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Settlement Hearing in Death of Ward Jr.:


The family of Kevin Ward Jr. and NASCAR star Tony Stewart met on Friday for a settlement hearing.  This was the third time they had come together to try and reach a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit.  The family filed a civil suit against Stewart after he was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in Ward’s death during a race in 2014, alleging that the driver was acting recklessly when he struck and killed the 20-year-old.  Earlier this year, Stewart sought to have the civil suit dismissed.



Coopers Plains-Long Acres Fire Dept. Expansion Out to Bid This Week:


This week the Coopers Plains-Long Acres Fire Department will put its expansion project out to bid for the second time.  The project would add 2,300 feet to the current fire hall to house two additional truck bays.  The project’s previous bidding came back too high, with the lowest bid around $600,000.  The department is hoping to stay around $475,000.  The project is partially funded through bonds.



Community Health Fair at Bath VA:


There will be a Community Health Fair at the Bath VA on Thursday, July 6th.  The event will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Building 92.   This will be an opportunity for veterans, their families, and the community to learn more about the VA and its community programs and services.  For more information, call 664-4799.



Third Straight U.S. Title for Elmira Native:


It was the third straight win for Elmira native Molly Huddle in the 10,000 meters at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento last week.  Huddle finished with a time of 31 minutes and 19.86 seconds.  Huddle holds the American record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:13:17 at the Rio Olympics, in which she finished sixth.



Bill Proposes Tax Exemption for Craft Beer Brewers:


Legislation that would help craft beer breweries has passed both the New York State Senate and Assembly.  According to the Finger Lakes Times, the bill would give licensed beer, cider, and liquor producers the same sales tax exemption that wineries currently enjoy.  Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the legislation into law.



SUNY Tuition Hike:


The SUNY board has approved a 3.1 percent hike in tuition for in-state students.  The total is now nearly $6,700 per year.  Trustees blame the free tuition plan for middle-class students for the increase.

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