Tom Magnarelli

Tom Magnarelli is a freelance reporter covering the central New York and Syracuse area.

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The Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn is anticipating more tourists will visit after the announcement that Tubman will be featured on the $20 bill. This adds excitement about the home being turned into a national park.

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Election officials at the Bird Library voting location on the Syracuse University campus said that about one-third of the approximately 200-300 students that came in by 5 p.m. Tuesday were turned away for not being properly registered as a Republican or Democrat in Onondaga County.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to a packed crowd in an airplane hangar at Griffiss International Airport in Rome on Tuesday. Trump hit hard on New York’s economy and the political system.

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(WRVO) CenterState CEO President Rob Simpson said despite encouraging economic developments in central New York over the past few years, the economy and population of the region is stagnant. Simpson said the current trajectory of Syracuse and Onondaga County is not sustainable.

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(WRVO) Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines on how doctors prescribe opioids for chronic pain. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Rep. John Katko want to see those guidelines pushed even further.

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(WRVO) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is pushing for upstate New York votes before the state’s primary on April 19. During a visit to Syracuse on Friday, Clinton focused on creating jobs and raising incomes, two issues pertinent to central New York and the rest of upstate.

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The Syracuse University men’s and women’s basketball teams will both be playing in the Final Four this year. It’s the first time in the school’s history that both will compete in the Final Four at the same time.

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(WRVO) In 2014, Donald Trump attended a Republican fundraiser in Syracuse as he floated the idea of running for governor of New York.  Some of the talking points and style Trump now uses on the presidential campaign trail can be heard in that earlier speech.

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(WRVO) Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is pushing for legislation to give the developmentally disabled more living options. He is proposing to give those living at home the same benefits that those in institutional care get. The disabled may currently be paying high out-of-pocket insurance costs for in-home services because of how current laws operate.

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Included in central New York’s upstate revitalization plan is $40 million to develop an inland port that will process international freight containers coming from the Port of New York and New Jersey. 

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(WRVO) Five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, protesters in Syracuse are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to stop supporting nuclear and invest in renewable energy instead. The protest was organized by the Alliance for a Green Economy.

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(WRVO) Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) introduced a bill that would allow employees to save a part of their wages in an account, tax-free, to be used for expenses when they have a child. The bill is Katko’s alternative answer to mandatory paid family leave.

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(WRVO) Gov. Andrew Cuomo took his $15 an hour minimum wage tour to Onondaga County on Wednesday. He is trying to drum up support for his proposals before Albany hammers out the details of this year’s budget. 

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The father of a 21-month-old girl who went missing in Syracuse is now being charged with her death. A 911 call and an Amber Alert assisted police in the investigation.

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(WRVO) New York is the second largest maple producing state in the country, producing more than 600,000 gallons of syrup last year, worth about $33 million.

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(WRVO) Education activists say New York state has been under-funding schools since the 2008 recession because it did not have enough money to comply with a 2006 ruling from the state’s highest court. Now that the state has a surplus, local officials are calling for more funding for schools to be added to this year’s budget.

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 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been 52 confirmed cases of Zika virus infections from travelers returning to the United States from infected areas. The concern is that mosquitoes in the U.S. will bite an infected person and spread the disease.

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(WRVO) Medical marijuana dispensaries opened across New York state in January despite the low number of registered patients, doctors that will prescribe it and locations to obtain it. The owners of one dispensary in Syracuse said the program is just in the beginning stages and they expect it will continue to grow. 

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(WRVO) Currently in New York state, sprinklers are required in apartment buildings and certain large homes. But the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs think more newly constructed homes should be built with sprinklers. For now, they are pushing for new townhouses to be included.

Whitesboro Mayor Patrick O’Connor said the village will begin the process of changing its controversial village seal depicting its founder Hugh White in a wrestling match with an Oneida native.

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(WRVO) Several fires in Syracuse since the beginning of January have resulted in two recent fatalities, including that of a 13-year-old girl. One reason why more fires tend to occur during the winter season is because of makeshift heating sources.

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(WRVO) Onondaga County held a heroin and opioid forum to provide information on the drug epidemic and how users can get help. Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta said people who are addicted to prescription opioids are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.

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(WRVO) A drone protester was taken into custody in the town of DeWitt to begin serving a six-month jail sentence for violating an order of protection for a colonel at Hancock Air National Guard Base. Protesters argue that the colonel who took out the orders did so to get them off the base, not because they posed a threat.

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(WRVO) More than $1 billion in federal aid is now available to schools across the country for physical education. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) pushed to include the funding in the education law President Barack Obama recently signed.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 2016 is going to be a big year for upstate New York. Cuomo made an appearance at the implosion of the Grandstand at the New York State Fairgrounds on Saturday. He said he wants to continue to "focus like a laser" on upstate New York this year.

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(WRVO) Seventeen miners were rescued this morning after spending about 10 hours stuck overnight in the Cayuga Salt Mine elevator shaft 900 feet below the earth in Lansing. Law enforcement and fire safety officials said they are thankful the rescue went smoothly. 

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(WRVO) An executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that will require homeless people to be taken to shelters when the temperature is freezing goes into effect today. Homeless organizations and shelters in central New York still have unanswered questions about how the order will work.

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(WRVO) Central New York’s upstate revitalization proposal calls for $12.5 million to be invested to create Syracuse University’s National Veteran’s Resources Complex. The university recently asked 30 architectural design firms to submit proposals on the look and layout of the new facility.

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(WRVO)   The first MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft or drones were launched from Hancock Field next to Syracuse's Hancock International Airport. The operation was the first in the country to fly unmanned aircraft into airspace around a commercial airport.

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(WRVO) A federal judge handed down the maximum sentence to two people who pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of six different children, including two Amish girls they kidnapped. It was essentially a life sentence for both of them as they face hundreds of years behind bars.

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