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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, December 27th

2 Charged in Gun Theft:


Two Addison men are facing charges in relation to a burglary on Thursday.  29-year-old Daniel Copp is accused of entering an Addison home and stealing two shotguns and has been charged with burglary and grand larceny.  22-year-old Kristopher Blanchard is charged with criminal possession of stolen property for allegedly possessing the stolen shotguns before selling them.  Copp was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.  Blanchard was released on his own recognizance.



NYS Minimum Wage Goes Up Saturday:


Many workers throughout the state will receive a late Christmas present this week, as the New York State minimum wage is set to go up on Saturday.  On the last day of the year the minimum wage will go up 70 cents from the current $9 to $9.70 an hour.  It will go up 70 cents each year until 2020, when it will hit $12.50.



Gov. Cuomo Plans “Regional” State of the State Addresses:


Instead of the traditional “State of the State” message, Governor Andrew Cuomo has a new plan for this year’s address.  The Governor will instead give a series of regional addresses delivered across the state, as Cuomo wants to focus on regional accomplishments, goals, and challenges.  The addresses are set for the week of January 9th, with six stops expected, but no specific times or locations have been announced.



Former Employees File Suit Against Wegmans:


Grocery chain Wegmans is facing a lawsuit that has been filed by two former employees, claiming the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting act.  The suit accuses Wegmans of failing to give proper notification to job applicants and employees who became the subjects of consumer background reports, and that the company’s online authorization for a background check fails to make clear that they would obtain consumer reports.  In a statement, Wegmans responded that they are confident in their screening process, and that both it and the background check disclosure fully complies with federal law.



Steuben Co. Public Health Looking for Volunteers:


Steuben County residents looking for a unique New Year’s resolution need look no further than the county Public Health Department’s ServSTEUBEN Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).  Steuben’s corps is composed of both medical and nonmedical volunteers willing to respond in the event of a disaster.  Free online training for nonmedical volunteers is offered, but not required, and all volunteers receive basic “Just In Time Training” for their assignments when they arrive on site.  For more information, call (607) 664-2438 or go to http://tinyurl.com/ServSTEUBEN-MRC



Gas Prices Surge to Highest Level in 2016:


With just days left in 2016, the price of gas in New York State has surged to the highest it’s been all year.  According to AAA, the average price statewide is $2.47 a gallon, up four cents from last week and 23 cents higher than last year.  In the Finger Lakes region the average is $2.41 a gallon, 4 cents higher than last week.  Unfortunately, this trend is predicted to continue with expectations of tighter availability following the announcement of an OPEC deal to cut oil production starting in January.

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