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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 23rd

Severe Storms Hit Region:


As predicted, severe weather hit our region Tuesday with the National Weather Service even going so far as to issue a Tornado Warning for Steuben and Yates Counties.  Thankfully, the damage locally seems minimal at this time, with NYSEG reporting no outages in Steuben County.  The Great New York State Fair did see some delay in preparations due to heavy wind and rain, but the show is expected to go on today, though some rides may open later to ensure they all go through the four-level inspection process.



Rape Charge for Greenwood Man:


A Greenwood man is facing several sexual abuse charges following his arrest.  State Police have charged 47-year-old Thomas Loop with rape and criminal sexual act for allegedly have sex and other conduct with a person younger than 15 on multiple occasions.  He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $20,000 cash bail.



Rep. Reed Responds to President’s Afghanistan  Announcement:


On Monday, President Donald Trump walked back statements he made on the campaign trail to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, announcing instead a new strategy that will see more troops headed overseas.  The President has received some backlash for not providing details, such as how many troops, but locally Representative Tom Reed praised the move.  Speaking in Elmira, Reed called the lack of detail a strategy against the enemy.  “You make sure you keep your enemies guessing on what our strategies will be and what our troop levels will be,” said Reed.  On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence also declined to give specifics, but he did cite Pentagon plans from June that called for 3,900 more troops.



Drug Dealers Could Face Death Penalty Under Proposed Law:


Representative Tom Reed has announced plans to reintroduce legislation that would see heroin dealers facing the possibility of life in prison or even the death sentence if the dealer’s product kills a user and is laced with deadly substances.  Specifically, the bill targets dealers who sell fentanyl-laced heroin.  The bill was first introduced last year, but was eventually dropped.



NYS Fair Launches Livestream and Alerts for Cow Births:


Taking inspiration from April the giraffe, the New York State Fair has announced the launch of a 24-hour livestream for calf births at the cow birthing center.  If you can’t make it to the fairgrounds in person to witness one of these “udder miracles” you can watch online at the New York Animal Agriculture YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-HULCbrA2s&feature=youtu.be  or at www.uddermiracles.com.  And to really make sure you don’t miss out, you can also sign up for text alerts, which will provide updates on births, by texting “moo” to 24587.  

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