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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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Each year a series of independant judges select the top 10 innovative life science projects and the winners are published in The Scientist Magazine. One of the projects you'll learn about is the development of a handheld blood testing. What do all these innovations have in common? They all contribute to helping citizen's abilities to live better individual lives. That's this week's Science on the Radio with Dr Marvin Druger.


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President Trump denied the death toll of nearly 3,000 from hurricanes Maria and Irma, which swept across Puerto Rico a year ago, in a series of tweets Thursday morning.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico," he tweeted. "When I left the island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths."

Trump then blamed Democrats for the figures, "to make me look as bad as possible."

Jagada Chambers was sent to prison for attempted second-degree murder in 2000. The story, as he tells it, was that he was on spring break with friends during college and got into a physical altercation with an acquaintance.

He was released four years later, in August 2004, and his understanding was that his voting rights were gone forever.

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Syracuse University is about to host a hackathon focused on helping people and communities leading up to, during and after natural disasters.  During the two day event which starts Friday, Hurrican Florence is expected to hit the Carolinas and Virginia. 


This summer, the Trump administration transferred nearly $10 million away from the agency that responds to disasters and emergencies, redirecting it toward one of President Trump's top priorities — the deportation of undocumented residents of the U.S.

The funds transfer is prompting the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cut back on training, IT security and infrastructure investments, according to a document sent to Congress and released by Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.

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Democrats in the state senate’s 53rd district will have a choice on tomorrow’s ballot between a long-term in incumbent and a progressive challenger.  Dave Valesky is trying to fend off strong opposition from Rachel May.   


Democratic primary voters on Thursday have a choice of four candidates for state attorney general, after former AG Eric Schneiderman resigned in May over allegations he physically abused several women that he dated.


Syracuse democrats heading to the polls for Thursday’s primary will see three choices for city court judge on the ballot.  All are Syracuse natives, all are running for office for the first time, and all have years of experience as attorneys who’ve tried a variety of cases in many different courtrooms.   They also say the position is more important than people think. 


The U.S. economy is chugging along. Employers added 201,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate held steady at a low 3.9 percent. Average wages in August were nearly 3 percent higher than they were a year ago.

Who should get the credit for that strong performance?

At a campaign rally in North Dakota last week, President Trump boasted that he's responsible for the economy taking off like a "rocket ship."

But Trump's predecessor wants to remind everyone that the countdown began on his watch.

A new report says U.S. counterterrorism efforts need to focus much more on the long-term goal of supporting fragile countries and preventing extremism from taking root.

The report, sponsored by the nonpartisan U.S. Institute of Peace, says that after the 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. response was to protect the homeland and pursue terrorists abroad.

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