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Thruway Bridge Set To Open, But Questions Remain On Future Tolls

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to open on Thursday the first span of the new Thruway bridge over the Hudson River, known as the Tappan Zee Bridge and to be renamed the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge. But questions still linger over how, ultimately, the bridge will be paid for. Cuomo has been reluctant to divulge details on how the tolls on the bridge will be affected after the multi-billion-dollar project to replace the over three-mile-long span is completed. Part of the estimated $4 billion project has been financed through one-time payments from banks as part of settlements after the financial crisis. There’s a $1.6 billion federal loan, and the Thruway Authority has taken out about three-quarters of a billion dollars in bonds.

Binghamton's Porchfest Continues to Grow

This year's Binghamton Porchfest has expanded to one hundred and ten musical groups on forty porches around Binghamton's West Side on Sunday, August 27 from noon to seven.  Organizer Chris Bodnarczuk takes time out from his preparations to talk about the Porchfest phenomenon that started in Ithaca and has spread across the nation. http://wskg.org/audio/porchfest17.mp3

 

Photo credit: Patti Schwartz for Binghamton Porchfest

Nova: Eclipse Over America

On August 21, 2017, millions of Americans witnessed the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 99 years. As in all total solar eclipses, the moon blocked the sun and revealed its ethereal outer atmosphere – its corona – in a wondrous celestial spectacle. While hordes of citizens flocked to the eclipse’s path of totality, scientists, too, staked out spots for a very different reason: to investigate the secrets of the sun’s elusive atmosphere. During the eclipse’s precious seconds of darkness, they gathered new clues on how our sun works, how it can produce deadly solar storms, and why its atmosphere is so hot. NOVA investigates the storied history of solar eclipse science and joins both seasoned and citizen-scientists alike as they don their eclipse glasses, tune their telescopes, and behold the Eclipse Over America. Nova: Eclipse Over America reairs Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm.

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NYS Test Scores Inch Up

The results of this year’s Common Core-related standardized tests show scores for New York’s schoolchildren inching up.  About one-fifth of the children boycotted the tests altogether because of continued controversy over the Common Core learning standards. State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia said she’s pleased with the progress made in the 2017 test results. While scores improved by nearly 2 percent from last year, the results show that only about 40 percent of students in grades three through eight are considered proficient in English and math. Elia said she’s keeping her eye on the big picture and trying to see the positive in the results. “We are on a trajectory of moving forward and upward,” Elia said.

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Civil War Re-enactors Consider The Use Of The Confederate Flag

(WXXI) With the removal of Confederate statues happening across the country, how does that backlash affect Civil War re-enactors? Captain of the Western New York Federal re-enacting unit Reynolds Battery L John Beatty said some groups representing the Confederacy are moving away from using the red flag with the blue "X" completely in their re-enactments, since it has become associated with so many hate and white supremacist groups. He said the actual flag of the Confederacy looks much different, but those are also more difficult to come by. People are often surprised to hear about Confederate re-enactors living in western New York, says Beatty. "It’s basically because they can point to an ancestor that did it; it’s not that they're big into any political agenda whatsoever.

Not A Total Eclipse, But New York Had A Special Day Nonetheless

Ampersand Mountain Summit. photo credits: Nancy Coddington 

​New Yorkers who stayed in-state didn’t see the total eclipse of the sun on Monday. But that didn’t stop people from enjoying the moment. People gathered from all over the state to watch the solar eclipse happen in a variety of places. As Director of Science at WSKG, I had a personal interest in watching the eclipse from a unique vantage point.

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Myrick: Supervised Injection Proposal Pushed The Treatment Conversation

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick made headlines last year for his plan to combat the heroin epidemic. The most controversial idea is to build a supervised injection site. That’s where people can use drugs under medical supervision. Myrick thinks the proposal’s made the conversation around drug policy more progressive. In an interview, Myrick said supervised injection has helped increase funding to other drug-related programs, because it got so much attention.

Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit' at Chenango River Theatre

Greene's Chenango River Theatre presents Noel Coward's timeless comedy 'Blithe Spirit' August 18 through September 10, with a talk-back after the August 25 performance. "To research a new book he’s writing, Charles invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance.  The disbelieving Charles is shocked when the séance unleashes the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent temptress Elvira.  Both worldly and unworldly personalities clash in one of the most refreshing “menages a trois” in modern theatre as Charles' current wife Ruth battles Elvira for her husband’s attention. "

Jennifer Terrell, playing Ruth, and Eliza Shea, playing Elvira, join us to talk about this hilarious play.  And we were pleased to say hello to Eliza's parents who were listening in London. http://wskg.org/audio/blithe.mp3

President Trump Address Tonight: PBS Newshour Special Report

President Trump's address tonight, with PBS Newshour. It is expected that he will discuss military options in Afghanistan. WSKG-HD TV Schedule for Monday, August 21, 2017

9:00 pm PBS Newshour Special Report
Immediately following Nova: Eclipse Over America (The entire program will air.)
Then POV: Tribal Justice (The entire program will air.)
Finally Charlie Rose (The entire program will air.)
1:00 am - 2:00 am Resume previously scheduled programs

 

Photo Credit: PBS Newshour

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What Happens When Social Workers Go On Police Calls? The Southern Tier Is Trying It Out

  Sarah Harding has a police radio and a bullet proof vest. She checks in with 911 dispatch as she starts her day.  But she's not a police officer. Harding is a clinical social worker with the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier. Meeting People In A Crisis Harding goes on police calls when a person might be having a mental health crisis. Sometimes, people are a bit wary of speaking with her. "They see you coming and [they say] 'who's that? what's that for?'" she said.