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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, June 13th

Trooper Foglia Released from Hospital:


Craig Foglia, the state trooper seriously injured during a traffic stop on I-86, was released from the hospital Wednesday.  Trooper Foglia had been at Strong Memorial in Rochester since his patrol vehicle was hit from behind in May.



Corning Woman Accused of Breaking into Home, Assaulting Resident:


A Corning woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly broke into a residence on East First Street in Corning.  Corning Police say 19-year-old Harley Sly unlawfully entered the home around 4 p.m. Wednesday and when the victim asked her to leave, Sly attacked the victim in front of the victim’s young child.  According to police, neither the victim nor the suspect knew the other.  Sly has been charged with burglary, assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.  She is being held at the Steuben County Jail.



Disaster Declaration for Counties Affected by Winter Storm:


Tioga and Tompkins counties are among the 28 included in a major disaster declaration that’s been issued for “Winter Storm Stella,” which hit New York in March.  Funding is being made available for emergency protective measures, debris removal, and repairs to public infrastructure.  The storm brought significant snowfall, and cost state and local governments more than $31.4 million in response costs and infrastructure damage. 



“Human Error” Behind Verizon Data Breach:


Verizon customers are being advised to update their pin codes after the company confirmed that the personal information of six-million customers has been leaked online.  Verizon was informed of the breach on June 13th by cyber-security company Upguard, but the hole wasn’t closed until June 22nd.  Verizon said no loss or theft of customer information occurred.  They said the cause was “human error.”   



Final Plans for Corning Soil Cleanup Released:


The final cleanup plans for areas with contaminated soil in Corning have been released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.   The plans include excavation and off-site disposal, environmental easements, site management, and more.  For more details, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/97180.html.  The contamination, including brick, ash, glass, and more, was first discovered in 2012.



Governor Signs Hemp Production Legislation:


Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Cornell University, Wednesday, where he signed new legislation aimed at boosting hemp production in the state.  The bill clarifies the status of industrial hemp, labeling it as an agricultural commodity.  Cuomo also announced $10 million in funding to advance research and provide resources to future processing businesses.  Industrial hemp generates more than $570 million nationally each year.



White Deer Depot Will Have Some Paid Positions:


As Deer Haven Park, formerly the Seneca Army Depot, prepares to open to the public for tours, President Dennis Money has announced that there will be some opportunities for paid positions at the park.  Most of the work is expected to be done by volunteers.  Job interviews won’t start for several weeks yet.  

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