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Today's Top Stories - Monday, May 8th

Meth Found in Addison Home:


The discovery of drugs and related paraphernalia at a home in Addison has resulted in the arrest of one man.  53-year-old Charles McPherson has been charged with criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminally using drug paraphernalia.  Police say they seized about $10,000 cash, over a pound of marijuana, about a gram of cocaine, and about 10 grams of methamphetamine.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $25,000 bail.



Angry Crowds Meet Reed at Town Halls:


Following his vote for the new GOP healthcare bill last week, Congressman Tom Reed held several town halls over the weekend where he faced angry voters.  There were signs slamming Reed and chants of “Repeal and Replace Tom Reed” as the Republican tried to explain his support of the bill that would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act, including the expansion of Medicaid coverage.  It would also allow insurance companies to charge higher premiums on older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions.  Reed defended his vote, saying that the problems of the ACA aren’t going away, and that they’re trying to solve it.



Bath-Haverling Earns High National Ranking:


For the fifth time in six years, Bath-Haverling Central School has been honored by the U.S. News and World Report as being in the top tier of all high schools in the United States.  Bath earned a “bronze medal” based on the performance of its students on standardized assessments, graduation rates, and on predictors for college readiness. 



Proposed Bill Looks to Stop Spread of Lethal Drug:


A new bi-partisan bill proposed by New York State leaders would help cut off the flow of the lethal drug fentanyl from China, Mexico, and other countries before it does more damage.  Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin.  In New York City alone over 1,000 people died from the drug last year.  The bill would give customs and border patrol more resources to detect fentanyl in the mail and consignment carriers.  Meanwhile, the White House has proposed cutting funding to the Office of National Drug Control Policy by 95 percent.



“Free Tuition” Applications Start in June:


Applications for ‘free tuition’ scholarships for middle class students looking to attend SUNY or CUNY schools this fall open on June 7th.  For 2017, the family income requirement is less than $100,000.  The plan doesn’t include books, or room and board.



Union Dues Now Tax Deductible:


Following an official signing by Governor Andrew Cuomo Friday, New York union dues are now fully tax deductible under a state budget provision.  The bill is expected to affect about 500,000 union workers in public and private sectors, and according to Cuomo is should save taxpayers roughly $70 a year.



RSVP Volunteer Recognition May 17th:


Dozens of Steuben County RSVP volunteers will be recognized for their dedication to the community this month at the annual RSVP awards tea ceremony.  The volunteers will be honored on May 17th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport.  Awards include the Louise Argentieri Service Award being presented to Elin Peterson of Bath, who volunteered over 2,000 hours in 2016, and the Spirit of Volunteerism Award being presented to Delores D’Aspice of Hornell, who has delivered meals to the homebound for 23 years as part of the ProAction Senior Nutrition home delivery program and has accumulated nearly 8,900 lifetime service hours with RSVP.

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