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Today's Top Stories - Monday June 19th

CORNING ROADS CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION
Several roads in Corning  are closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. as milling and paving construction begins. Today and Tuesday Fox Street will be closed from West First Street to West Third Street as well as South Pearl Street from East Fourth Street to Upper Delevan Avenue. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday will be Lower Delevan Avenue from McMahon Avenue to Park Avenue and McMahon Avenue from Watauga Avenue to Lower Delevan Avenue. From Wednesday through Friday, the following  streets will be reworked:

·         Dodge Avenue from Cayuta Street to Onondaga Street

·         Dwight Avenue from Onondaga Street to Seneca Street

·         Onondaga Street from Reynolds Avenue to Kingsbury Avenue

·         Princeton Avenue from Seneca Street to Buffalo Street

·         Winfield street from Reynolds Avenue to Dodge Avenue

 

PUBLIC HEARING FOR HAMMONDSPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL SCHEDULED
Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a Public Hearing on District Code of Conduct and the District SAVE Plan this Wednesday June 21st at 5:00pm in the High School Library. The school’s  regular board meeting is scheduled to follow the public hearing.

 

GUTHRIE AWARDED IAC ACCREDITATION
Guthrie has been awarded a three year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for its Vascular Labs in Owego, Corning Centerway, Ithaca, Troy, Sayre, Big Flats, Wellsboro and Towanda. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application. Guthrie is a non-profit serving  patients from an 11-county service area and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network.

 

ST. JAMES UPGRADES MRI
St. James Mercy Hospital officially cut the ribbon on its new, upgraded MRI service yesterday. Organization leaders presided over a ceremony that included remarks from President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan, as well as Dr. David Waldman, Chairman of Imaging at the University of Rochester Medical Center which provides imaging services at St. James Mercy Hospital. MRI machines use a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the inside of the body to help diagnose or monitor treatment for a variety of conditions.

 

SCHUMER CALLS ON HELP FROM DEA HEROIN ENFORCEMENT TEAMS
Senator Schumer urges federal help to combat the opioid addiction epidemic, calling on the Drug Enforcement Agency to equip New York state with one of four special heroin enforcement teams. The four teams’ purpose is to counteract  heroin trafficking in states citing heroin as the highest drug threat. It is reported that in 2015, heroin overdose deaths spiked by 30 percent in our state.  Currently, there are 24 New York counties identified as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas and New York City remains a leading heroin trafficking hub.

 

STATE PANEL VOTES TO USE FAMILIAL DNA EVIDENCE
The State Commission on Forensic Science voted 9-2 to allow familial DNA to be used by law enforcement agencies in the state for felony and sex crime investigations. The process is expected to be used in the state as soon as the fall and involves investigators checking genetic material of relatives who are already in the state’s DNA database to identify or eliminate suspects of murder, arson, sexual assault, kidnapping and terrorism cases. Familial DNA can be examined once other leads have gone cold and there is there no known direct connection to the suspect.

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