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Gas prices higher than last year, but cheapest they have been in 2018

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Good news for drivers hitting the roads this holiday season, as AAA forecasts prices at the pump to be the cheapest so far this year. The national average for a gallon of regular-unleaded is$2.45 a gallon, a new low for 2018. AAA says the national average price has dropped more than 50 cents since Memorial Day weekend. The group predicts... more

Buy local when choosing a tree

Buy local when choosing a tree
As families continue their search for the perfect Christmas tree, three Cornell University experts who work closely with New York Christmas tree producers offer advice for picking and preserving holiday trees. Brian Eshenaur a plant pathologist, specializing in plant diagnostics, is a senior extension associate with the New York State Integrated Pest Management program. He suggests – sight, touch and... more

Tuition at SUNY schools could go up again in 2019

Tuition at SUNY schools could go up again in 2019
Tuition to the state’s public colleges next year could increase once again next, driving up the cost of a four-year public college education in New York. “It’s going to be a tight fiscal year. The state is looking at a deficit. Will the state increase financial aid? It’s going to be a big issue,” said Blair Horner, NYPIRG legislative director.... more

Holiday deadline dates for USPS shipping

Holiday deadline dates for USPS shipping
Lines stretched out the door are not uncommon this time of year for postal workers as increased gifts and packages are a familiar scene during the holiday rush. Billions of deliveries are expected to be made by mail carriers this holiday season. “People are doing more shopping online than ever before,” said USPS mail carrier David Boal. Beginning next Sunday,... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing CAFO regulation, HABs, and politics of Greenidge (podcast)

LIVE AT 9:15 AM: Peter Mantius discusses latest environmental news on The Debrief (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Peter Mantius, founder of The Water Front, whose reporting is featured on FingerLakes1.com, joins Josh Durso to discuss a number of important, pressing political and environmental issues that have been grabbing headlines in the last several weeks. Watch the entire program below, or listen to the audio only version in the media player at the bottom... more

Eastview Mall, Waterloo Premium among most-popular shopping centers in Upstate New York

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Like to shop? The holiday season is here and shoppers are taking to area malls and shopping centers like always — and Yelp — has provided a regional ranking of the most-positively reviewed destinations for shopping. However, not all of them on the list are malls, exactly. Some of them are shopping centers and plazas that offer a slightly different... more

WEEKEND EVENTS: Holiday Tree Lighting, Christmas Musicals & Dickens Christmas arrives in the Finger Lakes (November 30th – December 2nd)

WEEKEND EVENTS: Holiday Tree Lighting, Christmas Musicals & Dickens Christmas kicks off the first weekend of December
Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is in! This weekend, get out and explore the Finger Lakes to discover some of the holly jolly events taking place. Feeling chilly outside? Head over to the warm Syracuse Stage to enjoy the story of Buddy the elf. Need those family photos with Santa as soon as possible? Join him in his winter wonderland... more

Rep. Katko: No simple fix for opioid crisis

Rep. Katko: No simple fix for opioid crisis
As the First Lady headlines a town hall on the national opioid crisis, NY-24 Congressman John Katko said it will take a multipronged approach to cut down on drug deaths. Rep. Katko spoke to CNYCentral Wednesday from the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. “There’s not a magic elixir here. It’s going to take a while to turn this ship around,”... more

With strong showing in Cayuga County, Antonacci defeats Mannion in NY Senate race

With strong showing in Cayuga County, Antonacci defeats Mannion in NY Senate race
Bob Antonacci was the apparent winner of the 50th Senate District on election night. Now, the Republican is officially the senator-elect. Following the absentee ballot count in Cayuga and Onondaga counties, Antonacci finished with 62,333 votes. His Democratic opponent, John Mannion, netted 60,010 votes. Mannion received more absentee votes in Onondaga County, 3,845 to Antonacci’s 3,300. But it wasn’t enough... more

THE DEBRIEF: Cuomo’s op-ed, cashless tolling in NYS, and contamination at the Depot (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Cuomo’s op-ed, cashless tolling in NYS, and contamination at the Depot (podcast)
On Friday’s edition of The Debrief Josh Durso was joined by Ted Baker, host of Finger Lakes Morning News on WGVA and WAUB – where the duo discussed a number of recent headlines from around the Finger Lakes. The topics up for discussion included: – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fiery op-ed aimed at critics of the Amazon deal in New York... more

Police: Two men stabbed at Macy’s in Destiny USA

Police: Two men stabbed at Macy’s in Destiny USA
Two people were stabbed inside the Macy’s at Destiny USA, according to Syracuse Police. Officers responded to the mall around 4:13 p.m., where they found two men in their 20s suffering from stab wounds. Police say one was stabbed in the abdomen the other in the back. Both victims were taken to Upstate University Hospital. Officials say their injuries do... more

State providing nearly $300,000 to eastern Finger Lakes farmers

State providing nearly $300,000 to eastern Finger Lakes farmers
Nearly $300,000 in funding will be made available to help farmers around Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco lakes to plant crops in order to protect water quality, the state announced Wednesday. The state Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Department of Environmental Conservation announced $285,000 in will be used to promote the use of cover crops in the eastern... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Troubling trend exposed when it comes to financial literacy (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Financial literacy missing piece to long-term succes
Earlier this year, WalletHub released survey results, which painted a grim picture about financial literacy across the U.S. Stunningly, the U.S. ended 2017 with $92.2 billion in new credit card debt – the highest increase since 2007 – before the ‘Great Recession’. How much have we learned in the last 10 years; and what are we doing today to prevent... more

READY, SET, SHOP: Black Friday shoppers take to local stores

READY, SET, SHOP: Previewing official start of holiday shopping season
The time has come again, as it does every year, to make your holiday shopping list and check it twice. Hopefully, as you are checking off the family and friends’ wish lists, you’ve made some of your purchases at our fine Cayuga County retailers. Many of our large retail businesses will have amazing one-day-only Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals,... more

Wegmans and liquor stores fined $1.1 million by State Liquor Authority

Wegmans and liquor stores fined $1.1 million by State Liquor Authority
Gates-based supermarket chain Wegmans and five affiliated liquor stores were fined Wednesday by the New York State Liquor Authority. The SLA said Wegmans was fined for “availing their license to five affiliated liquor stores.” It accused the supermarket chain of “effectively” managing “five liquor stores without a proper license.” The liquor authority said that the stores were Whitehouse Wine and... more

TURKEY TALK: Thanksgiving prep, community dinners, and recipe inspiration! (videos & more)

TURKEY TALK: Getting ready for Thanksgiving in the Finger Lakes
It’s easy to get overwhelmed heading into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. While we all try to focus on the time spent with friends and family – getting everything organized and ‘ready’ can make the holiday stressful. For hosts there’s the cooking, cleaning, and decorating you needed. However, experts point out that a good plan of action can save those individuals... more

Skiing in the Finger Lakes: 9 amazing resorts and trails for downhill, XC, more

Skiing in the Finger Lakes: 9 amazing resorts and trails for downhill, XC, more
The hills, valleys and forests of New York’s Finger Lakes region make for some phenomenal downhill and cross-country skiing during the winter months. From hidden gems in the woods to glistening white slopes, skiers of all kinds can find winter thrills in this region. Venues in Wayne, Chemung, Tompkins, and Ontario counties are included on the list. Here are nine... more

ROMAINE IS NOT SAFE: Officials warn against any consumption of lettuce until further notice

ROMAINE IS NOT SAFE: Officials warn against any consumption of lettuce until further notice
The Centers for Disease Control is advising consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell any romaine lettuce as it investigates an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine. Wegmans and Tops Friendly Markets announced plans within hours of the announcement to remove all romaine lettuce from stocked shelves. Key Points: CDC, public health and regulatory officials in... more
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