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Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and New York State Fair officials have Gov. Andrew Cuomo squarely in their corner as they advance plans to make dramatic changes at the fairgrounds in Geddes.  

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New York Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture mixed technology with activism to increase the searchable content on Wikipedia.

Billed as an Edit-a-Thon, the downstairs research room of the Harlem branch of the library filled up with people eager to learn how they can become a Wiki-Editor.

“There is a lack of people of color involved in creating for Wikipedia and as the subjects found in Wiki-Searches.”

A bad flu virus continues to spread through the community, as flu cases in Onondaga County are up five-fold from this time last year.

The flu is coming early and often for much of the United States, according to health officials, and central New York has not been spared.

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Malt barley is a temperamental little plant. It needs to be brought up in very specific conditions in order to yield a quality beer. Adverse weather can destroy entire harvests, like this past season in Idaho, where heavy rains took 80 percent of their crop.

That’s why Senator Schumer is pushing for insurance for New York malt barley farmers.

“There are just too many obstacles, risk, and cost standing in the way. And our job here will be to get federal crop insurance for malt barley here in New York state, and then malt barley will take off.”

First time farmers gather at the Stone Barns Center, a teaching farm in rural Westchester County for the Young Farmers Convention. The 3-day conference provides supportive classes and networking opportunities to new businesses in agriculture.

The Stone Barns Center helps young farmers build the foundation they need to for successful, sustainable farms.

“For me one of the things I get from coming to the young farmers conference is the chance to talk to really experienced farmers about more in-depth topics.”

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Richard Gottfried, chair of the Assembly Health Committee, will be at Rochester’s City Council Chambers today to hold the second of 6 hearings about universal health care in New York State.

Gottfried, who has been working for a single-payer system since the early 90s, is a key sponsor of the New York Health Act that would do away with health insurance in the state, replacing it with a universal coverage system.

The assembly member says even with improvements under the Affordable Care Act, in his view the health care system is broken.

There was a palpable tension in the packed room at the Arbor Hill Community Center. The meeting was originally organized by Albany Common Council member Dorcy Applyrs and Kelly Kimbrough in response to the Michael Brown case in Missouri, but the Wednesday’s events in New York City added an extra level of urgency.

(Edited video with highlights of the meeting after the jump.)

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Researchers in Rochester are comparing options to improve America’s aging electrical grid.  These plans make room for increased demand and new energy sources.

The grid that delivers electricity across the country hasn’t been updated in decades.

Eric Hittinger, assistant professor of public policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology, says the current system’s not up to dealing with modern technologies or demands for power.

"What we really need is a new grid that can handle all of these new technologies and smarter devices."

 

The DEC’s “draft permit conditions”, released on Monday, propose rules that would have to be followed if the state issues a permit to Finger Lakes LPG Storage. Finger Lakes LPG, which is owned by Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners, wants to store up to 2.1 million barrels of butane and propane in old salt caverns on the western shore of Seneca Lake, in the Town of Reading.

Hosted today by Matthew Leonard and Michelle Faust.

FIRST HOUR

Update on New York Ebola case with Dr Peter Salgo, host of Second Opinion and practicing physician at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC

Jeanne Pinder, ex New York Times journalist and founder of Clear Health Costs, a startup that is compiling some revealing data about the real costs of healthcare. Share your story.

HOUR TWO

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