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WAER News Round up: Oct. 24 - 28

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Yoki Tang
A graphic of notebook paper lists the top stories of the week of Oct. 24-28, 2022.

This week there were several updates on Micron's construction timeline as President Joe Biden visited Onondaga Community College. During the president's trip, he said having Micron housed here will help the area's economic advancement. Micron has committed to building a new campus in Central New York and investing $100 billion in the region.

Also the Syracuse Common Council approved a controversial shuttle service to transport city employees from a parking garage to city offices. And the city and county secured millions of dollars to pay for lead paint remediation.

Find more of the week's news below:

1. Micron's future Syracuse plant to reignite manufacturing in US, Biden says

Reed Granger
President Joe Biden addresses the crowd at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, Oct. 27, 2022

Central New York is bringing manufacturing back. President Joe Biden said semiconductor manufacturer Micron's plans to open up a massive facility in the town of Clay will make the U.S. a leader in the industry. For a play-by-play of the president's visit, check out WAER's live blog of his stop in Syracuse.

2. Micron's move into town raises questions about Onondaga County's housing inventory

A sign that reads "White Pine" sits in a field next to a road.
Katie Zilcosky
A sign that reads "White Pine" sits in a field next to a road.

Some issues and discussions are still swirling around Micron's $100 billion investment in Central New York, especially challenges in the housing market.

3. Officials reminding public about new ID needed to fly starting next spring

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Americans will need an updated ID that requires some added security measures next year if they want to fly domestically.

4. Supporters urge voters to pass $4.2 billion Environmental Bond Act
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Blair Horner with New York Public Interest Research Group speaks Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, in favor of the $4.2 billion Environmental Bond Act on this year's ballot. He was part of a news conference held along the Hudson River in Albany.

Environmentalists, conservation groups and union leaders promoted a $4.2 billion Environmental Bond Act that’s on this years election ballot.

5. Syracuse common councilors narrowly OK free shuttle for city employees

A white shuttle bus with black words saying "Valet Park of America" on its side sits in front of Upstate University Hospital at night.
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A Valet Park of America shuttle bus sits outside the entrance of SUNY Upstate University Hospital.

Syracuse city workers will soon have access to a free shuttle service after Syracuse Common Councilors approved the shuttle plan. However, the vote reflected how uncertain the councilors are about using taxpayer dollars to fund the service.

6. Syracuse, county ramping up lead prevention efforts

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John Smith
Syracuse Lead Paint Prevention Coalition Kenan Lewis

As child lead poisoning remains a key issue within the city of Syracuse, the city and county secured millions of dollars for lead paint remediation.

7. Election 2022: The race to be Onondaga County's next sheriff

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Joe Strom
Onondaga County Sheriff's Department Instagram
The back lights of a Onondaga County Sheriff's department vehicle shine as the sun sets in Marcellus, Aug. 27, 2022.

It’s less than two weeks to Election Day and Onondaga County voters will soon cast a ballot for a new sheriff. A county chief deputy and a military veteran are running to replace Sheriff Eugene Conway.

Yoki Tang was raised in a big city of China called Shanghai. He speaks Mandarin, Korean and English. His majors are Broadcast Digital Journalism and Selective Study In Education and would be graduated in May 2023. The desire to get the facts right and the quest for accurate facts made Yoki want to study broadcast and journalism in the first place.