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Today's Top Stories - Monday, May 7th

Possible Measles Exposure at Big Flats Restaurant:


The New York State Department of Health has issued a warning regarding a possible measles exposure at a restaurant in Big Flats.  According to the NYSHD, a measles-infected traveler from Europe visited multiple locations in New York, including the Old Country Buffet in Big Flats on April 30th.  The visitor was at the restaurant between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Measles can survive in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.  Anyone who has had two doses of the measles vaccine is considered immune, but the Department of Health says anyone who experiences a fever, runny nose, cough, or rash should seek medical attention. 



Jasper Man Arrested in Animal Neglect Case:


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on May 3rd deputies from the Sheriff’s office arrested 50-year-old James Lapham of Jasper after they received a report of possible animal abuse.  Following an investigation, police allege that Lapham failed to supply sustenance to his cattle.  He was charged with two counts of overdriving, a class A misdemeanor.  He was released on an appearance ticket.



Cuomo Proposes Offshore Drilling Ban:


On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a bill that proposes a ban on offshore drilling from the state’s waterways.  The bill would bar the transportation of any oil or gas collected from such drilling anywhere inside the state.  Cuomo added that he’s prepared for a legal battle with the Trump Administration over the move, but in response, Trump officials say drilling near the state’s coastline is unlikely as there are few known oil or gas reserves in the area.



$90M for State Parks, Historic Sites for Upgrades:


Dozens of state-owned parks and historic sites will see improvements this year thanks to some $90 million that’s been promised in the 2018-2019 state budget.  Projects at the nearly 50 state properties range from installing new playgrounds to building or repairing cabins and cottages.  The money is part of the state’s NY Parks 2020 plan that has issued more than $700 million in improvements at more than 170 state parks and historic sites since 2011.



VA2K Walk and Roll May 16th:


The Bath V.A. Medical Center will be holding the annual VA2K Walk and Roll to benefit homeless veterans and promote health and wellness on May 16th.  Participants can walk anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. around the parade ground on the V.A. campus.  There is no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to consider donating to support homeless veterans.  Donations include paper products and cleaning supplies.



Memorial Day Observance at Bath National Cemetery:


The Bath V.A. Medical Center, in partnership with the Bath National Cemetery, will be hosting a special Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery on Monday, May 28th.  The public is invited to participate in the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m.  The public is also encouraged to walk through the Bath National Cemetery following the ceremony to view the over 15,000 flags that will be placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade classes to honor the memory of the fallen soldiers.

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