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Feds charge Syracuse man with threatening to kill Rep. John Katko

Feds charge Syracuse man with threatening to kill Rep. John Katko
A Syracuse man is facing federal charges after allegedly calling U.S. Rep. John Katko's office and threatening to kill the congressman and his family. Patrick D. Angelo, 28, has been charged with interstate communication of a threat and threatening a federal official. He appeared in federal court Wednesday and is being held pending a detention hearing Friday. The charges stem... more

Syracuse chancellor: Proposed tax bill could hurt Carrier Dome renovation, athletics

Syracuse chancellor: Proposed tax bill could hurt Carrier Dome renovation, athletics
In a letter sent to U.S. Rep. John Katko, Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud outlined several ways a House tax-cut proposal hurts the school, including its athletics program. The letter, dated Nov. 20, primarily focused on the harm to students, who would lose tax credits and deductions, and university employees, who would have some benefits taxed for the first time.... more

Kolb applauds tax exemption for local breweries

Kolb applauds tax exemption for local breweries
Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua) applauded the governor’s signing of a new tax exemption for licensed breweries, farm breweries, cider producers, farm cideries, distilleries and farm distilleries. Leader Kolb first introduced the bill in January of 2016 after meeting with George Adams, owner and head brewer at Gael Brewing Company in Geneva. During that meeting, they discussed the... more

New York State Thruway preps for winter with new weather stations, GPS on plows

New York State Thruway preps for winter with new weather stations, GPS on plows
The New York State Thruway Authority is gearing up for winter, outfitting all of its plows with GPS devices and erecting a dozen real-time weather stations. The installation of GPS units on the plows will "not only provide improved real-time reporting of conditions, it will enhance our response to keep roads driveable and ensure motorists are kept safe," said authority... more

Great weather shaping up this weekend, but big changes coming in long-range

Great weather shaping up this weekend, but big changes coming in long-range
Want a nice weekend to get out in the Finger Lakes? This might be the best one of December, if the long-term trends hold together. Forecasters say that it’s looking more-and-more like big changes are in the offing – after the region experiences a nice weekend, and warming trend for the first part of next week. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew... more

Does Upstate NY climate make us cranky? Maybe a little, new study suggests

Does Upstate NY climate make us cranky? Maybe a little, new study suggests
A new study suggests that growing up in a warm climate makes people a little more agreeable and emotionally stable. By implication, it means that people raised in cold climates (read: Upstate New York) might be a little more cranky and neurotic. The study, in the journal Nature, found that in both China and the United States, people who spent... more

HOLIDAY HEADACHE: Keep shipping stress free in the Finger Lakes

HOLIDAY HEADACHE: Keep shipping stress free in the Finger Lakes
The first weekend of December is officially in the books. The holiday season, and shopping that comes with the territory is now underway for most. Last week, a Greece family made headlines after security footage from their front door showed a USPS package delivery person dropping a package on the porch. We asked readers to let us know about their... more

FORECASTED CHANGE: Weather will shift into ‘winter’ after front passes on Tuesday

FORECASTED CHANGE: Weather will shift into ‘winter’ after front passes on Tuesday
Have you been enjoying this nice, unseasonably warm weather over the last several days, and even weeks in the Finger Lakes? Take the opportunity to get outside on Monday, because big changes are coming, according to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil. Temperatures will reach the upper-40s for most in the Finger Lakes on Monday, with a few locations reaching 50... more

Rising teen suicide rates creates need for greater awareness

Rising teen suicide rates creates need for greater awareness
There’s a deadly trend nationwide – more teens are committing suicide. Experts are blaming social media. WNYT reports health officials are noticing swelling suicide rates among teens in the capital region, and here in the Finger Lakes region, data shows similar trends. You might remember four Penfield High School students committed suicide over the course of 18 months, the most... more

Alpha Fire gets big win at Next2Rock in Syracuse, keeps grinding toward success

Alpha Fire gets big win at Next2Rock in Syracuse, keeps grinding toward success
A band with history and roots in the Finger Lakes has checked off another major accomplishment in their drive to keep performing. The Alpha Fire, a local rock band based out of Rochester, won the Syracuse Showcase, within the Next2Rock competition. They competed against nine other bands in the contest sponsored by 95X and 105.9 The Rebel in Syracuse. The... more

Tuesday will feel warm, but some cooler changes are coming

Tuesday will feel warm, but some cooler changes are coming
It’s going to be quiet and warmer than usual on Tuesday. In fact, it’s going to make it feel like early-October, rather than late-November. Temperatures will soar into the upper-50s, with some parts of the region getting to- or above- 60 degrees. As FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil explains – change is on the horizon, though. “An area of high... more

Travel forecast looking great for Thanksgiving week

Travel forecast looking great for Thanksgiving week
“Weather hype falls flat.” Those were the words spoken by FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil during his Monday morning update to readers and listeners in the region – who were hanging on by a thread after weeks of hype about a possible storm just hours, or days before Thanksgiving. The original forecast claims by Accuweather, which were perpetuated by several... more

Thanksgiving dinner will be cheaper this year in New York

Thanksgiving dinner will be cheaper this year in New York
Thanksgiving dinner this week is going to cost New Yorkers slightly less to cook. The New York Farm Bureau's annual survey found the average cost for a Thanksgiving meal for 10 this year in New York will cost about $44.74, which is down $1.89 from last year’s $46.63. “The dinner price has dropped for a second consecutive year which means... more

GRAPE GURU: Best bets for holiday wines

GRAPE GURU: Best bets for holiday wines
The Internet suggests that 82 percent of Americans eat turkey for Thanksgiving, but on Christmas ham and turkey are consumed almost equally, with beef a distant third. People also consume a variety of side dishes including bread stuffing, corn, glazed carrots, yams, creamed spinach, Brussels sprouts, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy and other... more

GRADING CARE: Group evaluates local hospitals, provides rating system for consumers

GRADING CARE: Group evaluates local hospitals, provides rating system for consumers
A non-profit health quality group has provided an update to safety grades for hospitals throughout the region. To come up with their grades, the organization looks at 27 publicly available measures to determine a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe. Safe from what, exactly? Well, Leapfrog looks at information and data that contributes to the preventable harm category, which... more

Tuesday will be another solid travel day ahead of Thanksgiving

Tuesday will be another solid travel day ahead of Thanksgiving
Temperatures rose slightly overnight across the Finger Lakes, despite the presence of mostly clear skies. A broad southerly flow is responsible for the warming as an area of low pressure has lifted through the Upper Great Lakes and into Canada. Warmer air ahead of this system is moving north through the lower Great Lakes, including the Finger Lakes region. With... more

Thanksgiving forecast will be dry, with plenty of clouds

Thanksgiving forecast will be dry, with plenty of clouds
There won’t be any nor’easter. There won’t be any major lake effect snow event to speak of either. It will be cool and cloudy, but beyond that – Wednesday and Thursday’s forecast looks good. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil says that most of Wednesday and all of Thanksgiving will be cloudy and cool. He says that even if a stray... more

Black Friday shopping guide for the Finger Lakes

Black Friday shopping guide for the Finger Lakes
Black Friday. The words draw mixed reviews. A trend that started during the early-morning hours of the Friday following Thanksgiving — has morphed into a shopping experience that starts late-in-the-day on Thursday. As brick-and-mortar retailers began competing directly with online retailers for their dollars — ‘opening’ times for ‘Black Friday’ became late-afternoon, and even some early-afternoon openings on Thursday. The... more
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