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The Quest to Advance Drone Techologies in Syracuse and CNY with Millions Committed by New York State

Experts say the focus on advancing drone technologies in Central New York with millions of dollars committed by the state could transform the industry. As local and Upstate companies are fine tuning the technologies, others are already claiming success by delivering more specialized services to customers. Sentient is focused on ensuring longer drone flights in all kinds of weather as they switch the main power source from batteries which drain in the cold. CEO Saif Deen Akanni says the...

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Under orders from the Trump administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development is preparing to lay off most of its Palestinian aid workers in its West Bank and Gaza mission, according to U.S. government communications reviewed by NPR.

It's the latest step toward shrinking a decades-long U.S. aid mission to build the capacity for a future Palestinian state. In response to NPR's request for comment, a USAID official emailed a statement saying that the agency has "begun to take steps to reduce our staffing footprint." He did not want his name used.

For the final months of 2020 census preparations to continue as planned, the Census Bureau says it is counting on the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the legal battle over the citizenship question by June. But a new appeal filed by plaintiffs in one of the Maryland lawsuits over the question could complicate that timeline.

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Will enough voters in the congressional district that includes Syracuse change their minds from this past election to send a Democrat to Washington? 

Dana Balter is now the third Democrat trying to make that happen.  Of course, what she has over the other candidates is a near-miss, losing to Rep. John Katko by around 5 percent last November.  Balter entered the 2020 race Tuesday night and says people want more results on issues such as schools, health care and the economy. 

More Kidney Donors Needed at Upstate University Hospital

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Around 300 people are on the wait list for a kidney at Syracuse’s Upstate University Hospital.  The problem?  Too few people are offering to donate.  One of those on the wait list actually works at the hospital.  Pediatric nurse Carrie Conkey has been waiting for a kidney donor for years and dreams of a better future.

"It would mean that I would have the time and physical ability to spend with my loving family and my friends and helping more people understand that a new kidney is a new life."

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Experts say the focus on advancing drone technologies in Central New York with millions of dollars committed by the state could transform the industry.  As local and Upstate companies are fine tuning the technologies, others are already claiming success by delivering more specialized services to customers.  Sentient is focused on ensuring longer drone flights in all kinds of weather as they switch the main power source from batteries which drain in the cold.  CEO Saif Deen Akanni says the company also intends to change the distance and time of drone flights in general.

Hurricane Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico, and climate change is partly to blame, according to a new study.

The worst rain fell in the mountainous central part of Puerto Rico, from the northwest to the southeast. That part of the island is rainy under normal conditions. In an average year, it gets more than 150 inches of rain.

When Maria hit in 2017, it dropped nearly a quarter of that annual rainfall in just one day.

Volvo is a Chinese-owned Swedish company making cars in the U.S. When it decided to set up a plant in South Carolina to build cars to ship around the world, it was following a long tradition.

With its port, Charleston, S.C., has been a shipping hub for centuries. And the state has been home to international manufacturers for decades — BMW, Michelin and Bosch are among the many global firms with footholds there.

But before the plant opened last year, President Trump transformed America's approach to trade policy.

Increase in Deer and Ticks in City Brings Health Risks; Mayor Walsh Wants Plan in Place

Apr 16, 2019
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The Walsh Administration proposed spending $75,000 of the 2020 budget to combat the longstanding issue of the overpopulation of deer and ticks on the East and West sides of Syracuse. The effort comes as Lyme disease remains a serious health concern.  


Nora McInerny

Apr 16, 2019

  Within months of each other, Nora McInerny was grief-stricken by the death of her husband, the death of her father, and miscarriage of her second child.  In her book No Happy Endings, the host of the American Public Media podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking describes how she faced the reality of being changed by loss without completely being defined by it.  

The powerful gene-editing technique called CRISPR has been in the news a lot. And not all the news has been good: A Chinese scientist stunned the world last year when he announced he had used CRISPR to create genetically modified babies.

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