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SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Brian McConnell talks devastating 2018 flood, blood needs, and drive to install smoke alarms

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Brian McConnell talks devastating 2018 flood, blood needs, and drive to install smoke alarms
It was a busy year for the American Red Cross - Finger Lakes Chapter in 2018. This year has been no different, as volunteers and staff work harder than ever to keep up with a ... more
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Finger Lakes National Heritage Corridor designation could boost tourism

Finger Lakes National Heritage Corridor designation could boost tourism
Efforts to get national recognition for the Finger Lakes area as a tourist destination could bring tourists, and their spending power, from all over the country to Upstate New York. The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance ... more
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Turn your single-use plastic bags into free reusable ones at Wegmans on Saturday

How to trade out your plastic bags for a free reusable one
Wegmans will be giving out coupons for free reusable bags this weekend according to their website. The grocery store chain announced this week it is getting rid of plastic bags before the statewide ban goes ... more
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New executive director chosen by Finger Lakes Wine Alliance

The Finger Lakes Wine Alliance has announced Carmela Barbagallo will serve as the organization's executive director, a news release issued Wednesday said. Barbagallo comes from a background in marketing, wine sales, events, business and restaurant ... more
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Wegmans doesn’t want customers reusing old bags after 2019

Wegmans doesn’t want customers reusing old bags after 2019
Stepping away from plastic and towards more environmentally friendly options, Wegmans is cutting down on plastic. Company representatives said it will do away with disposable plastic bags before the New York state deadline in March ... more
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State DOT workers will pick up roadside trash for Earth Day

State DOT workers will pick up roadside trash for Earth Day
Employees of the state Department of Transportation will be picking up trash along roads across New York to mark Earth Day. April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day. DOT officials say on Monday the agency's ... more
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Dana Balter thinks Katko is beatable in 2020

Dana Balter thinks Katko is beatable in 2020
Democrat Dana Balter was a political newcomer with little name recognition who faced a daunting task in 2018: Defeat John Katko, a Republican congressman who had vanquished two previous Democratic opponents by wide margins. It ... more
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DOT selects Community Grid as ‘preferred’ choice for I-81 replacement

DOT selects Community Grid as ‘preferred’ choice for I-81 replacement
In a draft of an environmental impact study, the New York State Department of Transportation has selected the “Community Grid” as the preferred choice to replace the aging portion of Interstate-81 through Syracuse. The document, ... more
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SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Peter Mantius discusses groundwater testing, Hakes Landfill, Greenidge, and Cayuga Regional Digester

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Peter Mantius discusses groundwater testing, Hakes Landfill, Greenidge, and Cayuga Regional Digester
Throughout the winter, Peter Mantius spent his days reporting on some of the most-important environmental issues facing the Finger Lakes region. Doing so with more than 20 years of experience - Mantius broke the story ... more
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INSIDE THE FLX: Michael Kracker of Unshackle Upstate discusses $175.5B NYS budget

INSIDE THE FLX: Michael Kracker of Unshackle Upstate discusses $175.5B NYS budget
New York State has adopted a $175.5 billion budget. What does that mean for Upstate New York? Well, it has serious implications - as noted by Unshackle Upstate. Unshackle Upstate advocates on behalf of businesses ... more
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Dana Balter wants a rematch against Rep. John Katko after 2018

Dana Balter wants a rematch against Rep. John Katko after 2018
The former democratic candidate who took on Rep. John Katko last year in the 24th district made the announcement Tuesday night at the PressRoom Pub in Syracuse. In a Facebook post teasing the announcement, she ... more
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Balter expected to become third candidate vying to challenge Rep. Katko for 24th District

Balter expected to become third candidate vying to challenge Rep. Katko for 24th District
Two candidates have already presented as runners in the 24th Congressional race, which is getting an early-start this year. By the end of the day - it could be three. Democrat Dana Balter, who ran ... more
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Influence of farm-to-table movement in Finger Lakes explored

Chefs using locally sourced food to create menu offerings is a growing phenomenon in the Finger Lakes. It’s also the subject of a day-long program at two locations in Geneva. The Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce ... more
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Census of Agriculture: Number of farms across region declines again

Census of Agriculture: Number of farms across region declines again
The number of farms in New York dropped again, according to the latest Census of Agriculture released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 2017 census found there are 33,438 farms in New York, down ... more
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Auburn forum highlights I-81 project — and need to move forward

Auburn forum highlights I-81 project — and need to move forward
CenterState CEO President Rob Simpson remembers the first conversations about the future of the Interstate 81 viaduct. The discussions were a decade ago. Simpson has seen other communities advance significant infrastructure projects while Syracuse and ... more
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Are lawmakers teeing up a new tax to target golf courses in New York?

Are lawmakers teeing up a new tax to target golf courses in New York?
Senator Pam Helming joined local golfers and small business owners to oppose the Senate Democrats’ new “Golf Tax.” The so-called Golf Tax (S.4420) would allow municipalities to assess courses based upon the properties’ highest and ... more
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Former West Genesee Superintendent hired at Marcus Whitman Central School District

Former West Genesee Superintendent hired at Marcus Whitman Central School District
Former West Genesee Superintendent Dr. Chris Brown has been hired to the same position at another district in Upstate New York. According to the Marcus Whitman Central School District website, Brown will begin as that ... more
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Debate continues around later start times for middle, high schools

Some CNY schools looking at later start times for schools
The Fayetteville-Manlius School District have been in talks recently to discuss the option of adjusting their school times to a later start time, including hiring an outside consultant to learn more on the effects of ... more
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SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb slams budget outcome, burden placed on Upstate

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb slams budget outcome, burden placed on Upstate
Last week a $175.5 billion spending bill was passed. Some lawmakers believe that bill, which was packed with a number of consequential pieces of legislation - is proposed that way intentionally by the majority. "This ... more
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Wayne County man accused of raping child in town of Salina, city of Syracuse

Police: Seneca Falls man accused of verbally, physically abusing child in Walmart
A Wayne County man has been arrested for allegedly raping an underage victim at two locations in Onondaga County. According to detectives, 22-year-old Thomas Sheffler raped a child under the age of 15 in the ... more
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THE DEBRIEF: Misso Will Challenge Katko, Geneva City Council Vacancy, and SF Resolution (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Misso Will Challenge Katko, Geneva City Council Vacancy, and SF Resolution (podcast)
Geneva City Council has a vacancy to fill, one Town Supervisor candidate has exited the race in Seneca Falls, and Roger Misso enters the race to challenge Rep. John Katko. All of these stories and ... more
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