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Over the past month, WAER worked in collaboration with The Stand and the Newhouse School of Communications on a series about Syracuse's lead-poisoning crisis.  Reporter Sydney Gold produced stories on families affected by lead poisoning, the health impacts, and the responses from government and non-profits.  Sydney shared more of what she learned reporting the story with WAER News Director Chris Bolt.

Few superlatives can describe Jakob Phaup’s bounce-back performance at the face-off x this afternoon. Masterful? Dominant? Sublime? Whatever word you choose, it probably encapsulates Phaup’s performance to a tee. The junior won 24 of 27 available draws for the #11 Orange (6-4, 2-3 ACC) in their 13-11 upset victory over #5 Virginia (10-4, 2-4 ACC) in Charlottesville. 

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Central New York’s delegation of state Lawmakers shared their priorities and weighed in on key issues today as part of the annual meeting of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters.  Assemblymember John Lemondes kicked off the conversation on priorities for this year’s legislative session with holding the governor accountable for his behavior toward women.

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Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway says he supports the use of body cameras as long as the resources are provided.  Conway doesn’t have any projections for what a program might cost. But, New York State and Syracuse Police have already begun implementing them.


The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 63- CNY to UVA

Apr 23, 2021

For the second time this year, Syracuse men's lacrosse takes on Virginia with the Orange looking for the series sweep. Hosts Ben Shulman, Owen Valentine, and Johnny Gadamowitz preview the matchup with UVA head coach -- and LaFayette, NY native -- Lars Tiffany (10:35-40:00).


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Just how significant was the guilty verdict against former police officer Derek Chauvin for his role in killing George Floyd?  Now that initial reactions have taken place, several police policy experts weigh in on changes that might come from the case in police accountability and reform.

No. 11 Syracuse hit its rock bottom point in the season in Saturday’s 21-9 loss to North Carolina. But there’s no time to dwell for SU. The Orange get a second-straight top five opponent in the form of No. 5 Virginia this Saturday, a team that the Orange are familiar with. SU throttled the at-the-time No. 3 Cavaliers 20-10 back on February 27. Yet, that was nearly two months ago, and now it’s the Orange who find themselves struggling.

Several Republican office holders who are interested in running for governor next year made their case to the state’s GOP county leaders at a meeting in Albany this week. The meeting comes as Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he wants to run again, has been weakened by a series of scandals. 

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Advocates of the New York Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019 used the occasion of Earth Day to push for passage of the funding needed to meet the legislation’s ambitious green energy goals.  Among them are an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and 100% zero emissions electricity by 2040. 

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New data from Onondaga County indicates there is still work to be done in the journey to herd immunity, specifically getting more people between the ages of 50 and 59 to get a vaccine. Just over a third of county residents between those ages are fully vaccinated.