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AP Headlines
5:46 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Heavy Snow To Hamper Travel In Eastern NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Holiday travelers in eastern New York are in for some treacherous conditions, with the National Weather Service predicting heavy snowfall and dropping temperatures from the Hudson Valley to southern Washington County.

A winter storm warning is posted from sunrise Wednesday through Thursday morning, with snow accumulations of 8 to 14 inches in the lower Hudson Valley and Catskills and 5 to 8 inches further north.

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Cornell Research
6:42 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Gates Foundation Announces Open Access Policy

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is requiring all research it supports to be published in open access outlets.
Credit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/via Facebook

When colleges and universities do research, the studies typically appear in journals. Most of these publications charge readers for access.

But that’s starting to change.

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Winter Weather
5:39 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Storm Headed To Northeast On Thanksgiving Eve

Local snow accumulations for Wednesday and Thursday, the worst of the storm is expected to hit the Hudson Valley.
Credit National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is predicting a Nor’easter will pummel the East Coast. There’ll be snow Wednesday and Thursday. The Southern Tier is expected to get a few inches.

Otsego and Delaware counties will be the hardest hit in our area with five to six inches of snow by Thanksgiving.

In Binghamton, forecasters are predicting about three inches of snow.

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Community Policing
5:14 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Scattered Protests In Upstate Cities After Ferguson Decision

Protest in Syracuse, NY.
Ryan Delaney WRVO News

A few protests were held in Upstate New York, the day after a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo. decided not to press charges against a police officer who killed an unarmed teenager in August. It was a much more restrained affair in downtown Syracuse afternoon than the destructive protests outside St. Louis Missouri.

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AP Headlines
6:16 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New York Casino Decision Expected Dec. 17

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A decision on where up to four casinos will be located in upstate New York is expected to be announced Dec. 17.
 
That's the date a board reviewing casino applications is expected to meet for the final time. The board is tasked with picking the winners from among 16 casino applications.

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Life in the Little City
4:13 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Traditional Bread In Little Italy Rooted In WWII Mother's Promise

Parishioners of St. Anthony's in Endicott march through the streets on the town's northside.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / WSKGnews

Inside St. Anthony’s church, the service wraps up with a final hymn. By the exit, a woman is a holding a large wicker basket filled with little white loaves in sandwich bags, handing them to people. One a piece.

She calls it “St. Anthony’s Bread” named for the great orator and defender of the poor.

The story of St. Anthony’s Bread is found in a split-level house on the town’s east side. It’s the home of June and Mary Consol - both in their eighties.

Their family owns Consol’s restaurant in Endicott.

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Campus Life
6:12 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Open Textbooks Help Students Cut Costs

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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NY State Government
5:35 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Special Session Agenda Could Include Per Diem Reform

State lawmakers are pushing for their first pay raise in fifteen years, and they say in exchange, they might even be willing to give up the practice of a daily stipend for each day they spend in Albany, known as per diems, that has sometimes led to abuse.
 
Legislators receive $172 dollars for every day that they spend in Albany, above normal travel and lodging expenses, and in addition to their $79,500 a year base pay.

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AP Headlines
5:32 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Buffalo Residents Prepare For Possible Evacuations

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Families are packing up their belongings in preparation for possible evacuations due to flooding.
 
Temperatures are expected to hit nearly 60 degrees on Monday, causing concern about runoff from melting snow, and overflowing creeks.

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Upstate Economy
6:12 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Binghamton Adds 100 Jobs, State Unemployment Level Drops

New York State’s unemployment rate dropped 2 points, to 6% in October. The Binghamton area added 100 non-government jobs last month.

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