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$2.9 million mixed-use building opens in Owego Video included

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For years in Owego, there was an empty lot on Front street where a building once stood. After a fire in July of 2000, the lot sat still, unused, until now. Now, the Gateway building stands tall, offering people in Owego some housing options, as well shopping and services..

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"Shop with a Cop" in Steuben County Video included

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BATH N.Y. (WENY)-- For the fifth year in a row, the bath police department held its annual "shop with a cop" day. Joining in their holiday efforts was the  New York State Police, New York State DEC, Bath VA Police and the Hammondsport Police Department. All of these officers pooled their own money together to help give children in need a proper Christmas.  "It's just amazing , your heart just heart just kinda goes out, and the guys even at the end when we wer...

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Quarter Auctions Benefiting Local Cause Each Month Video included

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- They're called quarter auctions, and at St. Matthews Church in Horseheads they come along with two staples, plenty of fun and help for those that need it. These types of auctions are an exciting way to win a variety of mostly donated items for less than a $1.00! It is recommended to bring a couple rolls of quarters to bid on items, but you can also get your change on site as well. All of the money that is brought in tonight will go towards gifts f... More>>

Bong's Jewelers thanks Corning community for 126 years of business Video included

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- Bong's Jewelers has called Market Street home for 126 years. Come the end of this month, the family-owned shop will close its doors for good. "What I like most is just the people," says Owner Jeff Bong. "I can be a gabber. I'll sit down and half my time is spent yapping with people. I look at a lot of our customers as being friends--really [they're] friends first." The shop opened back to 1892, when Bong's Great Grandfather joined alongsid...

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Steuben County Sheriff commends deputy sergeants for aid given during manhunt

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ALFRED, N.Y. (WENY) – Two Steuben County deputy sergeants and a K-9 are among several officers being commended for helping safely end a morning manhunt on November 14 that began in Allegany County and ended in Potter County, Pennsylvania. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard recently told the county legislature's Public Safety and Corrections Committee the actions of Sgt. Brandon Scott, Sgt. Shawn Shutt and K-9 Daimon also likely prevented further criminal action. Allard says Sco... More>>

The Latest: Trump escalates shutdown threat over border wall

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's promised U.S.-Mexico border wall (all times local):    12:05 p.m.    President Donald Trump is escalating his shutdown threat over U.S.-Mexico border wall funding at a heated White House meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.    Trump said during the open-press session Tuesday that, "If we don't have border security, we'll shut down the government." He says his lon...

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Winners from Ithaca's Ice Fest, Chowder Cook-Off announced

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – The Downtown Ithaca Alliance has announced the Chowder Cook-Off and Ice Carving Competition winners. The 12th Annual Ice Fest was held from Thursday, December 6 to Saturday, December 8. The Chowder Cook-Off was held in conjunction with the festival on Saturday. RELATED: 12th Annual Ithaca Ice Fest in Town Through Saturday The winners for the cook-off are as follows: Best Seafood Chowder: 1st Place – Simeon's American Bistro 2nd Place &nda... More>>

Ex-head of New York's Polytechnic Institute faces sentencing

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   NEW YORK (AP) - The ex-president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute is facing sentencing in the corruption of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic redevelopment program.    Alain Kaloyeros was the school's president when the Democratic governor tapped him to help a quest to create high-tech jobs in upstate New York.    Prosecutors seek substantial prison time at Tuesday's sentencing. Defense lawyers wan... More>>

Steuben County Sheriff's Office to participate in statewide DWI crackdown

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BATH, N.Y. (WENY) – Steuben County Sheriff James Allard announced today that Steuben County police agencies will participate in the statewide effort to crack down on impaired driving. During the holiday season, the law enforcement community across New York State will take to the roads during the STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts. The initiative starts on December 14 and will end on January 1. During this time, an increased amount of state, county and local police officers will be out... More>>

GRINCH WATCH: Christmas Decorations Stolen From Wysox Man's Home

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State Police in Pennsylvania are looking for the person or people responsible for stealing a Wysox man's Christmas decorations.

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One Person Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

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One person is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Chautauqua County.

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Police identify woman hit, killed by unmarked police car

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Police have identified the woman who was struck and killed by an unmarked police car in upstate New York.

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Second Meth Lab Suspect Behind Bars

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A second suspect is behind bars following a house fire in early December.

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Watkins Glen Fire Department Receives New Equipment to Treat Animals

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Watkins Glen, NY (WENY) – New equipment donated to the Watkins Glen fire department will allow them to treat animals on scene that are suffering from smoke inhalation. As part of invisible fences 45th anniversary, they allowed communities to nominate their fire house to get a free pet resuscitation kit. Watkins glen fire department is one of 45 fire houses in the U.S to receive the special safety kit. Monday night the firefighters learned how to use the pet mask and the new equ... More>>

Construction Company for Elmira Roundabout Selected

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Officials in Elmira award a construction company the bid for the roundabout project, slated for North Main Street. 

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Catholic Charities Helping Developing Nations Worldwide Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- A local charity is helping to spread the culture of developing countries to our region. This includes handmade crafts and artisan goods, and it all benefits those who make them. The event run by Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler County goes by the Annual Holiday Fair Trade, and it has a lot to offer the community. From treasures such as African jewelry to Artisan chocolate, it's hard to find something that won't pique your interest, and almos... More>>

City of Elmira looks to fix Langdon Plaza clock Video included

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The City of Elmira is looking to fix-up the Langdon Plaza clock. For the last couple of weeks the clock on the corner of West Church street and North Main Street has been broken, frozen in time at 11:02. 

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73-year-old man killed in Barton hunting accident

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BARTON, N.Y. (WENY) – A 73-year-old Lockwood man is dead following a hunting accident in the Town of Barton Sunday morning. According to the Elmira Star Gazette, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officers said the victim was shot on private property off Miller Hollow Road at about 7 a.m. 53-year-old Dean Brockoff, who police say was the victim's hunting partner, was arrested by DEC investigators and charged with second-degree manslaughter. Brockoff was s...

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Local tobacco coalition weighs in on Erie County smoking laws Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Last week, Erie county lawmakers unanimously passed three new smoking regulations.      Come 2019,  if you're caught smoking in a car with anyone under the age of eighteen, you could face up to $150 in fines for the first offense. The same law bans smoking in all outdoor bus shelters. It also prohibits pharmacies across the county from selling tobacco products.  According to the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition, many local resi... More>>

4 US House reps seek federal probe of NY agency for disabled

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Four members of Congress from New York are asking the federal Department of Justice to investigate a state agency in charge of protecting disabled people from abuse and neglect.    Republican U.S. representatives Lee Zeldin, Peter King, Elise Stefanik and Tom Reed made their formal request Monday in a letter sent to the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.    The four federal lawmakers cited concerns that the state's Justice Center for... More>>

Hey, you'll always know: Cuomo vetoes lottery anonymity bill

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a measure that would have allowed big lottery jackpot winners in New York to remain anonymous.    Bill sponsors wanted New York to follow the lead of a handful of other states that give jackpot winners the option of anonymity so they can avoid being besieged by people seeking money. The bill would have applied to jackpots over $5,000.    Cuomo said in a veto message issued late Friday that people should know there ar... More>>

3 dead in house fire including toddler, pregnant woman

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   WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say three people, including a toddler, were killed after fire ripped through a triple-unit house in northeastern Pennsylvania    The blaze was reported early Monday at a house in Hanover Township, outside of Wilkes-Barre. The Luzerne County coroner tells WBRE News in Scranton that a husband and his pregnant wife were also killed.    The coroner identified the three as 27-year-old John Crossley, 27-year-old Julia Cro... More>>

Crews battling 5-alarm fire in Rochester

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Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) -- - Firefighters continue to battle a large fire at an apartment building on Thurston Road in Rochester. The Rochester Fire Department responded around 8:30 a.m. A total of five alarms were called. The fire department says all companies in Rochester except for two responded to the fire. When crews arrived a heavy amount of smoke was coming from the back of the building. Flames were seen on the outside of the building after the fire burned through the roof. ... More>>

Canadian Lynx found caged in back of truck on I-86 in Ashland

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ASHLAND, N.Y. (WENY) – A driver has been charged after New York State Police say they found a Canadian Lynx caged in the back of their pickup truck. On Saturday, state police reportedly stopped to help a driver with a flat tire on I-86 in the Town of Ashland. During the encounter, the trooper noticed a dog cage in the back of the pickup truck which contained a Canadian Lynx. With the assistance of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), officers say the... More>>

Three suspects arrested in connection with Ithaca stabbing

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – Three suspects have been arrested in connection to a stabbing that occurred Friday evening in downtown Ithaca. According to the Ithaca Police, the incident happened on the 100 block of North Cayuga Street just after 6:30 p.m. When officers arrived on scene, they reportedly found a victim bleeding profusely from stab wounds in the face and back. The victim was airlifted to a regional trauma center. Police say he remains in “critical but stable condit...

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Business owner charged with grand larceny after allegedly not finishing job, getting paid in full

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SOUTHPORT, N.Y. (WENY) – An Erin man was arrested after police say he was hired to do renovation work, but only finished a portion of the work even though he was paid in full. 29-year-old Dakota Decker was reportedly the owner and operator of Crescent Builders, L.L.C. In January 2018, he was hired by a resident of Southport to enclose a back porch. Decker was allegedly paid about $6,000 to complete the job and only finished a portion of the work. Now, he has been charged with ... More>>

DWI Crackdown Results in Hundreds of Arrests

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New numbers show overall driver violations were down during the state's most recent DWI Crackdown.

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Social Media Sextortion in Penn Yan

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Police in Penn Yan are telling parents to be on alert, following several reports of a scheme targeting teenage girls, extorting nude photos and money.

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Pennsylvania governor eyes greenhouse gas cap-and-trade plan

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Gov. Tom Wolf says he's considering whether to support a petition filed last week that asks a Pennsylvania environmental rule-making board to impose a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

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Anthony Brindisi to host 'Thank You' parties across the Southern Tier

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Democrat Anthony Brindisi will host various 'Thank You' parties across the Southern Tier starting Monday.

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DiNapoli heads to Poland for UN Climate Conference

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New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is in Poland for the United Nations' latest conference on climate change. 

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Police officer in fatal crash placed on paid leave

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A police officer who struck and killed a pedestrian while driving an unmarked police car in upstate New York has been placed on paid administrative leave.  

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Santa Spotted at Fairfield Inn & Suites to Spread Holiday Cheer

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Horseheads, NY (WENY) – It's that time of the year for holiday festivities and the Fairfield Inn and Suites wanted in. The past two days the hotel turned into a holiday party. Families who wanted to participate were asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to help feed those in need who are struggling. Any child who came to the event didn't leave without the opportunity to pick out a free present. In the lobby of the hotel w...

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Unmarked police car strikes, kills pedestrian in upstate NY

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GREECE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a pedestrian was struck and killed by an unmarked police car in upstate New York.    The Monroe County sheriff's office says the 52-year-old woman was hit around 9 p.m. Saturday in Greece, about 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) northwest of Rochester.    The sheriff's office said the driver, an on-duty Greece Police Department investigator, pulled over, called for help and rushed to the woman's aid.    She was pronounced dead a... More>>

A young mayor, his friend, and a fatal attraction to opioids

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MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) - The family of a young Pennsylvania mayor is speaking out for the first time about his death one year ago.    Brandon Wentz was just 22 when he became mayor of the tiny Pennsylvania town of Mount Carbon. He died suddenly last November at age 24, just hours after resigning from office due to a family move.    Wentz's family says he died of an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. They say they had no idea this well-liked, kind-hearted young man ha... More>>

DiNapoli heads to Poland for UN Climate Conference

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is in Poland for the United Nations' latest conference on climate change.    The Democrat traveled to Katowice, Poland on Friday and plans to attend portions of the conference throughout the weekend. He is scheduled to speak as a panelist at an event Monday focused on how investors can spur action on climate change.    As the state's top financial official, DiNapoli oversees the state's massive pension ... More>>

Police say 21-year-old man shot father inside NY home

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HENRIETTA, N.Y. (AP) - A 21-year-old man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of his father inside a Rochester-area home.    Monroe County Sheriff's deputies tell the Democrat and Chronicle that Fabian Vazquez shot his 48-year-old father, Dezerick Brooks, around 5:30 p.m. Friday inside Vazquez's home in the Rochester suburb of Henrietta.    Brooks was found inside the residence with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.    ... More>>

New York grants $2.6 million to environmental justice groups

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Grants totaling $2.6 million have been awarded to 28 organizations around New York state to support projects that address environmental and health concerns in low-income and minority communities.    The money is from the Department of Environmental Conservation's environmental justice community impact grant program. Money will be used to clean up vacant lots, create organic urban farms, improve waterways, expand environmental education and promote communi... More>>

This Week in Wine Country-- Barry Family Cellars 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 Burdett to visit Barry Family Cellars.

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Village of Horseheads Seeking New Village Manager

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Horseheads, NY (WENY) -- The Village of Horseheads is looking for a new Village Manager to handle the city's day-to-day tasks.  The town is extending the deadline for applications for the position of Village Manager position and expanding the residency. Applications are open to residents of Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler and Tioga Counties. The full-time position requires a 4 year degree from an accredited college with a preferred major in public administration or eight years ...

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12 Nights of Arctic League Bag Packing

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ELMIRA N.Y.(WENY) --"Tonight is our first night of packing, we have 12 of these nights from now until right before Christmas and we're going to pack 100 bags tonight for 100 families," says Marie Vonneida, President of the Board of Directors for the Arctic League Dozens of volunteers in Elmira are getting into the holiday spirit by helping to bring cheer to others. The Arctic League of Chemung County kicked off it's twelve nights of packing Friday evening. Or... More>>

Man flown to trauma center after being stabbed several times in face & back

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A man in Ithaca had to be airlifted to a regional trauma center after police say they were stabbed in the face and back several times. 

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Annual Horseheads Historic Museum Open House

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HORSEHEADS N.Y.(WENY)-- Tomorrow the Horseheads Historical museum will be holding their annual open house from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The museum is welcoming new and old faces to attend the gathering do to the constant changing exhibits.  This years theme is Victorian era decorations which are all handmade by dedicated museum volunteers. You will be able to see these decoration around the museum and especially on their three trees they have on display.  The staff ...

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Neurauter sentenced to life without parole in the murder of his ex-wife Video included

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Around noon on Tuesday, Lloyd Neurauter's sentencing hearing began for for the murder of his ex-wife Michele in 2017. It started with Michele's mother reading a statement in the courtroom. She detailed how manipulative and abusive Lloyd is, both physically, mentally and sexually.  

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Karrie Neurauter sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison Video included

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Friday morning, in an unscheduled sentencing, Karrie Neurauter received her fate for helping her father Lloyd murder her mother, Michele, in her Corning home in August of 2017. 

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Tioga County honors Pearl Harbor survivors Video included

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TIOGA, COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) - December 7th, 1941, its a date that Americans will never forget, after the attack on Pearl Harbor claimed the lives of more than 2,400 soldiers. For more than 20 years, the Tioga County Legislature has held "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day" every year.  "The reason that we have it is primarily because Owego and Tioga County First World War II casualty was Seaman Delmar Dale Sibley who was still aboard the USS  Arizona. We also honor ... More>>

Baby Ibuprofen recall: what you need to know Video included

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- A New Jersey pharmaceutical company is voluntarily recalling three batches of infant ibuprofen for being too strong; bottles that were likely already purchased and brought home from three major retailers.          Tris Pharma says lots were sold in Walmart, CVS and Family Dollar stores under the generic brands Equate, CVS Health and Family Wellness. "The company either had machinery that messed up, or they just didn't chan... More>>

BREAKING: Karrie Neurauter sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison

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BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- The 20-year-old woman who conspired with her father to murder her mother and try to make the death look like a suicide was sentenced today.  According to the Steuben County Court, Karrie Neurauter will spend one to thee years in a New York State Correctional Facility for second degree manslaughter. According to court documents, Karrie Neurauter reportedly distracted her sister as Lloyd Neurauter murdered their mother, Michele. She then helped Lloyd sta...

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One suspect arrested in connection with Elmira Heights meth lab

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ELMIRA HEIGHTS, N.Y. (WENY) – One of the suspects wanted in connection with a fire caused by a meth lab in Elmira Heights has been arrested. According to the Elmira Heights Police Department, 21-year-old Jared Voorhees was found and arrested on Mitchell Hollow Road in Montour Falls. On Saturday, December 1, crews responded to a house fire on Lounsbury Avenue in Elmira Heights. After further investigation, officials determined the fire had been caused by a meth lab. Voorhees h... More>>

Top real estate executive gets prison in NY corruption trial

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NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a real estate executive to three years in prison for his role in schemes to bribe a former top aide to New York's governor and to steer projects to his company.    Steven Aiello was sentenced Friday.    He was convicted of conspiracy and wire fraud after an investigation that also led to the conviction of a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Democrat was not charged and he has denied knowledge of bribes paid to ... More>>

Deadline extended for Horseheads village manager applications

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Village of Horseheads says they are extended the deadline for applications for the position of village manager, and expanding the residency.  The position is now open to residents of Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler and Tioga (NY) Counties. The deadline for the application is December 14.  It is a full time position for 40 hours a week. Requirements are a 4 year degree from an accredited college and preferably a major in public administration

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Erie County bans smoking in cars with kids

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - County legislators in Buffalo have banned smoking tobacco products in a car with anyone 17 or younger present in the vehicle.    The new Erie County law, which was passed unanimously Wednesday, also bans smoking in and around bus shelters. WIVB-TV reports the law also prohibits any store with a pharmacy from selling tobacco products.    Under the new legislation, e-cigarettes, vapes, and other electronic smoking devices are classified as tobacc... More>>

Trump picks Nauert to be UN ambassador

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By Kaitlan Collins, CNN President Donald Trump announced on Friday that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is his choice to succeed Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the United Nations. Speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Trump said Nauert had done a "great job" at the State Department. "She's very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she's going to be respected by all," Trump said. Nauert, a former Fox News host who arri... More>>

Polar Passports, Upcoming Wine Trail Events With Seneca Lake Wine Trail Video included

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The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is offering many ideas for holiday gifts, including tickets to upcoming events.

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NY lawmakers to get first pay raise in 20 years

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New York lawmakers are poised to get their first pay raise in twenty years.

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NY lawmakers to review challenges facing public libraries

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New York state lawmakers are taking a look at the challenges facing public libraries and the changing role they play in our communities in the 21st century.    

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12th Annual Ithaca Ice Fest in Town Through Saturday

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Ithaca, NY (WENY) – Cold Weather is the ideal temperature to have when showcasing ice sculptures. Thursday's weather provided snow flurries and chilly temperatures for the 12th annual Ithaca Ice Festival. The three day event kicked off Thursday evening with an impressive display of ice sculptures and an ice bar that serves Bacchus Beer, Treleaven Wine and Hot Cocoa. The downtown commons area is decorated and ready for the holiday. Thursday a stage was set up for DJ Ha-Meen to ...

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Digging Deeper into the Old Tompkins County Library Demolition

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ITHACA N.Y.(WENY)-- Back in September, the Old Tompkins County Library in Ithaca was officially condemned.  The building will be demolished this month but it will have to be done with extreme caution due to the asbestos discovered in parts of the old library from the 1960s.      "The county had done a couple of prior abatement and a lot of the asbestos was removed from the building but there was still some that was almost impossible to get to,"says Frost ...

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Tips on how to get your car ready this winter

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SOUTH CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) - Friday, December 21st marks the first day of winter and already the Twin Tiers has seen freezing temperatures and even a good amount of snow, and not only is the weather going to get worse, but so are the roads. So if you plan on heading out the door this winter, you're going to want to make sure you're safe behind the wheel.  "I would recommend making sure that the tires have good tread on them, making sure they're set to the correct tire press... More>>

Pennsylvania State Police searching for missing Potter County teen

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GENESEE, PA. (WENY) – Pennsylvania State Police are searching for a missing Potter County Teen who has been missing since November 21. Diego Perez is a 17-year-old Hispanic boy. He has black hair and brown eyes. He is about 5'05” and weighs about 110 pounds. Anyone with information should call 911 or contact the Pennsylvania State Police at 570-726-6000. More>>

Man involved with Rochester AMBER Alert arrested, charged

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WENY) – The man who was arrested in connection with an AMBER Alert earlier this week is now facing charges. According to Rochester ABC affiliate 13WHAM, 41-year-old Robert Gonzalez is charged with criminal sex act in the second degree, use of a child in a sexual performance and sexual abuse in the third degree. Gonzalez was arrested Thursday and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday. The AMBER Alert was triggered Monday night after police say Gonzalez abducted ...

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Local teen struggling with Lyme disease asks for public's help Video included

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Hidden on Corning's countryside, you'll find the home of Greta Meyers. A  17-year old girl with an unimaginable story. From birth, Greta was born with Lyme Disease and her family never knew. 

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Town of Big Flats discussing term limits for elected officials Video included

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BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) -- The town of Big Flats is asking residents to weigh in on a proposal that would set term limits for elected officials.  The town board will discuss that resolution next week, which would set a limit of three terms for the Town Supervisor and board members. This would make Big Flats the first government in Chemung County to do so.       Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother says this idea has been on the table for months now; because there's... More>>

A 19-year-old's death became a 'turning point' for America's fraternities

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By A. Chris Gajilan, CNN     (CNN) -- Inhumane, cruel and tragic: Those are some of the words that have been used to describe the 2017 death of Penn State sophomore Timothy Piazza. The 19-year-old died after consuming 18 drinks in 82 minutes and sustaining a traumatic brain injury during a campus fraternity's hazing rituals, court records and testimony show. Now, nearly two years after Piazza's passing, many say his death has led to key changes in stat... More>>

Seneca Falls man arrested in Ulysses after allegedly possessing crystal meth

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ULYSSES, N.Y. (WENY) – A Seneca Falls man is behind bars after police say they found crystal meth during a traffic stop. According to the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office, deputies stopped a vehicle in the parking lot of the Valero on Trumansburg Road in the Town of Ulysses. Police say the traffic stop was for an “equipment violation”, but during the course of the investigation, deputies utilized their narcotics canine who alerted for drugs inside of the vehicle. ... More>>

Elmira DPW Issues Reminders About Leaf Pick-Up

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Elmira's Department of Public Works is continuing to work toward completing the leaf pick-up program started earlier this fall.

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O'Mara Pushing for Harsher Penalties for Meth-Related Crimes

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Senator Tom O'Mara is continuing his push for harsher punishment for some drug-related crimes.

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Former Bar Owner Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

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A former bar owner who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman on Chrismas day is now facing five years in state prison.

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New York farms to get $19 million for clean energy projects

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New York farmers are getting some help from the state to make their operations more energy efficient and develop renewable energy projects.

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Lawmaker questions governor's drive for new voting machines

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A Republican state senator is drafting legislation to prevent Gov. Tom Wolf from forcing Pennsylvania's counties into buying new voting machines for the 2020 presidential election.

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Locals Vets Remember George H.W. Bush Video included

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CHEMUNG COUNTY N.Y.(WENY) --  "Form when he served it was really outstanding, what he went through and everything and you've gotta admire the man for that,"  Today the country said their final goodbye to our 41st president, George H.W. Bush. Taking the time to watch and listen to all of the speakers today, many vets took this time to reflect on their memories of the president and what he went through in his life time.  "He parachuted into the water, I...

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Local Green Party Official Pushing for Cooperative Business in Corning Video included

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- An active member of the green party in our region is pushing for the first cooperative business in the city of Corning. Darin Robbins, The Treasurer of the Steuben County Green Party, gathered a small group of intrigued minds together to discuss his plans. A cooperative business is defined as a private business organization that is owned and controlled by the people who use its products, supplies, or services. The hope for this particular business mo... More>>

Steam Ahead Chemung Pop Up Exhibit Showcases Students Hard Work

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Elmira, NY (WENY) – Students who participated in the Community of The Arts Steam Ahead Chemung Program showed of their projects to the public Wednesday night during an open house. The STEAM program is a partnership with several local organizations, working together to teach children in the community about art and culture. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math and the program is financed with grants from the triangle fund as well as the Community Found...

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Local library offers "Safe Zone" for LGBTQ teens Video included

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At the Steele Memorial Library, there's movies, books, games and acceptance. Over the past few years the library has been offering "Teen Safe Zones". The space is located  is for LGBTQ teens and allies to get support and be who they were born to be. 

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Bradford County residents denied FEMA money Video included

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BRADFORD COUNTY, PA (WENY) - Residents and businesses in Bradford county are still picking up the pieces after they were hit hard by heavy rains and flash flooding this past August, and to make matters worse, FEMA is denying individual assistance for those affected. This means that homeowners who's property was destroyed by the flood waters is not eligible for federal assistance.    "People are upset and have a right to be. From a Governmental standpoint, I know in the... More>>

Local shelter encourages residents to think twice about gifting pets Video included

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- According to the ASPCA, shelters nationwide experience a spike in adoptions around the holiday season. But as you finish up your holiday shopping, local shelters are urging you to think twice before putting a four-legged friend under the tree.  "We really don't want to see pets end up back at the shelter," says Arynn Brucie, Community Engagement Manager with the Chemung County SPCA. "If someone does get a pet as a gift and they decide down t... More>>

Elmira man arrested for alleged possession, sale of cocaine

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – One man has been arrested following a Superior Court Warrant for the possession and sale of drugs in the City of Elmira. According to police, 32-year-old John Hatten has been arrested and charged with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Police say the arrest is the result of an investigation into the sale of cocaine conducted by the El... More>>

US makes preparations to sail warship into Black Sea amid Russia-Ukraine tensions

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By Ryan Browne, CNN The US has begun making the necessary preparations to sail a warship into the Black Sea, a move that comes amid heightened tensions in the region following Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships and detention of Ukrainian sailors. The US military has requested that the State Department notify Turkey of its possible plans to sail a warship into the Black Sea, three US officials tell CNN, a move they said is a response to Russia's actions against Ukraine in the Kerch ... More>>

Elmira Police investigating overnight shooting at Gush's Thirsty Bear

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – The Elmira Police Department is investigating a shooting that reportedly happened just after midnight Wednesday Morning at Gush's Thirsty Bear on Washington Avenue in the City of Elmira. According to police, when officers arrived, they found evidence of the reported shooting and began interviewing possible witnesses. Shortly after, the 911 communication center received a call from Arnot Ogden ER reporting that a gunshot victim was being treated there. Off... More>>

13-year-old student charged after allegedly threatening to "shoot up" North Penn-Liberty High School

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LIBERTY TWP, PA. (WENY) – Pennsylvania State Police have charged at 13-year-old boy with making terroristic threats following a shooting threat made towards the North Penn-Liberty High School. According to police, the threats were reportedly made on Friday, November 30. The suspect, who goes to Mansfield High School, allegedly threatened to “shoot up” the North Penn Liberty High School and a 13-year-old female student. In a statement, Southern Tioga School District... More>>

Tompkins County Sheriff's Office investigating burglary at Ithaca Mall

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) – The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary that happened at the Shops at Ithaca Mall early Sunday morning. The photos attached are those of a person of interest in relation to the investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact our tip line at 607-266-5420 or the non-emergency line to dispatch at 607-272-2444. More>>

New York farms to get $19 million for clean energy projects

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New York farmers are getting some help from the state to make their operations more energy efficient and develop renewable energy projects.

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Man sentenced for Finger Lakes vacation rental home scam

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 An upstate New York man has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay back more than $100,000 he bilked out of people in a vacation home rental scam.

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DOT Talks 2020 Sidewalk Project

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The State Department of Transportation is getting ready for a project in Steuben County, replacing and extending sidewalks in the Village of Bath.

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'Keystone Residential Scholarship' Approved by SUNY CCC

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Good news for Northern Tier students looking to get a degree from Corning Community College.

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NY gets $9M in federal help to fight opioid addiction

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New York state is getting more than $9 million in federal funds to help in its fight against opioid addiction.

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Father Facing Child Abuse Charges

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Police say a 3-year-old child is recovering after suffering significant injuries at the hand of his father.

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Study: More students default on loans at for-profit schools

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A new report finds that students attending for-profit colleges in New York state are more than twice as likely to default on their loans as those at non-profit schools.
  

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Ithaca Beer Company Celebrates 20 Years of Business Video included

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Ithaca, NY (WENY) – Ithaca Beer Company threw a special anniversary party Tuesday night to celebrate two decades worth of business in the Southern Tier. “Oh it's awesome, we have been able to get people back here that started from the very beginning and between wholesalers and retailers, and old friends it's a blast to have and see everyone again,” said Dan Mitchell, President and Founder of Ithaca Beer Co. As one of the states oldest craft breweries...Ithaca Beer ... More>>

Pennsylvania's FEMA request for financial assistance following August floods denied

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BRADFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WENY) – Bradford County officials say they have been notified the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's request for federal funds for the August floods have been denied. In a press release, officials said Pennsylvania had requested Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance funds to target the “offsetting damage expenses sustained by residents” in the flooding. This means that private property damaged by the floods will not... More>>

New York Officials Promote Local Christmas Trees

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New York officials are asking state residents to think locally when choosing a Christmas tree.

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Special Report: Paws for Change

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BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- Nearly two year ago, 104 pet store-bound puppies were rescued after the van they were in overturned on the icey roads in Avoca. Chance was one of those puppies and one of four seriously hurt. "He happened to be a puppy that was in the front passenger foot section of the van," says Connie Terry, who adopted Chance once he was fully-healed. "His kennel crate was crushed and it broke his jaw." While his jaw eventually healed, it wasn't long befo...

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  • $2.9 million mixed-use building opens in Owego

    $2.9 million mixed-use building opens in Owego

    Tuesday, December 11 2018 6:32 PM EST2018-12-11 23:32:46 GMT

    For years in Owego, there was an empty lot on Front street where a building once stood. After a fire in July of 2000, the lot sat still, unused, until now. Now, the Gateway building stands tall, offering people in Owego some housing options, as well shopping and services..

    For years in Owego, there was an empty lot on Front street where a building once stood. After a fire in July of 2000, the lot sat still, unused, until now. Now, the Gateway building stands tall, offering people in Owego some housing options, as well shopping and services..

  • "Shop with a Cop" in Steuben County

    "Shop with a Cop" in Steuben County

    Tuesday, December 11 2018 6:26 PM EST2018-12-11 23:26:50 GMT

    BATH N.Y. (WENY)-- For the fifth year in a row, the bath police department held its annual "shop with a cop" day. Joining in their holiday efforts was the  New York State Police, New York State DEC, Bath VA Police and the Hammondsport Police Department. All of these officers pooled their own money together to help give children in need a proper Christmas.  "It's just amazing , your heart just heart just kinda goes out, and the guys even at the end when we wer...

    BATH N.Y. (WENY)-- For the fifth year in a row, the bath police department held its annual "shop with a cop" day. Joining in their holiday efforts was the  New York State Police, New York State DEC, Bath VA Police and the Hammondsport Police Department. All of these officers pooled their own money together to help give children in need a proper Christmas.  "It's just amazing , your heart just heart just kinda goes out, and the guys even at the end when we wer...

  • Quarter Auctions Benefiting Local Cause Each Month

    Quarter Auctions Benefiting Local Cause Each Month

    Tuesday, December 11 2018 6:04 PM EST2018-12-11 23:04:16 GMT
    HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- They're called quarter auctions, and at St. Matthews Church in Horseheads they come along with two staples, plenty of fun and help for those that need it. These types of auctions are an exciting way to win a variety of mostly donated items for less than a $1.00! It is recommended to bring a couple rolls of quarters to bid on items, but you can also get your change on site as well. All of the money that is brought in tonight will go towards gifts f...
    HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- They're called quarter auctions, and at St. Matthews Church in Horseheads they come along with two staples, plenty of fun and help for those that need it. These types of auctions are an exciting way to win a variety of mostly donated items for less than a $1.00! It is recommended to bring a couple rolls of quarters to bid on items, but you can also get your change on site as well. All of the money that is brought in tonight will go towards gifts f...
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  • Ex-head of New York's Polytechnic Institute faces sentencing

    Ex-head of New York's Polytechnic Institute faces sentencing

    Tuesday, December 11 2018 11:09 AM EST2018-12-11 16:09:05 GMT
       NEW YORK (AP) - The ex-president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute is facing sentencing in the corruption of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic redevelopment program.    Alain Kaloyeros was the school's president when the Democratic governor tapped him to help a quest to create high-tech jobs in upstate New York.    Prosecutors seek substantial prison time at Tuesday's sentencing. Defense lawyers wan...
       NEW YORK (AP) - The ex-president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute is facing sentencing in the corruption of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic redevelopment program.    Alain Kaloyeros was the school's president when the Democratic governor tapped him to help a quest to create high-tech jobs in upstate New York.    Prosecutors seek substantial prison time at Tuesday's sentencing. Defense lawyers wan...
  • Car Accident Leads to Arrest in Ithaca

    Car Accident Leads to Arrest in Ithaca

    Tuesday, December 11 2018 7:30 AM EST2018-12-11 12:30:58 GMT

    A woman from Ithaca is in trouble with the law after police say she hit one of their patrol cars.

    A woman from Ithaca is in trouble with the law after police say she hit one of their patrol cars.

  • One Person Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

    One Person Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

    Tuesday, December 11 2018 7:25 AM EST2018-12-11 12:25:40 GMT

    One person is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Chautauqua County.

    One person is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Chautauqua County.

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  • Federal transportation grants aid projects in New York, Pennsylvania

    Federal transportation grants aid projects in New York, Pennsylvania

    Tuesday, December 11 2018 6:43 PM EST2018-12-11 23:43:16 GMT

    The Trump administration Tuesday announced it is distributing more than a billion dollars in federal grant funding for transportation projects nationwide.

    The Trump administration Tuesday announced it is distributing more than a billion dollars in federal grant funding for transportation projects nationwide.

  • The Latest: Trump escalates shutdown threat over border wall

    The Latest: Trump escalates shutdown threat over border wall

    Tuesday, December 11 2018 12:18 PM EST2018-12-11 17:18:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's promised U.S.-Mexico border wall (all times local):    12:05 p.m.    President Donald Trump is escalating his shutdown threat over U.S.-Mexico border wall funding at a heated White House meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.    Trump said during the open-press session Tuesday that, "If we don't have border security, we'll shut down the government." He says his lon...

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's promised U.S.-Mexico border wall (all times local):    12:05 p.m.    President Donald Trump is escalating his shutdown threat over U.S.-Mexico border wall funding at a heated White House meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.    Trump said during the open-press session Tuesday that, "If we don't have border security, we'll shut down the government." He says his lon...

  • Dems: Pelosi foes seek term limits on leaders, panel chairs

    Dems: Pelosi foes seek term limits on leaders, panel chairs

    Monday, December 10 2018 4:28 PM EST2018-12-10 21:28:04 GMT
    Tuesday, December 11 2018 12:52 AM EST2018-12-11 05:52:36 GMT
    Democrats say House lawmakers who've opposed Nancy Pelosi's effort to become speaker next year want her to commit to limiting how long people could serve as party leaders or committee chairs.
    Democrats say House lawmakers who've opposed Nancy Pelosi's effort to become speaker next year want her to commit to limiting how long people could serve as party leaders or committee chairs.
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