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Rochester Man Killed in I-390 Accident:


A Rochester man was killed Wednesday after the vehicle he was riding in crashed on I-390.  According to police, David Edkin fell asleep at the wheel while he was driving Northbound between Exit 1 near Avoca and Exit 2 near Cohocton.  He struck the guide rail and the vehicle rolled several times.  His passenger, 29-year-old Brandon Walker was transported to Strong Memorial where he died from his injuries.  Three other passengers were also treated for non-life threatening injuries.  A criminal investigation is ongoing.



No Injuries in Woodhull Fire:


No injuries have been reported in a fire that broke out Wednesday morning at a home in the Town of Woodhull.  Fire crews were called to County Route 82 around 11:30 a.m. and they were able to contain the blaze to the bathroom and kitchen area of the residence.  Two dogs were saved.  An overheated chimney pipe is being cited as the cause.



Gov. Cuomo Announces Potential Impact of Obamacare Repeal:


With President-Elect Donald Trump and his team continuing to assert that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (known commonly as Obamacare) will be one of their top priorities when they take office, Governor Andrew Cuomo has released a statement detailing the effect the move could have on New York State.  According to the Governor, over 2.7 million residents could lose coverage, counties would lose over $595 million dollars in direct spending, and that the state budget could lose an estimated $3.7 billion dollars.  In a breakdown by county, the Governor says in Steuben County, over 10,000 people would be ask risk of losing health coverage, and the county could lose over $1.5 million in annual funding.  Cuomo called it “simply too high to justify.”



Public Hearings for Proposed Urbana Laws:


The town board in Urbana will hold a series of public hearings later this month on several proposed local laws. The laws include disallowing property tax exemptions on solar or wind energy projects and farm waste energy systems; another will deal with roaming farm animals and the third proposed legislation is called the excavation law. The hearings will be held January 17, at 6:30p.m. at the town hall on Pleasant Valley Road.



NYS to Allow Some Food, Drink Inside Funeral Homes:


On January 17th, New York State will join the rest of the country in allowing certain foods and drinks inside funeral homes.  Labeled “incidental,” it will include foods like crackers, cookies, and finger sandwiches, and drinks such as coffee, soda, and water.  The move leaves Pennsylvania as the only state that still has the food and drink ban.



Corning Salvation Army Red Kettle $4K Short of 2016 Goal:


Many Salvation Army organizations have had trouble this season meeting their Red Kettle goals, and the Corning location is no exception.  Corning came up $4,000 short of its $63,000 for 2016.  A five-day late start on the campaign is partially to blame. 



Donation to Food Bank Ensures 44K Meals for Hungry Residents:


Thanks to the efforts of local Corning Incorporated employees and donations by the Corning Foundation and Tioga Downs Casino, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier will be able to provide over 44,000 meals to hungry residents.  Corning Inc. employees donated more than $11,600 through a fund drive that started on November 1st.  The donations from the Corning Foundations and Tioga Downs brought the total to nearly $15,000.



Red Cross Appeals to Blood Donors:


With the holidays and bad winter weather combining to lead to a major nationwide shortage of blood, the American Red Cross has issued an emergency appeal to donors to get out and roll up their sleeves wherever possible.  To find a blood drive in your area, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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