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Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) hosted a roundtable with local officials and representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, to discuss the severity of cyberattacks and how to address them. This comes after more than 20 school districts in central New York were affected by a national data breach, which compromised student names, dates of birth, ID numbers and some email addresses. 

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School districts in New York have a new tool to catch drivers who pass school buses that are stopped to drop off or pick up kids.

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Now that the New York State Fair is over, what happens to the 800-pound butter sculpture that was on display?

It isn't one, gigantic, solid slab of butter. It was sculpted around a hollow, wood frame. 

"So, when it's all said and done," said Chris Noble, watching the deconstruction of the sculpture Tuesday morning at the State Fairgrounds, "it looks like a bit of a butter zombie, because all you have left is the frame and the plywood behind it."

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP)  - Some central New York residents reported hearing a loud, explosive-like sound that experts say may have been a sonic boom from a meteor. 

911 centers in both Onondaga and Oswego counties reported receiving several calls about a loud boom just after 5:00 p.m. Monday evening. Residents described hearing what sounded like explosions, while others said they heard what sounded like thunder. 

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An Onondaga county-wide shared services panel, made up of town and village leaders, convened recently to discuss new ways to save money. It’s an opportunity for Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon to push one large consolidation effort that’s on his agenda.

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The New York State Fair in Syracuse continues breaking attendance records. More than 1.3 million people poured into the 13-day fair this year, the most ever.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made his second stop at the fair this year to announce the news, punctuated by popping balloons and confetti.

Cuomo lauded a fair that’s broken the all-time attendance records four years in a row.

"This year New York became the number three most attended state fair in the United States. We’re not gonna stop until we are number one," Cuomo said.

A new study suggests that children growing up in “disadvantaged” neighborhoods are nearly one-third more likely to face obesity as adults.

Cornell University sociology professor Steven Alvarado authored the study, “The Indelible Weight of Place: Childhood Neighborhood Disadvantage, Timing of Exposure, and Obesity Across Adulthood.” It’s published in the July issue of the online journal “Health and Place.”

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A memo of understanding between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli restores the comptroller’s pre-audit review authority over some of the state’s economic development contracts. DiNapoli also wants the state legislature to memorialize the agreement. 

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Struggling to fundraise and lagging in the polls, New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand suspended her 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday evening. 

Gillibrand announced herself as a Democratic presidential hopeful to a national audience in January on the “Late Show” with Stephen Colbert.

The next day, New York’s junior Senator took her message to a diner in Brunswick near her home in Rensselaer County.

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Lovers of trains and transportation have a treat at this year’s New York State Fair. A rare, wooden caboose has been renovated and is available for fairgoers for the first time in 15 years.

This particular reddish brown caboose rode the rails of the New York Central Railroad for 50 years before being decommissioned in the late-1960s, according to the Central New York Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. Volunteer John Lytle said it had some interesting stops after that.

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SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson is calling the Excelsior Scholarship a success despite statistics that show it was used by only 3.2% of SUNY students to help pay tuition costs in its first year.

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New York State Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins celebrated 100 years of women gaining the right to vote in the U.S. during Women’s Day at the New York State Fair. 

Hochul noted the suffrage movement started with a women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1848. Women won the right to vote in New York, two years before women’s suffrage was passed by Congress in 1919. Hochul questioned how women would be judged 100 years from now.

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The City of Syracuse is seizing the former Syracuse Developmental Center on the city’s west side for back taxes. The city has no clear plans yet for the property that’s been vacant for more than two decades.

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A law that decriminalizes possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana took effect Wednesday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it's "long overdue." But some advocates say the law does not go far enough.

Starting Wednesday, possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana is punishable by a $50 fine. Anyone caught with 2 ounces of cannabis would be fined up to $200. The measure also creates a mechanism to expunge the records for some past marijuana convictions.

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Centro is debuting a mobile app that will allow some bus riders to buy tickets on their phones. It’s a limited, test pilot program that could lead to a larger rollout. 

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Bladder cancer patients in central New York should see fewer trips to the operating room because of some new technology available at the Upstate Cancer Center.

Bonnie Krisak, a special education teacher in the Mexico School District, was diagnosed with bladder cancer just over a year ago. The symptoms included an urgency to use the bathroom, which was hard as a teacher.

"What would happen is, I’d have to get a teacher’s assistant to watch the class a lot so I could use the bathroom, pretty often,” Krisak said.

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The ranks of Senate Republicans in New York have been greatly diminished over the past year, with losses in the November elections and other GOP senators saying this summer that they are seeking new jobs. 

Republicans held the state Senate for nearly a century, with only a pair of two-year breaks when the Democrats gained power. But that ended last November, when the GOP lost eight seats. They now have just 22 Republican senators to the Democrats' 40 seats. 

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The fallen police officers memorial at the New York State Fair grew this year. 

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A new four-story building featuring a public food hall, grocery store, office space and mixed-income apartments, broke ground on construction last week in downtown Syracuse. Part of the project will help food entrepreneurs expand their businesses. 

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The New York State Department of Labor does safety inspections for all 72 rides at the New York State Fair, and continues inspections each day of the fair. Fairgoers can also check to make sure a ride is safe. 

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Syracuse-area state Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter wants action soon from Gov. Cuomo’s office on a bill that affects communities attempting to deal with a growing deer population.

Hunter has been working on a wildlife management bill for several years, as central New York municipalities grapple with deer encroaching on more urban areas. The bill passed both the Assembly and Senate this year. It’s a public safety and health issue. Many of these deer are the source of ticks that carry the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.

Latest in health: What doing nothing can do for you

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Everyday life can be draining, especially with plenty of tasks to do. Dealing with this busyness can be stressful, but the Dutch concept of “niksen” -- literally “doing nothing”-- may be just the way to take a much-needed break.

Olga Mecking, who lives in the Netherlands, is a writer and journalist who wrote a piece for The New York Times called “The Case for Doing Nothing.” She joined “Take Care” to talk about niksen and how best to practice it.

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Workplace wellness programs continue to thrive in this country, with companies looking to improve workers’ health and reduce overall medical spending. While larger corporations often take on the task themselves, there are opportunities for smaller businesses to help employees take control of their health.

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, in 2018 82% of companies with more than 200 workers offered some sort of wellness program, ranging from exercise and nutrition support, to smoking cessation opportunities. 


One of the things that causes many of us to think we need to recharge is our jobs, but now, many employers offer workplace health and wellness programs. An expert in the field joined “Take Care” to shed some light on these programs and the controversy behind them.

Julie Appleby is a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News who previously spent 10 years covering the health industry and policy at USA TODAY. She said about 80% of large employers and more than half of small employers offer some sort of health program, which is indicative of a growing trend.

Mental resets require personalized solutions

Aug 24, 2019

In today’s information society, “mental fatigue” can be as common as physical fatigue. As such, just as the body needs rest, so too does the mind, according to an author and researcher.

Alice Boyes, a former clinical psychologist and researcher turned writer, joined “Take Care” to talk about her work and how to best recharge.

Tired? Why you need more sleep and how to get it

Aug 24, 2019

For some, all they want to do after a hard day’s work is get a good night’s rest. For others, sleep is a challenge, but as a Harvard educator advises, there are measures anyone can take to improve sleep length and quality.

Dr. Jeanne Duffy, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, joined “Take Care” to talk about sleep, the results of getting too little and how to get enough.

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For 28 years, Bill Fitzpatrick has been Onondaga County's District Attorney, facing relatively little challenge in his last seven elections. Hoping to change that this November is Charles Keller, a Democrat and Syracuse-based defense attorney. This week, Keller speaks with Grant Reeher on why he's running against Fitzpatrick, and to describe the changes he'd make in the criminal justice system if elected. 

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Schools in central and northern New York are among those included in a recent audit from the New York State Comptroller's office that reviewed how prepared school districts are for emergency situations. It found none of the schools met the minimum planning or training requirements of the state education department.

The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board announced this week it’s reducing outflows. This means it’ll be letting less water from Lake Ontario through the Moses-Saunders Power Dam into the upper St. Lawrence River.

Andrew Kornacki, a communications officer for the board, said it’s been able to reduce outflows because the water is going down in the lake.

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In Oswego County, 22 samples of mosquitoes collected from the towns of West Monroe, Hastings, and Constantia this summer have tested positive for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE), a rare but serious disease that causes inflammation of the brain. Two horses in the county have died from the bites.