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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, March 30th

Judge Asked to Dismiss Tony Stewart Wrongful Death Claim:


On Tuesday, NASCAR star Tony Stewart filed a motion asking a judge to dismiss many of the claims in the wrongful death lawsuit that followed the crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in which a North Country driver was killed.  In August 2014, Stewart was racing at the dirt track when 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. left his car after crashing and stepped onto the track.  The lawsuit, filed by Ward’s family, claims Stewart was driving recklessly and that he gunned his engine while under a caution, causing his car to slide and hit Ward.  A grand jury determined after the accident that Stewart would face no charges.  Mediation on the case is set for April 18th, and a hearing on Stewart’s motion is set for April 28th.



Palmesano Confident About State Budget Deadline:


In a phone interview Wednesday, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said that while there are still issues to be ironed out in the state budget, he and other lawmakers are continuing to work to meet the April 1st deadline.  Key points include the age of criminal responsibility, and increased state funding for local roads and highways.  If the deadline isn’t met, Palmesano assures that there are measures in place to avoid a government shutdown.   



Bath Food Hub Project On Hold:


Budget concerns have put the construction of a $3.9 million “food hub” in Bath on hold.  Construction was expected to get underway at the former Dana Lyon Middle School as early as this spring, but according to Executive Director of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Jamie Johnson, the project is on hold until the federal budget is adopted and sponsors know what the federal funding levels will look like.   The “food hub” will be a central location for collecting, processing, packaging, and distributing local agricultural projects.  There will also be kitchen and restaurant incubators, as well as office space.  Officials estimate it could generate $1.3 million for Steuben farmers and employ roughly 40 people at the site and participating farms.



Steuben Indictments Up in 2016:


The Steuben County District Attorney’s Office has released its 2016 annual report and the action was up slightly last year.  The number of indictments in 2016 was 390, up six from the year before, but county District Attorney Brooks Baker says the number of people indicted is probably much higher than that as many of the indictments included multiple defendants – particularly in drug cases. 



CCC Job Fair Today:


The Corning Community College regional job fair is open to everyone today.  Some 80 employers are expected to be in attendance, looking for full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal workers.  Industries include, healthcare, accounting firms, banks, auto body, and more.  The fair is from noon to 3 p.m. and will be held in the gymnasium.



No Wasting Disease Found in NY Deer:


It’s good news for deer in New York State.  The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that following the testing of roughly 2,400 white-tailed deer last season, the population shows no signs of chronic wasting disease.  The highly contagious disease causes deer to become emaciated and uncoordinated, and eventually they die.

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