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Winter Recess Festival for Teachers

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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>>

Hundreds Attend Twin Tiers Outdoor Expo Day One

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- Hundreds of people made their way up to the Murray Athletic Center Domes today, for day one of the 2019 Twin Tiers Outdoor Expo. The variety of vendors on hand is something very unique to the expo, all with a tie in to outdoor activities. For those looking for something interactive, a live fishing pool has been set up in one corner, while in another corner you can get up close and personal with owls and falcons. You even have the chance to come out to ...

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Friendship Baptist Church Celebrates 100th Anniversary

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CORNING, N.Y (WENY) – A huge milestone was reached this weekend for Friendship Baptist Church who hopes to be around for another 100 years. Friendship Baptist Church plans to celebrate it's 100th anniversary all weekend. The first part of the celebration kicked off Friday night with a formal soiree, followed by a Saturday morning brunch at the church. “You can't let 100 years of service, of prayer, of dedication go unrecognized. If we were in the world we would cele... More>>

Influential NY legislative caucus meets in Albany

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - One of the New York state Legislature's most influential caucuses is holding its annual meeting.    Members of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus will meet in Albany through Sunday.    The weekend includes a clergy breakfast, a youth summit and a women's empowerment brunch.    The caucus dates back to 1966. (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be pu... More>>

Man gets 25 years to life for killing wife, stashing body

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A 69-year-old central New York man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing his wife and stashing her body in a storage unit.    In December, a Syracuse jury found Pande "Pete" Trifunovski guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Snezana "Suzie" Trifunovski. He testified in his own defense that he beat his wife with a wooden rail as she tried to flee inside their home in the town of Lysander during an argume... More>>

Man gets life without parole for killing 2, wounding 1

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WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and a man and wounding a second woman in an upstate New York village.    Emerson Tohafjian (toh-HAHF'-gee-in) of Varick was sentenced Friday for the triple shooting last July in Waterloo.    He was convicted last year on 18 counts for shooting 45-year-old Charlie Andrus of Seneca Falls, 53-year-old Lori McConnell and 50-year-old Karen Zdunko at Zdu... More>>

This Week in Wine Country-- Lucky Hare Brewing Company 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 Lucky Hare Brewing Company in Hector.

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Chemung County Officials push for Amazon Video included

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Chemung County officials are urging Amazon to select the Southern Tier for the mega-online-retailer's second headquarters.

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NYSP: Homemade inspection sticker leads to heroin, meth arrest

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After the Trooper pulled Brown over, it was discovered that Brown's license was suspended 17 times and was previously convicted of unlicensed operation twice before.

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Reuters: Payless ShoeSource to close all 2,300 stores

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Payless ShoeSource is the latest casualty in a slew of bankruptcies retailers are facing across the United States. Reuters reports Payless ShoeSource Inc. plans to close all of its approximately 2,300 stores when it files for bankruptcy for a second time later this month. In the past year, other two retail giants, Bon-Ton and Toys R Us, shut their doors after declaring bankruptcy. The announcement from Payless comes after the shoe giant was unsuccessful in finding a buyer. Reuters ...

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Ithaca is Foodies Owner Wins Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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ITHACA, N.Y.(WENY)-- Tompkins Connect annual holds an award ceremony called the Fab Five. They select five young adults in the community from different institutions in the business and academic world. The winners are all different but have similar drive and ambitions. This years Entrepreneur of the year was awarded to Sarah Barden, the owner and a tour guide for Ithaca is foodies.  "This business is my love letter to the Ithaca community, I grew up here, I'm reall...

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Cart paths to be placed throughout Mark Twain Golf Course Video included

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The Mark Twain Golf Course is going to be getting cart paths throughout the entire course. As of right now, only some of the 18 holes on the course have a paved road for golfers to drive their karts on. 

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SPECIAL REPORT: Seasonal Depression Video included

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SAYRE, PA (WENY) - For millions of Americans living in the Northeast, when the winter months hit, so does a feeling of gloominess.  For some, it's more than just a mood, it's Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, something Madison LoPresto says she's been struggling with for more than a decade. "At the time, I didn't really know what was going on with me. I knew I had some kind of mental illness, I had history of it in my family, but we didn't really understand what it was u... More>>

Lawmakers urge Amazon to re-consider Upstate for second headquarters Video included

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WENY) -- Upstate New York lawmakers are urging Amazon to re-consider the Empire State for its second headquarters. Related: Officials asking Amazon CEO to consider Chemung County for Amazon headquarters In a press conference on Thursday, Rochester mayor Lovely Warren is asking the tech-giant to reconsider the city. As we reported, the state offered $3 billion in incentives. In return, Amazon promised a 2.5 billion dollar investment and 25,000 jobs. In a statement ... More>>

Officials asking Amazon CEO to consider Chemung County for Amazon headquarters

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – Local economic development leaders from Chemung County say they wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, encouraging him to consider opening an Amazon headquarters in the county. “We are disappointed to learn state and local officials in Queens were unable to find a way to accommodate your needs, but we want to stress – as unequivocally as possible – that Chemung County would love the opportunity to welcome you into our community,” ... More>>

New voting dates, policies in New York State

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – On January 24, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law several bills changing New York State's election law and now, the changes have been announced. Effective immediately, Primary Elections – except Presidential Primaries – are to be held on the fourth Tuesday in June before every general election. The 2019 Primary Election will be held on June 25. Effective March 25 2019, boards of elections across the state will transfer a registration and pa...

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The Latest: Pelosi, Schumer rip Trump emergency declaration

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local):    11:25 a.m.    Congress' two top Democrats say they'll use "every remedy available" to oppose President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency to shift billions of federal dollars into building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday they'll take action "in t... More>>

Corning man arrested for allegedly throwing rocks at dogs

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) – A Corning man was arrested following an animal cruelty investigation in the city. Corning Police say on February 4, 55-year-old Thomas Savino contacted the police, saying he had been bitten by a dog on Baker Street Extension in Corning However, on February 6, a citizen reported to Corning Police that Savino was seen attacking a different dog that was fenced in its owner's Groton Street backyard. Savino allegedly rushed the dog and aggressively threw a d... More>>

Upstate New York regions pitch for Amazon headquarters

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The mayor of Rochester, New York, says her city wants to "make a second pitch" to Amazon now that the company has dropped plans for a New York City headquarters.    The Democrat and Chronicle says Mayor Lovely Warren and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce both held press conferences about Amazon on Thursday.    Chamber President and CEO Robert Duffy called Amazon's decision "terrible news for New York state."  ... More>>

Wellsboro Winter Celebration Kicks Off Friday Night

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Downtown Wellsboro is embracing the winter season as the borough gets ready to hold the annual Wellsboro Winter Celebration.

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Triple Talent Academy Holding Auditions For 'Bugsy Malone' Saturday Video included

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A local performing arts studio is holding open auditions this weekend for an upcoming theater performance.

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Annual Marvelous Marble Day Happening Sunday at CMOG Video included

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It will be marble madness at the Corning Museum of Glass this weekend for the 4th Annual Marvelous Marble Day.

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Elmira Enforcers To Host and Honor Breast Cancer Survivors Friday Night

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The Elmira Enforcers are dropping the gloves and joining the fight against breast cancer.

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Student Meal Debt Heading to Collections

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A Northern Tier school district is its sending mounting student lunch debt to a collections agency.

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Gov. Tom Wolf Wants Towns To Pay For State Police Protection

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Governor Wolf wants more than 2,000 towns across Pennsylvania to begin paying for protection from the state police.

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Flu vaccine doing a relatively good job this season

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Health officials say the flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it.

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Town of Van Etten Moves Forward After Dissolution of the Village Video included

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VAN ETTEN, N.Y. (WENY) – The town of Van Etten tackled a handful of items on the agenda Thursday night after the dissolution of the village at the end of last year. The dissolution took place at the end of the year and now the town is in the process of taking over the water district, garbage, lawn mowing and a slew of other services. The deputy supervisor says that this time of the year is very difficult because of the recent village dissolution, which is because the village an... More>>

NYS Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs Child Victims Act into law Video included

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Thursday, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed the Child Victims Act into law. On January 28th, lawmakers passed the legislation in the wake of numerous sexual abuse cases from the Catholic Church. 

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Organ Recipient Speaks to High School Students in Honor National Donor Day Video included

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ATHENS P.A (WENY) – In recognition of National Donor Day, one man from the Southern Tier spoke with Athens Area High School students to explain just how critical organ donations are, something he knows first-hand. David Webster had to receive a heart transplant four years ago after discovering he had heart failure. Webster shared his personal story, while encouraging them to become organ donors. “Organ donation is very important, it's the gift of life, said Webster. I ta...

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Health experts raise awareness on heart disease Video included

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SAYRE, PA (WENY) - February is often considered the month of love, but it's also known as American Heart Month. Health officials across the country want to make sure you and your loved ones are taking the right steps when it comes to having a healthy heart. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking the lives of more than 600,000 Americans each year. The first step to fighting heart disease, is knowing what it is. "Its a condi... More>>

The Latest: McConnell: Trump to sign bill, declare emergency

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Congress' border security measure and President Donald Trump (all times local):    3:15 p.m.    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.    McConnell said Thursday the Senate will soon vote on the bill that's needed to avoid a partial federal shutdown Friday.    The comprise measu... More>>

The Latest: Environmentalists criticize water pollution plan

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan for dealing with long-lasting chemicals known as PFAS (all times local):    1:05 p.m.    Environmental groups are criticizing the Trump administration's plan for dealing with highly toxic chemicals in drinking water, saying it's too little and too slow.    Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter says it's a "non-action plan designed to delay effective regula... More>>

Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has confirmed William Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election.    The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Barr, who previously served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993. Barr will succeed Jeff Sessions, who was pushed out by President Donald Trump last year. The president was angry with Sessions fo... More>>

American alligator found during Pennsylvania drug raid

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SOUTH COATESVILLE, PA (WENY) – Police say an alligator was found in a Chester County home during a recent drug raid. WENY's sister station, WICU reports the Chester County District Attorney says the gator was being used by three men to protect their merchandise. Police say on February 8, they searched the home and found heroin, suspected fentanyl, crack cocaine and marijuana. Investigators also reportedly found material used to package and sell drugs and more than $5,000 in ca... More>>

Amazon ditches New York headquarters

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  NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon says it will not be building a new headquarters in New York, a stunning reversal after a yearlong search.    The online retailer has faced opposition from some New York politicians, who were unhappy with the tax incentives Amazon was promised.    Amazon said Thursday it does not plan to look for another location, and will continue to build out offices in Arlington, Virginia, and Nashville, Tennessee. (Copyright 2019 The Associate...

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NY Gov. Cuomo signs Child Victims Act into law

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   NEW YORK (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law long-sought legislation that extends the statute of limitations so sexual abuse victims can have more time to seek criminal charges or file lawsuits.    The measure, signed on Thursday, was blocked for the past decade by Republicans who controlled the state Senate.    Democrats took control of the chamber in the November elections, and the Senate and Democrat-controlled Assembly approved th... More>>

PennDOT offering free motorcycle safety courses across the state

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HARRISBURG, PA. (WENY) – From now through October, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is offering a line of Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program clinics to prospective, experienced and new Pennsylvania bikers. The clinics are free of charge. Registration for the training season will open on Friday, February 15. "Riders of all skill levels can benefit from the valuable skills and safety lessons learned through Pennsylvania's free motorcycle safety cl...

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Wegmans makes top 100 Best Companies to Work For list

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WENY) – Wegmans has been named one of the 100 best companies to work for in consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune's annual list. 2019 marks the 22nd anniversary of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list and Wegmans has been on it every year. This year, the Rochester-based company ranked 3rd. Wegmans has been among the top 10 companies on the list for 16 of the 22 years and is one of just eight on the list every year since it first began. Ac... More>>

Tops expanding Instacart services to 10 more stores

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WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WENY) – Tops Friendly Markets is expanding Instacart services to 10 stores, including several in the Twin Tiers. The market chain already offers the services in 119 stores. Instacart is grocery-delivery app in which users can order their groceries and have them delivered same-day by a personal shopper. Starting February 28, the following local stores will be offering Instacart services: 1145 RT 17-C, Owego, NY 684 Elmira Street, Troy, PA 3014 Elmira S... More>>

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Charges For Beaver Dams Woman, Rochester Man

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A Beaver Dams woman and a Rochester Man are behind bars in Livingston County after a traffic stop led to their arrests. 

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Help The Food Bank 'Check Out Hunger' At Local Grocery Stores Video included

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The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is in the midst of its biggest fundraising campaign of the year.

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The First 30 Days: Chemung County's New Administration

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Chemung County Executive Christopher Moss has been on the job for a little over a month now. WENY News is checking in on what has been accomplished so far, and what goals lie ahead. 

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Elmira Poor Peoples Campaign fighting for health care for all New York residents Video included

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ELMIRA, NY (WENY) – The Elmira Poor Peoples Campaign is an organization that works to build a community together to fight for their rights. Wednesday afternoon the organization gathered at the Holiday Inn to shed light on an a topic they felt strongly about, health care in New York. “The health care system is profiting off our bodies and we don't think that's fair,” said Becca Forsyth, Organizer with the Elmira Poor People's Campaign. The New York health act would ...

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Naturalization Ceremony Held at Tompkins County Court Today Video included

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ITHACA, N.Y.(WENY)-- This afternoon 34  people from around the world gathered in the Tompkins County Court house to officially become U.S. citizens.  "So most days in court its pretty somber, usually in trouble and today's a great day and I love hearing the courthouse with laughter and people applauding and hollering and ya, it's a good day today," Maureen Reynolds, Tompkins County Clerk  The road to becoming a U.S. Citizen is a long and difficult ... More>>

Local Organization Aiding in the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer Video included

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- A local organization dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer is looking to spread awareness. The non-profit group has also been raising money to help families cover the cost of treatment. "T-Burg Takes on Pediatric Cancer" started its humble beginnings back in 2009 up at the Falls Restaurant in Trumansburg. One of the employees at the eatery has a child who was diagnosed with cancer so the owner decided to take action and help out the f...

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Local florist shop prepares for Valentine's Day Video included

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) - The pressure is on for florists across the country, including right here in the Twin Tiers. As they get ready for one of their busiest holidays, Valentine's Day.  Ziegler Florists says Valentine's Day is their biggest day of the year, and they've already seen an increase in orders compared to previous years. The florist shop located in Horseheads has been in business for more than 70 years. They say they've been preparing for this romantic holiday for t... More>>

Corning Museum of Glass joins Netflix series "Blown Away" Video included

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The Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG) has taken part in a Netflix competition series called "Blown Away". The series starts with 10 glassblowers and through ten episodes they eliminate them down to one winner. 

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Local leaders, advocates, push back on decision to close mental health unit

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PENN YAN, N.Y. (WENY) -- Local lawmakers are joining forces with mental health providers and advocates, following news Soldiers & Sailors Hospital will be closing the doors of its mental health unit.  On Monday, Finger Lakes Health announced no new patients would be admitted to the 10-bed mental health unit ahead of plans to completely shut the unit down. The health group points to "low census, inadequate reimbursement and ongoing financial losses" as reasons for t... More>>

Midday Makeover: Lead Poisoning & Prevention Video included

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Lead poisoning has continued to pose an issue in Chemung County, largely because 98% of homes in the City of Elmira were built before 1978. According to the Chemung County Health Department, this was the year the sale of lead paint was banned.  Peter Buzzeti from the Chemung County Health Department dropped by our studio to discuss the health effects of lead poisoning and what can be done to prevent it.  The health department has started a Lead Coalition, working to h... More>>

Politics in Two: Government Shutdown, Act 2 Video included

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WENY's political analyst Dr. Jim Twombly discusses a bipartisan deal to keep the government open, and if the President will sign it. 

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FASNY offering tuition reimbursement program for volunteer firefighters

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is reminding volunteer firefighters and the community about a tuition reimbursement opportunity through the Fireman's Association of the State of New York (FASNY). FASNY has developed the Higher Education Learning Plan, or FASNY HELP, as an incentive to recruit and retain members of volunteer fire departments. The program will provide tuition reimbursement to student volunteers. “FASNY’s HELP program is a great way f... More>>

Jack Lisi Youth Award calls for 2019 nominations

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BATH, N.Y. (WENY) – The Jack Lisi Youth Award, Inc. is calling for nominations for its annual Jack Lisi Youth Award Recognition-Incentive for Young Adults. The award is presented to young adults, ranging from 16 to 21-year-old, living in Steuben County. JLYA wants to recognize these young adults who are “often overlooked, have overcome obstacles and/or exhibit a desire to succeed”. “We are excited to continue to honor our friend and former Steuben County Sher... More>>

Provision to designate Finger Lakes as a National Heritage Area passes in the U.S. Senate

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WENY) – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday that legislation she introduced to designate the Finger Lakes region as a National Heritage Area has passed in the Senate as a provision in the Natural Resources Management Act. The Finger Lakes National Heritage Area Study Act authorizes the National Park Services to conduct a feasibility study in Cayuga, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins , Wa... More>>

Trump intends to sign border deal to avoid another shutdown

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By Dana Bash and Betsy Klein, CNN President Donald Trump intends to sign the border security deal to avoid another partial government shutdown, according to two sources who have spoken directly with the President. Trump said Tuesday that he was "not happy" with the tentative deal reached by congressional negotiators late Monday night that falls far short of his original demands. Congress faces a deadline to get a deal passed and signed by Trump before Frida...

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Penn State trustees group challenges 2012 Sandusky report

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A small group of Penn State board members is challenging as unreliable a 2012 university-commissioned investigation of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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The Latest: Police say detective killed by friendly fire

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New York City police say a detective was killed by friendly fire while responding to a report of an armed robbery.

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Community holding candlelight vigil for Johnson City boy

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The Johnson City community will come together this weekend to honor the life of Jerome Smith, the 11-year-old who was found dead in his home nearly two weeks ago. 

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Kathy Hochul visits the Southern Tier Video included

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In June 2016, the city of Elmira was awarded $10 million as a part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). On Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, made her way to the city to check up on their progress of their projects. 

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Special Report: Community Classroom Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Elmira City School District is one of many across the Empire State, working to help their students both in and outside of the classroom. Since 2013, the district has worked to better adopt what's called "Community Schools," a statewide push to re imagine the education system. Related: Coalition for Community Schools "The initiative began out of our desire to make sure we were responding to the needs of our students and families," says ...

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Chemung Co. Sheriff's Office warns residents following reported utility work scam

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PINE CITY, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Chemung County Sheriff's Office is warning residents, following a report of a man posing as a utility worker and attempting to enter a home in Pine City.  According to authorities, the incident happened on February 11th around 8 pm.m. The report says a "utility worker" arrived at a home, claiming there were issues with "lines in her house." The resident did not let the man inside and the man drove off in an unmarked van. Th... More>>

NYS Assemblyman Phil Palmesano named Deputy Minority Whip

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I – Corning) has been named Deputy Minority Whip of the Assembly Republican Conference by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb. Kolb has also tapped the Assemblyman to serve on the Insurance and Ways and Means Committees. All legislation with fiscal implications, including budget bills, must pass through the Ways and Means Committee before reaching the floor. “I want to thank Leader Kolb for his continued confid... More>>

Democrats in NY Senate put new focus on climate change

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   ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Democrats in the New York state Senate say they're putting a new focus on climate change after taking over from Republican lawmakers who had resisted calls for action.    The Senate held a hearing Tuesday on legislation to move the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The legislation also includes funds for clean energy job training and communities most impacted by climate change, such as coastal areas.    More hearings ar... More>>

The Latest: US jury convicts El Chapo on all counts

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the verdict for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's U.S. trial (all times local):    1 p.m.    Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman stared at the jury straight-faced as the judge read the guilty verdict.    Guzman leaned back in his chair Tuesday to catch the eye of his wife, who gave him a subtle thumbs up, when the jury was discharged from a federal courthouse in Brooklyn.    A defense lawyer sa... More>>

Ex-congressman Marino now cites health for resigning

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Recently resigned U.S. Rep Tom Marino now says problems with his remaining kidney prompted him to leave Congress just three weeks after starting his fifth term.    The 66-year-old Marino abruptly announced his resignation last month, saying he was taking a job outside government. But Marino told The Daily Item of Sunbury last week that he decided to leave after another kidney problem required surgery.    Multiple bouts of kidney cancer have l... More>>

State's top economic development chief defends Amazon deal

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Cuomo administration's top economic development official is defending the deal to bring one of Amazon's second headquarters to New York City.    Howard Zemsky, head of the main economic development agency, tells lawmakers at a state budget hearing in Albany Tuesday that the 25,000 to 40,000 jobs Amazon is promising for Queen's Long Island City neighborhood is an "unprecedented number" for New York state.    The deal New York Mayor ... More>>

Missing West Elmira Teen Found Safe

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The missing 15-year-old from West Elmira has been located.

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Mother charged in death of 11-year-old in Johnson City

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The mother of an 11-year-old boy who died last week has been charged.

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Advocates for the homeless to push for more funding

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Advocates for homeless New Yorkers are asking lawmakers to set aside more money and address the growing crisis.

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NY Gov. Cuomo to meet with Trump about impact of tax changes

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Governor Cuomo is meeting with President Trump today, to discuss how recent federal tax changes are hurting the state's bottom line.   

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New committee to explore cost-saving ideas between Chemung County and Elmira

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Steps to bring Chemung County and the City of Elmira closer together are starting to take shape. 

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Community shows veterans love for Valentine's Day Video included

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Every year, Valentine's Day reminds us to love one another a little bit extra. On Monday, Congressman Tom Reed and some local residents went to the Bath VA to show their love and appreciation to our local veterans and hand out valentines. 

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World Record Event Slated for St. Patrick's Day in Elmira Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Elmira Downtown Development has been working with us on a special Saint Patrick's Day Event in Elmira. Along with officials from the non-profit, I have been heavily involved in the planning process, and I am pleased to share the big announcement! For this year's Saint Patrick's Day, you could be a world record holder before it's even time to grab lunch. Everything is set to attempt the Guinness World Record for the largest shamrock made out of pe... More>>

Painted Post man charged with over 1,000 counts of falsifying business records

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PAINTED POST, N.Y. (WENY) – A Painted Post man is behind bars after police say he was charged with over one thousand counts of Falsifying Business Records. New York State Police say 37-year-old Joseph Canner was arrested after being indicted by a Steuben County Grand Jury for Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and 1,042 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. Troopers say fro 2013 to 2018, while an employee at the former Sitel business in Painted Post, Canne...

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City of Corning garbage pick up delayed one day due to winter weather

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) – Due to the anticipated winter storm Tuesday, the City of Corning's garbage pick up will be delayed one day. Officials say Tuesday's pick up will happen on Wednesday and Wednesday's through Thursday's normal schedule pickup will be delayed one day. Normal Schedule Pickup Day Week of February 11 -15, Pickup Will Occur On Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday ... More>>

Family, West Elmira Police searching for missing teenager

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WEST ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – Police and family members are searching for a West Elmira teen who went missing Friday. 15-year-old Maya Tyler was last seen at the Lake Avenue Burger King in Elmira, according to her mother. She was wearing jeans and a blue hoodie that said “AAU Basketball” on it. She was also carrying a black Nike Elite backpack. Anyone with any information on her whereabouts should contact the West Elmira Police Department at 607-734-2031. Her mother, ...

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Skyrocketing teen e-cig use erases recent declines in youth tobacco use

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By Nadia Kounang, CNN Public health experts are continuing to sound the alarm on the teen vaping epidemic, tying the 1.3 million increase in teen tobacco users from 2017 to 2018 directly to e-cigarettes. The rise has been so significant that it has wiped out any progress in declining youth tobacco use in recent years, according to a report published Monday. The report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifically singled out e-cigarette giant Juul as ... More>>

UPDATE: Victim in deadly Elmira shooting identified Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - Police are investigating an early morning shooting that left one person dead. According to police, on Sunday morning at around 12:44, officers were dispatched to the area of Linden Pl. near Oak St. for the report of a shots fired complaint.  Police say, an officer who was nearby saw a car speeding on E Washington Ave. The driver then stopped the officer and asked for assistance as the male passenger had been shot. Officers gathered further information and p...

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Marshals: Vermont murder suspect could have passed through Upstate New York

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BURLINGTON, VT. (WENY) – A man wanted for murder and sexual assault of a minor could be hiding in the Upstate New York area, according to U.S. Marshals. Albany CBS affiliate WGRB reports Leroy Headley is wanted for the murder of his partner and mother of his tow children. Additionally, he's wanted for Sexual Assault on a Minor and Unlawful Flight to Avoid Persecution. On May 3, 2018, U.S. Marshals say Headley's longtime partner was found shot and killed in their South Burlingt...

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Fetterman starts marijuana hearings in central Pennsylvania

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   HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's statewide marijuana listening tour is starting in central Pennsylvania as he aims to take Pennsylvania's pulse on whether to legalize the drug.    Fetterman's scheduled to appear Monday evening at the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg and then Tuesday evening at the Newport Public Library in Perry County.    Gov. Tom Wolf says it's important to explore the subject, now that states along Pennsylvani... More>>

Three men arrested after 30+ animals seized from Howard

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HOWARD, N.Y. (WENY) -- Three men have been charged after dozens of animals were found in a severe animal abuse case in Howard.  Donald Rush, 58, Gary Rush, 65, and Garner Rush, 69, were all arrested for allegedly "overdriving, torturing and injuring animals." They are also facing misdemeanor charges for Failure to Provide Proper Sustenance and Failure to Provide Proper Shelter for Dogs Left Outdoors.  As we reported last month, the arrests came after an anonymous... More>>

The Latest: Synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Latest on the arraignment for the suspected Pittsburgh synagogue shooter (all times local):    9:40 a.m.    A truck driver accused of killing 11 people and wounding seven during an attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue has pleaded not guilty.    Forty-six-year-old Robert Bowers was in federal court Monday and pleaded not guilty to a new indictment that added 19 additional counts.    His attorney, Judy Clarke, says the defense is... More>>

Negotiations hit snag as shutdown deadline approaches

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The White House is refusing to rule out the possibility that the federal government may shut down again.

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NY lawmakers to hold hearings on sexual harassment

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Victims of sexual harassment by state lawmakers are expected to weigh in on what can be done to address the problem at an upcoming legislative hearing.
  

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Pennsylvania's school funding fight exits spotlight

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Four years and a couple of budget fights later, public school advocates in Pennsylvania say huge gaps still persist between poorer and wealthier districts.

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Deadline To Apply For Disaster Assistance From Summer Flood

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The deadline to apply for a disaster loan for physical damage from the flood over the summer is quickly approaching. 

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NY lawmakers to hold hearings on renewable energy mandate

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Lawmakers in New York are preparing for hearings on a landmark bill that would move the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

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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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  • Winter Recess Festival for Teachers

    Winter Recess Festival for Teachers

    Saturday, February 16 2019 4:46 PM EST2019-02-16 21:46:10 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Hundreds Attend Twin Tiers Outdoor Expo Day One

    Hundreds Attend Twin Tiers Outdoor Expo Day One

    Saturday, February 16 2019 3:05 PM EST2019-02-16 20:05:00 GMT

    HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- Hundreds of people made their way up to the Murray Athletic Center Domes today, for day one of the 2019 Twin Tiers Outdoor Expo. The variety of vendors on hand is something very unique to the expo, all with a tie in to outdoor activities. For those looking for something interactive, a live fishing pool has been set up in one corner, while in another corner you can get up close and personal with owls and falcons. You even have the chance to come out to ...

    HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- Hundreds of people made their way up to the Murray Athletic Center Domes today, for day one of the 2019 Twin Tiers Outdoor Expo. The variety of vendors on hand is something very unique to the expo, all with a tie in to outdoor activities. For those looking for something interactive, a live fishing pool has been set up in one corner, while in another corner you can get up close and personal with owls and falcons. You even have the chance to come out to ...

  • Friendship Baptist Church Celebrates 100th Anniversary

    Friendship Baptist Church Celebrates 100th Anniversary

    Saturday, February 16 2019 1:20 PM EST2019-02-16 18:20:08 GMT
    CORNING, N.Y (WENY) – A huge milestone was reached this weekend for Friendship Baptist Church who hopes to be around for another 100 years. Friendship Baptist Church plans to celebrate it's 100th anniversary all weekend. The first part of the celebration kicked off Friday night with a formal soiree, followed by a Saturday morning brunch at the church. “You can't let 100 years of service, of prayer, of dedication go unrecognized. If we were in the world we would cele...
    CORNING, N.Y (WENY) – A huge milestone was reached this weekend for Friendship Baptist Church who hopes to be around for another 100 years. Friendship Baptist Church plans to celebrate it's 100th anniversary all weekend. The first part of the celebration kicked off Friday night with a formal soiree, followed by a Saturday morning brunch at the church. “You can't let 100 years of service, of prayer, of dedication go unrecognized. If we were in the world we would cele...
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  • Border declaration protesters arrested at NYC Trump hotel

    Border declaration protesters arrested at NYC Trump hotel

    Saturday, February 16 2019 9:20 AM EST2019-02-16 14:20:20 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - Some people have been arrested while protesting President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration outside a New York City hotel that bears his name.    The NYPD wasn't immediately able to say how many people were taken into custody Friday night outside the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Manhattan.    Video shows protesters going peacefully with their hands zip-tied behind their backs as officers lead them to police vans. They'll like...
    NEW YORK (AP) - Some people have been arrested while protesting President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration outside a New York City hotel that bears his name.    The NYPD wasn't immediately able to say how many people were taken into custody Friday night outside the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Manhattan.    Video shows protesters going peacefully with their hands zip-tied behind their backs as officers lead them to police vans. They'll like...
  • Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart

    Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart

    Saturday, February 16 2019 9:16 AM EST2019-02-16 14:16:09 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - When Amazon chose the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens to build a $2.5 billion campus that could house 25,000 workers, New York's top brass saw it as a major coup.     But what they didn't expect was the protests, the hostile public hearings and the disparaging tweets that would come in the next three months, eventually leading to Amazon's dramatic Valentine's Day breakup with the city.    The list of grievances was long: the deal was do...
    NEW YORK (AP) - When Amazon chose the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens to build a $2.5 billion campus that could house 25,000 workers, New York's top brass saw it as a major coup.     But what they didn't expect was the protests, the hostile public hearings and the disparaging tweets that would come in the next three months, eventually leading to Amazon's dramatic Valentine's Day breakup with the city.    The list of grievances was long: the deal was do...
  • Influential NY legislative caucus meets in Albany

    Influential NY legislative caucus meets in Albany

    Saturday, February 16 2019 8:53 AM EST2019-02-16 13:53:08 GMT
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - One of the New York state Legislature's most influential caucuses is holding its annual meeting.    Members of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus will meet in Albany through Sunday.    The weekend includes a clergy breakfast, a youth summit and a women's empowerment brunch.    The caucus dates back to 1966. (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be pu...
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - One of the New York state Legislature's most influential caucuses is holding its annual meeting.    Members of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus will meet in Albany through Sunday.    The weekend includes a clergy breakfast, a youth summit and a women's empowerment brunch.    The caucus dates back to 1966. (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be pu...
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  • Gucci to step up diversity hiring after 'blackface' uproar

    Gucci to step up diversity hiring after 'blackface' uproar

    Saturday, February 16 2019 9:23 AM EST2019-02-16 14:23:54 GMT
    NEW YORK (AP) - Italian fashion designer Gucci is announcing a major push to step up its diversity hiring following an uproar over an $890 sweater that resembled blackface.    The company also says it will hire a global director for diversity and inclusion, a newly created role. Gucci also is promising to launch a scholarship program to cultivate diverse design talent.    The announcement Friday came after Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri met in New York City's Harlem neig...
    NEW YORK (AP) - Italian fashion designer Gucci is announcing a major push to step up its diversity hiring following an uproar over an $890 sweater that resembled blackface.    The company also says it will hire a global director for diversity and inclusion, a newly created role. Gucci also is promising to launch a scholarship program to cultivate diverse design talent.    The announcement Friday came after Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri met in New York City's Harlem neig...
  • The Latest: Pelosi, Schumer rip Trump emergency declaration

    The Latest: Pelosi, Schumer rip Trump emergency declaration

    Friday, February 15 2019 11:51 AM EST2019-02-15 16:51:46 GMT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local):    11:25 a.m.    Congress' two top Democrats say they'll use "every remedy available" to oppose President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency to shift billions of federal dollars into building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday they'll take action "in t...
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local):    11:25 a.m.    Congress' two top Democrats say they'll use "every remedy available" to oppose President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency to shift billions of federal dollars into building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday they'll take action "in t...
  • Report finds problems with student loan servicing, oversight

    Report finds problems with student loan servicing, oversight

    Friday, February 15 2019 7:23 AM EST2019-02-15 12:23:10 GMT

    A new government report has found that student loan servicers repeatedly failed to do their jobs properly over a period of years and their regulator neglected to hold them responsible.

    A new government report has found that student loan servicers repeatedly failed to do their jobs properly over a period of years and their regulator neglected to hold them responsible.

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