Thu April 17, 2014

Oswego County combating jail overcrowding with technology

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 7:30 am

The Oswego County Jail is attempting to streamline pre-trial processes and enhance technology.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The Oswego County Jail's inmate population has grown over the past four years, and has forced Oswego County to send inmates elsewhere to be housed. County officials sat at least some of the blame lies with the state.

In this year's budget, Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd says he allotted $100,000 to cover the costs of housing inmates at outside facilities. But two months into the new year, Todd had already used $130,000 and is now requesting more funding.

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Wed April 16, 2014

Innovation Trail and WXXI take lead with new upstate community media engagement project

Credit wxxi.org

WXXI Public Broadcasting is spearheading YelleR, an exciting new media initiative that will bring upstate New York community organizations together in a bold citizen journalism project.  The project is funded by a $28,000 grant from the INNovation Fund, a partnership between the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Investigative News Network, and substantial in-kind support.

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Tue April 15, 2014
Oil Trains

Groups call growing oil shipments in NY Cuomo's "Keystone" moment

Oil train protestors in Albany, Tuesday
Credit Karen DeWitt/WXXI

National environmental groups are trying to focus the spotlight on Governor Andrew Cuomo, over the issue of the growing international oil distribution center, located just blocks from the State Capitol, at the Port of Albany.   

A small band of demonstrators chanted and held signs to protest a confluence of events that has turned upstate New York into a major center for oil distribution.

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Tue April 15, 2014

Onondaga Nation files human rights petition over land claims

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 4:17 pm

Oren Lyons, the faithkeeper for the Onondaga Nation.
Ryan Delaney WRVO file photo

With its domestic options exhausted, the Onondaga Indian Nation has taken its land claim case to an international commission.

It’s been six months since the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the Onondaga’s claim to 2.6 million acres of land in central New York. In the lawsuit first filed in 2005, the nation says land was illegally taken from it in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Tue April 15, 2014

Utica's arterial project provides city with next step in revitalization process

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 8:58 am

An outline of the changes that will take place along the north-south arterial.
NYS Department of Transportation

In the city of Utica, the north-south arterial, which connects three major state routes, has divided the west side from the rest of the city. But after years of debate, the state Department of Transportation is now rebuilding the road, with the goal to make the arterial safer and allow people and cars to move more freely between the two sections of Utica. The city says the project will also help its revitalization effort.

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