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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, November 27


Closings/Cancellations:

 

Corning Community College is closed today.

 

 

No Injuries in Hornellsville Accident:

 

No injuries are being reported in a two car accident that occurred Tuesday evening.  According to Sheriff's Deputies, Robert Drake of Canisteo lost control of his vehicle just before 8 p.m. on State Route 36 in the Town of Hornellsville and collided with a Steuben County plow truck being driven by Ricky Williams.  Charges may be pending.

 

 

Beaver Dams Man Arrested in Connection to Meth Lab:

 

A Schuyler County man wanted in connection to a fire and suspected meth lab earlier this month is now in custody.  26-year-old Jonathan Wallenbeck, of Beaver Dams, was arrested on a probation violation warrant, but more charges are pending.  He was wanted in connection to a suspected meth lab and a fire that occurred on County Route 18 in the town of Dix.  A woman was badly injured in the fire. 

 

 

Weather Advisory Extended:

 

The winter weather advisory for the local area has been extended by the National Weather Service.  It will now be in effect until 7 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.

 

 

O’Mara Meeting with Cuomo Admin.:

 

State Senator Tom O’Mara met at the Capitol Tuesday with Cuomo administration officials on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center.  Following the meeting, the Senator released a statement saying, “It was a valuable face-to-face listening session.  It was a direct opportunity to keep making the case for the Elmira Psychiatric Center as an irreplaceable local employer and mental health service provider, and that’s important.”  He also reminded residents that he’s continuing to offer the online the Save the Elmira Psychiatric Center petition on his website http://www.omara.nysenate.gov.

 

 

Labor Dept. Releases Preliminary Oct. Unemployment Rates:

 

The State Labor Department released preliminary local area unemployment rates for October Tuesday.  The state’s private sector job count increased by 9,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was 7.7 percent.  Elmira had the highest unemployment among those recorded in the upstate at rate 7.8 percent.

 

 

New Poll Show Growing Opposition to Fracking:

 

A new Marist poll shows that opposition to fracking in New York State is growing.  The numbers released this week shows 47 percent of adults in the state oppose hydrofracking for natural gas in the Marchellus Shale.  37 percent support it.  Opposition is up by eight percent from a similar poll taken back in March.

 

 

Keshequa, Dansville Schools Considering Merger:

 

A lot of area schools have taken a look at the possibility of merging lately, and Keshequa and Dansville are among the latest to join the discussion.  The Evening Tribune reports that the two schools will be meeting next week to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of merging their two districts.  The meeting, which will be held on Tuesday at Keshequa High School, will bring together Board of Education members from both districts, as well as Superintendents. 

 

 

Palmesano to Co-Host Common Core Forum:

 

Asemblyman Phil Palmesano and Assemblyman Christopher Friend will join education leaders at a Common Core forum on Thursday, December 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Corning East High School Cafeteria in Corning.  Local education experts, educators, and parents will be in attendance to discuss the implementation of curriculum based on the Common Core standards and other relevant educational topics.

 

 

Dresser Rand Makes Safest Company List:

 

A local company has received a new honor.  Dresser-Rand, a global supplier of rotating equipment solutions to the oil, gas, petrochemical, power, and process industries was selected as one of America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today magazine.  The Painted Post company was also selected as a winner of the 2013 Southwest Oil & Gas Award.  Dresser Rand is one of 16 companies out of a field of 100 contenders to be recognized.

 

 

Increased Traffic Patrols this Thanksgiving:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that, in an effort to prevent highway tragedies during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the New York State Police will initiate special traffic enforcement efforts starting today.  Troopers will supplement regular patrols, focusing on aggressive driving, impaired driving, and distracted driving.  They’ll be using fixed sobriety checkpoints, and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles to locate drivers talking or texting on cell phones.


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