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WAER News Round Up: Feb. 6-10

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This week, a 3.8 earthquake centered east of Buffalo in the suburb of West Seneca at about Monday; Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Syracuse touting her executive budget; Micron revealed details of their plans at two town hall events in Onondaga County.

Catch up on more of the week's news below:

1. Strongest earthquake in 40 years startles western New York

A map of western New York shows a star on the Buffalo area surrounded by concentric circles.
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A map shows the epicenter of the earthquake that struck western New York Monday, Feb. 6, 2023.

A small earthquake rumbled through western New York early this Monday, alarming people in a region unaccustomed to such shaking.

2. Zeldin, former GOP candidate for governor, is not ruling out a new run for office

A man stands at a podium with several microphones pointed at him while another man observes in the background.
Karen DeWitt
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New York State Public Radio
Lee Zeldin, former Republican candidate for New York governor, speaks Feb. 6, 2023, at the annual meeting of the state's Conservative Party in Albany. At right is state Conservative Party Chair Gerard Kassar.

In his first news conference since narrowly losing the 2022 election to Gov. Kathy Hochul, Lee Zeldin offered a critique of Hochul’s performance and hinted that he will be a candidate for office again sometime soon.

3.Hochul stops in Syracuse to tout Micron prep, student mental health care in proposed budget

Governor Kathy Hochul sits left of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh in a row of people.
Darren McGee-Office of Governor
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Governor Kathy Hochul highlights her Fiscal Year 2024 Executive Budget in Syracuse, Feb. 6, 2023.

Gov. Kathy Hochul came to Syracuse Monday to showcase what’s inside her executive budget and how Central New York will be impacted.

4. Groups say Hochul's plan for housing would help address high costs, lack of units

 Two houses in a Syracuse neighborhood sit next to each other.
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WAER
Two houses in a Syracuse neighborhood sit next to each other.

Groups in favor of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s ambitious plan to build 800,000 new housing units over the next several years met Tuesday at the state Capitol to show their support.

5. Micron gives details on workforce development and local hiring plans at Syracuse town hall

People sit at round tables with a panel of people in the front of the room.
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County Executive Ryan McMahon and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh are joined by Micron representatives in Henninger High School's cafeteria for a town hall event in Syracuse. Feb. 7, 2023.

Micron provided details on its local workforce partnerships and future hiring at its latest town hall in Syracuse.

6. Jamesville closure raises concerns about accommodating shifts in jail population

 Chris Bolt
WAER News
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Chris Bolt

There are still plenty of lingering questions now that it appears Jamesville Correctional Facility will close. That could present new challenges regarding any shifts in the jail population.

7. City residents voice concerns over Syracuse's new sanitation cart plan

 Trash bins sit outside houses on Madison St. Syracuse, NY, Mar. 7, 2022.
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WAER News
Trash bins sit outside houses on Madison St. Syracuse, NY, Mar. 7, 2022.

Syracuse residents provided their input on a proposed sanitation cart system that would change the way trash is collected in the city.

8. Dozens apply to new Syracuse Police Junior Cadet program

 Paid training will begin in March to help fill Syracuse Police Department's staff shortages and aid retention.
Maxwell Mimaroglu
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WAER
Paid training will begin in March to help fill Syracuse Police Department's staff shortages and aid retention.

The Syracuse Police Department is interviewing applicants for its new Cadet Program: a 50-week, paid training to help grow the number of new recruits.

9. Students want a more inclusive curriculum, new survey confirms

Three pieces of paper are laid out on a table.
Andrew MacBeath
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WAER
The YouthTruth survey consulted over 28,000 students across 19 states, determining that more classes need a diverse curriculum.

While controversy rages on about the College Board's Advanced Placement African American Studies course, Black students in a new survey showed they want a more inclusive curriculum.

10. Local artist honors victims of Syracuse gun violence in new mural

Syracuse artist Victor Matthews poses in front of one of his paintings of rapper Takeoff.
Ashley Kang
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WAER News
Syracuse artist Victor Matthews was commissioned to paint a mural of recent victims of gun violence, including Brexialee Torres-Ortiz. The mural is set to be unveiled for the family Saturday, inside 308 Otisco St.,

The mural is set to be unveiled Saturday on Syracuse’s West Side to honor victims of gun violence.

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.