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An opinion piece published in STAT, a health-centered media group, detailed the paradoxical struggle of physicians spending too much time reporting quality data to actually deliver quality medical care to their patients.

Dr. Jerry Penso, president and chief executive officer at AMGA (formerly the American Medical Group Association), wrote that though there are well-meaning intentions behind mandatory quality reporting, the ultimate result is detrimental both to physicians and their patients. We spoke to him this month for "Take Care," WRVO's health and wellness show.

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The Arc New York supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with programs, services and advocacy work. Their aim is inclusion. By providing guidance to family members and focusing on indepencence and comfort, they believe people with disabilities can have quality of life within their community.

This time on "Take Care," we spoke with Tania Seaburg, chief policy and operations officer for the organization. Our conversation centers on employment efforts, one of The Arc's key approaches to providing a more normal life for a portion of the population that is often at a disadvantage otherwise.

Just how bad is corruption in Albany? Why hasn't more been done to address it? And is there hope for the future? This week, Grant Reeher discusses these questions with Blair Horner, executive director of the New York Public Interest Research Group, or NYPIRG. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that he was “inartful” when he said earlier in the week that America “was never that great,” a comment that was widely condemned and mocked by critics on the right and left.

“I want to be very clear: Of course America is great and of course America has always been great,” Cuomo, a Democrat, told reporters on a conference call. “My family is evidence of American greatness.”

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Drunk driving crashes are on the decline in New York State, according to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. But at the same time, the number of crashes involving drug impaired drivers is on the rise.  Now the state is increasing the numbers of highly trained officers who can identify the signs of drug-impaired driving.

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The city of Syracuse could spend $38 million to buy 17,000 street lights from National Grid and convert them to LED lighting with smart city technology. The project is expected to save the city money, operate more efficiently and improve its digital connections.

In My Father's Kitchen

Access to health care is important for individuals overall physical, social and mental health. But there are barriers for many Americans according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion -- including the high cost of care, inadequate insurance coverage (or no coverage at all), or lack of available services. As Ellen Abbott reports, there are attempts in many communities to remove these barriers.

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Some changes will be coming to the 2018 version of the New York State Fair, which starts August 22. Most of it is part of the second phase of a $120 million plan to revitalize the fairgrounds.

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Leecia Eve, one of four candidates running in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary for state attorney general, believes her background makes her more qualified to hold the office than her opponents.

Eve is not well-known in a race where 40 percent of potential Democratic primary voters still don’t know the candidates. A recent Siena College survey puts her support at just 4 percent.

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Democratic candidate for New York State Senate in the 50th District, John Mannion, said the state needs a more coordinated effort to address harmful algal blooms in lakes. Mannion, a 25-year biology teacher at West Genesee High School, said volunteer groups and local representatives believe they are in a crisis situation.

Kathy Gorr said residents living alongside Skaneateles Lake, have been very concerned about its water quality since harmful algal blooms appeared last year.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — America “was never that great” and won’t be great until all Americans share true equality, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday in a speech blasting Republican President Donald Trump and his slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

 

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Following President Donald Trump’s visit to Fort Drum and Utica Monday, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said he would be willing to host anyone, including the president, if it advances Katko’s agenda for central New York. 

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The National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 gives troops their largest pay increase in nearly a decade and starts laying the groundwork for the president's proposed Space Force.

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The death of Gary Thibodeau, the man convicted of kidnapping Heidi Allen from a New Haven convenience store in 1994, means the end of his attempts to get a new trial in the case, but his passing is not providing closure to either side.

Thibodeau's attorney, Federal Public Defender Lisa Peebles, says while she loves most of the clients she represents, she had a special relationship with Gary.

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After signing the National Defense Authorization Act into law at the Fort Drum Military Base in Watertown Monday, President Donald Trump visited Utica - the first sitting president to do so in 70 years. He was there to headline a fundraiser for Mohawk Valley Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford). 

Trump supporters chanted his name and waved American flags as his motorcade arrived at the Hotel Utica. 

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were at Fort Drum today today where Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which included more than $700 billion in military spending.

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Gary Thibodeau, who had been serving 25 years to life in state prison for kidnapping Heidi Allen from a New Haven convenience store in 1994, has died at the age of 63. 

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Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow is presenting his administration's first proposed tax cut tonight to the city's common council. Barlow says if passed, it would be the first tax cut for the city's residents in 20 years. 

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How engaged are the citizens of Syracuse and Onondaga County in their comminities? What might be changed to strengthen, facilitate and coordinate that engagement? This week, Grant Reeher speaks with two members of the Onondaga Citizens League, Tina Nabatchi and Thomas Carlin. They discuss OCL's new annual report on the state of community engagement in the region. 

Gotcha Bike

The Syracuse Common Council approved a two-year deal with Gotcha Bike at the end of July to start the city’s bike-share program. The city is also applying for state grant funding to construct more bike lanes.

Councilor Joe Driscoll said pricing was the biggest sticking point for him when deciding to go with Gotcha Bike over the other contenders. Most of the programs were coming in at a $75-$100 annual fee. Gotcha was able to get it closer to $25 a year.  

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Updated at 8am Saturday, August 11

According to data from the Onondaga County Health Department, no toxins have been detected at the water intake pipes in Skaneateles Lake for the last three days. On August 7, tests showed 0.3 parts per billion of mycrocystins, the lowest possible detection level. Starting August 8, the level of mycrocystins was undetectable. 

The rising cost of health care has become a major point of contention in this year's race for the 22nd Congressional District, including how the candidates have voted on the issue in the past.

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Tempers flared Wednesday at the New York State Board of Elections, where commissioners voted to limit the subpoena powers of the investigator in charge of enforcing campaign finance violations.

The investigator, Risa Sugarman, said it’s a case of blatant "political interference," while board commissioners accused Sugarman of being secretive and playing the "victim."

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After U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry came to Oswego County last week to praise the state's support of nuclear power plants, several environmental groups and New York politicians sent a letter to state leaders saying the opposite.

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Members of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office are training for different active shooter scenarios. Lt. Paul Brennan said the ways in which officers respond to shootings are always changing.

"This is different than the last time we did active shooter training," Brennan said.

On Tuesday, officers in road patrol used simunitions, replica handguns shooting small plastic projectiles, as they moved through a scenario in a vacant building, simulating a group of people detained by someone with a gun. Officers entered and confronted the suspect.

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President Donald Trump plans to make stops in the North Country and Mohawk Valley Monday, according to a number of reports. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro) announced Tuesday that Trump accepted her invitation to visit Fort Drum, and will hold a signing ceremony for the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019. 

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In addition to tax cuts, the recently passed federal tax overhaul includes a measure to encourage the private industry to invest in low-wealth areas. The program offers tax discounts and other incentives for people to put their profits from stocks and other holdings to work in so-called Opportunity Zones. Those resources can then be invested in businesses and other economic development projects in rural and urban districts that are plagued by high levels of poverty.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making the rounds of national news programs now that he has become the target of a lawsuit by the National Rifle Association.

Cuomo, a gun control advocate, is asking other states to join him in fighting what he said is an "extremist" organization. The NRA said it’s Cuomo who has a political "vendetta" against the group that could lead to its demise.

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A political ad by Democratic congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi has been rejected from airing on Charter Spectrum cable channels. Brindisi said the company is censoring him by refusing to air it.

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Some New York lawmakers are among those criticizing a TSA proposal to allow thousands of passenger a day to board commercial flights at smaller and mid-sized American airports without TSA screening. 

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) says scrapping this kind of security would be a disaster waiting to happen. He sent a letter to the TSA administrator asking that current passenger screening be maintained, suggesting the idea risks national security in the post 9-11 world.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) agrees, and expects there will be congressional oversight on this.

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