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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday July 4, 2018

Local Fireworks Happening for the Holiday
Fourth of July is here and our local communities are ready to celebrate patriotically with a very favorite and sparkling American Independence Day tradition: fireworks! In Corning fireworks kick off 7pm tonight at Corning Memorial Stadium. Veterans’ Memorial Park In Hornell will begin its annual fireworks show at dusk tonight. For those looking to catch fireworks later this week: Clute Memorial Park in Watkins Glen will hold fireworks this Friday night beginning at 9:30 and at dusk on Saturday the Hammondsport Fireman’s Carnival will have fireworks to enjoy.

Mitrano Named Democratic Candidate for Congress
Democratic Candidate Max Della Pia has conceded to the race for the 23rd Congressional seat. Results of counting partial absentee ballots for the Democratic Primary held last week placed Tracy Mitrano in the lead and was the reason why Della Pia has decided to concede. Mitrano is the Democratic candidate who will face Republican incumbent Tom Reed on November 6th for the general mid-term election.

Marshall Holds Press Conference Regarding Monday’s Shooting
Bradford Superintendent John Marshall held a press conference at the Bradford Central School District’s bus garage regarding the shooting of fallen State Trooper Nicholas Clark and the suicide of Principal Steven Kiley. Marshall did not answer any questions from media or citizens at the conference. Superintendent Marshall instead read a prepared statement acknowledging Trooper Clark as a hero for his service in law enforcement and confirming Kiley as an employee of Bradford Central School but did not share any further developments, noting: “As this is an ongoing police investigation, the District is not at liberty to release any more information.”

Schumer Pushes Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says he wants to help expand the budding craft brew industry in the Southern Tier by uniting to pass legislation that cuts in half the excise tax on small breweries. The tax cut aims to give more brewers a chance to better invest in their business and employ more new workers to boost local economies. Existing tax cuts for small breweries expire in 2019 but the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) Schumer is pushing for would drop the $7 per barrel tax instead to $3.50. Schumer says the cut could save breweries up to $210,000 per year. Schumer also wants more funding by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Bureau to hire additional federal inspectors to approve and review currently-delayed permit applications needed by wineries, distilleries, and breweries to sell their locally-crafted products and expand their business.

Signal 30 Fund Supports Family of Fallen Trooper Clark
Service arrangements for Trooper Nicholas F. Clark have been set for this Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th.  The New York State Trooper was killed in the line of duty earlier this week and the Police Benevolent Association announced that it's accepting donations to its “Signal 30 Fund” to help his family. The PBA says 100 percent of donations made to the fund goes towards Troopers and their families in the event of illness, death or injury. Donations to the Signal 30 Fund can be made by check or credit card and are tax deductible. Please make checks can be made payable to: NYS Troopers Signal 30 Benefit Fund, and mailed to: NYS Troopers PBA Signal 30 Benefit Fund, 120 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Those interested in supporting online can go to the Signal 30 Website https://signal30.org/online-donations/ . To support Clark’s family please include his name in the check’s memo line or for online donations, type Trooper Clark’s name in the box asking for a specific fundraising event.


Gas Prices Up From A Year Ago Statewide and Nationally
The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.86 today, which is an increase of 63 cents from a year ago when the price was $2.23 according to AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY). New York State’s average decreased a cent from last week with today’s price at $3.01 but one year ago, the state average was more than 50 cents cheaper at $2.43. AAA expects 46.9 million Americans to travel at least 50 miles this Independence Day holiday travel period, which continues through Sunday.

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