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April 3, 2020

Councilman-at-Large Mark Williamson on Why Utica Council Cut Paving Funds & Raised Mayor Pay

Utica Councilman-at-Large Mark Williamson explains why the Common Council voted to cut funds for the city’s Paving Plan amid the Coronavirus Crisis, and also defends his […]
April 3, 2020

UPD Chief Mark Williams – How Coronavirus Crisis is Impacting Police Work & Crime

Utica Police Chief Mark Williams explains how the Coronavirus Crisis affecting police work and the violent crime rate in Utica, including domestic violence, as well as […]
April 3, 2020

County Executive Anthony Picente – Coronavirus Weekly Recap, Nexus & NY Budget Concerns

Weekly COVID-19 Update with Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente – As 68 county residents have now tested positive for Coronavirus (and one death), we discuss the […]

National News

  • Pair of storms to hit West Coast with heavy rain, snow and strong winds
    ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A powerful Nor’easter remains lurking well offshore of the northeast coastline. It backed westward on Friday, somewhat closer to the shoreline and as a result, gusty winds, large waves, some heavy rain and coastal flooding affected parts of New England. The Nor’easter brought ..
  • US death toll tops 6,000 as global cases cross 1 million
    narvikk/iStoc(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed at least 7,152 people in the United States. With more than 277,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the U.S. has by far the highest national tally in the world, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and..
  • Coronavirus live updates: New York City morgues almost full, alert sent for 45K health care workers
    narvikk/iStoc(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed at least 7,077 people in the United States. With more than 273,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the U.S. has by far the highest national tally in the world, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and ..
  • 9 states have yet to issue formal stay-at-home orders amid coronavirus
    barbaraaaa/iStock(NEW YORK) -- As the American death toll from the novel coronavirus continues to rise, pressure to impose a nationwide stay-at-home order mounts. President Trump has resisted calls to issue a nationwide stay-at-home directive, despite task force projections that predicted between 10..
  • Sailors on aircraft carrier give their fired captain a rousing sendoff
    Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), gives remarks during an all-hands call on the flight deck, Dec. 15, 2019.Seaman Alexander Williams/U.S. Navy, FILE(NEW YORK) -- Videos have emerged on social media showing sailors on the aircraft carrier..
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March 24, 2020

US to cut $1B to Afghanistan to prod leaders, move peace process forward

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks(WASHINGTON) -- After weeks of political in-fighting have paralyzed the Afghan government and frozen the peace process between it and the Taliban, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise trip to the country Monday to prod its leaders to end their dispute and form a government. But after departing Kabul and meeting Taliban leaders in Doha, Qatar, the top U.S. diplomat announced that his efforts failed to bring together rival Afghan leaders and that..
March 23, 2020

Trial of Paul Whelan, ex-Marine held in Russia, begins

Marilyn Nieves/iStock(MOSCOW) The trial of Paul Whelan, the former United States Marine held on espionage charges in Russia, formally opened on Monday, more than a year after he was first seized by Russian security services. Whelan, a security director for the American auto parts manufacturer BorgWarner, was detained in his hotel room close to Red Square by agents of Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, the FSB, in late December 2018. Russia has never publicly elaborated on the accusations ag..
March 23, 2020

‘In a crisis’: Pompeo makes surprise trip to Afghanistan to prod leaders, push peace process forward

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks(WASHINGTON) -- After weeks of political in-fighting have paralyzed the Afghan government and frozen the peace process between it and the Taliban, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise trip to the country Monday to prod its leaders to end their dispute and form a government. That peace process was initiated by the U.S. and Taliban signing an agreement on Feb. 29, but nearly one month later, the militant group have increased their violent attacks..
March 21, 2020

Why is Russia reporting so few COVID-19 cases? Some say it’s a cover-up

iStock(NEW YORK) -- As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the world, there are growing questions in Russia about the official number of cases that have been declared. According to the count released by its health ministry, Russia currently has only 253 confirmed cases of the virus. That is vastly lower than in other major countries in Western Europe, where there are already thousands of cases. What really makes Russia an outlier, however, is the number of tests it is carrying ou..
March 20, 2020

UK announces closure of bars, restaurants and cafes to combat coronavirus

iStock/pcruciatti(LONDON) -- The U.K. government has ordered that cafes, bars and restaurants must close "as soon as they reasonably" can to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the sweeping measures at a press conference Friday, as government guidelines, which advised residents 70 or older, medically vulnerable groups and those with symptoms to self-isolate, were being ignored, particularly in the capital. The U.K. is set to follow other major European countri..
March 20, 2020

Italy’s coronavirus death toll surpasses China’s as doctors plead for more aid

CasPhotography/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The coronavirus death toll in Italy surpassed China’s for the first time, becoming the first country to do so, as the prime minister announced that a task force of 300 volunteer doctors will be despatched to the worst affected areas of the country. As of Thursday, the total number of dead in Italy had risen to 3,405, out of a total of 41,035 confirmed cases of coronavirus nationwide, surpassing China’s death toll of 3,249. The news that Italy has become the wo..