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Pet Adoption Agencies Come Together for National Adoption Weekend

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- Today in Horseheads, five different pet adoption agencies were in attendance for Petsmart's National Adoption Weekend. The Petsmart in Horseheads works with all of these agencies in our area, but bringing them all together is what makes this weekend special. Adoption rates can slow down at times, so events like these are very crucial in bringing attention to the fact of so many animals needing good homes. Across the Twin Tiers alone, there are hun... More>>

NY residents warned to prep for high winds starting Sunday

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities are warning New York residents to prepare for potentially damaging winds across much of the state this weekend.    Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a weather system expected to move into the region late Sunday and continue into Monday will bring gusts of 45 mph or higher for much of the state, with some approaching 75 mph in western New York and parts of the North Country.    Cuomo has directed multiple state agencies to deploy equipment throu... More>>

Alison Hunt runs for Steuben County Legislature

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STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - Alison Hunt says she will run to represent the City of Corning on the Steuben County Legislature. Alison has served on the Corning City Council for the last three years where she has focused on infrastructure, public safety, economic development and improving our housing quality. Alison says she plans to continue advocating for these priorities while maintaining her commitment to be a steward of taxpayer dollars. She has spent the last eight years workin... More>>

Vintage motorcycle show kicks off this weekend Video included

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HAMMONDSPORT, N.Y. (WENY) - The "Wintercycle Therapy" Vintage Motorcycle show is happening this weekend.  The event is hosted by the Glenn Curtis Museum and will feature nearly 100 vintage motorcycles dating back to 1904. There will also be a variety of vendors and food from the Crooked Lake Ice Cream Company. In addition to motorcycles, the museum houses a collection of vintage aircraft, cars, boats, and regional history that you can check out while at the show. The f... More>>

This Week in Wine Country-- Hampton inn Penn Yan Winterfest Preview Video included

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For this week's edition of This Week in Wine Country, sponsored by the Finger Lakes Wine Country, WENY's Cody Carlson takes us to the Hampton Inn in Penn Yan to preview Winterfest, happening today.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Disconnect to Reconnect Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y.(WENY)-- Technology is a part of the average Americans everyday lifestyle, both at work, and at home. But when we let this Technology come into the home what effect is that having on those around us including our children?  "It's like we can't be bored, we are filling every spare minute we have with technology and that's not healthy," says Renae Carapella-Johnson, Mental Health Therapist.  This Boredom is affecting kids as young as two ...

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Dandy Mini Marts upgrading gas pumps against skimmers Video included

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You pull up for gas, swipe your card at the pump and, just like that, someone could have your information. But Dandy Mini Marts is looking to make card skimmers a thing of the past.  

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N.Y. lawmakers could ban some vaccine exemptions Video included

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) - In New York state right now children are required to be vaccinated to attend school, but parents can opt-out based on religious beliefs. However, that could soon change. Empire State lawmakers are now trying to eliminate this option under a new bill in the Assembly. "I think our children should be vaccinated, I vaccinate my children. I want my children to be safe in school. But, I also understand the right of individuals to practice their religious beliefs... More>>

Elmira Police looking to identify suspect in church break-ins

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Elmira Police Department is investigating several break-ins at the Grace Episcopal Church on West Gray Street. According to police, the break-ins happened in the early fall of 2018.  EPD is now asking the public for help identifying a suspect pictured in security footage (see photos).  If you know the identity of the person pictured, you're asked to contact the Elmira Police Department at 737-5626 or contact authorities through the Elmira Police... More>>

NYS to probe Facebook over report on personal data access

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   ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities in New York state will investigate Facebook after a report said the social media company harvests a large amount of personal data from smartphone apps without users' knowledge.    The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that some apps automatically send data to Facebook that can include highly personal information such as heart rate data or the dates of a woman's ovulation.    Hours after the story was published, Gov. An... More>>

The Latest: R Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on charges against singer R. Kelly (all times local):    12:50 p.m.    Chicago prosecutors have charged R&B star R. Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, according to media reports citing court records.    Friday's charges come after years of allegations directed at Kelly, accusing the now 52-year-old of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls. Through his lawyers, he has consistently denied them. &nbs... More>>

Police: Patriots owner Robert Kraft solicited prostitute

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Police in Florida have charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, saying they have videotape of him paying for a sex act inside an illicit massage parlor.    Jupiter police told reporters Friday that the 77-year-old Kraft hasn't been arrested. A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified.    The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking in the area surrounding ... More>>

American Red Cross offers preparedness tips ahead of high winds

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High Wind Watches has been issued across the Twin Tiers starting Sunday afternoon and going into Monday morning. Wind speeds are expected to rage from 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts as high as 60 miles per hour; these conditions could cause property damage and widespread power outages. The American Red Cross issued some tips on how residents can take steps now to prepare for the weather Before the Storm: Prepare an emergency preparedness kit. Replenish any missing or expired...

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Former Elmira City Manager running for Town Justice

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – Former Elmira City Manager Kimberlee Balok Middaugh announced she is running for Elmira Town Justice. Middaugh currently works in private practice for the Elmira law firm Sayles and Evans, and serves as the town attorney for five towns and one village. She also served as Elmira city manager from 2014 to 2016, and as deputy city manager, personnel director and assistant corporation counsel since 2006. “My legal career has always been about serving th... More>>

Mother killed by driver who plowed into family called a hero

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   HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. (AP) - The 32-year-old mother who was killed when an enraged driver plowed into a family of six young children outside a 7-Eleven store in Rockland County is being called a hero.    Melissa DeLoatch was killed when police say 35-year-old Jason Mendez, of Washingtonville, deliberately rammed his car twice into the family after reportedly asked not to smoke in front of the children. It happened Wednesday afternoon in the Town of Haverstraw.  ... More>>

Corning's Gaffer District Gears up for Cabin Fever With #ExploreCorning Week Video included

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Corning's Gaffer District is gearing up for the annual Cabin Fever event, and the organization is using the entire week leading up to it to draw people to downtown Corning.

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NY hopes to land future Amazon project despite failed deal

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Governor Cuomo's administration says the state isn't giving up on landing future Amazon projects.

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Endicott Police kick off property safety initiative

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The Endicott Police department is kicking off a new initiative to keep people and their property safe.

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Dynamic Glass Windows at Tompkins Financial Headquarters Video included

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ITHACA, N.Y.(WENY) -- Last year, Tompkins Financial opened their new Headquarters in Downtown Ithaca. Along with the new building, new high-tech windows were installed.The windows, by a company called View, have energy efficient technology in them that control the amount of light coming into the building. Officials say they knew about of the effects of natural light on work productivity and they wanted to be able to bring that to their employees. Studies have shown that... More>>

Baby Bistro class teaches moms the basics of breastfeeding Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y (WENY) – A new Baby Bistro class is being offered for new moms and moms to-be- to teach them the basics of breastfeeding. The Elmira Economic Opportunity Program in partnership with the Twin Tiers breastfeeding network held the second class of the year Thursday afternoon. The program aims to connect pregnant women and breastfeeding moms by providing free support with informative tips to address any questions or concerns. “My baby is not sleeping through the n... More>>

Tyrone man sentenced to weekends in jail for sexually abusing step-daughter

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A man from Tyrone was sentenced to weekends in jail, 10 years probation, for sexually abusing his 13-year-old step-daughter, who officials say, has significant intellectual disabilities. 

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Taste FLXpo returns to Corning for second year Video included

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) - Local food and local drink, all in one place! The Taste FLXpo will be returning for its second year in a row, and organizers say they have been preparing for it since last year. The expo is being presented by the Finger Lakes Farm Country, and will feature over 30 vendors from local farmers and beverage producers. Guests will have the opportunity to taste local grown food and wines, and meet the producers. There will also be food trucks and cooking demonstratio... More>>

Study finds spike in Pennsylvania child abuse-related deaths

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new study says the number of Pennsylvania children killed or nearly killed after abuse had occurred spiked recently, increases likely driven by a new definition of abuse and an uptick in its reporting in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy child sexual abuse scandals.    The state Human Services Department issued a report Thursday into fatalities and near fatalities during 2015 and 2016.    It shows both types of report... More>>

Inside look: 100 West Water Street Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Progress continues at 100 West Water Street, with 51 newly-built apartments and over 16-thousand square feet of commercial space.  Related: Work continues at 100 W. Water Street Since construction began over a year ago, crews and development company "Park Grove Reality" have been hard at work. For Park Grove, the ability to bring the mulch-use space to Elmira is especially rewarding.  "Both of the [company] owners are actually from El...

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Woman dead after driver plows into family in Rockland County, NY

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   HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. (AP) - Police say an enraged driver plowed his car into a family of eight, including a baby and five children, outside a store in suburban New York, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring several others.    It happened at a 7-Eleven store in the Rockland County Town of Haverstraw Wednesday afternoon.    Police believe an argument between the family and the driver, identified as 35-year-old Jason Mendez, of Washingtonville, may have p... More>>

UPDATE: SU coach Jim Boeheim speaks out after hitting, killing man on highway

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WENY) – ABC Affiliate 13WHAM reports sources close to the investigation say Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim hit and killed a person who got out of their after after a late Wednesday night crash on a Syracuse highway. Police say the crash happened just before 11:30 p.m. on I-690 Eastbound. According to investigators, two cars were involved in an accident and the passengers got out of their respective vehicles. Police say Boeheim was driving along I-690 and hit and ki...

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UPDATE: Dogs seen in the Town of Addison seized

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ADDISON, N.Y. (WENY) – Officials are trying to locate and get more information on a group of injured and possibly abused dogs seen in Addison over the weekend. According to rescue organization Tanner's P.A.W.S., the dogs were last seen Sunday evening on Mose Road near Equine Inn. An individual was able to take photos of the dogs, but was unable to catch any of them. All of the dogs reportedly seem to be in poor health, according to Tanner's P.A.W.S. Tanner's P.A.W.S says New ...

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Dog rescued in cruelty case missing

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) – One of the dogs rescued in a cruelty case out of the Town of Addison ran away from rescuers Wednesday night. According to Tanner's P.A.W.S., the dog, named Hutch, was scared and took off. He was last seen near the Wegmans in Corning. If you see Hutch, do not approach or chase him as he is frightened. Instead, call if there is a sighting. Rescuers also ask residents to look in sheds, barns and carports, but if he is found, do not disturb him. If Hutch is ...

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The Latest: Police: Smollett paid brothers to stage attack

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local):    9:35 a.m.    Authorities say the investigation into the attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett took a new direction when the attorney for two brothers initially viewed as suspects suggested that police question them and that the men were "victims," not offenders.    Detective Commander Edward Wodnicki said at a news conference Thursday that afte... More>>

Opposites Attract During February's 2300 Degrees at CMoG Video included

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The Corning Museum of Glass is inviting you over for another edition of 2300 Degrees. February's theme is Fire and Ice.

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Woman faces 10 years in prison for sexual conduct with child under 14

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A 34-year-old woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony criminal sex act, according to the Broome County District Attorney's Office.

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Cornell University recognizes Horseheads native for community contributions Video included

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y.(WENY)-- Earlier tonight, Dr.Barbara Mix was awarded the New York State Hometown Alumni Award from Cornell University. This award is given out to those who attend Cornell and then take their talents back home with them to make a contribution to their town. Dr.Mix was born and raised in Horseheads where her love of animals grew. She told WENY that her mother recalls her saying at just five years old that she was going to be a veterinarian, and never changed her mind. Dr...

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Chemung Canal Trust Company to close Painted Post branch Video included

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A local Chemung Canal Trust Company branch will soon be closing its doors. The Painted Post branch will be closing, and operations will be consolidated with the Market Street Corning office. 

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Kids Rockwell Art Lab hosts winter break events Video included

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 If you're looking for something fun and new to do with the kids during the winter break, look no further than the Kids Art Lab at the Rockwell Museum. The Art Lab is offering some additional activities for kids.

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Local State Farm Branch Aiding in the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer Video included

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- A Schuyler County State Farm Agent is taking this month to give back to the community, by the way of a national initiative from the insurance company. Based out of Watkins Glen, Ryan Keenan has partnered up with the organization "T-Burg Takes on Pediatric Cancer". The non-profit based out of Trumansburg is geared towards aiding families afflicted by the disease, by helping them cover their children's medical expenses. During an intervi... More>>

Arnot Ogden Child Care Center could be closing in May Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y (WENY) – Dozens of Arnot employees and community members who have children in the Arnot Child Care Center may have to begin searching for other arrangements after Arnot sent out a letter to parents informing them that the owners who manage and operate the center will be retiring in May. Although the management company is choosing to retire after more than 20 years of providing service, Overbook enterprises hopes the Medical Center will choose to keep the facility op... More>>

Authorities weigh in on Cuomo's seat belt proposal Video included

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STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - Passengers 16 and older don't have to wear a seat belt while riding in the backseat of a car. However, that could soon change, in New York state. Under current law, passengers younger than 16 are required to wear a seat belt while riding in the back seat. Governor Cuomo wants to now make that the rule for everyone, not just those sitting in the front seat. "Seat belts save tens of thousands of lives every year, and we also know that people that are...

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Chemung Co. Department of Health looking for dog involved in biting incident

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – The Chemung County Health Department is looking for help to locate a dog involved in a biting incident at the intersection of Grand Central Avenue and Division Street in the City of Elmira. The bite happened on Thursday, February 14 around 10:15 p.m. The dog is described as a stocky, medium-sized pit bull mix, with brown fur and white markings on its chest. It was also reportedly wearing a dark (brown or black) collar. Officials say the dog came from Gran... More>>

Update: Dogs now at local rescues after spotted running loose in Addison Video included

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- Several dogs are in the care of local rescue organizations, after sixteen were seized from a home in Addison earlier this week.  Related: Dogs seen in the Town of Addison seized The incident unfolded after local animal rescue, Tanner's Paws, received a photo from a concerned resident; in it were five dogs that, according to neighbors, had been seen wandering the Addison area on and off for years.  "You could clearly tell from the photograph th...

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House Dems readying bill to block Trump's border emergency

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WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats plan to file a resolution as soon as Friday that's aimed at blocking President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency at the Southwest border.    That could set up a vote by the full House by mid-March. The clash is over a declaration that Trump is using to try spending billions of dollars beyond what Congress has authorized to start building border barriers.    Passage by the Democratic-run House seems likely. The measure woul... More>>

Father, son arrested for allegedly fighting each other, assaulting responding police

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ONEONTA, N.Y. (WENY) – New York State Police say an Otsego County father and son pair were arrested after police say they fought each other – and then started fighting police when they arrived. Troopers say on Tuesday, February 19, a trooper was dispatched after a report of two men fighting alongside Interstate 88. The two men were identified as 65-year-old Gary Lubrano and his son, 34-year-old Michael Lubrano. Troopers say both men ignored the officer's commands to sto... More>>

UPDATE: Arrest made in armed robbery at Ithaca Top's gas station

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – The Tompkins County Sheriff's office says a suspect in the armed robbery that happened at the Top's gas station on Triphammer Road on February 16 has been arrested. Deputies say the identity of the suspect is not being released because of their age. RELATED:Police searching for suspects involved in armed robbery at Ithaca Tops Additionally, the identity of the second suspect seen in the video is still being investigated. Deputies say the arrest made in ... More>>

Boil water advisory in the Town of Waverly lifted

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WAVERLY, N.Y. (WENY) – Three days after a water main break happened in the Town of Waverly, officials say the boil water advisory has been lifted for residents. On Sunday, February 17, a water main broke on Cadwell Avenue, causing parts of the street to be shut down. Initially, water was shut off between Chemung Street and Clinton Avenue before the boil advisory was put into place. Now, officials say the water should be safe to drink without boiling. More>>

Man arrested after allegedly robbing Lansing bank

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LANSING, N.Y. (WENY) – One man has been arrested in connection to a reported bank robbery in the Town of Lansing. On the morning of Tuesday, February 20, deputies responded to the Tompkins Trust Company on Triphammer Road for the reported robbery. Police say a weapon was not displayed and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen. Shortly after, 48-year-old Maurice Marshall was arrested. Police say as of Tuesday afternoon, his arraignment is pending. Sheriff Derek Osborne says... More>>

Justice Department preparing for Mueller report as early as next week

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By Evan Perez, Laura Jarrett and Katelyn Polantz, CNN Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce as early as next week the completion of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, with plans for Barr to submit to Congress soon after a summary of Mueller's confidential report, according to people familiar with the plans. The preparations are the clearest indication yet that Mueller is nearly done with his almost two-year investigation. The precise timing of the announcement is ... More>>

Walmart holding Baby Savings Day

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Parents with babies (or one on the day) – rejoice! Walmart is having a special sale on everything you need for your little one. Online deals on things like car seats, strollers, diapers, sippy cups and more is already under way, with items being as much as 30 percent off. But, the big day of in-store sales is Saturday, February 23 from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. There, customers can try on baby gear on sale as well as talk to specialists, take home samples and coupons to save... More>>

Western Alliance EMS receives $40K in donations, looking to raise $250,000 in 2019

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TROY, PA. (WENY) – The Western Alliance EMS organization announced today they received nearly $40,000 to help with their financial struggles; however, officials say the company is still not out of the clear. Last week, the 50-year-old organization told the community they needing additional funding to continue the serve the areas they cover. A new business model was laid out for staff to help the organization get back on track in 90 days. RELATED: Western Alliance EMS aski... More>>

Numerous new counts for man shot and wounded by troopers

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   CRESCO, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania state police say a wanted man who was shot and wounded after he allegedly drove toward troopers as they tried to arrest him is now facing several new charges.    Jeromey Barnes remained hospitalized Wednesday, a day after the shooting occurred at a home in Paradise.    Authorities say the 37-year-old Paradise man was wanted on several warrants. After learning he might be at the residence, troopers went there and found hi... More>>

Governor sets up group to help create jobs, train workers

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A new entity is in place to improve Pennsylvania's employment climate and help workers get training to fill existing job openings.

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Actress Julianne Moore helps unveil sex misconduct policies

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Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore has helped New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration unveil the governor's series of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of women in New York.    

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New York state plans 6 public hearings on 2020 US Census

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State officials have scheduled a series of public hearings to discuss the upcoming federal Census and how to ensure all New Yorkers are counted.

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'Rise Up' and 'Paint the Night Pink' Video included

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Community members are getting ready to Paint the Night Pink at the 4th Annual Charity Gala happening March 9. 

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Elmira seeking additional grant funding for zombie properties Video included

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The City of Elmira is seeking more money to address its vacant housing problem, specifically zombie properties. 

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Rep. Tom Reed visits Arc of Schuyler Video included

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Tuesday, Congressman Tom Reed met with the Arc of Schuyler board of directors to discuss problems they're facing, like funding, as well as taxing non-profits for employee parking. 

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SPECIAL REPORT: "Hudson Strong" Video included

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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (WENY) – The joy of a newborn baby. That's what the Weigel Family had the chance to celebrate when their son Hudson was born at Robert Packer Hospital on August 21st, 2018. The family had no way of seeing what was going to happen next. Just two days later, Hudson was diagnosed with multiple heart defects and had to be rushed to another hospital. After getting transferred to 3 separate hospitals, Hudson was eventually flown to the Morgan Stanley Children's Ho...

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NY Gov. Cuomo wants all back-seat passengers to buckle up

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to extend the state's seat belt law to require all passengers in the back seat to buckle up.    Under current law, while all passengers in the front seat must wear seat belts, only passengers younger than 16 are required to wear a restraint when riding in the back seat of a motor vehicle.    According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 28 states and the District of Columbia already have some kind... More>>

NY court: Public allowed to see police body camera footage

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   NEW YORK (AP) - A New York appeals court has ruled that police body camera footage is subject to public disclosure under state law.    An Appellate Division panel said Tuesday that the footage doesn't constitute a personnel record and therefore isn't covered by a state law that keeps such records secret.    New York Police Department Police Commissioner James O'Neill called the ruling important for transparency.    The Associated Press and ot... More>>

Former Cornell student sentenced to federal prison on weapons charges

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – A former Cornell University student has been sentenced to two years in federal prison nearly a year after being arrested for having a large cache of weapons in his apartment. In November, 21-year-old Maximilien Reynolds pleaded guilty to federal charges of willfully making false statements during the purchase of several firearms, including a Savage MSR-15 multi-caliber gun and a .223/5.56mm patrol rifle. He also pleaded guilty of possessing firearms not re... More>>

Town of Catlin holding public hearing on community solar program

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CATLIN, N.Y. (WENY) – The Town of Catlin is holding a public meeting on Saturday, February 23 to discuss a recent agreement with a solar company that has established a solar farm in the town. Town officials say they have negotiated an agreement with Bullrock Solar that will reportedly reduce electric rates by 10% – compared to NYSEG rates -- for residents who participate in the Catlin Community Solar Program. The program says there will be no change to electric services ... More>>

Bath woman arrested for allegedly selling cocaine

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BATH, N.Y. (WENY) – A Village of Bath woman has been arrested after police say she sold cocaine. The Village of Bath Police Department says 34-year-old Dahna Turner was arrested on sealed indictment warrants for two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Police say Turner sold cocaine in the village in 2018. Additionally, Turner is currently on felony probation.... More>>

Police searching for suspects involved in armed robbery at Ithaca Tops

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office is looking to identify two suspects involved in an armed robbery at the Tops grocery store gas station on Triphammer Road in Ithaca. On February 16, both suspects appeared to have entered the checkout area of the gas station. Both were wearing dark hoodies; one was wearing tan pant sand the other dark pants. Additionally, the suspect wearing tan pants had a red mask, while the one wearing dark pants had a black mask. A...

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Emergency HEAP funding available, deadline extended

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With more frigid temperatures on tap, New York State wants to make sure no one is stuck in the cold.

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Bernie Sanders announces 2020 run: "We're gonna win"

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is launching a bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

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16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

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California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Local dental office celebrates Kids Dental Health Month with a twist Video included

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All week long Corning Dental Associates will be celebrating kids dental health with a twist. The office will be accepting donations of new or slightly used books for the "Little Red Bookshelf". 

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Library Winter Reading Club Kicks Off in Corning Video included

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Southeastern Steuben County Library has been running their winter reading club for years, with the hope of another successful program for 2019.  The club encourages families with younger children to visit the library, participate in activities, and check out books to read during the final month of winter. Along with being a reasonable thing to do when it's cold outside, kids are also granted a number of entries for prizes, based on the amount of books...

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Sen. Schumer pushes for drug-detecting technology for Chemung County law enforcement Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- In the aftermath of a significant drug ring bust in the city of Elmira, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was in the Southern Tier, pushing for a grant-program would help pay for cutting-edge technology for local law enforcement.  The devices would make it easier for officers to identify lethal drugs, such as entangle out in the field. "It's very hard. You have to be careful, [which] slows everything down," Senator Schumer says of current pol...

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Watkins Glen International donating land for solar energy

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - Watkins Glen International is donating land for a 50-megawatt solar energy center to be built at the venerable racetrack in New York's Finger Lakes region.    Track president Michael Printup announced the plans on Friday. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources will own and operate the solar facility, which will be located adjacent to the natural terrain racetrack.    When the project is completed, The Glen will house the largest solar fi... More>>

Broome County DA: Trooper's use of force in fatal shootout "unquestionably reasonable"

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (WENY) – Several weeks after a suspect was shot and killed by a New York State Trooper along Route 17 in the Town of Kirkwood, the Broome County District Attorney says the officer was justified in using deadly force. WBNG reports DA Steve Cornwell said the actions of Trooper Timothy Conklin were “unquestionably” reasonable and necessary. RELATED: NYSP provide more information about officer-involved shooting near Binghamton On January 28, Stat... More>>

Julia Roberts to receive George Eastman Award for movie work

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 ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Actress Julia Roberts will be this year's recipient of the George Eastman Award, given to honor contributions to the art of cinema.    The George Eastman Museum in Rochester says it will honor the "Pretty Woman" and "Steel Magnolias" actress on May 2.    Past recipients include Lauren Bacall, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper and Meryl Streep.    Museum director Bruce Barnes cites the breadth of Roberts' career... More>>

Man prompts short standoff at Ithaca Econolodge after allegedly exposing himself

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – A man was arrested after police say he exposed himself to staff and then barricaded himself in a room at the Triphammer Road Econolodge, prompting a response from the Ithaca SWAT Team and the Crisis Negotiations Team. On Sunday, Tompkins County Sheriff's deputies say 50-year-old Scott Linderberry was harassing hotel staff and exposing himself in public areas. When deputies tried to speak to Linderberry, he barricaded his room door with furniture and told ... More>>

3 state prisons on chopping block under Cuomo budget changes

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to close three New York state prisons and make other cost-cutting moves to close what he says is a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall caused by a decrease in tax revenues.

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Corning Museum of Glass hosts 4th annual Marvelous Marble Day

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CORNING, N.Y (WENY) – Throughout the course of the day Sunday it was marble madness at the Corning Museum of Glass for the return of Marvelous Marble Day. The event began at 10 a.m with a glass ribbon cutting with the 2018 National Marble Tournament King and Queen. Marble day is a way for the glass museum to connect people of all ages to a tradition of glass marbles. Guests were invited to learn and play marble games, check out live marble-making demos in the hot shop, and cele... More>>

5 injured, 2 critically, after wheel goes through windshield

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JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) - State police say a tire and wheel crashed through the windshield of a sport utility vehicle on the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension, critically injuring a woman and boy.    Police say the SUV was heading south on Interstate 476 in Penn Forest Township when the wheel and tire came off an unidentified piece of machinery being hauled north.    The 34-year-old woman and 7-year-old boy were flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Tow... More>>

New York food stamp benefits to be released early

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - All recipients of food stamps in New York will receive their March benefits a week earlier than scheduled.    Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the early release is to ease the burden on those who stretched February's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits during the federal government shutdown.    The Democrat says all SNAP recipients will get next month's benefits no later than March 7 to mitigate hardships caused by the so-called "SNAP ... More>>

Waverly man arrested on drug charges Video included

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WAVERLY, N.Y. (WENY) - A Waverly man is behind bars after police discovered Methamphetamine inside his car during a traffic stop.  43-year-old James Ray Hill Jr. was arrested on a slew of charges. Police say Hill failed to stop for Sayre PA Police and was then observed by police entering a private driveway on Broad Street in Waverly. Hill was found in possession of 1 ounce of Methamphetamine and two digital scales with Methamphetamine residue on them.   Police say the inci... More>>

Winter Recess Festival for Teachers Video included

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ITHACA, N.Y.(WENY)--For the past 13 years, Ithaca Love Teachers has been hosting a Winter Recess festival for teachers during most of their spring breaks., The festival runs form February 15th until February 24th. The week is filled with so many different fun activities including, wine tastings, pottery crafting, exploring Ithaca, and so much more. The team at Ithaca Loves Teachers works for over three months to get the whole thing organized. The community loves to get involved and sh... More>>

New type of gas pump skimmer spotted in Twin Tiers Video included

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The new type of skimmer sends credit card numbers via text message, as opposed to a Bluetooth skimmer which requires the criminal to be in close proximity to the scene of the crime.

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  • Pet Adoption Agencies Come Together for National Adoption Weekend

    Pet Adoption Agencies Come Together for National Adoption Weekend

    Saturday, February 23 2019 2:17 PM EST2019-02-23 19:17:31 GMT
    HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- Today in Horseheads, five different pet adoption agencies were in attendance for Petsmart's National Adoption Weekend. The Petsmart in Horseheads works with all of these agencies in our area, but bringing them all together is what makes this weekend special. Adoption rates can slow down at times, so events like these are very crucial in bringing attention to the fact of so many animals needing good homes. Across the Twin Tiers alone, there are hun...
    HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- Today in Horseheads, five different pet adoption agencies were in attendance for Petsmart's National Adoption Weekend. The Petsmart in Horseheads works with all of these agencies in our area, but bringing them all together is what makes this weekend special. Adoption rates can slow down at times, so events like these are very crucial in bringing attention to the fact of so many animals needing good homes. Across the Twin Tiers alone, there are hun...
  • Alison Hunt runs for Steuben County Legislature

    Alison Hunt runs for Steuben County Legislature

    Saturday, February 23 2019 9:38 AM EST2019-02-23 14:38:27 GMT
    STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - Alison Hunt says she will run to represent the City of Corning on the Steuben County Legislature. Alison has served on the Corning City Council for the last three years where she has focused on infrastructure, public safety, economic development and improving our housing quality. Alison says she plans to continue advocating for these priorities while maintaining her commitment to be a steward of taxpayer dollars. She has spent the last eight years workin...
    STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - Alison Hunt says she will run to represent the City of Corning on the Steuben County Legislature. Alison has served on the Corning City Council for the last three years where she has focused on infrastructure, public safety, economic development and improving our housing quality. Alison says she plans to continue advocating for these priorities while maintaining her commitment to be a steward of taxpayer dollars. She has spent the last eight years workin...
  • Vintage motorcycle show kicks off this weekend

    Vintage motorcycle show kicks off this weekend

    Saturday, February 23 2019 8:34 AM EST2019-02-23 13:34:24 GMT
    HAMMONDSPORT, N.Y. (WENY) - The "Wintercycle Therapy" Vintage Motorcycle show is happening this weekend.  The event is hosted by the Glenn Curtis Museum and will feature nearly 100 vintage motorcycles dating back to 1904. There will also be a variety of vendors and food from the Crooked Lake Ice Cream Company. In addition to motorcycles, the museum houses a collection of vintage aircraft, cars, boats, and regional history that you can check out while at the show. The f...
    HAMMONDSPORT, N.Y. (WENY) - The "Wintercycle Therapy" Vintage Motorcycle show is happening this weekend.  The event is hosted by the Glenn Curtis Museum and will feature nearly 100 vintage motorcycles dating back to 1904. There will also be a variety of vendors and food from the Crooked Lake Ice Cream Company. In addition to motorcycles, the museum houses a collection of vintage aircraft, cars, boats, and regional history that you can check out while at the show. The f...
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  • Mother guilty of murder in death of 2-year-old son

    Mother guilty of murder in death of 2-year-old son

    Saturday, February 23 2019 9:54 AM EST2019-02-23 14:54:54 GMT
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A 23-year-old woman has been found guilty of murder in the beating death of her 2-year-old son.    Keona Owens of Buffalo also was found guilty of manslaughter Friday in a bench trial before Judge Russell Buscaglia. Her boyfriend, Bashar Hall, is scheduled to stand trial in April.    Prosecutors say the child, Xavion Hazzard, was beaten and shaken by Owens and Hall in their home last July. He died later in a hospital.    Owens faces a...
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A 23-year-old woman has been found guilty of murder in the beating death of her 2-year-old son.    Keona Owens of Buffalo also was found guilty of manslaughter Friday in a bench trial before Judge Russell Buscaglia. Her boyfriend, Bashar Hall, is scheduled to stand trial in April.    Prosecutors say the child, Xavion Hazzard, was beaten and shaken by Owens and Hall in their home last July. He died later in a hospital.    Owens faces a...
  • NY residents warned to prep for high winds starting Sunday

    NY residents warned to prep for high winds starting Sunday

    Saturday, February 23 2019 9:48 AM EST2019-02-23 14:48:36 GMT
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities are warning New York residents to prepare for potentially damaging winds across much of the state this weekend.    Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a weather system expected to move into the region late Sunday and continue into Monday will bring gusts of 45 mph or higher for much of the state, with some approaching 75 mph in western New York and parts of the North Country.    Cuomo has directed multiple state agencies to deploy equipment throu...
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities are warning New York residents to prepare for potentially damaging winds across much of the state this weekend.    Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a weather system expected to move into the region late Sunday and continue into Monday will bring gusts of 45 mph or higher for much of the state, with some approaching 75 mph in western New York and parts of the North Country.    Cuomo has directed multiple state agencies to deploy equipment throu...
  • NY to probe Facebook over report on personal data access

    NY to probe Facebook over report on personal data access

    Saturday, February 23 2019 12:20 AM EST2019-02-23 05:20:54 GMT

    The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that some apps automatically send data to Facebook that can include highly personal information such as heart rate data or the dates of a woman's ovulation.

    The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that some apps automatically send data to Facebook that can include highly personal information such as heart rate data or the dates of a woman's ovulation.

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  • 5 Democratic governors head to DC to fight tax overhaul

    5 Democratic governors head to DC to fight tax overhaul

    Saturday, February 23 2019 12:50 AM EST2019-02-23 05:50:33 GMT

    The Democratic governors of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Oregon and Illinois are teaming up to fight a provision in the 2017 federal tax overhaul that they say is hurting their economies.

    The Democratic governors of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Oregon and Illinois are teaming up to fight a provision in the 2017 federal tax overhaul that they say is hurting their economies.

  • The Latest: R Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

    The Latest: R Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

    Friday, February 22 2019 2:07 PM EST2019-02-22 19:07:24 GMT
    CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on charges against singer R. Kelly (all times local):    12:50 p.m.    Chicago prosecutors have charged R&B star R. Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, according to media reports citing court records.    Friday's charges come after years of allegations directed at Kelly, accusing the now 52-year-old of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls. Through his lawyers, he has consistently denied them. &nbs...
    CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on charges against singer R. Kelly (all times local):    12:50 p.m.    Chicago prosecutors have charged R&B star R. Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, according to media reports citing court records.    Friday's charges come after years of allegations directed at Kelly, accusing the now 52-year-old of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls. Through his lawyers, he has consistently denied them. &nbs...
  • Police: Patriots owner Robert Kraft solicited prostitute

    Police: Patriots owner Robert Kraft solicited prostitute

    Friday, February 22 2019 12:14 PM EST2019-02-22 17:14:48 GMT
    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Police in Florida have charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, saying they have videotape of him paying for a sex act inside an illicit massage parlor.    Jupiter police told reporters Friday that the 77-year-old Kraft hasn't been arrested. A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified.    The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking in the area surrounding ...
    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Police in Florida have charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, saying they have videotape of him paying for a sex act inside an illicit massage parlor.    Jupiter police told reporters Friday that the 77-year-old Kraft hasn't been arrested. A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified.    The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking in the area surrounding ...
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