR development are co defendants in the trial.

Scott Willis / WAER News

A crowd of about 100 Central New Yorkers marched along Syracuse City streets Monday to oppose Trump administration immigration policies.  Demonstrators chose this specific day to send a direct message, chanting "immigrants are welcome here."