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The next Attorney General of the state of New York is very likely to make history. Tish James, the Democratic candidate and current New York City Public Advocate, and the Republican, bankruptcy lawyer Keith Wofford, are African American. But the two hold different views on many topics.

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The race for New York's 24th Congressional District, currently held by incumbent Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), could prove critical in Democrats attempts to take control of the House of Representatives. This week, host Grant Reeher talks with Katko's Democratic challenger, Dana Balter. 

The race for New York's 24th Congressional District, currently held by incumbent Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), could prove critical in Democrats attempts to take control of the House of Representatives. This week, host Grant Reeher talks with Katko's Democratic challenger, Dana Balter. 

The two candidates running for central new York's 24th District seat held their first debate this week, where they disagreed on nearly every issue. Democrat Dana Balter and incumbent Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) will hold three more televised debates before Election Day.

One of the battlefields on Election Day will be races for the New York state Senate. Democrats are hoping to corral a majority so they can control all three branches of government in New York State. One of the most closely watched races will be in central New York.

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The search for the next chief of police in Syracuse has been narrowed down to three candidates. One has extensive experience in the Syracuse Police Department and the other two come from outside New York State.

Syracuse Common Councilor-at-Large Steven Thompson, who was also a former police chief, was a member of the search committee that asked the candidates questions as to how they would decrease the shootings and violence occurring in the city, as well as how they would structure the police department and interact with other agencies.

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Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and Democratic challenger Dana Balter faced off their first debate Wednesday, which was hosted and streamed by

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NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos was sentenced to four years and three months in prison Wednesday after his conviction on public corruption charges.

U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood announced the penalty for the longtime Republican powerbroker, citing his health challenges at age 70 as reason to reduce his sentence from the five years she gave him previously.

She said she would have given him only four years in prison, except he lied and distorted truth on the witness stand.

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The Central New York Community Foundation will spend $2 million over four years to help end childhood lead poisoning by making residences in Syracuse lead safe. The investments target new housing construction and existing home renovations.

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A six-month old jail unit in Onondaga County dedicated to housing prisoners who are also veterans is proving to be a success.  

Gary Bixler became addicted to opioids during a stint in the Army while recovering from an injury. A drug related crime has left him serving a lengthy jail sentence at the Jamesville Correctional Facility. He said being part of a special unit for vets that offers perks and special services has made a big difference in his life.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro, engaged in a testy debate Tuesday that centered on corruption in state government and the candidate’s views, and relationships, with President Donald Trump.

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Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, fired up a crowd of volunteers and supporters of Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) Tuesday. Trump was at Republican headquarters in New Hartford where he credited Republican tax cuts for creating a hot economy with record low unemployment. He highlighted the importance of Trump supporters voting in the midterm elections. And he said Tenney is a pragmatic business person and a Washington D.C. outsider.

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After weeks of wrangling, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican opponent, Marc Molinaro, have agreed to a televised debate at 7 p.m. Tuesday on CBS2 in New York City. But not everyone is satisfied.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is introducing a bill to expand health care coverage.

During stops Monday in Rochester and Watertown, Gillibrand said the bill would raise the cap to qualify for federally funded basic health programs from twice to four times the federal poverty line.

Speaking at at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Highland Family Medicine Clinic, Gillibrand contrasted her bill with what she said are efforts by the administration of President Donald Trump to reduce government health insurance coverage.

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The city of Syracuse is trying to make it easier for food trucks to do business. But at least one food truck owner has questions over the new laws governing their operation.

Syracuse Common Councilor Michael Greene said other cities have a vibrant food truck culture that Syracuse is lacking. So, the council approved lowering the license fee from $1500 to $500 and expanding the locations where food trucks can set up shop.

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Electronic medical records have replaced paper records in most health settings, but in the huge and varied medical world, there is room for improvement.

Greg Kenien, cardiologist and chief medical information officer at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, has a bird's-eye view of the changing world of medical records.

“Ultimately, the potential is enormously for the good, but we’re having some growing pains now,” Kenien said.

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Political ads are one of the battlefields in many of the crucial midterm races for Congress this year, and the race for central New York's 24th Congressional District is no different.

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Thirty police officers in Onondaga County completed a crisis intervention team training last week that helps them recognize and respond to people with mental illnesses. The goal, when possible, is to divert those with mental illness from the criminal justice system towards treatment services.

The training is a combination of police officers understanding what people with mental issues go through and how to steer them towards receiving the proper care at a psychiatric center, mental health clinic or detox program.

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What’s in the way of achieving the best possible patient outcomes? It’s a question health practitioners ask themselves daily. In some cases, it’s reporting and paperwork, in others accessibility. Today we talk about why your electronic medical records -- where they’re available and how they’re delivered -- could be holding you back from receiving the best care.

Our guest on “Take Care,” WRVO’s health and wellness show, is Arthur Allen. He’s eHealth editor at POLITICO Pro. We drew inspiration for this segment from his article “Connecting your medical data could be the next big payoff,” found in POLITICO.

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You may not remember the college days you spent pouring over the latest studies to make a point in that big paper due a lot sooner than you'd hoped. Spring break was far more memorable. But it's worth noting that primary sources, like medical studies and clinical trials, hold the details and caveats that articles written about those same studies often don't.

As someone who's in charge of your own medical care, you probably want the facts. But combing through a clinical trial isn't the easiest thing to do. How do you know if some organization with an agenda funded the study? Or what does it mean if the results of the study have never been replicated? Joining us on "Take Care" with more is Olivia Tsistinas, clinical outreach coordinator at Upstate Medical University's Health Sciences Library in Syracuse -- which is open to the public.

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When it comes to medicine, the understanding of what is best for a patient can change over time due to new advances made in research, clinical trials and the like. Even so, many practices and products are adopted with little testing, leading to what a hematologist-oncologist at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) described as a vast amount of medical reversals.

Dr. Vinay Prasad joined us to discuss medical reversal on "Take Care," he's an associate professor of medicine at OHSU and co-author of the book “Ending Medical Reversal: Improving outcomes, saving lives.” In his book, he wrote that there are a lot of practices in medicine that are adopted quickly and used for long periods of time when, in fact, they are ineffective or even harmful.

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Decades ago, people got their health information from their doctors. Today, information is much more available (thanks, internet). So much so that we're bombarded by it: lose weight forever with this one simple trick; here's the cleanse that will cure your bloat; don't lie awake in bed at night, take this supplement, cure insomnia. Many of these tips, tricks, cures and secrets are misleading and inaccurate, spread by celebrities and laypeople alike.

Timothy Caulfield has spent most of his career trying to find out if there's any evidence behind these wellness trends. He joins us on "Take Care" to dispel some myths and get to the root of the problem. Caulfield is a researcher, author and professor of health law and science policy at the University of Alberta. He's host of the show "A User's Guide to Cheating Death," which is available on Netflix.

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The widespread use and popularity of the internet means that health information is available 24/7 from a wide array of sites, but it has also lead to the spreading of false health information on a large scale.

Dr. Nilay Kumar is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Today on "Take Care," he shares why the accessibility of health information can help encourage people to make positive health choices, and also lead to a lot of misinformation.


The upcoming midterm elections are the most closely watched midterms in at least a generation. In New York, control of the state Senate hangs in the balance. Republicans hold a slim one seat majority in the chamber, and one race could flip control of the Senate to the Democrats. This week, Grant Reeher moderates a debate between the two candidates running in the 53rd District: Democrat Rachel May, who defeated 7 term incumbent Dave Valesky in a September primary, and Republican Janet Burman. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — After weeks of balking at requests to debate his opponents, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed Friday to face off against his Republican challenger Marc Molinaro.

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Among the statewide races, the contest for state comptroller often gets little attention from voters. But there’s still lots of interest in the post itself — incumbent Tom DiNapoli faces three challengers.

DiNapoli has twice won election to the post, but he was first appointed to the position by the state Legislature in 2007, after the previous comptroller, Alan Hevesi, pleaded guilty to corruption charges.

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A 14-year-old was shot in Syracuse last weekend and it is part of a recent increase in youth violence in the city. Syracuse’s mayor said while the issue of gun violence is not new to the city, the age of the victims and perpetrators of recent crimes has given everyone in the community additional cause for concern.

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It’s time to get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over the age of six months get the vaccine by the end of October. Central New York health officials are emphasizing there are no reasons to avoid the shot.

Only about one in three upstate New York adults get their flu shot according to BlueCross BlueShield. Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta said that is unfortunate.

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As central New York deals with a higher than average suicide rate, a prevention program is providing hope for the future. The Psychiatry High Risk Program at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse focuses on youth and young adults at high risk for suicide, and has started out with extraordinary results.

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The state Senate races are among the closest contests in New York on Nov. 6. Democrats need just one seat to take the majority away from Republicans. Spending on the races is growing intense, and accusations are flying.

Senate Democrats in the past have been outspent by the Republicans, who are in power in the chamber. This year, Democrats still have a smaller campaign account, with about $700,000 still on hand, according to filings with the state Board of Elections. The GOP Senate campaign committee had $2.3 million at the time of the last filing in early October.