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Today's Top Stories January 24th

Winter Storm


We didn’t get as much as forecast but old man winter is wreaking havoc this morning as several inches of snow has closed area schools. The winter storm warning has been downgraded to an advisory, but roads are slippery as roads crews are out clearing streets and roads.


Clayton Trial Kicks Off Third Week


On Monday, the murder trial of Thomas Clayton kicked off its third week with more witness testimony, including a senior investigator and blood spatter expert with the New York State Police who spent the better part of the day on the stand.  The investigator discussed more than 130 photos that were taken at the crime scene and testified to the various examples of blood spatter evidence, and what each one represents.  He also testified to collecting the murder weapon off State Route 225 about five days after Kelley Clayton’s death.  Court will resume today at 9:30a.m.  Clayton is facing charges of first-degree and second-degree murder in connection with his wife’s death.


Corning CEO Meets with President Trump


President Donald Trump sat down at a meeting with 10 business leaders on Monday, and among them was Corning Incorporated CEO Wendell Weeks.  The meeting was focused around the President’s promises to wipe out 75 percent of government regulations that hinder businesses, fast-track plans to open factories, and cut taxes.  Corning Inc. spokesman Joe Dunning said that “Wendell was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with President Trump” and said that the meeting was described as “very positive.”  Dunning also said Corning plans to expand U.S Manufacturing significantly in the coming years as they invest in their growing optical Communications division.


Bath Republican Caucus Jan. 30th


The Village of Bath will hold its Republican caucus at 7 p.m. Monday, January 30th at the Village Hall.  Two five-year trustee seats will be nominated for the March ballot.  All Republican voters in the village are encouraged to attend. The Democrats will caucus Wednesday night Jan 25th at   7:00pm also in the Village Hall



NYS Adds Day, Plans for Gondola:


On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced several changes that are coming to the Great New York State Fair, including that it will last a whole extra day, bringing its total to 13.  Cuomo also announced plans for a gondola that will carry attendees roughly 3,700 feet from Gate 10 to the Orange Lot entrance at the amphitheater.  It will cost $15 million, and the state is looking at federal funding to pay for it.  If approved, the project will be completed in June 2018.  There was also talk of a new Aerial Sky Ride for the Midway that will debut on the Fair’s opening day, August 23rd, and a new $35 million, 800,000 square-foot hybrid building and Expo Center that will be available year-round for local and statewide events.


Right-to-Die Bill Introduced to NYS Legislature


Legislation that would give people with terminal illnesses the right to request life-ending drugs from a physician has once again been proposed to the state Legislature.  The bill was introduced Monday in Albany and it would require two physicians to certify that the patient’s illness is terminal.


CCE to Hold Farmers’ Market Training Webinars


On February 1st, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County will host a Women, Infants, and Children Vegetables and Fruit Check Program and Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program webinar-viewing session.  The FMNP webinar will be held from noon to 1 p.m., and the WIC VF webinar will be from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for farmers interested in participating in market season.  Admission is free.  Registration is due by January 30th.  For more information contact CCE at (607) 664-2300.

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