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Tourism Officials Welcome NCAA Tournament Basketball Fans

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Scott Willis / WAER News

  College basketball fans from all over the country will be coming to Syracuse this weekend for the next two rounds of the NCAA men’s division one tournament.  The east regional sweet sixteen and elite eight will be played at the Carrier Dome.  A local organizing committee has been preparing for the event since last fall. vice president of sales and services for visit Syracuse Tracey Burke says the organization has been working to make sure visitors feel welcome.

Ben Miller, WAER News

As part of Vera House’s 21st annual White Ribbon Campaign, about 200 people tied white ribbons around poles in downtown Syracuse on Friday to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.

John Smith, WAER News

The poor road conditions in New York State are costing drivers an estimated $6.3 billion dollars a year. That’s according to the annual report from the national transportation research group, TRIP.  They assess the quality of roads and bridges across the country.  Director of Research Rocky Moretti says drivers in Syracuse are paying extra, because more than a quarter of the roads or 28 percent are in poor condition.

It's still going to get uglier before it gets better, Syracuse University sports fans.

New York State Attorney General's Office

Two Syracuse men have been arrested for their roles in a large heroin distribution takedown first announced last week that was funneling drugs to the North Country.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office says 26-year-old Nilo Bachiller and 28-year-old Aundre Cole face conspiracy and drug sale charges for allegedly supplying cocaine and heroin to four other men in St.Lawrence County.  

John Smith, WAER News

Syracuse’s 11th Annual Downtown Dining Weeks have produced mixed results for some of the participating restaurants. 

National Police Car Archives

The Syracuse Police Department is about to order 45 new police vehicles to upgrade its aging and run-down fleet.  Common councilors unanimously approved the $1.6 million in spending, but not without some discussion about the number of cars that go home with officers on a routine basis.  

Ben Miller, WAER News
Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance

The leader of the union representing tipped service workers in the Syracuse area says the base wage hike will not only benefit employees, but also the larger economy. The State Labor Department this week approved a $7.50 hourly wage to take effect at year's end for waitstaff, banquet servers, and other hospitality workers who also receive tips. President of Unite Here Local 150, Ann Marie Taliercio, says the 50% increase will help some at the bottom of the scale and shouldn't hurt business.

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