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WAER News Round Up: Jan. 16-20

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Among this week's top stories, Hector LaSalle doesn't get enough votes to be the next chief judge, the Syracuse community grieves the loss of a young girl due to gun violence, and advocates push to create a . Read more of the WAER News Round-Up to catch up on the week's news.

1. NYS Senate committee rejects Hector LaSalle for chief judge

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Karen DeWitt
Justice Hector LaSalle sits before the NYS Senate Judiciary committee Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. The committee rejected his nomination to the state's highest court.

The New York State Senate Judiciary Committee dealt a political blow to Governor Kathy Hochul when it voted Wednesday to reject her nominee for the next chief judge of the state, Hector LaSalle.

2. Police working on leads in drive-by shooting that killed 11-year-old honors student

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Scott Willis
A vigil for Ortiz is seen with balloons and stuffed animals. (Jan. 17, 2023)

Several law enforcement organizations are looking into a shooting that killed an 11-year-old girl in Syracuse on Monday. Officials are asking the public for assistance.

3. Syracuse's ongoing work to address gun violence following homicide of child

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Max Mimaroglu
Max Mimaroglu For WAER
Syracuse's City Hall

The City of Syracuse is trying to figure out the best ways to offer outreach and support to prevent more tragedies like this week’s deadly shooting of an innocent 11 year-old girl.

4. CNY group pushes unemployment program aimed at helping non-traditional workers

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Scott Willis
Workers' Center director Jessica Maxwell explains that the program would benefit workers and stabilize communities.

Advocates are proposing a program that would aid thousands of workers in Central New York who are not normally eligible for standard unemployment insurance

5. Hamlin's injury spotlights similar (but rare) risk in youth sports

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Ernie Capriotti
A player slides into home plate during Opening Day for Syracuse Little League in 2019.

Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin's suspected episode of commotio cordis has brought attention to blunt force trauma in other sports, including among younger athletes. The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment says while commotio cordis sports fatalities are rare, killing about 15 to 25 athletes a year, most occur in youth sports.

6. Syracuse-area twins first to test promising RSV prevention tool

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Cheryl Meany
Cassidy (left) and Stella (right) pose together in a family photo. (2022)

A new passive RSV immunization that developers say is under federal review got started with twin baby girls at Upstate Medical University.

7. NY ranks 3rd on national green building list

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Daniel Case

New York ranked third on a list of the top 10 states for green buildings in the U.S.

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.