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Today's Top Stories - Monday, December 11th

Fatal Lindley Explosion Caused by “Home-Made Explosive Device”:


The deadly explosion that went off in the Town of Lindley Friday, killing one, was first described by authorities as a “woodstove explosion,” but the State Police have since released an update saying that the man died while handling a “home-made explosive device.”  They did not say what kind of device, exactly.  The explosion occurred in the garage of a residence on State Line Road around 2 p.m. 



Teen that Abandoned Baby in Elmira Pleads Guilty:


The 17-year-old that abandoned her eight-month old baby behind a home in Elmira pled guilty Friday to attempted murder in the second degree.  The plea is part of an agreement with the District Attorney’s office.  Under the deal, Harriette Hoyt is being charged as an adult and will serve 9 years in prison with 5 years post release supervision.  Hoyt’s official sentencing will be held on January 26th.  The baby is currently in foster care and is said to be doing incredibly well.



FBI Investigating Cuomo Administration’s Hiring Practices:


According to a report in the Albany Times Union, the FBI is investigating the hiring practices of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office.  The report said that the FBI is looking into the alleged practice of hiring people to work in the Governor’s office, but paying them through other entities, which the paper indicates has enabled the office to expand its staff without bloating its budget.  In response, a spokesman for Cuomo called the line of questioning absurd. 



Bradford CSD Capital Project Vote Next Week:


Residents in the Bradford Central School District will head to the polls next week to decide the fate of the school’s proposed $4 million capital project.  The project will see improvements to the primary building and athletic facilities.  Safety improvements are expected as well.  A public information meeting will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  The vote will be held Tuesday, December 19th



250 Lose Jobs in Tioga Co. Factory Shutdown:


Hundreds of employees in Tioga County are losing their jobs as Sanmina’s Owego factory has announced that is it shutting down.  50 temporary employees were laid off Thursday, and the other 247-full time employees were given 90-day notice.  Sanmina manufactures optical, electronic, and mechanical products.  The company has not disclosed why the factory is closing.  

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