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Today's Top Stories - Friday, January 13th

Clayton Trial Underway, First Statements Made:


It was a bit of a late start Thursday, after court was abruptly adjourned, but the trial of Thomas Clayton did eventually get underway just ahead of 2 p.m. with opening statements.  Special prosecutor Weeden Wetmore spoke for more than 90 minutes, describing the night of Kelley Clayton’s murder, and Thomas Clayton’s actions leading up to that night.  Wetmore also said that the third man charged in the case – Mark Blandford – will be taking the stand, and if he gives truthful testimony, he can plead guilty to second-degree murder.  Clayton’s defense attorney spoke for roughly 40 minutes, maintaining that it was it was Michael Beard alone that killed Kelley, and that Clayton never wanted his wife dead.  The first witness is expected to take the stand today at 9:30. Why proceedings were delayed Thursday was not released.



Multiple Charges for Corning Man Following Crash:


A Corning man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly drove drunk and got into an accident.  Corning Police say they arrested 51-year-old Abel Townsend on January 10th after they found him behind the wheel of a car at Ferris Street and Riverside Drive that had allegedly hit another car, a building, and a city light pole, and then attempted to flee the scene.  Townsend was charged with DWI, refusal to submit to a breath screening test, failure to keep right, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 cash bail.



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office to Conduct Yearlong Study:


A yearlong internal analysis is set to take place within the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, according to county Sheriff Jim Allard. Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety Committee this week the study will look at the strengths of his office as well as highlight ways to improve it. The study will be conducted by county Undersheriff John McNelis. The final report will be presented to the committee, with recommendations, at the end of the year.



Empire Access Launches in Corning:


Prattsburgh based telecommunications company Empire Access continues to grow.  The company has announced that it has now launched fiber optic Internet, TV, and phone services in the City of Corning.  The new fiber service utilizes Corning Inc. fiber optic products, and is being offered to both residential and business customers.



Dormann Library, CCE Receive Funds from RACE Foundation:


On Thursday night, the Dormann Library in Bath and the Cornell Cooperative Extension were awarded a grant during a special ceremony hosted by Watkins Glen International.  WGI’s Racing and Community Enrichment Foundation (RACE) is awarding $15,000 to 10 nonprofit organizations.   Each organization that was selected provides some sort of youth support, ranging from academic to health improvement.



United Health Care Workers Voice Obamacare Repeal Concerns:


United Health Care Workers and concerned citizens gathered in Corning to voice their objections to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  The United Health Care Workers say that over 10,000 people in Steuben County alone could lose their health care if Obamacare – as it’s known – is repealed.  Members of the “Citizen Action of New York Organization’ encourage members of the public to contact Congressman Tom Reed to express their concerns and plead the importance of fixing the current health care system rather than repealing it.



Area ARCs Rally for Higher Pay for Direct Support Professionals:


As Governor Andrew Cuomo prepares to unveil the 2017-2018 state budget, some 100 people gathered at the Arnot Mall to tell the Governor to “be fair to direct care.”  Representatives from the ARCs of Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben, among others, rallied at the mall Thursday in support of increased pay for DSPs – or Direct Support Professionals, the men and women who work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  They were joined by local legislators Senator Tom O’Mara, and Assemblymen Chris Friend and Phil Palmesano, who also voiced their support.  The Governor is expected to release the preliminary budget in the next two weeks.  The state budget deadline is April 1st.



Ford Adds 816,000 Vehicles to Airbag Recall:


Ford’s airbag recall woes continue, as the company is adding more than 816,000 vehicles in North America to the list of those with the defective Takata airbags.  The latest callback includes the Mustang from 2005 to 2009, and 2012, the Ford Fusion, Lincoln Zephyr, and Lincoln MKZ from 2006 to 2009, and 2012.  All have front passenger air bag inflators made by Takata that can explode with too much force and throw metal shrapnel.



CVS Cutting Price on Life-Saving Epinephrine Pen:


One of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains has announced that it’s cutting the price of a new generic version of the EpiPen.  CVS will offer a two-pack of Adrenaclick that retails for $110, but the company says that most customers will qualify for a manufacturer’s coupon that will knock the price down to $10.99.  The move is in direct opposition of the company Mylan which manufactures the name-brand EpiPen.  They controversially raised their price last year to more $600 for a two-pack, and their generic version is priced around $300.  Both Adrenaclick and EpiPen give an emergency injection of epinephrine to treat life-threatening allergic reactions.   

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