Lead Stories


Tue November 25, 2014
NPR Story

Schumer taking firmer stance on need for federal regulations for private drones

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 11:08 am

Don McCullough via Flickr

After several instances of small drones being spotted near New York City’s largest airport, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is becoming more concerned about safety and privacy concerns over the unmanned aircraft.

Schumer says some recent near-misses between small drones and commercial aircraft and helicopters in New York City show a need for safety and privacy regulations to be released from the Federal Aviation Administration as soon as possible.

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Mon November 24, 2014
NPR Story

Connections: Healthy Friday - Poverty Related Illness

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:22 pm

Western New Yorkers living in poverty are at a higher risk for many chronic and life-threatening illnesses. High rates of miscarriage, infant mortality, toxic stress, asthma, and diabetes disproportionately affect the most vulnerable among us. The new federal health care law makes some attempts to equalize access to medical services. We’ll look at whether there has been progress and what steps we should to improve the health of the least fortunate Americans with our panel:

  • Dr. Matt Devine, Highland Family Medicine
  • Dr. Lorinda Parks, Jordan Health
  • Candice A. Lucas, URMC Center for Community Health


Mon November 24, 2014
Higher Ed

Open Textbooks Help Students Cut Costs

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 9:47 am

Courtney O'Hagen's psychology class is using an open textbook through Carnegie Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative.

College students in the U.S. average $1,200 in textbook costs per year. This month SUNY took steps to cut that cost with its Affordable Learning Solutions program.

Courtney O’Hagen is a SUNY Broome psychology professor with a common problem: her students don’t read their textbook. But recently O’Hagen realized they’re not reading it because they’re not buying it.

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Fri November 14, 2014


Fri November 14, 2014
NPR Story

Green Party candidate says he will not go away

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 8:50 am

Howie Hawkins, with the Green Party, performed well in the 2014 governor's race. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins says he’s not going away now that elections are over. He says he intends to continue drawing attention to issues like raising the minimum wage and building his party, instead.

Hawkins says the Greens, who were the only party to gain voters in the elections, intends to build their membership in the coming months. Hawkins says 70 percent of voters did not bother coming to the polls, and he sees potential in the disaffected electorate.

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