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Family of Kevin Ward Asks Judge to Let Lawsuit Proceed:


Last month the legal team for retired NASCAR star Tony Stewart asked a Federal Court Judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed against him in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in August 2014.  Now, Ward’s parents have filed their own paperwork in hopes of showing the judge why the suit should proceed.  The lawsuit accuses Stewart of negligence, wrongful death, and pain and suffering.  The family says they “wanted justice for [their] son after not getting it criminally.”  A hearing is scheduled for later this month to consider dismissing the case. 



Southwest Steuben Without Telephones Following Fiber Optic Cut:


The southwest area of Steuben County, including the towns of Jasper, Greenwood, and West Union, were temporarily without telephone service Wednesday after a fiber optic line was cut.  Affected were service calls for the 225 and 792 exchanges.  Fire departments were staffed to handle emergencies during the outage, which was expected to be corrected by late last night.



Police Investigating Possible Hacking of Buffalo Hospital:


Police are investigating the possible hacking of the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, one of the largest hospitals in upstate New York.  Hospital officials say the facility’s computer system was taken down Sunday after a virus was detected.  While staff was forced to use paper forms to conduct business, access to medical records was on hold, and the email system was down, officials say all the operations are continuing and haven’t been interrupted.   They say the FBI has also been informed of the matter.



NYS Judge Found Dead in Hudson:


Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman appointed to the New York Court of Appeals and the first Muslim woman to serve as a U.S. judge, was found dead Wednesday after her body washed up in the Hudson River.  She was 65.  The New York Police Department said the medical examiner will determine a cause of death and the incident is under investigation.  Abdus-Salaam was elected to the Supreme Court of the State of New York in 1993.  She was appointed to the state Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013.  In a statement, the Governor called her a “pioneer” and a “force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.”



Steuben Co. Sheriff Reminds Residents of Water Safety Rules:


As the weather warms and activity increases on lakes, ponds, and rivers, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is reminding all water sports enthusiasts to be safe while on the waterways of Steuben County.  The Sheriff’s Department is also reminding everyone of the legal requirements applying to paddle crafts and manually powered vessels.  State law requires that all occupants of a vessel 21 feet or less in length wear a personal flotation device from November 1st to May 1st.  All sailboats under 23 feet in length, and manually powered vessels, including paddle craft, are required to have a whistle for sounding a distress.  Paddle craft include canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and pedal boats.



Bath Rotarians Dish Up at Red Door Kitchen:


Bath Rotarians recently helped serve up lunch to community members at the Red Door Community Kitchen at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.  The program, which began three years ago, serves a free meal to anyone visiting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the church’s great hall.  Besides the Rotarians, several other local organizations help out with cooking and serving in the weekly kitchen.  The Bath Presbyterian Church and Steuben Arc each have a team who serve lunch, and there are three teams of St. Thomas parishioners.  If you’d like to help out as well, the church accepts monetary and food donations for the Red Door Community Kitchen. 



4th Annual Women’s Financial Conference Nov. 4th:


The 4th Annual Southern Tier Financial Conference: Financial Education for Women by Women has been scheduled for November 4th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Triangle Lounge at Corning Community College.  It’ll be an opportunity for women to learn how to improve their minds, bodies, and checkbooks.  The cost is $25 per person for ages 16 and up, that includes lunch, networking, the conference, and the book Live Richer Challenge by Tiffany Aliche.  After September 30th the cost will increase to $35 per person.  Registration and pre-payment can be sent to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County or purchased online at http://bit.ly/financialconference17.    

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