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Alissa Scott

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Utica, NY, United States

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Past articles by Alissa:

Transgender policy reversal won't affect local schools

When federal officials last year approved policy that said schools must let transgender students use the bathrooms and lockers that match their gender identity, a number of local districts said they were already complying. → Read More

Locals share motivation for American's Greatest Heart Run Walk

Despite blustery winds, single-digit temperatures and a goal missed by about $25,000, thousands of people joined Saturday for America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk. → Read More

Tony's AUDelicious bought, could become gun range

The former Tony's AUDelicious, once a Utica Comets fan favorite, may become an indoor gun range. → Read More

More girls than boys graduating from high school in Upstate NY

In Upstate New York's high schools, more girls are graduating than boys — female students hold a higher graduation rate in 81 percent of the region's 349 districts. → Read More

'Town That Loves Refugees:' Is it perception or reality in Utica?

For refugees and immigrants around the globe, there's no denying life has been even more irregular and hectic than usual — from President Donald Trump's executive order banning, then halting, then significantly limiting the number of refugees America can accept, to reports of increased activity by scammers posing as Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. → Read More

'Town That Loves Refugees:' Is it perception or reality in Utica?

For refugees and immigrants around the globe, there's no denying life has been even more irregular and hectic than usual — from President Donald Trump's executive order banning, then halting, then significantly limiting the number of refugees America can accept, to reports of increased activity by scammers posing as Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. → Read More

Warm winter festival in Whitesboro leads to 'sockball fight'

It wasn't exactly wintry in Whitesboro on Saturday -- temperatures reached mid-60s in the region. → Read More

Rome run, walk raises $19G to fight heart disease, stroke

Hundreds of people on Saturday joined the American Heart Association to fight America’s No. 1 killer at the Rome Run & Indoor Walk and Pre-Registration for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk. → Read More

HCCC celebrating 50 years of growth and progress

Bob Baber graduated from high school with no desire to go to college. → Read More

Ice Ice Baby: Utica Aud goes back in time with '90s tour

Word to your mother. → Read More

Local high schools preview spring musicals at Stanley

Joann Vetere sat in the very first row of the Stanley Center for the Arts theater, eagerly awaiting her nephew's performance. → Read More

Assembly members ask state for $12M to help resettle local refugees

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, met with Assembly members from upstate to ask for additional funding in the state budget to assist refugee resettlement agencies across New York. → Read More

Utica schools still poor, but fiscal stress improves

The Office of the State Comptroller released an updated fiscal stress score for the Utica City School District — and the results almost seem contrary to the indebted district's call for layoffs and request for more state aid. → Read More

UC students discuss free tuition plan with state lawmakers

Marcel Dupuis had his younger brother in mind when he was speaking with state legislators about college affordability Tuesday. → Read More

Hamilton school board hears complaints from teachers, community

Low teacher morale, lack of communication between the Board of Education and faculty at Hamilton Central School District, and fear of threats and intimidation by administration were some of the concerns teachers raised Thursday night during a board meeting at the high school. → Read More

Something fishy going on at BOCES

It's a perfect example of the circle of life. → Read More

Utica school budget: 24 jobs in jeopardy

To make up for a $1.4 million budget deficit, 24 positions could be slashed from the Utica City School District if it doesn’t receive additional funding from the state. → Read More

Man charged in attempted robbery of Holland Patent pharmacy

A Holland Patent man was arrested for attempting to rob the Holland Patent Pharmacy, Oneida County sheriff's deputies said. → Read More

Locals discover snowshoeing at Rome library

The front lawn of Rome's Jervis Public Library was blanketed in "pristine" snow Saturday morning, library director Lisa Matte said. → Read More

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

According to a Gallup poll, 40 percent of Americans get less than seven hours of sleep at night. About 59 percent get seven or more hours. While that hasn’t changed since polls conducted in the 1990s and 200s, Americans, on average slept 7.9 hours a night. → Read More