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Major League Baseball is gearing up for the start of the 2020 season in just a few weeks. With that, though, came the cancellation of the minor league season due to COVID-19.

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The winner of the Democratic Primary in New York’s 24th Congressional District emerged today thanking her supporters and her former challenger, after Francis Conole conceded.  The post Election Night gathering was held at Dana Balter's campaign headquarters in Syracuse. 

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Restaurants in Syracuse’s Westcott Community appear to be having a nice showing of patrons as they reopen following the onset of the pandemic.  WAER News was invited on a tour of the area with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and Assemblymember Pam Hunter interacting with business owners and patrons. 

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New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will impose  mandatory quarantines for travelers from several states, with high rates of the coronavirus, including Florida and Texas,  effective midnight tonight.

Candidates in New York’s primary elections are having to put any celebrations on hold, despite waking up this morning after election night.  Dana Balter and Claudia Tenney tallied the most votes from early voting and primary day ballots in their respective congressional races.

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The Onondaga County Legislature unanimously approved a measure that will speed development of a warehouse project in Dewitt.  The project is believed to be a support center to aid with deliveries from the huge warehouse facility being built in Clay. 

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Anyone who has celebrated or honored Juneteenth in the past, can’t escape that this year the holiday, and the injustices it exposes, is seeing more attention.  Marches, rallies, and protests over racial police practices have also shined a light on racial inequities in education, the economy and other parts of society. 

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Claudia Tenney is trying to take the first step towards a return to Congress.  The New Hartford native represented the 22nd congressional district from 2017 to 2019.  She lost to Democrat Anthony Brindisi by less than 2%. 

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SYRACUSE, NY - Religious groups peacefully protested outside of Syracuse City Hall on Sunday demanding police reform in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Protesters held signs, and chanted, “No justice, no peace”, “Black Lives Matter” and as Floyd said in his final moments, “Get your knee off my neck. I can’t breathe.”

Several Syracuse groups want to see reforms to police practices go a few steps further … by getting rid of the military trappings they say enflame conflicts and increase racism.  President Trump has suggested invoking federal laws on insurrection to send the military into states to quell protests.  Julio Urutia of the Syracuse Peace Council argues Trump is overstepping his authority.