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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, March 23rd

Man Arrested on Rape Charges:


The Village of Bath Police Department has arrested Derick Giardina after an investigation into a reported rape case where Giardina allegedly had sexual contact with a 15-year-old.  Giardina faces two counts of rape, three counts of criminal sexual act, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Giardina was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.



Hornell Man Facing Drug Charges:


A Hornell man extradited from New Jersey is behind bars in Steuben County today.  25-year-old Brandon Miles is facing charges of criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance, as well as felony violation of probation.  He is being held without bail while he awaits arraignment.



Corning, DEC Talk Soil Remediation:


Wednesday night, Corning Inc., and the State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health presented their soil remediation plans and updated Corning residents on clean-up efforts at a meeting in Corning.  The DEC says its primary objective is to gain access to residential properties within their “study areas,” test for contamination, provide remediation if necessary, and then issue “no further action” letters when the work is done.  They say they hope some “no further action” letters will be issued soon, within in the next two months.  The State says the community can help speed up the process through their comment period.  For the full presentation and more information visit http://postcreekstudyarea.com



Healthcare Vote Today, Local Organizations Speak Out Against New Plan:


A vote is expected today in the House of Representatives on the Republican’s proposed replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act.  It’s unclear if the American Health Care Act will have enough “yes” votes to pass, but one lawmaker who has said he will vote for it is Representative Tom Reed, despite urging from local organizations for him to vote it down.  On Wednesday, Able2 Enhancing Potential, AIM Independent Living Center, Pathways Inc., and the Arcs of Steuben and Schuyler issued a joint statement voicing their concerns over the legislation, specifically its proposed changes to Medicaid, including the recently added Medicaid Local Share Limitation amendment.  The amendment would shift costs of Medicaid from counties to the state.  Arc of Steuben Executive Director Bernie Burns said bluntly that “the reductions… will destroy services for people with development disabilities.”



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Receives “Comfort Bags” for Kids:


Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Painted Post, Steuben County Deputies now have comfort bags that they can present to children involved in stressful situations.  The bags are a result of a donation of 100 stuffed animals from Douglas Toys in New Hampshire and a $100 gift card from Walmart.  Members of the Kiwanis Club also purchased crayons and coloring books to fill the bags.



Lawmakers Propose Free Tampons:


Members of the legislative’s women’s caucus have proposed a series of bills that would offer women in poorer communities better access to necessary hygiene products.  The bills would offer tampons free of charge in schools, homeless shelters, and local and state correctional facilities.  The women’s caucus says access to feminine hygiene products is not only about necessity, but dignity.

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