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This week on the best of WAER Sports Podcast, we shine the spot light on Jordan Evans & Scott Firman. Both are vital members of the current Syracuse Lacrosse Men's Team. They also played Lacrosse for the same high school.

WAER's Noah Eagle examines the 8 year trip that the team mates and friends have taken and the past  they continue to represent. 

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About 400 people showed up at a Town Hall on Preserving Democracy to share opinions and ask questions of Congress Member John Katko – who wasn’t there. 

People voiced concerns about health care and not wanting a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, about funding for Planned Parenthood and family planning services, about climate change and other environmental concerns, about education, and about honesty of the President.

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Agencies in Syracuse that provide services to vulnerable residents are finding that they, themselves, might be vulnerable to severe cuts in funding under President Trump’s budget blueprint.  It appears to be the latest dip on the roller coaster of federal support.

Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Syracuse Mason Kaufman knows the massive increase in military spending has to come from somewhere, but the questions is where.

"Why Meals on Wheels programs, who have been struggling with funding provided by the government over the past decade."

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says President Trump’s proposed cuts to federal aid to cities would gut economic development and affordable housing in a city that’s the center of the area’s economy.

"If you take away all of the resources, you can't turn to us and say 'what are you doing about the burgeoning homeless population?'”                                             

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Ever since the Trump Administration entered the White House in January, local groups have been vocal about expressing their thoughts concerning policies on immigration, proposed federal spending cuts or plans to replace Obamacare.  This weekend, one group has decided to create their own public town hall meeting after requests for Congressmember John Katko to hold - in person - town halls never happened.  The gathering will be hosted by the C.N.Y. Solidarity Coalition.  Federal legislative team member Donna Oppedisano thinks the audience will hear more of those consistent messages.

Legislature Changes Cuomo's Free Tuition Plan

Mar 16, 2017
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The legislature’s one house budgets make some changes to Governor Cuomo’s $163 million proposal to offer free tuition at public colleges in New York to some middle class students. 

Governor Cuomo’s plan would have the state pay for the tuition of students at public colleges and universities whose combined family income is up to $125,000 a year, when the plan is fully phased in in two years. 

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The same day courts consider the legality of President Trump’s latest Travel Ban, an Upstate New York case saw a woman facing deportation.  Workers advocates see it as an example of what’s wrong with the trend in immigration policy.


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Much in the same way Syracuse University never seems to close due to inclement weather, the owner of the Varsity can relate.  In fact, he says they never close, as well.  Until today... or at least part of the day.  After all, there's a basketball game tonight.

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  LATEST UPDATE:  The SU Men's Basketball NIT Game against UNC Greensboro at the Carrier Dome has been postponed until Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets already purchased for today's game will be honored. Join us for coverage starting tomorrow at 6:30 on WAER. 

Here's a summary of the essential information we have thus far:

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Here's a summary of the essential information we have thus far:

·        A travel advisory remains in effect until midnight in Onondaga County due to hazardous driving conditions.  The snow is expected to continue today, heavy at times, with blowing and drifting.  The advisory does not restrict travel, but officials urge residents to consider the need to be on the road during the storm.

·        Meanwhile, Madison County has declared a state of emergency, banning all traffic except emergency and essential personnel from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Violators face arrest. 

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