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Heat Advisory issued by National Weather Service for Monday

The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for the entire Finger Lakes region ahead of an afternoon on Monday, which is expected to see temperatures climb well-into the 90s. While Sunday was warm, as temperatures pushed through the upper-80s, reaching the low-90s in some locations – the humidity will built on Monday – creating tough conditions for those with... more

Air quality alert issued for Upstate NY for Father’s Day

An air quality alert has been issued for much of Upstate New York for Sunday. High heat and strong sunlight are expected to boost levels of ozone during the day, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said. The alert is in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The state Department of Health encourages people who have respiratory problems, including... more

THE DEBRIEF: Unpacking Geneva contracts, new DRI money, and mental health data (podcast)

The hosts of the Debrief Podcast are tackling the biggest stories in the Finger Lakes over the last two weeks. Hosts Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest in the search for Geneva’s next city manager, city contracts that could impact one elected official’s future, as well as new data released by the Centers for Disease Control regarding... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Vincent Esposito of Empire State Development talks economic development in the Finger Lakes

For the Finger Lakes – the road to economic development has been a long, and often bumpy one, with a multitude of challenges being faced. However, significant changes in policy over the last decade have paved the way for new economic development in the region. While Governor Andrew Cuomo’s methods for producing that economic development through competition and regional zones... more

Syracuse quietly rewarded ex-AD Daryl Gross after NCAA violations

In March 2015, just after the NCAA released a report punishing Syracuse University, athletic director Daryl Gross resigned, appearing to take the fall for a national embarrassment. Behind the scenes, however, Syracuse was rewarding him financially. Far from punishing him, the school gave Gross a new three-year contract worth more than $1.5 million — all for a vague, newly-created job... more

Temps warm up over next 48 hours, rain chances increase for Saturday

The weather will greatly improve – closing out the first full work week of June, as temperatures climb into the 70s on both days. It will be a welcomed change after the colder-than-normal temperatures the region experienced during the first half of the week. According to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil says temperatures will climb into the low-70s for most... more

Troopers: Syracuse man raped 13-year-old in Weedsport

A Syracuse man has been arrested and charged following an investigation in Cayuga County, according to state police. West H. Aziz, 21, was charged with second-degree rape, fifth-degree criminal sale of marijuana, and endangering the welfare of a child after he allegedly traveled from Syracuse to Weedsport to have sex with an underage girl. Police say he met the 13-year-old... more

Spotted Lanternfly is a new threat to trees

Be on alert for invasive insect that sucks life out of trees that mean big business in the Finger Lakes. As if the fight against the emerald ash borer and Asian long-horned beetles isn’t enough, now there’s a new threat to trees in the Finger Lakes region: The spotted lanternfly. Along with threatening forests and neighborhoods, this insect sucks the... more

Cool temps, showery conditions dominate FLX forecast

The first half of this week will feature below-normal temperatures, cloudy conditions, and even a chance for showers. The cool, damp weather will be a change from the record-breaking heat that the region felt last week, as temperatures climbed through the 80s. Now, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday look like they will be spent below normal. Temperatures will struggle to reach... more

Syracuse provides look at Dino Babers’ salary; Jim Boeheim’s pay goes up

Syracuse football coach Dino Babers received $2.4 million in compensation during his first year leading the football program, according to the university’s most recent federal tax filing. That’s an increase of nearly $1 million from his predecessor, Scott Shafer and would rank Babers 49th on USA Today’s list of head football coaching salaries that was published last year. Syracuse.com: Read... more

Instability could lead to heavy downpours, isolated flooding in FLX

There is an isolated chance for localized flooding on Friday, before the weekend weather really takes a turn for the positive. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil says winds from the southwest will mean more warm, humid air – along with sizable amounts of instability in the upper-atmosphere. Montreuil says the triggering mechanism for thunderstorms today will be a subtle disturbance... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Former Chairman Batman talks challenge to Assemblyman Finch (podcast)

On Tuesday, former Cayuga County Legislature Chairman Keith Batman was in-studio talking about his candidacy for New York Assembly’s 126th District. The move to run for Assembly, and challenge Assemblyman Gary Finch, came after he elected to not seek another term as chairman of the legislature. While the Democrat has received a wave of support from those in Scipio and... more

Temperatures soar, thunderstorm risk increases over Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day Weekend forecast is looking pretty good — despite the rain chances, according to forecasters. Temperatures will climb into the mid- and upper-80s on Friday — staying warm and mostly dry on Saturday. Rain chances will increase on Sunday, and that will be followed with more scattered showers and thunderstorms on Monday. Both days will see temperatures climb... more

Batman kicks off NY Assembly campaign with Auburn fundraiser

There was no signal needed for Batman to appear at this event. Cayuga County Legislator Keith Batman formally launched his campaign for state Assembly by holding a fundraiser Sunday at the Phoenix Building in Auburn. Batman, a Democrat, is challenging state Assemblyman Gary Finch. Finch, R-Springport, represents the 126th Assembly District which includes parts of Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland and Onondaga... more

Rain on Tuesday will lead to dry, warm week

Showers during the morning hours will dissipate and morph into isolated thunderstorms during the late-afternoon hours, according to forecasters. It won’t be a heavy, soaking rain — but it will be enough to complicate any activities that are taking place outside. High-temperatures will push into the low-70s, and then tonight — as temperatures drop — fog will develop. It’ll be... more

Despite Tuesday rain, forecast looks like summer as Memorial Day approaches

If Memorial Day Weekend means you’re headed out, or hitting the road – the weather is going to cooperate nearly every day. While the forecast calls for some rain early on Tuesday, temperatures will be above 70 – and even push into the 80s during the late-week timeframe to make it feel like summer in the Finger Lakes. The rain... more

Signs to look for if you suspect child abuse

The Seneca Falls police chief is weighing in Thursday on how important it is to notify authorities if you suspect abuse. "It's obviously extremely vital in this case, it could have saved a little boy's life," Chief Stuart Peenstra said. Maureen Foran-Mocete, who works at the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, says people are hesitant to call because they fear they... more

Soggy weekend ahead in the Finger Lakes

The weather was gorgeous on Thursday, and Friday will remain tranquil — but change over the next 48 hours is on the way. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil reports that a broad southerly flow across the Southeast United States has resulted in a large area of abnormally high atmospheric moisture. That high pressure system to the north has been keeping... more
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