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Pennsylvania Legislature eyes wider DNA sampling of convicts

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania lawmakers are moving closer to having DNA samples collected from people who have been convicted of crimes, something supporters say will help solve serious crimes.      A state House vote of 157 to 32 this week sent the state Senate a bill that would require cheek swabs from those convicted of first-degree misdemeanors and a list of second-degree misdemeanors.      Current law requires testing for those convicted of fel... More>>

The flood of 1972: 45 years later Video included

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Today marks 45 years since a historic hurricane turned tropical storm caused on the flood of 1972.  "I remember going down and looking at the river and thinking 'there's no way that's going to fill up,'" says Jim Pfiffer, who was a junior in high school at the time. 

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Kitten rescued after 135-mile journey in truck engine

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BIG FLATS, NY (WENY) - A kitten is recovering tonight after it survived a 135-mile journey, inside a truck engine. The cat is being called “Yukon”, because he hitched a ride in the engine of a GMC Yukon all the way from Buffalo to Big Flats. Employees at Bucher Emhart Glass near the airport saved the kitten when they heard its cries. “Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue” of Painted Post says the cat has been taken to the vet for a check-up. According to the rescue ... More>>

Schumer, Gillibrand announce $16M in arts funding for NY

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WENY) - New York state is getting more than $16 million in funding through the National Endowment for the Arts in 2017. U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding Friday. The $16,523,220 will support 549 NEA projects across the Empire State. “An investment in the arts is an investment in Upstate New York’s future, as both a tourist destination and a vibrant place to live. This federal funding will help regions across the st... More>>

Trump signs 'historic' bill to transform VA

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees.      Trump promised during the campaign to dismiss VA workers "who let our veterans down." He cast Friday's signing at a White House ceremony as fulfillment of that promise.      Trump says the law represents one of the biggest reforms to the VA in a generation or more. He promised future steps to trans... More>>

Casey heads to Pennsylvania to hammer Senate health bill

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's Democratic Sen. Bob Casey is in the state hammering the Republican health care bill in the U.S. Senate.      Casey, speaking after a Friday rally in the Pennsylvania Capitol, warned that the bill would change society radically because the country will stop taking care of people who need it most.      Casey and others say Pennsylvania stands to lose more than many other states. Also against it are Democratic Gov. Tom W... More>>

Binghamton Zoo welcomes rescued coyote pup

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BINGHAMTON, NY (WENY) - The Binghamton Zoo is welcoming a new coyote pup! Magnus was rescued when he was about three weeks old by Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary in Waterloo, South Carolina. PAWS took him in and started trying to find facilities that would care for him. An alternate home had to be found for Magnus because South Carolina law dictates he could not be released back into the wild. The Binghamton Zoo says it has the space and facilities to care for this species of coyote.... More>>

Aspen Dental offering free services for Veterans

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Aspen Dental offering free services for the men and women who serve their country. 

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Cost of college on the rise

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The cost of college is going up for students who attend state schools. 

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More NY malt barley farmers eligible for crop insurance

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Malt barley farmers in 44 upstate New York counties are now eligible for crop insurance from the federal government. 

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Elmira Civil War Prison Camp hosting Grand Dedication

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There will be a dedication ceremony and guided tours of the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp on Saturday and Sunday.

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McConnell faces hunt for GOP votes for Senate health bill

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. 

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School panel hears case of member known for insulting Obamas

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A one-time candidate for New York governor who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife appeared before the state's education commissioner Thursday.

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TRAGIC MYSTERY: Local family searching for answers after missing pugs found dead in their own backyard Video included

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After missing for about a week, one family discovered their two pugs, Pimp and Gabby, dead inside their own dog house in the backyard.  "Basically from what I'm getting, it looked like they were attacked with either a large knife or a machete," McCall says. 

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Police warning Northern Tier residents of telephone scam

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The scammers are reportedly threatening people saying they abducted a child or a loved one, and will hurt the fake abductee if the victim does not pay up.
 

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Britax recalls over 207K infant seats due to choking hazard

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Britax says in government documents that parts were found in the mouths of three children but no choking injuries were reported. 

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Sears in Johnson City set to close in September

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Once the closures are final, this will bring the total store count down to roughly 1,100 locations. Five years ago, Sears had almost double that amount, 2,100 locations.

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45 Years After Flood of '72, Technology and Communication Advances Help Keep us Safer Video included

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The WENY First Warning Weather team looks at the advances in technology, monitoring and communication that can help save lives, 45 years after the flood of 1972. More>>

UPDATE: Dakota Miller found guilty of murder Video included

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Dakota Miller is faced murder charges in connection to the death of one-year-old Ian Miniske-Huff. A medical examiner's report shows Ian died of blunt force trauma to his head and liver. He was also covered in bruises and bite marks.

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Pine City college students wins jackpot on scratch-off Video included

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CORNING, NY (WENY) - A small tradition between mother and daughter has led to a jackpot. Diane Haggerty would send her daughter, who was away at college in North Carolina, greeting cards with scratch-off tickets in them. For Saint Patrick’s Day, she sent Erin a Win a $1,000 a Week for Life ticket. “I normally buy Lucky Sevens, but Win for Life look good that day, thank God. And surprise, we got a winner!” says Diane. She bought the ticket at the Wegman’s on S... More>>

UPDATE: State Police say 'suspicious package' was empty cooler

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MONTOUR FALLS, NY (WENY) - State Police are investigating a suspicious package found near the state Fire Academy in Montour Falls. State Police are working to identify the contents of the device, which they say appears to be a large metal water cooler. Troopers are asking for the public's help identifying the suspects who left the device. They're looking for the picture car that was photographed leaving the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at 585-398-4100.

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NYS Health Dept. making changes to medical marijuana program

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ALBANY, NY (WENY) - The New York state Health Department is making enhancements to the state's Medical Marijuana program. The Health Department says the changes will streamline and simplify the registration process for practitioners and make it easier to certify patients for the program. The department also approved the addition of a second course on the medical use of marijuana, a prerequisite for practitioners seeking to participate in the program. “Practitioners are key to ...

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Senate GOP health bill seeks to hobble Obama law

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WASHINGTON (AP/WENY) -  Senate Republicans have released a 142-page draft of their bill to eliminate much of the Obama health care law.      The measure would cut and revamp Medicaid, the health care program for lower-income and disabled people.      It would repeal tax increases Obama's law imposed on higher-income people and medical industry companies to pay for expanded coverage. And it would end the tax penalty Obama's statute imposes on people w... More>>

Pennsylvania legislation to help pets left in hot cars Video included

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Pennsylvania Representatives Frank Farry and Dom Costa announced newly proposed legislation in Harrisburg Wednesday, that helps save pets from being left in hot cars. 

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Future of Buffalo School Board member hangs in the balance

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A one-time candidate for governor of New York who publicly insulted former President Barack Obama and his wife may be booted off the Buffalo School Board.

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Britax recalling car seats for choking hazard

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Britax Child Safety, Inc. and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are recalling a chest clip on certain child car seats.

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Hummus recalled over listeria concerns

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House of Thaller is voluntarily recalling selected 10 ounce packages of hummus with pine nut topping because of listeria concerns.

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Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall in Louisiana

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Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall Thursday in southwestern Louisiana, bringing heavy rain and powerful winds to the already soaked US Gulf Coast. 

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Juror: 2 holdouts in Bill Cosby's trial refused to convict

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A juror says after 52 hours of deliberations, two holdouts in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial outside Philadelphia refused to convict the 79-year-old comedian.

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Police looking for suspect in overnight shooting

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Police in Ithaca are searching for the suspect in an overnight shooting that injured two people. 

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Midday Makeover: Protect yourself from rabies Video included

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How to keep you and your family protected from rabies. Plus Steuben Public Health is offering free rabies clinics.

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Tornado touches down in Bradford County Video included

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The National Weather Service in Binghamton says a tornado did strike the Bradford County area during Monday's severe storm. The agency was surveying the area this morning and determined there was enough evidence to confirm a tornado did touch down in East Smithfield, PA earlier this week. 

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American Medical Association endorses pilot safer consumption spaces in Ithaca

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The American Medical Association announced it has voted to support the development of a pilot safe consumption space.  

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Schuyler Co. Sheriff's Office ID fatal crash victim from afternoon accident in Orange

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The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office is investigating an afternoon accident involving a delivery truck, which left one person dead.  

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Animal welfare group claims animal abuse at Waverly lab

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WAVERLY, NY (WENY) - A animal welfare group says a Waverly laboratory that uses cats and dogs for veterinary product tests is abusing its animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed complaints against Liberty Research Inc. for alleged violations of state and federal animal cruelty laws following an undercover investigation. PETA says the lab denied adequate veterinary care to that animals at the facility. The group also says the animals were killed in slow and ...

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Sheriff Moss responds to claims in lawsuit Video included

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Sheriff Moss referenced two different investigations involving Deputy County Executive Mike Krusen Wednesday morning. He said claims made in that lawsuit against him stem directly from issues the sheriff's office is now looking into. 

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New vaping legislation could hurt local businesses Video included

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A new law will dictate where e-cigarettes can and cannot be used and some businesses say they'll take a hit. 

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Tompkins County Police Dog Video included

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Tompkins County (WENY) -- After a year long process, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office is pleased to present their newest four legged deputy. 17 month old officer Odee is now apart of The Tompkins County K-9 unit. 

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Will Ferrell presents scholarship to IC student

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NEW YORK (WENY) - An Ithaca College student got a big surprise from comedian Will Ferrell Monday. Junior Samantha Watts was awarded a $100,000 scholarship by the comedian on an episode of the Today Show. Watts was chosen from nearly 2,000 applicants to receive the prize.  “It was overwhelming excitement,” says Watts. “I knew my parents were so happy about it, and I couldn’t express how much it meant to me because it’s just such a life-changing oppo...

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NWA confirms EF1 tornado touched ground in East Smithfield, PA earlier this week

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A tornado did strike the Bradford County area during Monday's severe storm which moved through the region. That's according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton, N.Y. 

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Bill Cosby judge says jurors' identities can be released

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania judge who presided over Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is releasing the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in the case.      Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Wednesday that the jurors' names should be made public. He says jurors may not discuss what other jurors said during deliberations.      A mistrial was declared Saturday in Cosby's sex assault trial after the jury deadlocked. O'Neill plans to hold a retrial w... More>>

Pennsylvania court ruling on police videos to be short-lived

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A lawmaker says legislation expected to reach Gov. Tom Wolf's desk would nullify the effect of a day-old court ruling providing more public access to video from police dashboard cameras.      Montgomery County Sen. Stewart Greenleaf said Wednesday he expects a final vote on his bill next week. It passed the House and Senate, with minor differences.      The bill would exempt from Pennsylvania's public records law recordings from pol... More>>

Free lead testing for Steuben Co residents

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BATH, NY (WENY) - Free lead testing is available for Steuben County residents. The pilot program is open to all residents who drink water from a private well or public water system, according to the county Public Health Director. The program is run through the New York State Department of Health.   To request the free lead testing of their home drinking water residents can: Submit the request to the Bureau of Water Supply Protection here  Call (518) 402-7650. Supplie... More>>

First Heritage FCU Raises $10,270 For Food Bank Through Campaign Video included

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     The Drive Out Hunger Campaign, run by First Heritage Federal Credit Union, raised $10,270 for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

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  • The flood of 1972: 45 years later

    The flood of 1972: 45 years later

    Friday, June 23 2017 6:24 PM EDT2017-06-23 22:24:07 GMT

    Today marks 45 years since a historic hurricane turned tropical storm caused on the flood of 1972.  "I remember going down and looking at the river and thinking 'there's no way that's going to fill up,'" says Jim Pfiffer, who was a junior in high school at the time. 

    Today marks 45 years since a historic hurricane turned tropical storm caused on the flood of 1972.  "I remember going down and looking at the river and thinking 'there's no way that's going to fill up,'" says Jim Pfiffer, who was a junior in high school at the time. 

  • Kitten rescued after 135-mile journey in truck engine

    Kitten rescued after 135-mile journey in truck engine

    Friday, June 23 2017 6:15 PM EDT2017-06-23 22:15:43 GMT
    BIG FLATS, NY (WENY) - A kitten is recovering tonight after it survived a 135-mile journey, inside a truck engine. The cat is being called “Yukon”, because he hitched a ride in the engine of a GMC Yukon all the way from Buffalo to Big Flats. Employees at Bucher Emhart Glass near the airport saved the kitten when they heard its cries. “Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue” of Painted Post says the cat has been taken to the vet for a check-up. According to the rescue ...
    BIG FLATS, NY (WENY) - A kitten is recovering tonight after it survived a 135-mile journey, inside a truck engine. The cat is being called “Yukon”, because he hitched a ride in the engine of a GMC Yukon all the way from Buffalo to Big Flats. Employees at Bucher Emhart Glass near the airport saved the kitten when they heard its cries. “Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue” of Painted Post says the cat has been taken to the vet for a check-up. According to the rescue ...
  • Binghamton Zoo welcomes rescued coyote pup

    Binghamton Zoo welcomes rescued coyote pup

    Friday, June 23 2017 10:45 AM EDT2017-06-23 14:45:03 GMT
    BINGHAMTON, NY (WENY) - The Binghamton Zoo is welcoming a new coyote pup! Magnus was rescued when he was about three weeks old by Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary in Waterloo, South Carolina. PAWS took him in and started trying to find facilities that would care for him. An alternate home had to be found for Magnus because South Carolina law dictates he could not be released back into the wild. The Binghamton Zoo says it has the space and facilities to care for this species of coyote....
    BINGHAMTON, NY (WENY) - The Binghamton Zoo is welcoming a new coyote pup! Magnus was rescued when he was about three weeks old by Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary in Waterloo, South Carolina. PAWS took him in and started trying to find facilities that would care for him. An alternate home had to be found for Magnus because South Carolina law dictates he could not be released back into the wild. The Binghamton Zoo says it has the space and facilities to care for this species of coyote....
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  • Pennsylvania Legislature eyes wider DNA sampling of convicts

    Pennsylvania Legislature eyes wider DNA sampling of convicts

    Friday, June 23 2017 6:37 PM EDT2017-06-23 22:37:05 GMT
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania lawmakers are moving closer to having DNA samples collected from people who have been convicted of crimes, something supporters say will help solve serious crimes.      A state House vote of 157 to 32 this week sent the state Senate a bill that would require cheek swabs from those convicted of first-degree misdemeanors and a list of second-degree misdemeanors.      Current law requires testing for those convicted of fel...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania lawmakers are moving closer to having DNA samples collected from people who have been convicted of crimes, something supporters say will help solve serious crimes.      A state House vote of 157 to 32 this week sent the state Senate a bill that would require cheek swabs from those convicted of first-degree misdemeanors and a list of second-degree misdemeanors.      Current law requires testing for those convicted of fel...
  • The flood of 1972: 45 years later

    The flood of 1972: 45 years later

    Friday, June 23 2017 6:24 PM EDT2017-06-23 22:24:07 GMT

    Today marks 45 years since a historic hurricane turned tropical storm caused on the flood of 1972.  "I remember going down and looking at the river and thinking 'there's no way that's going to fill up,'" says Jim Pfiffer, who was a junior in high school at the time. 

    Today marks 45 years since a historic hurricane turned tropical storm caused on the flood of 1972.  "I remember going down and looking at the river and thinking 'there's no way that's going to fill up,'" says Jim Pfiffer, who was a junior in high school at the time. 

  • Schumer, Gillibrand announce $16M in arts funding for NY

    Schumer, Gillibrand announce $16M in arts funding for NY

    Friday, June 23 2017 2:20 PM EDT2017-06-23 18:20:53 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (WENY) - New York state is getting more than $16 million in funding through the National Endowment for the Arts in 2017. U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding Friday. The $16,523,220 will support 549 NEA projects across the Empire State. “An investment in the arts is an investment in Upstate New York’s future, as both a tourist destination and a vibrant place to live. This federal funding will help regions across the st...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (WENY) - New York state is getting more than $16 million in funding through the National Endowment for the Arts in 2017. U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding Friday. The $16,523,220 will support 549 NEA projects across the Empire State. “An investment in the arts is an investment in Upstate New York’s future, as both a tourist destination and a vibrant place to live. This federal funding will help regions across the st...
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  • What offseason? A week after Finals, the NBA in overdrive

    What offseason? A week after Finals, the NBA in overdrive

    Tuesday, June 20 2017 10:48 PM EDT2017-06-21 02:48:20 GMT
    Wednesday, June 21 2017 5:15 PM EDT2017-06-21 21:15:36 GMT
    Dwight Howard and Brook Lopez are on the move, Dwyane Wade and Pau Gasol seem to be staying put.
    Dwight Howard and Brook Lopez are on the move, Dwyane Wade and Pau Gasol seem to be staying put.
  • The Latest: Navy says flooding stabilized after collision

    The Latest: Navy says flooding stabilized after collision

    Friday, June 16 2017 6:34 PM EDT2017-06-16 22:34:15 GMT
    Saturday, June 17 2017 3:24 AM EDT2017-06-17 07:24:59 GMT
    The U.S. military says a Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan.
    The U.S. military says a Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan.
  • Trump signs 'historic' bill to transform VA

    Trump signs 'historic' bill to transform VA

    Friday, June 23 2017 2:08 PM EDT2017-06-23 18:08:16 GMT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees.      Trump promised during the campaign to dismiss VA workers "who let our veterans down." He cast Friday's signing at a White House ceremony as fulfillment of that promise.      Trump says the law represents one of the biggest reforms to the VA in a generation or more. He promised future steps to trans...
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees.      Trump promised during the campaign to dismiss VA workers "who let our veterans down." He cast Friday's signing at a White House ceremony as fulfillment of that promise.      Trump says the law represents one of the biggest reforms to the VA in a generation or more. He promised future steps to trans...
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  • Corning's Terwilliger Returns to Elmira, Pios Drop 5th Straight

    Corning's Terwilliger Returns to Elmira, Pios Drop 5th Straight

    For young baseball players in the Southern Tier, growing up and one day playing at Dunn Field in the PGCBL is something dreamed about .
    For Corning senior Ben Terwilliger, hes making that dream a reality- before even graduating high school. Terwilliger is a member of the Geneva Red Wings- who were facing off against the Pioneers on Thursday.  

    For young baseball players in the Southern Tier, growing up and one day playing at Dunn Field in the PGCBL is something dreamed about .
    For Corning senior Ben Terwilliger, hes making that dream a reality- before even graduating high school. Terwilliger is a member of the Geneva Red Wings- who were facing off against the Pioneers on Thursday.  

  • Terwilliger Takes Field Against Hometown Team

    Terwilliger Takes Field Against Hometown Team

    When the Elmira Pioneers host the Geneva Red Wings Thursday night, some fans at Dunn Field might be cheering for Geneva. That's because Corning graduating senior Ben Terwilliger is one of the Red Wings players for the summer. Hear what the former Hawk had to say about playing at Dunn Field on Thursday afternoon. 

    When the Elmira Pioneers host the Geneva Red Wings Thursday night, some fans at Dunn Field might be cheering for Geneva. That's because Corning graduating senior Ben Terwilliger is one of the Red Wings players for the summer. Hear what the former Hawk had to say about playing at Dunn Field on Thursday afternoon. 

  • Dodgers Hammer Silversmiths 12-4

    Dodgers Hammer Silversmiths 12-4

    The Hornell Dodgers put on a show at Maple City Park, as they handily defeated Sherrill 12-4. Jared Kapturasky and Jack Brett each blasted 2-run home runs for Hornell on the night. The Dodgers move to 12-3 on the season, and hold the best record in the NYCBL. 

    The Hornell Dodgers put on a show at Maple City Park, as they handily defeated Sherrill 12-4. Jared Kapturasky and Jack Brett each blasted 2-run home runs for Hornell on the night. The Dodgers move to 12-3 on the season, and hold the best record in the NYCBL. 


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