WAER News Round Up: Jan. 16-20
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
New York ranked third on a list of the top 10 states for green buildings in the U.S.