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President Barack Obama will travel to Syracuse this week as part of a two-day bus tour to lay out his plan for reducing college costs. The president also has plans to stop in Buffalo, Binghamton and northeastern Pennsylvania.Obama will explain his ideas for reducing the costs and improving the value of a college education. The upstate stops are part of his recent effort to refocus on economic issues ahead of looming fiscal fights with Congress.You can find all of WRVO's coverage here.

President Obama in Syracuse today

President Obama comes to Syracuse later today, where he will give a speech on college affordability and the middle class. The speech at Henninger High School is expected to begin at 6:00 p.m. Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. for those who have tickets, which were distributed earlier this week

Before coming to Syracuse, the president will appear at the University at Buffalo, where he is also expected to speak on college affordability. Following his Buffalo appearance, the president will board an armored busfor the trip to Syracuse. During his trip from Buffalo to Syracuse, traffic on the Thruway is expected to be slow or even stopped at times

The White House has not provided details of the president's speech in Syracuse, but he is expected to focus on Syracuse's "Say Yes to Education" program, which provides free college tuition to students in Syracuse who meet certain guidelines. 

The president's visit is expected to draw protests as well. Activists opposed to hydrofracking are planning to protestoutside of the event in Syracuse. 

While not on his official schedule, officials in Auburn are hopeful the president will pay a visit to the Harriet Tubman home. Central New York Congressman Dan Maffei sent a letter to Obama earlier this year inviting him to the Tubman home. Maffei is expected to meet with the president before his speech in Syracuse this afternoon. The White House has not said if the president will visit, but the FAA has restricted airspace in a 30 mile radius around Auburn from tonight until Friday morning. According to USA Today, the president will spend the night in Auburn before traveling to Binghamton tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow, President Obama plans a town hall meeting at Binghamton University and a speech at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Jason has served as WRVO's news director in some capacity since August 2017. As news director, Jason produces hourly newscasts, and helps direct local news coverage and special programming. Before that, Jason hosted Morning Edition on WRVO from 2009-2019. Jason came to WRVO in January of 2008 as a producer/reporter. Before that, he spent two years as an anchor/reporter at WSYR Radio in Syracuse.