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City of Elmira Submits 2019 Proposed Budget

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Elmira, NY (WENY) -- On Thursday the City of Elmira submitted the 2019 proposed budget to the Elmira City Council and residents in Elmira. The 2019 proposed budget addresses revenues and expenses for all departments within the city. In 2018, Elmira residents saw a 17% increase in property taxes. That increase raised concern on whether there would be a similar raise for the 2019 budget. Elmira City Manager, Michael Collins, proposed a 0% increase on property taxes for the proposed 2019...

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Tompkins County Gains a New News Station in Downtown Ithaca

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ITHACA N.Y.(WENY)--Community members in the Tompkins County area will now have the chance to get their news, weather and sports from a new local television station. New York Local powered by WENY NEWS held its official ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon. The station will focus on telling and sharing stories relevant to events and news happening throughout the Ithaca and surrounding Tompkins County area.

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Thursday's storm could affect Thanksgiving travel Video included

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BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) - Thanksgiving is considered one of the busiest travel holidays of the year. Millions of Americans plan on hitting the road or catching a flight, with hopes of making it to their destination in time. However, the messy weather hitting the Twin Tiers could affect travel plans tonight or tomorrow.  "Its not uncommon to have bad weather in the northeast and around Thanksgiving, so we just prepare for it. It is you know, the busiest travel season right no... More>>

Addiction To Stability: The Story of One Man's Struggle with Opioids Video included

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Horseheads, NY (WENY) – John Weed struggled with addiction in High School after getting hooked on the prescription pills he was prescribed after getting his wisdom teeth taken out. His addiction carried over into adulthood, which eventually led him down a path of experimenting with harder drugs like Cocaine and Heroine. “I started meeting regular drug dealers and things like that. That's kind of how I evolved from this kid who was just using drugs into someone who was fee...

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Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to "quit for a day"

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(WENY) -- Quitting smoking isn't easy. That's why the 15th of November marks The Great American Smokeout--a day meant to help smokers stop for just one day. The Great American Smokeout has been happening for over forty years now. It's meant to help jump start a smoke-free life for people across the country. The idea: if you can go one day without a cigarette, you can try and go a week, a month and maybe even a lifetime.      While the rate of cigarette smokers has dro...

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Proposed Steuben County budget aims to lower taxes Video included

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The cost of living could soon go down for Steuben County residents. County Manager, Jack Wheeler, presented his 2019 budget Thursday morning. If passed, the near $190 million plan would lower the tax rate and tax levy for the third consecutive year. 

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Man charged with Attempted Murder after allegedly hitting officer with car

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – Elmira Police say they have made an arrest in the incident in which a city police officer was hit by a car in the City of Elmira. According to police, on Wednesday, November 14, around 4:25 p.m., a uniformed police officer had pulled someone over in the traffic stop in the 400 block of Partridge Street. The driver of the suspect vehicle reportedly failed to comply and when the officer approached the vehicle on foot, the driver allegedly accelerated towards... More>>

Just Say Yes: Peach Crisp Video included

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INGREDIENTS: 3 cups sliced pears (fresh with peels on or canned, drained and rinsed) 1/2 cup flour 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup oats 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/3 cup margarine or butter 1/4 teaspoon salt DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 2. Cut pears into bite-sized peaces 3. Place pears in medium baking dish  4. Combine flour, brown sugar, oats and cinnamon in a medium bowl 5. Use a fork to mix the margarine or butter into the flour mixture until the mixture becomes crumbly ... More>>

Roy Clark, 'Hee Haw' host, dies at 85

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By Megan Thomas and Kevin Bohn, CNN Roy Clark, a country music star and former host of the long-running TV series "Hee Haw," died Thursday, his publicist told CNN. He was 85. Clark died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to publicist Sandy Brokaw. The guitarist and banjo player began his musical career as a young teen, making his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opre at age 17. Clark was the host or co-host of "Hee Haw" ... More>>

Travel safety tips ahead of Thursday's nor'easter

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With the nor'easter coming into the region, parts of our area could see up to 9 inches of snow or more, along with slushy and icy conditions, through tonight and tomorrow. Because of this, drivers are being urged to travel with extreme caution as road conditions begin to deteriorate. Drivers who can stay home are urged to do so. If you have no choice but to travel in the difficult weather conditions, here are some important safety tips to follow: Use caution on bridges as ice can fo... More>>

Travel advisory declared for Broome County ahead of winter storm

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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Ahead of the upcoming storm, Broome County Sheriff David Harder has released a travel advisory for those driving in Broome County.  Drivers should take the following precautions:  Limit your travel if possible If you must travel: Allow extra time to reach your destination and leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you Have at least ½ tank of gas in your vehicle Dress warm and have a blanket in your vehic... More>>

Alabama Couple Charged With Identity Theft in Steuben County

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An Alabama couple has been arrested following a fraud investigation in Steuben County. Police have charged 44-year-old Thomas Cash and 39-year-old Alisha Cash on multiple charges of Identity Theft, and other fraud charges.

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2300 Degrees Returns To CMOG Thursday Video included

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It may be cooling down outside, but at the Corning Museum of Glass, things are beginning to heat up. Thursday, November 15th marks the beginning of another season of 2300 Degrees at CMOG.

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UPDATE: Vehicle That Hit Police Officer Located Video included

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Elmira Police say the officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries on Wednesday afternoon.

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Mitrano Announces 2020 Bid for NY-23

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A little more than a week after the midterm elections and one former candidate has already announced her bid for 2020.

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Former Cornell student admits federal weapons charges

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A former Cornell University student has pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges.

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EPA to hold public meeting about Superfund site in Elmira Heights

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Community members are invited to a public meeting about a Superfund site in Elmira Heights, first given that status back in 1983. Officials from the U.S. EPA will be on hand to give an update surrounding the site's cleanup progress. 

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Eldridge Park organization sells Christmas ornaments for good cause

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - Many people are getting into the Christmas spirit and some are starting to put up their Christmas trees! If you're looking to add another ornament to your tree this year, then you may want to head to the Christmas House in Elmira. When it comes to decorating your tree with different ornaments, usually one or more have some sort of meaning behind it, and that is what the Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society is hoping for again this year. From now until the... More>>

WGI Teams up with Meals on Wheels Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- During this time of the year, the staff up at Watkins Glen International have some extra time on their hands. Because of that, they decided to help serve up some meals, and some smiles today in Chemung County today. Meals on Wheels of Chemung County is always welcome to an influx of volunteers and today was no different. Fifteen members from the WGI team, including president Michael Printup, arrived early to help pack up all the food. With the help of the ...

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World Diabetes Day: Early symptoms and diabetes management

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SAYRE, P.A. (WENY) -- According to the International Diabetes Foundation, an estimated 212 million people are living with diabetes--half of them are living with it undiagnosed. That's why November 14th marks World Diabetes Day; the largest diabetes campaign, meant to draw attention to what's often referred to as a "silent killer." "A lot of people [think] they have a stomach bug or flu symptoms and then find out actually their blood sugars are high," says Barbara ...

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Two minors charged after allegedly breaking into, setting fire to Liberty VFW Video included

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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, PA. (WENY) – Two minors have been charged after allegedly breaking into the Liberty VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) location on Beuterstown Road. According to Pennsylvania State Police, troopers responded to a reported burglary at the location. When arriving, troopers saw smoke coming out of the building. Liberty, Blossburg and Morris Fire Departments arrived to the scene and were able to put out the fire. Upon further investigation, troopers discovered the b... More>>

Winter driving advisory issued for Chemung County

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) – With a winter storm watch in effect, Matt Mustico, President of the Chemung County Town Highway Superintendents' Association, and Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works, have issued a winter driving advisory for all Chemung County residents. Residents are are asked to be mindful of potentially hazardous road conditions when the forecast calls for winter weather. Highway superintendents urge residents to: Allow yourself extra travel time to reach yo... More>>

103 Missing -- most of them senior citizens -- in California's Camp Fire, sheriff's office says

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By Nicole Chavez and Jason Hanna, CNN More than 100 people are missing -- most of them senior citizens -- in Northern California's Butte County as firefighters battle the Camp Fire, the most deadly and destructive wildfire in state history, the sheriff's office says. The Camp Fire is one of two major blazes burning in California that have left at least 50 people dead. Most of the 103 people listed missing by the Butte County Sheriff's Office are from Paradise, a town of 2... More>>

Chemung County Sheriff's Office confirms rumors of threat made to Ernie Davis Academy are uncredible

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- According to the Chemung County Sheriff's Office, a threat towards Ernie Davis Academy was investigated last night.  Undersheriff Bill Schrom said the threats were deemed uncredible and there is no danger to students.  According to Schrom, the threats came after a fight between two students yesterday.  Schrom also said there were no additional threats today and all the children are safe. 

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Important cooking safety tips for Thanksgiving

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving, but there are hazards you need to be aware of this holiday season. According to the Ithaca Fire Department, cooking is the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries, and kitchens are the leading area of fires. The average number of home fires on Thanksgiving Day is normally double the average number of fires in homes than on any other day. The Ithaca Fire Department recom... More>>

Absentee ballot counting to begin in New York House race

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Absentee ballots are set to be counted as election officials try to determine the winner of a tight congressional race in central New York.

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UPDATE: Victim of Fatal Southport Accident Identified

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SOUTHPORT, N.Y. (WENY) -- One person is dead following a two car accident on State Route 328 Tuesday morning. According to the Chemung County Sheriff's Office, a truck was traveling south through a round-a-bout between Safetown Road and Pennsylvania Ave, when it began to fishtail and veer off the shoulder. The truck crossed the center line, striking another truck head-on that was heading north.  Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and police say the driver of the north-bound v...

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JDRF Highlights Importance of Diabetes Awareness Video included

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and today, November 14th, is International Diabetes Day.

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Notre Dame Track and Field Coach Arrested for Sending Nude Photos

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- An Elmira man is facing charges after police say he sent inappropriate pictures of himself to a minor. Cory McCarthy, 23, is facing first-degree Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor. His arrest comes following a investigation by the Chemung County Sheriff's Office, after receiving a report McCarthy was sending indecent material to an underage girl.l  The investigation revealed McCarthy sent nude photographs and videos of himself to a 16-year-old gir...

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Safety Tips for Winter Winter Hiking Video included

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ITHACA N.Y.(WENY)-- "If something looks dangerous, it more than likely is dangerous, snow and ice that appears safe to walk on can be very dangerous, it can be slippery and we don't want to see anyone fall into the gorges," says Jamie Williamson, Public Information Officer for Ithaca Police Department  Commons sense is what Officer Williamson says is one of the most important things to use when hiking during the winter, and making sure you use some of the their tips t...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Trafficking in the Tiers Video included

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Human trafficking is now a multi-billion dollar crime industry across the globe. The crime is happening right here in the Southern Tier, too. In a special report, WENY's Isabel Garcia investigates the issue in our area, and discovers what is being done to combat the crimes.

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NYSDOT Alert in Winter Weather Preparation Video included

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- With messy winter weather rearing it's ugly head, travel conditions are already being impacted around the Southern Tier. That's why DOT worker's from across the region are putting in some extra hours to keep you safe. With plenty of roads requiring maintenance, there is a lot of effort that's needed to keep travelers and commuters safe in our region. Now well into November, the department of transportation is on high alert. Salt and other sup... More>>

GST Boces honors veterans in special ceremony

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At GST Boces, it's an annual tradition for Veterans Day to invite local service men and women to the school for a luncheon in honor of their service. On Tuesday, for the fourth straight year, veterans were honored, and stories were shared.

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Southern Tier to get nearly $33 million for bridge, culvert repairs

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Southern Tier is getting a portion of the $262 million for bridge and culvert projects across the Empire state.  On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo announcved the Southern Tier will see $32.94 million for projects. The money will go toward 15 bridge projects and 12 culvert projects, according to Cuomo. It's part of the BRIDGE NY initiative, aimed at repairing bridges and culverts across New York to make them more structurally sound. Statewide, the funding wi...

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Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

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A person familiar with the plans say Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia.

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Episcopal bishop confirms support for gay marriages

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An Episcopal bishop in central New York says her diocese will continue to support same-sex marriages despite her counterpart in Albany issuing a pastoral directive against it

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Elmira College Men's Hockey Set to Host 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Toss Video included

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The pucks will be flying at the Murray Athletic Center Friday night when Elmira College Men's Hockey takes on the Utica College Pioneers. But that's not all. Stuffed animals will also be flying as the team hosts it's 2nd annual Teddy Bear Toss.

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HEAP, LIHEAP Enrollment Now Open

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The Federal Government is opening its wallet, helping elderly and low-income residents cut the cost of heating their homes this winter. 

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White House petition calls for tougher punishments after school bus stop crashes

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Following a series of deadly school bus stop accidents, a petition is urging the federal government to issue stricter punishments for drivers who break the law. 

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Vatican orders US bishops to delay taking action on sexual abuse crisis

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The Vatican has told the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to delay voting on measures to hold bishops accountable for failing to protect children from sexual abuse, the president of the conference said in a surprise announcement Monday morning.                

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Arctic League Big Book Opens for Christmas Campaign Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The oldest charity in Elmira celebrated the kickoff to their Christmas campaign with the opening of the "big book". However, this is no ordinary book, because it contains a lot of Arctic League history. The book has the names of donors from more than a century of generosity, relating to the Arctic League's campaign, aiming to put gifts in the hands of every kid in need across Chemung County. This year's goal is set at 120...

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Institute helps veterans find their passion after service Video included

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WENY) -- When the Institute of Veterans and Military Families was created at Syracuse University, they focused on helping our nation's heroes and their families transition from combat life to the real world. While offering several programs aimed to help them land traditional jobs and careers, like owning a business. "One of the least understood aspects of military service is it actually prepares you well to go out and launch and grow a small business," said ... More>>

New York considering e-cigarette ban as FDA looks to restrict sales Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- With a nationwide ban of flavored vape cartridges looming overhead, a portion of the $3 billion dollar industry could go up in smoke. Flavors like creme brulee -- and even menthol could be on the chopping block.      Meanwhile, the Empire State could ban e-cigs altogether. Statewide concerns stem from an uptick in young people turning to e-cigarettes in recent years. But one local store says identification enforcement can help prevent underage us... More>>

Veteran died with no family, so other vets showed up for funeral

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By WTVF Digital Team Click here for updates on this story     Nashville, TN (WTVF) -- The Tennessee community came together Friday to make sure an unclaimed veteran would not be forgotten. Large crowds turned out on a rainy morning to pay their respects to Leo Stokley, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He died Sunday at the Waters of Cheatham in Ashland City. He was 69 years old. Stokley served in the United States Marine Corps and did a tour of duty in Vietnam. Aft... More>>

Marvel Comics titan Stan Lee dead at 95

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Comic book titan Stan Lee has died at 95.  Lee, who began in the business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, X-Men, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Ant-Man and other characters, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. This is a breaking news story. We will provide updates as we receive them.  More>>

Village of Bath Police report multiple drug arrests made in two separate incidents

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BATH, N.Y. (WENY) – Three people were arrested on drug charges in two separate incidents in the Village of Bath. According to the Village of Bath Police Department, 29-year-old Joshua Bailey was arrested on November 3 and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with the intent to sell. Police say the charges is the result of a foot pursuit that led to the discovery of a large quantity of crack cocaine and heroin on Bailey's person. Bailey was sent to the Ste... More>>

UPDATE: Missing Elmira man found

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CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - Police are searching for a missing man that was last seen on Tuesday November 6th in the Elmira and Horseheads area.  46-year-old Timothy J Weiskopf weighs 180 pounds and is 5'6. Weiskopf has hazel green eyes and dark brown hair. He has several arm tattoos and sometimes wears glasses. He has history of high blood pressure and TIA mini-strokes.  He drives a 2008 black Volkswagen Jetta, plate # JAL8908.  If you have any information regardi...

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NY Episcopal bishop bans local same-sex marriages

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The bishop of the Albany, New York Episcopal Diocese has issued a directive banning same-sex marriages in the diocese, saying that the church has been "hijacked by the 'Gay Rights Agenda.'"

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Dry Dog Food Being Recalled

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Two pet food makers are voluntarily recalling some of their products because they might contain an excess amount of Vitamin D. 

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New York administers $372M in home heating aid

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New York state residents will be able to apply for $372 million in federal home heating assistance starting this week.  

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Hundreds Pack Elmira Elks Club for Eli Thomas Fundraiser

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- During a fundraiser, the line was out the door, as several people packed their way into the Elmira Elks Club for Eli Thomas. It would be really hard to find a raffle basket you didn't like here with so many of them donated from the community. The young man from Elmira who suffered a stroke while training for UConn Football was sadly not able to be in attendance, but there were plenty of fellow students, family members, and locals to support the cause o... More>>

Veterans Honored at Woodlawn National Cemetery

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- A Veteran's Day service was held at the Woodlawn National Cemetery today during the afternoon. Dozens of residents were in attendance to honor those buried at the cemetery, along with all others who have fought for our country. Speeches were given by guest speakers to the crowd who looked on without a whisper. Shots were fired into the air and the bugles sounded. All for the sacrifice that so many brave men and women have given during t... More>>

Veterans Remembered at Wisner Park

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Elmira, NY (WENY) – The Chemung County Veterans Council and the city of Elmira held a Veterans service at Wisner Park on Sunday Morning to honor Veterans who served our country. The service commemorated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement. 120 Chemung County Men who gave their lives during World War One were remembered individually. Veterans who attended the service at Wisner Park were recognized at the end of the service for their bravery, courage a... More>>

NY to spend $6.8M to expand after-school funding

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state will invest $6.8 million in existing after-school programs in order to expand the number of children they can reach.    The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding last week.    The money will go to 15 high-need school districts and community organizations around the state and will serve an estimated 4,250 additional students, for a total number of 89,000 students around the state.    In order to receiv... More>>

Police investigating school bus crash in Richford Video included

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TIOGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - Police are investigating a crash that happened Saturday morning on West Creek Road in the town of Berkshire.  When WENY arrived on scene, a white school bus with a Pennsylvania license plate and the logo "Moravian Academy Upper School" was being towed. The van was allegedly carrying children. New York State Police were on scene assisting the Tioga County Sheriff's Office and Richford Fire Department. As of right now, the ...

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Veterans honored in local services today Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - The Chemung County Veterans Council is holding their annual Veterans Day Memorial Service today in Elmira.  The service is being held at Wisner Park starting at 11, following a memorial service that will be held at the Woodlawn National Cemetery at noon. All those who have served in US Military Services are encouraged to attend today's events and wear clothing or earned military decorations. Both events are open to the public.  More>>

CMOG Offers Free Glassmaking Experience for our Veterans Video included

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Corning Museum of Glass is providing a great opportunity for Veterans this weekend, and that opportunity comes by the way of some free glassmaking for our nations heroes. Across the nation today, there will be several promotions for the brave men and women that have served our country. You name it from free meals to shopping discounts across the spectrum. One that stands out in our local area is Veterans Glassblowing Day, where vets are able to i...

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Mansfield University Brass Band Performs for Veterans at Bath VA Video included

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Bath, NY (WENY) – The Bath VA Medical Center hosted a concert Saturday to show their support and recognize veterans who served in the United States Military. The Mansfield University Brass Band, an international, thirty-six-piece band from Pennsylvania performed old school military songs that Veterans often listened to while in the service. The concert celebrated the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. “I know these veterans really appreciate the music that we play beca... More>>

This Week in Wine Country-- Farmhouse Brewery 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 Farmhouse Brewery in Owego.

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Police, hospital officials investigate emergency room death

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Police and hospital officials are investigating the death of a patient who was being restrained in an upstate New York emergency room.    Dr. Dennis McKenna, medical director at Albany Medical Center, told reporters at a news conference Friday evening that the 45-year-old man died Wednesday night after being brought in by police.    McKenna said the man arrived at the emergency room acting aggressively and staff restrained him and gave him medic... More>>

UPDATE: Police searching for missing vulnerable adult from Yates County

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JERUSALEM, N.Y. – Police are searching for a missing vulnerable adult in Yates County. According to the alert, Franklin Herman is a 71-year-old man who is 5'06” and 150 pounds. He is white, bald and has blue eyes. Herman has Alzheimer's disease and diabetes. He was last seen in the town of Jerusalem on Thursday, November 8 at 9 a.m. Information indicates he was on Delaware Ave in Cohoes at 9:40 a.m. Friday. Herman was driving a 2009 blue GMC Sierra with New York Regist...

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Ithaca/Tompkins YMCA Celebrates 150th Birthday Video included

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It was a night to celebrate on Friday for people associated with the Ithaca and Tompkins County YMCA, all for a major milestone! 

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Dynamic Baseball Fitness Opens in Elmira Heights

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Elmira Heights, NY (WENY) – Tonight Residents in Chemung County got a first look at the new Dynamic Baseball Fitness facility in Elmira Heights. The Gym offers group fitness, youth personal coaching, free nutritional guidance and baseball development classes on the weekend. “When thinking about this community and our health and fitness, we should think that it is first, and that it's second to none, we should think that our community is a leader in that approach. So when ... More>>

Corning Parade of Lights to kick off with a new twist Video included

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -The holidays are here and before you know it, Christmas will be as well. In the spirit of the holiday season, Corning's Gaffer District will be hosting their annual "Parade of Lights."  Parade of Lights is an event that has been happening in Corning for 23 years now and there are some new changes in the works. On November 24th, the event will start around 5:30 on Bridge Street and will feature a whole collection of fire trucks. The Parade of Light...

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Downtown Grind to serve up local coffee in Elmira Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- A new coffee shop is taking shape in downtown Elmira.      In just a few weeks, Downtown Grind will open its doors, serving up locally roasted beans, a unique and trendy menu and offering a new community space for coffee lovers. "I spent a day in downtown Elmira looking at what people were drinking and people had a lot of their own thermoses," says owner Sarah Caldwell. "People want to drink coffee. I thought, 'well there isn't any...

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Local Business Teams up with Non-Profit to Create Care Packages for Military Families Video included

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OWEGO N.Y.(WENY)-- Founded in 2002, Operation Home front works to build strong, stable, and secure military families.To do this, the non-profit will team up with organizations to create local bonds and provide for the military communities around them .    "What you see today is a great partnership that we have with Lockheed Martin, not just locally but also nationally, where they get their employees involved, they put together some holiday type items, and they also...

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Local store set to close its doors after 31 years of "partying" Video included

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After 31 years of partying, fun and laughter, Crystal City Wedding and Party Center will be closing its doors for good.  "The market is changing and it's time to retire," said store manager, Pam Fuller. "We've been here for 31 years. So it's time to move on to a new adventure." 

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Dispelling taboos, Michelle Obama talks IVF and miscarriage

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By Jessica Ravitz and Arman Azad, CNN Free from the constraints she might have felt while living in the White House, former first lady Michelle Obama is getting personal, opening herself up to the world in bold ways in her memoir, "Becoming," out Tuesday. One piece of her journey that she delves into: the struggles she faced with infertility, a subject that so often remains in the shadows. She shared details about how she had a miscarriage and relied on in vitro fertiliza... More>>

Victims of synagogue shooting remembered in Pittsburgh park

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mourners are honoring the victims of a mass shooting inside a Pittsburgh synagogue with a moment of silence and a rally for peace in a downtown park.    Rabbis from all three congregations whose members were meeting in the Tree of Life synagogue building at the time of the shooting nearly two weeks ago are attending the event Friday at Point State Park.    A few hundred people are on hand to observe a moment of silence and hear the names read alo... More>>

Elmira Heights Police investigating Lynwood Avenue vandalism

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ELMIRA HEIGHTS, N.Y. (WENY) – The Elmira Heights Police Department is investigating an act on vandalism on Lynwood Avenue. According to police, a resident reported the windows broken at 171 Lynwood Avenue. The windows had reportedly been recently installed. Police say further investigation showed they had been broken from the inside of the home. The house is near a dead end portion of East 9th Street that leads to the railroad property. Anyone with information is asked ... More>>

Democrats promise congressional action on gun control

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Newly ascendant House Democrats are promising congressional action on gun control. This comes amid amid a rash of mass shootings, including a late-night assault at a California bar that killed 12 people.

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New York kicks off competition for offshore wind contracts

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New York has kicked off the competition for the state's first large-scale offshore wind development contracts.

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Two suspects in custody in Binghamton swastika case

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City officials in Binghamton say they’ve arrested two people in connection to swastikas painted on and around Binghamton High School Tuesday. 

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Cuomo administration plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes as soon as next year, possibly making New York the first state to prohibit such vaping products often marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.  

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Food Bank of the Southern Tier Kicks Off Ninth Annual Virtual Turkey Drive

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – The Food Bank of the Southern Tier kicked off its Ninth Annual Virtual Turkey Drive today to raise money to help families in need get food for their holiday dinners. The drive continues through Thanksgiving Day. The food bank's goal is to raise $80,000 to purchase turkeys and holiday meals for Southern Tier residents who are experiencing hunger and food insecurity. Once again this year, Tioga Downs Casino Resort has pledged to match donations, dollar for ...

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  • City of Elmira Submits 2019 Proposed Budget

    Thursday, November 15 2018 9:58 PM EST2018-11-16 02:58:17 GMT

    Elmira, NY (WENY) -- On Thursday the City of Elmira submitted the 2019 proposed budget to the Elmira City Council and residents in Elmira. The 2019 proposed budget addresses revenues and expenses for all departments within the city. In 2018, Elmira residents saw a 17% increase in property taxes. That increase raised concern on whether there would be a similar raise for the 2019 budget. Elmira City Manager, Michael Collins, proposed a 0% increase on property taxes for the proposed 2019...

    Elmira, NY (WENY) -- On Thursday the City of Elmira submitted the 2019 proposed budget to the Elmira City Council and residents in Elmira. The 2019 proposed budget addresses revenues and expenses for all departments within the city. In 2018, Elmira residents saw a 17% increase in property taxes. That increase raised concern on whether there would be a similar raise for the 2019 budget. Elmira City Manager, Michael Collins, proposed a 0% increase on property taxes for the proposed 2019...

  • Tompkins County Gains a New News Station in Downtown Ithaca

    Tompkins County Gains a New News Station in Downtown Ithaca

    Thursday, November 15 2018 9:01 PM EST2018-11-16 02:01:16 GMT

    ITHACA N.Y.(WENY)--Community members in the Tompkins County area will now have the chance to get their news, weather and sports from a new local television station. New York Local powered by WENY NEWS held its official ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon. The station will focus on telling and sharing stories relevant to events and news happening throughout the Ithaca and surrounding Tompkins County area.

    ITHACA N.Y.(WENY)--Community members in the Tompkins County area will now have the chance to get their news, weather and sports from a new local television station. New York Local powered by WENY NEWS held its official ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon. The station will focus on telling and sharing stories relevant to events and news happening throughout the Ithaca and surrounding Tompkins County area.

  • Thursday's storm could affect Thanksgiving travel

    Thursday's storm could affect Thanksgiving travel

    Thursday, November 15 2018 7:02 PM EST2018-11-16 00:02:08 GMT
    BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) - Thanksgiving is considered one of the busiest travel holidays of the year. Millions of Americans plan on hitting the road or catching a flight, with hopes of making it to their destination in time. However, the messy weather hitting the Twin Tiers could affect travel plans tonight or tomorrow.  "Its not uncommon to have bad weather in the northeast and around Thanksgiving, so we just prepare for it. It is you know, the busiest travel season right no...
    BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) - Thanksgiving is considered one of the busiest travel holidays of the year. Millions of Americans plan on hitting the road or catching a flight, with hopes of making it to their destination in time. However, the messy weather hitting the Twin Tiers could affect travel plans tonight or tomorrow.  "Its not uncommon to have bad weather in the northeast and around Thanksgiving, so we just prepare for it. It is you know, the busiest travel season right no...
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  • Travel advisory declared for Broome County ahead of winter storm

    Travel advisory declared for Broome County ahead of winter storm

    Thursday, November 15 2018 10:47 AM EST2018-11-15 15:47:23 GMT
    BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Ahead of the upcoming storm, Broome County Sheriff David Harder has released a travel advisory for those driving in Broome County.  Drivers should take the following precautions:  Limit your travel if possible If you must travel: Allow extra time to reach your destination and leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you Have at least ½ tank of gas in your vehicle Dress warm and have a blanket in your vehic...
    BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Ahead of the upcoming storm, Broome County Sheriff David Harder has released a travel advisory for those driving in Broome County.  Drivers should take the following precautions:  Limit your travel if possible If you must travel: Allow extra time to reach your destination and leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you Have at least ½ tank of gas in your vehicle Dress warm and have a blanket in your vehic...
  • Union files suit over policy arming teachers at school

    Union files suit over policy arming teachers at school

    Thursday, November 15 2018 2:42 AM EST2018-11-15 07:42:48 GMT

    A Pennsylvania teachers union has filed suit seeking to overturn a new policy that allows teachers and other employees to carry firearms in school.    

    A Pennsylvania teachers union has filed suit seeking to overturn a new policy that allows teachers and other employees to carry firearms in school.    

  • Mitrano Announces 2020 Bid for NY-23

    Mitrano Announces 2020 Bid for NY-23

    Thursday, November 15 2018 2:38 AM EST2018-11-15 07:38:45 GMT

    A little more than a week after the midterm elections and one former candidate has already announced her bid for 2020.

    A little more than a week after the midterm elections and one former candidate has already announced her bid for 2020.

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  • McConnell's Court: How Republicans have shaped a conservative judiciary for a generation

    McConnell's Court: How Republicans have shaped a conservative judiciary for a generation

    Thursday, November 15 2018 6:00 PM EST2018-11-15 23:00:34 GMT

    Washington Bureau Correspondent Matt Knoedler examines how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, not just President Trump, constructed a conservative Supreme Court & conservative federal courts nationwide, including here at home.

    Washington Bureau Correspondent Matt Knoedler examines how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, not just President Trump, constructed a conservative Supreme Court & conservative federal courts nationwide, including here at home.

  • Roy Clark, 'Hee Haw' host, dies at 85

    Roy Clark, 'Hee Haw' host, dies at 85

    Thursday, November 15 2018 1:14 PM EST2018-11-15 18:14:09 GMT
    By Megan Thomas and Kevin Bohn, CNN Roy Clark, a country music star and former host of the long-running TV series "Hee Haw," died Thursday, his publicist told CNN. He was 85. Clark died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to publicist Sandy Brokaw. The guitarist and banjo player began his musical career as a young teen, making his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opre at age 17. Clark was the host or co-host of "Hee Haw" ...
    By Megan Thomas and Kevin Bohn, CNN Roy Clark, a country music star and former host of the long-running TV series "Hee Haw," died Thursday, his publicist told CNN. He was 85. Clark died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to publicist Sandy Brokaw. The guitarist and banjo player began his musical career as a young teen, making his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opre at age 17. Clark was the host or co-host of "Hee Haw" ...
  • Trump-Themed, Lego-Like 'Build the Wall' Toy

    Trump-Themed, Lego-Like 'Build the Wall' Toy

    Thursday, November 15 2018 2:26 AM EST2018-11-15 07:26:21 GMT

    Set of MAGA building blocks aimed at children ages 5 and up.

    Set of MAGA building blocks aimed at children ages 5 and up.

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  • Enforcers set to Bring Hockey Back to Elmira

    Enforcers set to Bring Hockey Back to Elmira

    The Elmira Enforcers are set to host the Carolina Thunderbirds on Friday night for the first professional hockey game at First Arena since April of 2017. 

    The Elmira Enforcers are set to host the Carolina Thunderbirds on Friday night for the first professional hockey game at First Arena since April of 2017. 

  • Kiwanis Club Honors Fall Male and Female Athletes of the Year

    Kiwanis Club Honors Fall Male and Female Athletes of the Year

    Kiwanis Club Honors Fall Male and Female Athletes of the Year

    The Elmira Kiwanis Club honored Elmira Notre Dame's Kyreese Fisher and Horseheads' Madison Klein as the fall male and female athletes of the year on Thursday, not only for their athletic accomplishments, but their service to the community. Fisher scored 17 touchdowns for the Crusaders, while Klein finished first at 6 invitationals for Horseheads Cross Country while being named the Section 4 Class A champion. 

    The Elmira Kiwanis Club honored Elmira Notre Dame's Kyreese Fisher and Horseheads' Madison Klein as the fall male and female athletes of the year on Thursday, not only for their athletic accomplishments, but their service to the community. Fisher scored 17 touchdowns for the Crusaders, while Klein finished first at 6 invitationals for Horseheads Cross Country while being named the Section 4 Class A champion. 

  • Five Horseheads' Student-Athletes Make Collegiate Intentions Known

    Five Horseheads' Student-Athletes Make Collegiate Intentions Known

    Five Horseheads Blue Raider student-athletes made their collegiate choices officially known on Wednesday at Horseheads High School.  Diver Chloe Peterson, Swimming's Madeson Rogan, Soccer's Skyler Roberts, Softball's Kendal Cook, and Baseball's Michael Limoncelli all took part in the signing event.

    Five Horseheads Blue Raider student-athletes made their collegiate choices officially known on Wednesday at Horseheads High School.  Diver Chloe Peterson, Swimming's Madeson Rogan, Soccer's Skyler Roberts, Softball's Kendal Cook, and Baseball's Michael Limoncelli all took part in the signing event.

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