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Democratic Congressional Candidate Dana Balter continues to make health care an issue in her race against Republican Congressman John Katko.


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The City of Syracuse has just launched an on-line dashboard designed to let the public monitor how the city is performing. The website uses data to measure progress toward goals such as delivering services effectively and increasing economic investment in the city.


Science has been a part of our understanding the world around us for what seems like forever. The art form of Jazz also has a rich history in our world. But these two societal staples don't necessarily cross paths, right?

Well, think again this week on The 315 Joe Lee speaks with members of the Syracuse Academy of Science about this upcoming fundraiser that celebrates that very notion. 

Find more information about the event and ticket information here.


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It’s that time of year again in Central New York when law enforcement and school district officials issue their annual reminder to motorists to keep an eye out for children as they walk, bike, or get on the bus.


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Beyond the glitzy lights of the State Fair’s Midway, there is an exhibit about bright beacons that guide boaters and commercial ships across the State.  The exhibit is called “A Path Through Maritime History: Lighthouses and Life Saving.”  New York Sea Grant Recreation Specialist Dave White says even the Statue of Liberty is a lighthouse.

“They’re a critical component of our maritime history and how we’ve grown as a country and being able to provide that opportunity to get folks safely in and out of our harbors.”

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Changing how we talk about drug abuse and more awareness of overdose remedies could cut down on the 72,000 reported drug-related deaths of the opioid epidemic last year. That’s the opinion of local parents who had children who have overdosed and local prevention experts today during International Overdose Awareness Day. 

OVERDOSE AWARENESS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: FRIDAY, AUG, 31 @ CITY HALL 7:30 PM

Deanna Axe lost her daughter Morgan to an overdose.  She found her daughter’s character put on public trial – when her story of trauma wasn’t.

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New York Farmers are generally celebrated at the New York State Fair.  But today some of those farmers made a call from the fairgrounds to end tariffs and a trade war they say is hurting them and local economies. 

Johanna Fox-Bossard of Barbland Dairy Farm in Fabius says she’s losing up to  $3000 dollars a day due to tariffs on cheese and would like to see more open markets.

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More federal rail inspectors might have been able to spot - and stop - the crashing concrete that narrowly missed causing severe injuries when it fell on Clinton Street this past July.  

Senator Chuck Schumer in Syracuse today made a call for the Federal Railroad Administration to hire more inspectors.

“The hit them once every 5, 6, 7, 8 years, much to infrequent because these bridges are deteriorating more rapidly.  That’s why we’re asking for a significant increase in inspectors.  I think each bridge should be inspected once a year, at minimum.”  

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Anyone who goes to the New York State Fair knows there’s no shortage of food, games, rides, shows, music, and other activities.  There’s also no lack of elected officials or candidates seeking office.  Friday was no exception, as senator Kirsten Gillibrand stopped by the wine seminar room in the horticulture building, probably much to the surprise of the other guests.

"Thank you all so much.  Let's have our wine tasting!"

Lots of people have opinions about health of Onondaga Lake and recreation around it.  An update today from Onondaga County and Honeywell, hosted by FOCUS Greater Syracuse, shows that a number of projects addressing both concerns are moving right along. 


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