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Tax, Water Rate Hikes in the Crosshairs as Common Councilors Start Review of Walsh Budget

It looks like Syracuse Common Councilors are ready to put up some opposition to parts of Mayor Ben Walsh’s budget proposal. On Tuesday, they got a first crack at hearings and possible changes to the budget, which includes raises to both the basic property tax rate and water charges.

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Normally, a chief financial officer's job involves poring over balance sheets and bank statements. But in the pot business, the job still bears a lot of similarities to the illicit trade — transporting loads of cash under the watchful eye of big guys carrying lots of guns.

Just ask Tom DiGiovanni.

This chief financial officer and former Ernst & Young accountant leans into an unmarked armored van where there's a metal cage to protect the revenues for his company, Canndescent, from would-be thieves.

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Each year The New York State Brewers Association names the best in brewing and craft beers throughout the state. This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss hit the road to visit The Prison City Pub and Brewery in Auburn, NY. 

The guys have the chance to taste some of the award winning beer, grab a bite to eat and chat with owner Mark Shultz about what makes his brewery so special.


Federal prosecutors late Tuesday charged British drug maker Indivior with felony fraud and conspiracy for its marketing of opioid products including Suboxone. The company allegedly created a "nationwide scheme" in the U.S. designed to convince doctors and government insurance providers that Indivior's patented opioid medications are safer and less prone to abuse than cheaper generic alternatives.

Sixteen parents, including actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, face new charges in the college admissions scandal that has already snared dozens of wealthy individuals. The Justice Department announced Tuesday that a second superseding indictment has charged them with money laundering and conspiring to commit fraud.

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Onondaga County is investing money into helping the homeless and veterans find a more conformable place to sleep. County Executive Ryan McMahon sees the need for this investment into “A Tiny Home for Good.”


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Bank of America will raise the minimum wage for its employees to $20 an hour in the next two years and freeze health care cost increases for lower-paid workers, the company said Tuesday.

The hourly pay will rise to $17 starting May 1 and then increase to the higher rate by 2021, CEO Brian Moynihan said.

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In Syracuse's final home game of 2019, they will welcome a familiar foe, and tournament adversary, to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:00. The No. 11 Syracuse Orange (6-3, 1-2), will take on the No. 10 Cornell Big Red (7-3, 2-2) in a rematch of the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, where the Big Red sent the Orange home early with a 10-9 victory.

In his State of the Union address this year, President Trump announced an initiative "to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years."

The man who pitched the president on this idea is Alex Azar, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Senator Schumer Demands that VA Fixes the Family Caregivers Program

Apr 8, 2019
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Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the VA to answer for growing dysfunction in a program aimed to help veterans receive care at home. Iraq War veteran Tricia Smith was discharged after a back injury and has developed Parkinson’s since coming home.


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Tensions are high in Britain’s Parliament, as political leaders try to hash out a deal on Brexit. But there’s another separatist movement brewing — right here in New York state.

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