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AAA of CNY says there’s about 500 fatal wrong way driving-crashes annually in the U-S.  They tracked data for eight years and noticed a 34% increase from 2015 to 2018.   AAA Spokesperson Elizabeth Carey says the study also found the main causes behind the rise in deadly crashes.

“There were three things that really stood out: alcohol-impaired driving, older age, and also drivers who didn’t have a passenger in the car who might serve as a co-pilot to warn someone they might be going the wrong way.”

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Workers advocates here in Central New York are calling attention to protections they say are needed in a wide variety of job categories.

Prominent members of New York's congressional delegation including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on Governor Cuomo to resign today, and a majority of state legislators have called on him to do the same amidst allegations of sexual assault and harassment.  One democratic state Senator from Syracuse also says Cuomo needs to go.

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(STORY UPDATE 3/11/21 at 6:18)

The top Democrat in the State Assembly has decided to launch an 'impeachment investigation' into Governor Cuomo.  Carl Heastie says the Assembly Judiciary will lead the investigation.  He added this probe will not interfere wiht an investigation launched by the state Attorney General.  The assembly action will be led by Long Island Democratic Assemblyman Chuck Lavine.

(Posted 3/11/21 at 4:30)

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  For much of 2020 Governor Andrew Cuomo was considered one of the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic.  He was praised for his steady and focused daily briefings when national leadership was lacking. But recently, the governor has suffered a reversal of fortune, as a scandal over the suppression of the number of nursing home deaths dominates news coverage of his administration.


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There are urgent calls to vaccinate people with Alzheimer’s disease against  the coronavirus, due to symtoms of the condition that can put people at risk unknowingly.  This past week people with a range of chronic illnesses, including Alzheimer’s joined the list approved to get the vaccine in New York.

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A $573 million settlement in the fight against the opioid epidemic was recently announced with nearly every state including New York.  A global consulting firm, McKinsey and Company, worked for large pharma and agreed to the settlement, sparing a long court proceeding. 

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Environmental Experts say the rejoining of the Paris Climate Agreement by the United States will have tangible impacts in New York and right here in Syracuse as well.  Bringing the country back into the accord was among the first Executive Orders signed by President Joe Biden on the day of his inauguration. 

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New York State’s prison system is an overlooked hotspot for the COVID-19 virus, according to prison reform group New Yorkers United for Justice.  They’re calling for a range of changes to decrease its spread. Executive Director Alexander Horwitz reported that December saw a 71% increase in positive cases in prisons, with now more than 3,000 positive cases.

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In New York State, like in most of the nation, the COVID-19 vaccination roll out is behind schedule, and Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to withhold new  doses from hospitals that do not speed things up.