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Syracuse Basketball fans will have another familiar face on the court once the season gets started.  Tyus Battle yesterday officially withdrew his name from the N-B-A draft … and plans to come back to school for his junior year.  Battle spent the last few weeks getting assessed by pro teams, including attending the N-B-A combine. 

He made visits and did workouts for several teams.  He was considered by some analysts as likely to be a second-round draft pick.  First round picks have guaranteed contracts, while in the second round, contracts and income are less certain.

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Syracuse’s taxi companies and independent cab drivers say ride sharing services Uber and Lyft have basically wiped out most of their traditional customer base.  Common Councilors got an ear full at a committee meeting Wednesday about how the city needs to level the playing field by stepping up regulations on ride sharing…while easing the numerous, costly, and strict regulations for traditional cabs.  Frank Manzi with Yellow cab says his business has dropped by more than half.

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ACR Health is using the occasion of its upcoming 26th annual AIDS Walk/Run to call attention to another growing public health threat:  The Hepatitis C virus.  Officials say while the rate of new HIV and AIDS cases continue to decline, Hepatitis C cases have soared in recent years.  ACR Health Executive Director Wil Murtaugh says this area is especially vulnerable.

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A program to help children get ready for school – and break the cycle of poverty – continues to get federal support.  PEACE Inc. here in Syracuse will receive $5.8 million for its Head Start program in the region.  Program Director Rebecca Heberlie says Head Start and Early Head Start serve about 1200 children, including some parents.  In most cases, these are kids who wouldn’t be in other pre-school or Pre-K programs.

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The founder and organizer of the Syracuse Jazzfest confirmed Thursday, the event is cancelled for 2018 – a year after celebrating its 35th anniversary.  Frank Malfitano says money issues prevented him from putting on an event of the caliber of previous years. 

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The Upstate Trauma Center in Syracuse introduced employees to its new virtual driving simulator today ahead of the busy summer driving season.  The simulator is unique because drivers get to sit in an actual car and allows people to move the steering wheel.  The front tires of the car rest on elevated platforms with high tech sensors capturing the movement.  Trauma Outreach Coordinator Jerry Morrison prepares drivers before they take a virtual spin.

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  The New York State legislature chose Barbara Underwood, the acting Attorney General, to replace the former AG Eric Schneiderman for the remainder of the term, which ends December 31.  Underwood will be the first woman to hold that office.

  

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A Central New York civil rights watchdog group says the expansion of the police department’s body camera program is only as good as the policy that guides their use.  One hundred officers could be wearing the cameras by early next month as part of a one-year trial.  

Yusuf Abdul-Qadir commends the Walsh administration’s effort to improve transparency and accountability in the police department.  But the director of the CNY chapter of the NYCLU wants to make sure that the policy being drawn up between SPD and the county district attorney’s office is comprehensive and inclusive.

Music for the Mission

A new song dropped today featuring more than 40 local musicians lending their voice to raise funds by the sale of each download with a goal to feed 100,000 families.  Their efforts came from an idea from a Co-Founder and singer Angela Moonan who wanted to open up the conversation about those less fortunate in communities across Upstate New York.

New York State Democratic Committee and New York State Republican Committee

Both major political parties hold their conventions later this week.

The Democrats and the Republicans are holding their events simultaneously, on May 23 and 24, the Republicans are in New York City and the Democrats are in Long Island. 

On Wednesday, the GOP is expected to nominate Marc Molinaro as their candidate for governor. Molinaro, the 42-year-old Dutchess County Executive, has been in politics since he was a teenager, becoming Mayor of his hometown of Tivoli when he was 19.

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