Syracuse VA Will Offer Classes to Teach Veteran Families about Mental Health and the "New Normal"

The Syracuse VA Medical Center is about to start-up another series of classes for families of veterans struggling with mental illness. This marks the 11 th year the VA has partnered with the National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI. Local recovery coordinator at the VA Ann Canastra says the 12-week program is aimed at families for a reason. " It's really for us to teach family members about mental health, mental illness, the illness process, and then about recovery. In recovery, that...

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The new school year marches on, and so does our weekly roundup.

Tropical Storm Florence closes schools in the Carolinas

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Onondaga County homeowners are being asked to shell out an additional $30 next year to help cover the cost of repairing and maintaining the aging sewer system as part of Joanie Mahoney’s 2019 budget proposal.  She delivered her $1.3 billion spending plan to lawmakers Friday. 

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The Catholic Diocese of Syracuse is offering a ‘Mass of Forgiveness’ at all churches this weekend as an attempt to heal wounds from child sex abuse cases.  Local cases first became public from 2002 to 2006. 

Health care isn't always a priority if you're homeless or in poverty.  Many don't have access to care or can't afford it.  But there's a collaborative effort to help some organizations fill gaps in care by offering medical and mental health services in locations you might not expect.  In this episode of City Limits, Scott Willis profiles two programs that aim to put people on a path to recovery...and perhaps out of poverty.  

With Summer seemingly on it's last legs, the majority of us are packing up any notion of a road trip. But that's not the case for Jay Mobley and Hugh Yamada.  They recently embarked on a cycling journey to travel from Boston to LA, stopping to perform with their guitars along the way. 

They made a stop in Syracuse recently and dropped by WAER to chat about their journey. Hear their struggles, achievements, and a live performance this week on 'The 315'. 

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More than 100 people were waiting to be rescued from homes and vehicles Friday morning in New Bern, N.C., after Hurricane Florence brought severe flooding to the area. Officials say more than 100 people have already been rescued in the area overnight.

Six swift water rescue teams have been working since Thursday afternoon to evacuate individuals and families, in some cases, from the roofs of their homes, the New Bern Public Information Officer Colleen Roberts said Friday afternoon.

Folk Alley is the newest addition to the WAER weekly music lineup. Starting September 19th listeners can hear Folk Alley Wednesday's at 8pm. The program takes the place of the long time NPR program Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, which ceased distribution earlier this month.

Folk Alley presents an exciting, intelligent, and eclectic mix of the best traditional folk, Americana, contemporary singer/songwriters, and roots music, from the latest releases, classics, and exclusive in-studio Folk Alley Sessions and live concert recordings.

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Senator Dave Valesky will likely not be the Democratic Party nominee to continue in his State Senate seat after last night’s primary election results.  Rachel May’s grass roots effort proved strong enough to outpoll the incumbent.

  After a 62-10 win over Wagner, Syracuse faces their first ACC opponent in Florida State. Syracuse is going into this game after a dominant performance on both offense and defense against Wagner. The Syracuse offense amassed a total of 456 all-purpose yards. On defense and special teams, Syracuse caught three interceptions and blocked two punts. The special teams unit was able to return one of those blocked punts back for a touchdown. The Orange are looking for another all-around strong performance this weekend to remain undefeated.

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Many are wondering just how many registered Democrats will actually go to the polls today to select the party's nominee for Governor, State Attorney General and for races closer to Central New York.  Thanks to recent intiatives, the turnout numbers could be higher than in the past.  Volunteers of two organizations have been giving millennials a nudge by sending out 200,000 texts asking if they can count on them to vote.  Common Cause of New York Executive Director Susan Lerner says although there’s a strong surge of interest and activism, people must actually vote.  She says the importance