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This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we look at some of the most talented players from College Basketball. Specifically though,  what the future holds for these young stars in terms of NBA draft potential. 

Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball. & Dennis Smith Jr. will all be drafted high in the NBA draft this June. With a look at  what makes all three of these point guards special, we turn things over to WAER's Drew Carter.

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Coming off another thrilling victory, Syracuse (6-1, 2-0) travels to Indiana for a meeting with Notre Dame (5-1, 1-0) in an ACC showdown.

Saturday's game is also a clash between two top five ranked teams as the third-ranked Orange look to avenge last season's loss to the now top-ranked Irish.

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A Washington D.C.-based advocate for addressing the growing student loan crisis says Congressmember John Katko is the lone remaining republican who has sponsored legislation to reinstate minimum bankruptcy protections.  Alan Collinge stopped in Syracuse Friday to urge Katko to follow through.

Collinge is founder of studentloanjustice.org, and has been researching and writing about the issue for 12 years.  He admits he’s in a strange position…

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For the past two days, the 15th Annual New York State Green Building Council brought together experts from the field to discuss the latest trends and advancements.  A discussion on green home building designs was held Friday morning.  The Owner of Unity Homes, Tedd Benson of New Hampshire, designs energy efficient homes with an array of solar panels based on how much power they’ll draw.  His formula for larger homes built in colder climates requires about 7 kilowatts per square foot.

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Deals on some issues tied to the state budget are coming together as lawmakers rush to meet the budget deadline.

Agreements on permitting ride hailing services outside New York City and a measure to treat 16 and 17 year olds as juveniles, not adults in the court and prion system, known as Raise the Age, were coming together as the budget deadline approaches.

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SUNY Upstate is bringing together medical experts to figure out ways to help those Central New Yorkers suffering from opioid and heroin addiction.  A two-day symposium in Syracuse is delving into the multitude of issues and ways to prevent it altogether.  Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul says kids are often brought into the world with the problem, even locally. 

“What troubles me about this Onondaga area, Syracuse and Central New York, is that you have the third highest rate of babies being born now addicted to these substances.”

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Next year’s Syracuse men’s basketball team now knows the details of their first marquee matchup of the season. The Orange will take on the Kansas Jayhawks in early December to conclude the third annual Hoophall Miami Invitational.

Syracuse leads the all-time series 3-2, but Kansas is a perennial national title contender and one of the most prestigious programs in college basketball history. The Jayhawks haven’t missed the NCAA tournament since 1989, claiming either a one or two seed in the big dance every year since 2000.

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A couple of recent developments might make it more likely that electric cars start showing up in people’s driveways.  New York just started a rebate program (details below) that Joe LaMuraglia, Regional Chevrolet Communications Manager, says will open more eyes to the gas-free cars.

Cuomo Wants To Avoid Large Increases To Budget

Mar 29, 2017
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning that the state might not be able to add more money for schools this year because of uncertainties in Washington over federal funding.

Just days before the state budget is due, Cuomo is urging the state Legislature to pull back on additional spending for school districts beyond the $1 billion increase he has already proposed, saying there is too much uncertainty over federal funding right now.

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In three days,  a Price Rite supermarket will open on  Syracuse's south side in a neighborhood that hasn't seen a full-service grocery store in nearly 47 years.  

Jubilee Homes founder Walt Dixie said years of persistence and a bit of luck will finally culminate in Sunday's ribbon cutting at the store on the corner of South and Bellevue Avenues. He said building the relationship with Price Rite was critical. 

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