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Gillett man found dead in Canton apartment

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According to the Coroner's Office, 25-year-old Justin Ray Laudenslager of Gillett was discovered in an apartment in Canton. The apartment was on Fassett Street.

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Roegester Grays conviction upheld in PA Superior Court

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Roegester Grays killed Ryan and Karen English of Elmira. The crash happened on Route 328 back in March of 2013. Grays was convicted in 2015 on a slew of charges, including two counts of vehicular homicide while under the influence.

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Spencer community provides relief for neighboring flash flood victims Video included

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July 26, 2017  SPENCER N.Y. (WENY) --  Continuing coverage of the aftermath of Monday's flash floods. The Spencer Fire Department has been collecting relief supplies for people trying to clean up. Box by box and bag by bag, volunteers at the Spencer Fire Department load up a whole truck full of various supplies for victims of Monday's flash floods. "I think every little bit helps and this is where you start. It's like you need volunteers to go help gut out house... More>>

Residents voice opinions about selling Somerset Park

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The Big Flats Town Board held a public hearing tonight to discuss what to do with Somerset Park. The town board proposed the idea of selling the park to avoid raising taxes and spending money to maintain it.

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Cornell hosts program to help veterans go to college Video included

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This week Cornell is hosting the Warrior-Scholar Project. The national project teaches active and former members of the military how to transition from combat to the classroom. 

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Protesters in Bath to Reopen Cory Hunt Case Video included

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Bath, NY (WENY) -- Family members of Cory Hunt were outside the Steuben County Jail this afternoon to protest the fact that the District Attorney will  not reopen their case, and they say that their goal is to bring Cory Justice. Cory Hunt was found dead in the Westbound lane of State Route 417 in September of 2014.  

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Amazon goes on hiring spree as labor market tightens

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SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon has some job openings. Lots of them. The company said Wednesday that it's looking to fill more than 50,000 positions across the U.S. It's planning to make thousands of offers on the spot on Aug. 2, when it opens the doors to potential hires at 10 Amazon.com Inc. shipping sites. There will be more than 10,000 part-time jobs available at sorting centers, and some supporting and managerial positions. The labor market is growing tight with back-to-school and holi... More>>

Pennsylvania Senate to seek way to fund state budget

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Senate is returning to the Capitol to see if it can devise a plan for plugging a $2 billion hole in the state budget, which took effect July 1.      House Republicans tried but failed last week to come up with a proposed solution.      Now the Republican-controlled Senate is hoping to do better during two days in Harrisburg, starting Wednesday.      Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf allowed the $32 billion bud... More>>

NYSDOT: Section of Rt. 17 to be closed until Labor Day

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NICHOLS, NY (WENY) - The New York State Department of Transportation says a stretch of Route 17 currently closed in Tioga County will remain that way until around Labor Day. Route 17 between exits 62 and 63 was closed on Monday due to damage to a bridge over Wappasening Creek in Nichols. The bridge was damaged following a powerful storm Sunday night into Monday. NYSDOT says the bridge should be fixed and reopened around Labor Day (September 4th).  A detour is currently in place. More>>

Corning Inc. Releases Second Quarter 2017 Financial Earnings

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Corning Incorporated is continuing their positive momentum from the first quarter with strong second quarter financial earnings.

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Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

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NEW YORK (AP) - Scientists are working to create custom-made DNA to be inserted into living cells that would change how they function or provide treatments for diseases. The effort could also someday help give scientists the profound and unsettling ability to create entirely new organisms.      Scientists have long been able to make specific changes in the DNA code. Now, they're taking the more radical step of starting over, and building redesigned life forms from scrat... More>>

Coroner: Pennsylvania farmer pinned, killed by own bull

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GRANVILLE SUMMIT, Pa. (AP) - A coroner says a Pennsylvania farmer has been killed by one of his own bulls.      The Bradford County coroner says 54-year-old Henry Saxton was pinned between a steel gate and a wooden beam when the bull rushed him from behind Tuesday afternoon.      That happened on Saxton's farm in Granville Township, about 75 miles northwest of Scranton. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not... More>>

Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces Video included

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he will bar transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the U.S. armed forces.      Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that after consulting with "Generals and military experts," that the government "will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military."      Trump added that "Our military must be focused on decisive and ov... More>>

Tompkins County not opting out of ride-sharing

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The Tompkins County Legislature's Transportation Committee discussed ride-sharing, and the possibility of opting-out, Monday. It appears they will keep ride-sharing services.

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Michigan Court: Charges OK if drunken driver busted in own driveway

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The Michigan Supreme Court says a driveway is no refuge for a drunken driver.

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New York to study 'textalyzer' technology

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New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the "textalyzer" that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a crash was texting while driving.

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Toxic algae can harm dogs, officials warn

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State parks and New York Sea Grant are getting the word out about algae that can make dogs sick. Its been found in Cayuga Lake.

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New York asks pool owners to look for tree-killing beetles

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New York state officials are asking swimming pool owners to look for a tree-killing invasive beetle when they clean their pool filters.

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PA DOT releases updated road closures in Bradford Co.

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A number of roads in Bradford County, PA are still closed following the aftermath of Monday's flash floods. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation issued an updated list of closed roads due to flooding or downed trees and utilities.

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Flooding causes major damage to homes, hurting the wallets of owners Video included

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 Since the dust has settled from Monday's flood, many residents are now assessing the damage to their homes and cleaning up debris. Some homes were damaged so severely that owners are now left wondering how they're going to afford fixing it. 

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Elmira Fire Station #4 Video included

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Elmira, NY (WENY) -- Firefighters from the City of Elmira are in the process of restoring this structure behind me through generous donations from community members. 

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Donation helps Duquesne Law provide training for judges

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - A $7.5 million grant will help Duquesne Law School lead an effort to improve continuing education programs for Pennsylvania's judges, district judges, senior judges and justices. Duquesne announced Tuesday the donation from alumnus Tom Kline that will create a center for judicial education named for the Philadelphia lawyer. The state Supreme Court in December imposed a requirement that judges annually complete at least three hours of training in ethics and nine hou... More>>

Joseph Meyers sentenced in 2016 arson case

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BATH, NY (WENY) - The Steuben County man convicted of murder in a 2016 arson case has been sentenced. Joseph Meyers will spend 23 years to life in prison on the 1st degree Murder charge. Meyers was also sentenced to 20 years to life for each of the arson counts and 20 years to life for 2nd degree murder. He was given 1 and a third to 4 years for falsifying business records, 2 and a third to 7 years for attempted insurance fraud and 1 and a third to 4 years for 4th degree Conspiracy. ... More>>

Steuben Co Sheriff's Office gets grant for medical bags

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BATH, NY (WENY) - The Steuben County Sheriff's Office will be installing emergency medical bags in their vehicles. It's thanks to a $4,000 grant from the Bethesda Foundation. The bags will allow deputies to provide medical care at the scene of an emergency until other emergency personnel arrive. They will contain critical emergency care medical equipment, such as tourniquets, blood-loss controlling agents, and specially designed bandages. These emergency bags will have the potentia...

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Laura, Colin Rideout found guilty of murder

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ROCHESTER, NY (WENY) - The verdict is in for the Craig Rideout murder trial. Laura Rideout, her sons Colin and Alexander, and her boyfriend Paul Tucci were all accused of killing the Rochester-area man and dumping his body in Penn Yan last summer. Craig Rideout was Laura's estranged husband. According to ABC affiliate WHAM in Rochester, Alex Rideout has been found not guilty of murder. The jury did find him guilty on two evidence tampering charges. Colin was found guilty of murder ... More>>

Chemung County IDA Finds Buyer For Former Schweizer Building Video included

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The Chemung County Industrial Development Agency says they have a buyer for the former Schweizer building in Big Flats.

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Two arrested after shooting in Addison

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ADDISON, NY (WENY) - Two men were arrested after they allegedly shot at a home in Addison. Addison Police responded to the home on Steuben Street around 9pm Monday. They say 29-year-old Corning resident Benjamin Alderman and 22-year-old Pine Valley resident Daniel Scott fired 5-6 rounds at the house. Police say one victim had no gun shot wounds but had other non-life threatening injuries. Alderman and Scott were found not far from the scene and taken in at gunpoint. Alderman is cha... More>>

Driver discovers fatal accident wreckage in Hartsville

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A person driving through Hartsville early Tuesday morning discovered the wreckage of a fatal car accident.

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Spencer Fire Department collecting items for flood victims

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The Spencer Fire Department is collecting flood relief supplies for Nichols residents. They'll set up a drop off collection site on Wednesday July 26th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

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Two Elmira Men Charged After String Of Burglaries At IAV Club

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Two Elmira men are behind bars this morning after they allegedly broke into the Italian American Veteran's Club over the weekend.

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Presentation to address lead contamination in older Elmira homes

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During the Chemung County Board of Health regular meeting Tuesday night, the focus will be on the topic of lead poisoning and the concern in many older Elmira homes.

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Community members learn about Rt 13 Connector Road project Video included

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Dozens of community members came out to the Horseheads American Legion Monday night to learn about the proposed Route 13 connector Road project.  

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MINI EXPLOSION: Hidden Valley 4H Assembly Hall Video included

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The Watkins Glen Fire Department responded to the Hidden Valley 4H Assembly Hall Monday night for what they thought was a structure fire, however, when they arrived on scene, they discovered there had been a minor explosion under the floor of the building. 

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Clean up efforts underway after flash flooding in Twin Tiers Video included

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Clean up efforts are underway across the Twin Tiers.

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The American Red Cross Assists in Windham Township Video included

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Windham Township, PA (WENY) -- With weak riverbeds and watersheds across the Twin Tiers, The American Red Cross wants to teach you how to stay safe in the event of a flood. 

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Cuomo: NY will make it easier to register to vote

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered all state agencies to provide voter registration information in an effort to increase participation in elections.

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Gillibrand, Reed push for National Heritage designation for Finger Lakes

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed want the Finger Lakes Region to be named a National Heritage Area.

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Public Meeting For Route 13 Connector Road Project

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The Chemung County Department of Public Works is seeking the community's input regarding the proposed Route 13 Connector Road project.

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Flash Flooding Causes Road Closures in Twin Tiers Video included

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Here's a look at the list of road closures we've been able to confirm in the Twin Tiers. Please understand there may be road closures that are not reported; please use caution if you are traveling in an area that's been affected by high water. 

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Defense costs up to $426,000 in Frein case

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A judge has approved more than $55,000 in new defense attorney fees for a sniper who killed a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another outside their barracks.

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Charlie Gard's parents withdraw appeal

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LONDON (AP) - The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard are dropping their legal bid to send him to the United States for experimental treatment.      Lawyer Grant Armstrong says Chris Gard and Connie Yates are withdrawing their appeal to court orders saying Charlie's treatment should end.      The couple cried at London's High Court on Monday as their lawyer said time had run out for 11-month-old Charlie.      The couple has been fig... More>>

Travel Advisory: Route 17 closed from Exit 64 Through 61

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According to the Tioga County Sheriff's Office, Route 17 East and West (I-86) from Exit 64 in Owego to Exit 61 in Waverly is closed.

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142nd Troy Fair Runs Monday-Saturday

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An annual fair attracting thousands to the Northern Tier kicks off Monday.

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Ruling raises questions about Pennsylvania's sex offender registry's future

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Changes are coming to Pennsylvania's sex offender registry as a result of a state Supreme Court decision issued last week, but experts say it's unclear exactly how they will play out.

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8 people found dead in truck in 'human trafficking crime' Video included

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Eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer outside a Walmart store in what police called a horrific human trafficking case, and the driver was arrested.

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Food Bank of the the Southern Tier holds annual bike ride to feed the hungry Video included

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Bikers hit the streets on Saturday to raise money for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The annual bike ride has been going on for over a decade. For the past three years all the proceeds have been going to the food bank.

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Syracuse woman facing weapon charges in Ithaca

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A woman form Syracuse is in trouble with the law after police say she tried to steal from a gas station.

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Twin Tiers Honor Flight holds motorcycle ride

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Motorcyclists got together to raise awareness for the Twin Tiers Honor Flight on Saturday. Honor Flight of the Twin Tiers held a fundraiser where motorcyclists went down the west side of Cayuga Lake, through Ithaca and then end back at Finger Lakes Harley-Davidson.  

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This Week In Wine Country- Corning Museum Of Glass Video included

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For this week's edition of This Week in Wine Country, sponsored by the Finger Lakes Country, WENY's Cody Carlson heads to the Corning Museum Of Glass for a sneak peak at a special demonstration.

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Federal grand jury indicts US soldier on terrorism charges

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HONOLULU (AP) - A federal grand jury in Hawaii indicted a U.S. soldier Friday for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was arrested by an FBI SWAT team on July 8. Kang was ordered held without bail. Kang will be arraigned in federal court on Monday when he had previously been scheduled for a preliminary hearing. Kang's court-appointed attorney, Birney Bervar, told The Associated Press Friday that the indictment was e... More>>

New York State Police celebrating 100 years

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The New York State Police are celebrating 100 years of service, and remembering those who helped pave the way. They're hosting a public celebration on Saturday July 22nd.

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International Dune Buggy group takes over Corning's Centennial Park Video included

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Cars take over Corning on Friday. Centennial Park was filled with live music and some sweet rides, but they weren't just any kind of car.  For the first time, the Manx Club made a stop in the Crystal City.  People from the International Dune Buggy group drove their cars to the park for display. Buggies from across the U.S. and Canada were shown off. There was also plenty of live music and fun for the family.  In...

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PA House's $2B no-new-taxes revenue plan could be thorny

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The thorny question of where to find $2 billion will dominate the upcoming weekend session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. House members were expected to reconvene in Harrisburg on Saturday amid a three-week budget stalemate with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Senate. 

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Documenting the Richardson Row House Restoration in Elmira

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - Renovation of the Richardson Row Homes on Water Street in Elmira is nearing completion. But a documentarian has been following the project from the beginning. Filmmaker Terry Nardone's been looking at the world through a lens for a long as he can remember. Born in raised in Rochester, N.Y. he had access to top of the line equipment at Kodak. "You had the first instamatic. You had the first Brownie. you had the first 8mm, film camera," Nardone says. Th...

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Corning unveils upgrades to Nasser Civic Center Plaza

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The City of Corning has unveiled upgrades to the Nasser Civic Center Plaza green space. 

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Coroner ID's victim in fatal plane crash in Bradford County

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The Bradford County Coroner’s Office has officially identified the victim in Wednesday’s plane crash in Bradford County. 

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Legal minimum age of marriage in NYS is now 17

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state has raised the age of marriage to 17 in an effort to prevent child marriage. The change took effect Thursday, a month after lawmakers voted to rewrite a state law that had allowed children as young as 14 to legally wed. Under the new rules, an individual aged 17 must receive judicial approval before marrying. New York had been one of only three states that allowed 14-year-olds to marry, the others being North Carolina and Alaska. More than 3,800 ... More>>

Fighting childhood obesity in Chemung County

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BIG FLATS (WENY) -- It's a Friday afternoon at the Harris Hill pool. A group of kids, part of Chemung County's summer SPOT program are among the dozens in the water.        The program aims to "get kids off the couch," -- a central focus of the county's youth bureau. "You'll see in every program we do, we try to infuse some sort of physical activity into our programs," says Bob Harris, Executive Director of Chemung County's Youth Bureau. "... More>>

Lane Closure over Walnut Street Bridge in Elmira

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One lane of traffic will be shut down on the Walnut Street Bridge beginning Monday, July 24th. The closure will last for about two weeks while inspections are conducted on the bridge. 

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns

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WASHINGTON (AP) - White House press secretary Sean Spicer is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.      One of those people said Spicer is quitting because of objections over the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci.      The people with knowledge of the decision insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicl... More>>

Season Pass at the Glen: Getting ready for NASCAR Weekend Video included

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VIDEO: Chris Banker from Watkins Glen International spoke with WENY's Craig Flint on Good Morning Twin Tiers, previewing NASCAR weekend at the track.

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Pennsylvania jobless rate unchanged as payrolls creep higher

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's unemployment rate remained the same in June, as payrolls crept higher.      The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 5 percent last month, the same as in May. The national rate was 4.4 percent in June.      The household survey found that the civilian labor force, employment, and unemployment were all relatively stable last month.      A separ... More>>

AP sources: US to ban Americans from traveling to NKorea

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U.S. officials say the Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea following the death of university student Otto Warmbier who passed away after falling into a coma into a North Korean prison.

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Waverly Woman Arrested After Early Morning Traffic Stop

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A Waverly woman is behind bars following an early morning traffic stop in the Village of Waverly earlier this week.

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New York gets 75,000 applications for free tuition program

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Officials say about 75,000 people have applied for New York's new tuition-free college program but it's not yet known how many of them will receive an award.

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Alive After 5 At The Green Derby, Blue Eyed Soul To Perform

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Another chance at attending Elmira's largest happy hour, the next installment of downtown Elmira's Alive After 5 is tonight.     

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UPDATE: NTSB officials give latest information on Bradford Co fatal plane crash Video included

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We are continuing to learn more details surrounding the fatal plane crash in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, which happened Wednesday afternoon.  Around 4:30 Thursday evening, NTSB lead investigator Aaron McCarter gave an update to the current findings of Wednesday's fatal plane crash in Towanda. 

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Tornado damage confirmed in western NY Video included

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No injuries have been reported as severe storms ripped through the area Thursday, uprooting trees and knocking down power lines.

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Severe storm leaves Lawrenceville residents picking up the pieces Video included

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     LAWRENCEVILLE, PA (WENY) -- "It was really bad," said Lawrenceville resident, Roger Rose. "It looked like a tornado hit right in front of our eyes. It was pretty strong winds. It only lasted less than a minute."  A strong storm moved through the town of Lawrenceville this afternoon leaving a wave of destruction in its path.

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Lawmakers calling on DEC to stop salt mine expansion Video included

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ITHACA (WENY) - Cayuga Salt Mine has been in operation for nearly 100 years. Now, Lawmakers are calling on the DEC to put an end to under water expansion. Cargill recently applied for more permits, allowing it to expand its current operation north up the lake. Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton announced Thursday, that she and Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair of the Assembly’s Committee on Environmental Conservation, drafted a joint letter to the DEC asking to block their request... More>>

Pfizer, Merck, Corning Inc. team up on pharmaceutical glass

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(CNN Money) -- President Trump touted a big deal during the White House's "Made in America Week." On Thursday, he unveiled an agreement between pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Merck and New York-based manufacturer Corning to produce a new type of glass for storing and delivering injectable drugs. Corning will initially invest $500 million in the project, a move that will create 1,000 new U.S. jobs. The project is expected to grow to a $4 billion investment that will crea... More>>

Moe's Southwest Grill opens in Big Flats Video included

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BIG FLATS (WENY) -- After a much anticipated wait, the new Moe's southwest grill has officially opened its doors. About 100 people were lined up outside the new Moe's location waiting to get their hands on some southwestern cusine.       The restaurant chain opened its new location Thursday morning. Customers were outside the door at 7:30 am.       It's located in Consumer Square next to Bed Bath and Beyond.       Customers say they'r... More>>

Two men sentenced in 2015 Schuyler County rape

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WATKINS GLEN, NY (WENY) - Two men convicted of a 2015 Schuyler County rape have been sentenced. Jeff Forney, Jr. and Aaron Bowen were both convicted of raping a physically helpless 18-year-old back in June. Forney was convicted of Predatory Sexual Assault back in June. He has been sentenced to 21 years to life in prison. Bowen was convicted of 1st degree Rape and Criminal Sexual Act. He's sentenced to 8 years in prison, with 7 years post release supervision. Forney and Bowen were a... More>>

Details on aircraft involved in fatal Bradford County crash

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There are still dozens of questions surrounding Wednesday's fatal plane crash in Bradford County. One thing we do know is the type of plane that went down. 

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Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington dies in LA at 41

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The Los Angeles County coroner says Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of hard rock, hip-hop and rap, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday. He was 41.

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BREAKING: OJ SIMPSON GRANTED PAROLE

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 O.J. Simpson will be paroled after serving nine years in prison for a botched bid to retrieve sports memorabilia in Las Vegas.  

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Eaton Corp. Donates $1,000 To Chemung River Friends

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The Chemung River Friends organization is getting help from a local manufacturer to build a concrete boat ramp.     

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Supreme Court: Warrant needed for blood of unconscious man

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says police have to get a search warrant if they want to draw blood from an unconscious person suspected of driving drunk.      Wednesday's decision stems from the 2012 arrest of a Philadelphia man police say appeared drunk before they found an open bottle of brandy in his vehicle.      The case became more complicated when doctors gave the man medicine that rendered him unconscious before police could... More>>

Pennsylvania Investing $75 Million In Water Infrastructure Projects

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says the state is investing $75 million for water infrastructure projects across 20 counties

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Parents who 'gifted' daughter to man get prison sentence

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 A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced a married couple to up to seven years in prison after they "gifted" their oldest daughter to a cult-like figure who sexually assaulted the girl and her five sisters.

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Schumer Calls On Feds To Increase Support For NY Craft Beer Industry

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The craft beer market in New York State is rapidly expanding, and one U.S. Senator wants to make sure it has as much support as possible.

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New York State Adopts Regulations For Paid Family Leave Program

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New York State has adopted regulations implementing New York's Paid Family Leave program.

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Gov. Cuomo: Discriminating against tenants with kids not OK

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state won't tolerate landlords who refuse to rent to people because they have children. The Democrat announced Wednesday that he's expanding an ongoing investigation.

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OJ Simpson to make case for his freedom on live TV

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Former football star and convicted felon O.J. Simpson will command the world’s attention once again Thursday when he pleads for his freedom on live TV. 

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Sen. McCain diagnosed with brain tumor after clot removed

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Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, Vietnam prisoner of war and political maverick in Congress for more than three decades, has been diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain tumor. 

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Fatal Plane Crash Reported in Towanda PA Video included

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TOWANDA, PA (WENY) -- Emergency crews are responding to a reported fatal plane crash near by the Bradford County Airport in Towanda.  The accident happened a little before noon, according to scanner reports.

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Tompkins Co. Draft Shared Services Plan approved, moves to legislature Video included

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Tompkins County officials held a public hearing Wednesday evening about the draft shared services plan -- an initiative required by all counties to complete, as per the state budget, by mid-September.  

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Annals: Drinking more coffee leads to a longer life Video included

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Greater consumption of coffee could lead to a longer life, according to two new studies. 

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Moe's Southwest Grill Grand Opening

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Big Flats (WENY)- Moe's Southwest Grill has it's grand opening tomorrow in Big Flats. Tomorrow morning at 11 A.M. The restaurant chain will be opening its doors for customers to enjoy their famous and fresh, made-to-order Southwest cuisine. 

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Mansfield University named 'College of Distinction"

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MANSFIELD, PA (WENY) -- Mansfield University has been named as one of the nation's College of Distinction for the third year in a row. To become a college of distinction, colleges must show dedication to student engagement, empowerment, and curriculum innovation. They must also show excellence in four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes.

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Two teens facing burglary charges

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Two teenagers are facing jail time after police say they burglarized a home in Elmira Hights.

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"Operation Un-Wise" suspect arrested

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OWEGO, NY (WENY) - A suspect wanted for his role in a Finger Lakes-area heroin ring has been arrested. Authorities believe Arthur “Wise” Erskine is the central figure in the ring that transported large quantities of heroin from New York City to the Finger Lakes. Erskine was picked up by U.S. Marshals in Utica. The sheriff’s office says he was brought to the Tioga County Jail, where he is awaiting future court appearances. In May, 31 people were charged in connecti...

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Deliberations underway in Rideout Murder Trial

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Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of four people charged with killing a western New York man last year and attempting to hide his identity by disfiguring his face. 

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US Congress takes step toward giving Charlie Gard residency

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A US Congressional committee has voted in favor of giving the terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard and his parents permanent residency so the child can undergo an experimental treatment in the country. 

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Missing Swiss couple found frozen in Alps after 75 years

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A Swiss couple who disappeared from their farm in the Alps during World War II have finally been found, 75 years later, mummified in a glacier. 

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NY State Police investigating death at Auburn Correctional Facility

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New York State Police say they responded to the Auburn Correctional Facility on July 9th for a report of an inmate-on-inmate assault.

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Apple Patents Discreet 911 Calling Feature

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Apple has patented a process that would allow you to discreetly dial 911 using only your fingerprint.

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Gov. Cuomo launches pledge encouraging businesses to hire qualified people with criminal convictions

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Governor Cuomo launched the "Work for Success Pledge" Tuesday. It's an online pledge in which businesses commit to consider hiring qualified individuals with criminal convictions.

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Pennsylvania turnpike toll price to increase 6%

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Motorists on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be hit next year with a 6 percent increase in the price of tolls. 

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Southern Tier hospitals get funding for improvement projects

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Governor Cuomo wants to protect and transform the Southern Tier's health system, so he's announced $40 million to support six projects that will improve facilities and patient care. 

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Free college tuition program deadline Friday July 21

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The deadline to apply for New York's free college tuition program is Friday July 21st. 

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Rochester man arrested on warrants in Village of Bath

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A Rochester man is behind bars in Steuben County Tuesday night after a drug investigation in the Village of Bath.

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Talks over Pennsylvania budget deadlock take unexpected turn

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Efforts to end Pennsylvania's 18-day stalemate over how to pay for a nearly $32 billion budget took an unexpected turn. 

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Owego-Apalachin teachers headed to India Video included

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In just over a week, Anne Harris, a 5th grade teacher at Owego Elementary, will board a plane to India. It's all part of a cultural exchange program--one that allowed her to host a teacher from India last year. 

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UPDATE: Zecary Banks found guilty on all charges Video included

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ELMIRA, NY (WENY) - Closing arguments are underway in the Zecary Banks attempted murder trial. Defense Attorney Jack Kotchick spoke for about an hour in his closing arguments. He started by saying there were ten shots fired that night. Kotchick told the jury they need to disregard the gun. He says there's no evidence tying the gun to the case. Kotchick said Anthony Mack was the shooter that night, that it was significant Mack and Jesus Rivera didn't testify in court. According to Kot...

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Two fights at Elmira Correctional Facility in July

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ELMIRA, NY (WENY) - Two large inmates fights have happened at the Elmira Correctional Facility. The first fight happened on July 8th around 2:20pm in the gym recreation yard. An officer assigned to the yard saw two inmates punching each other. One of them was reportedly using a slashing motion. Before the officer could order the inmates to stop, two other inmates joined in the fight. More officers responded to the fight. The inmates ignored several orders to stop fighting and separat...

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Schumer joins fight to expand air service at Elmira-Corning airport

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ELMIRA, NY (WENY) - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is joining the fight to expand air service at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. He's urging the Department of Transportation to approve nearly $1 million in funding for the airport. It would be allocated through the Small Community Air Service Development Program. It would be used to expand access to destinations, support the regional economy and draw carriers to the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. “Expanded air service i... More>>

UPDATE: Victim taken to Upstate Medical Center Burn Unit

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Multiple fire departments were called to the scene of a house fire early Tuesday morning. It happened around midnight on Route 14A in Reading Center.

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2nd case of rare tick-borne illness confirmed in upstate NY

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Health officials say a second case of a rare tick-borne virus has been confirmed and another is probable in the upstate New York county where a man died last month after contracting the illness. State health officials say Tuesday a second case of the Powassan virus has been confirmed in Saratoga County. Officials expected a third case to be confirmed as Powassan. The person with the confirmed case of Powassan remains hospitalized, while the other person was treat... More>>

Poll: Cuomo popularity dropping

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Another poll says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's popularity is sagging amid New York City's transit troubles.      Tuesday's Siena College poll found that 52 percent of respondents gave the Democratic governor an overall favorable rating, down from 61 percent two months ago.      Just 43 percent rated Cuomo's performance as excellent or good, with 55 percent rating it as fair or poor.      When asked about transit, 59 percent of re... More>>

Red Cross needs volunteers to install smoke alarms

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The American Red Cross is in need of volunteers for their "Sound the Alarm" home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event. 

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  • Gillett man found dead in Canton apartment

    Gillett man found dead in Canton apartment

    Thursday, July 27 2017 12:54 AM EDT2017-07-27 04:54:01 GMT

    According to the Coroner's Office, 25-year-old Justin Ray Laudenslager of Gillett was discovered in an apartment in Canton. The apartment was on Fassett Street.

    According to the Coroner's Office, 25-year-old Justin Ray Laudenslager of Gillett was discovered in an apartment in Canton. The apartment was on Fassett Street.

  • Roegester Grays conviction upheld in PA Superior Court

    Roegester Grays conviction upheld in PA Superior Court

    Thursday, July 27 2017 12:38 AM EDT2017-07-27 04:38:24 GMT

    Roegester Grays killed Ryan and Karen English of Elmira. The crash happened on Route 328 back in March of 2013. Grays was convicted in 2015 on a slew of charges, including two counts of vehicular homicide while under the influence.

    Roegester Grays killed Ryan and Karen English of Elmira. The crash happened on Route 328 back in March of 2013. Grays was convicted in 2015 on a slew of charges, including two counts of vehicular homicide while under the influence.

  • Spencer community provides relief for neighboring flash flood victims

    Spencer community provides relief for neighboring flash flood victims

    Thursday, July 27 2017 12:13 AM EDT2017-07-27 04:13:08 GMT
    July 26, 2017  SPENCER N.Y. (WENY) --  Continuing coverage of the aftermath of Monday's flash floods. The Spencer Fire Department has been collecting relief supplies for people trying to clean up. Box by box and bag by bag, volunteers at the Spencer Fire Department load up a whole truck full of various supplies for victims of Monday's flash floods. "I think every little bit helps and this is where you start. It's like you need volunteers to go help gut out house...
    July 26, 2017  SPENCER N.Y. (WENY) --  Continuing coverage of the aftermath of Monday's flash floods. The Spencer Fire Department has been collecting relief supplies for people trying to clean up. Box by box and bag by bag, volunteers at the Spencer Fire Department load up a whole truck full of various supplies for victims of Monday's flash floods. "I think every little bit helps and this is where you start. It's like you need volunteers to go help gut out house...
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  • Pennsylvania Senate to seek way to fund state budget

    Pennsylvania Senate to seek way to fund state budget

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 1:36 PM EDT2017-07-26 17:36:38 GMT
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Senate is returning to the Capitol to see if it can devise a plan for plugging a $2 billion hole in the state budget, which took effect July 1.      House Republicans tried but failed last week to come up with a proposed solution.      Now the Republican-controlled Senate is hoping to do better during two days in Harrisburg, starting Wednesday.      Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf allowed the $32 billion bud...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Senate is returning to the Capitol to see if it can devise a plan for plugging a $2 billion hole in the state budget, which took effect July 1.      House Republicans tried but failed last week to come up with a proposed solution.      Now the Republican-controlled Senate is hoping to do better during two days in Harrisburg, starting Wednesday.      Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf allowed the $32 billion bud...
  • New York to study 'textalyzer' technology

    New York to study 'textalyzer' technology

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 7:40 AM EDT2017-07-26 11:40:01 GMT

    New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the "textalyzer" that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a crash was texting while driving.

    New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the "textalyzer" that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a crash was texting while driving.

  • Toxic algae can harm dogs, officials warn

    Toxic algae can harm dogs, officials warn

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 7:33 AM EDT2017-07-26 11:33:09 GMT

    State parks and New York Sea Grant are getting the word out about algae that can make dogs sick. Its been found in Cayuga Lake.

    State parks and New York Sea Grant are getting the word out about algae that can make dogs sick. Its been found in Cayuga Lake.

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  • Spinning Ohio State Fair ride breaks apart; 1 dead, 7 hurt

    Spinning Ohio State Fair ride breaks apart; 1 dead, 7 hurt

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 9:18 PM EDT2017-07-27 01:18:33 GMT
    Thursday, July 27 2017 1:59 AM EDT2017-07-27 05:59:20 GMT
    At least one person has been killed and several others injured in a ride malfunction on opening day of the Ohio State Fair.
    At least one person has been killed and several others injured in a ride malfunction on opening day of the Ohio State Fair.
  • Coca-Cola is replacing Coke Zero with a new drink

    Coca-Cola is replacing Coke Zero with a new drink

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 3:28 PM EDT2017-07-26 19:28:18 GMT
    If you love Coke Zero, you'd better stock up on it: Coca-Cola is ditching the drink.
    If you love Coke Zero, you'd better stock up on it: Coca-Cola is ditching the drink.
  • Amazon goes on hiring spree as labor market tightens

    Amazon goes on hiring spree as labor market tightens

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 3:21 PM EDT2017-07-26 19:21:28 GMT
    SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon has some job openings. Lots of them. The company said Wednesday that it's looking to fill more than 50,000 positions across the U.S. It's planning to make thousands of offers on the spot on Aug. 2, when it opens the doors to potential hires at 10 Amazon.com Inc. shipping sites. There will be more than 10,000 part-time jobs available at sorting centers, and some supporting and managerial positions. The labor market is growing tight with back-to-school and holi...
    SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon has some job openings. Lots of them. The company said Wednesday that it's looking to fill more than 50,000 positions across the U.S. It's planning to make thousands of offers on the spot on Aug. 2, when it opens the doors to potential hires at 10 Amazon.com Inc. shipping sites. There will be more than 10,000 part-time jobs available at sorting centers, and some supporting and managerial positions. The labor market is growing tight with back-to-school and holi...
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  • Pios Plate 5 Early, Can't Hold On Against Newark

    Pios Plate 5 Early, Can't Hold On Against Newark

    The Pios jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the 2nd innings, but the Newark Pilots would plate 7 in the 6th to take the lead for good. Newark earns the win as they defeated Elmira 12-8. 

    The Pios jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the 2nd innings, but the Newark Pilots would plate 7 in the 6th to take the lead for good. Newark earns the win as they defeated Elmira 12-8. 

  • Dodgers Win Game 1 in Western Conference Finals

    Dodgers Win Game 1 in Western Conference Finals

    The Hornell Dodgers began postseason play on Tuesday evening, beating the Genesee Rapids 7-4 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals at Maple City Park. Game 2 in the best of three series will be Wednesday evening at Genesee. 

    The Hornell Dodgers began postseason play on Tuesday evening, beating the Genesee Rapids 7-4 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals at Maple City Park. Game 2 in the best of three series will be Wednesday evening at Genesee. 

  • Dodgers Primed For Playoffs

    Dodgers Primed For Playoffs

    An infinite number of events can happen over the course of 6 days, but for the Hornell Dodgers, in 6 days, they're hoping to take home the 2017 NYCBL Championship. The road to the title begins Tuesday as Hornell hosts the Genesee Rapids in their 6th straight playoff appearance. In the 8 times the two met this season, The Dodgers were winners of 7, and outscored the rapids 52-30. 
     

    An infinite number of events can happen over the course of 6 days, but for the Hornell Dodgers, in 6 days, they're hoping to take home the 2017 NYCBL Championship. The road to the title begins Tuesday as Hornell hosts the Genesee Rapids in their 6th straight playoff appearance. In the 8 times the two met this season, The Dodgers were winners of 7, and outscored the rapids 52-30. 
     


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