As White House Ends DACA, Cornell Plans To Help Undocumented Students

Cornell University is responding to President Trump’s decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This Obama-era executive action protects the children of undocumented immigrants. If legislation does not replace it, the program stops in six months. Cornell President Martha Pollack wrote a letter to the Cornell community Tuesday responding to the White House’s rescission of the DACA program. In it, she said the school will not cooperate with the enforcement of federal immigration laws.


Tompkins County To Consider Joining Opioid Lawsuits

According to two Tompkins County officials, the County’s been approached to join a lawsuit against the drug companies Purdue, Teva, Janssen and Endo Pharmaceuticals. A number of New York counties, including Broome, are suing pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis. They want firms to pay millions of dollars for downplaying the addictive qualities of prescription opioids -- qualities that have led to the addiction crisis. Michael Lane is chair of the Tompkins County Legislature. He said any decision on whether to join in would have to go to a committee first.


Students Gather Data On Vacant City Lots To Inspire Future Use

(WXXI) - There are about 2,100 vacant, city-owned lots in Rochester. Three hundred of them are in the Marketview Heights neighborhood alone. That's where a team of students spent the summer gathering information that can be used to turn some of those abandoned properties into assets for their community. Students from city high schools and RIT went from lot to lot using phone apps to record specific facts about what they saw. "Are there trees on the lot?"


Central NY Legislators Say DEC Needs More Flexibility To Issue Deer Culling Permits

(WRVO) - Central New York state legislators have introduced a bill that would give the state Department of Environmental Conservation more flexibility with issuing deer control permits. This comes after DEC officials determined they were steering too far away from the current law. David Skeval of Cornell Coorperative Extension of Onondaga County said after an internal review at the DEC, officials realized their process of issuing deer culling permits is cumbersome, and also not following environmental law. “It’s not so much that the DEC said, 'we’re going to change our minds and our law,'" Skeval said. "They’re not changing the law, they are trying to follow it a little closer.


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.


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.


Tompkins Health Department Warns Of Blue Green Algae In Cayuga Lake

The Tompkins County Health Department says harmful blue-green algae has been found in Cayuga Lake. In a press release, the Department says the Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have been "visually identified" on each side of the Southern end of the lake, and that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the HABs.  Ingesting water infected by blue-green algae can make humans and pets ill. The Department is urging residents to look out for strongly colored water, a paint-like surface and floating mats or scum. You can see sample images here of both HABs and non-toxic green algal blooms. Boiling, chlorinating, or otherwise treating your water will not make it safe to use during a bloom. The Department has this instruction: "During a bloom, do not drink, prepare food, cook, or make ice with water from the lake or from beach wells." Pets should also be kept from drinking untreated surface water.

Tell Us Your Solar Eclipse Story

Hey! Are you journeying south to see the total solar eclipse in August? It’s the first time America will experience a total solar eclipse since 1918. However, for those living on the east coast, the path of totality will be limited to parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina. We’re interesting in hearing your story--the reason why you plan on packing up your car to witness this unique moment.