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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, July 18th

Hockey Officially Returning to First Arena:


At a press conference at the First Arena Tuesday it was officially confirmed that hockey will be returning to the arena this year.  Owner of the Elmira Pioneers, Robbie Nichols is the man making the return possible.  He announced during the conference that he has entered into an agreement to lease the arena with an option to purchase it down the road.  He also promised that it won’t just be a hockey facility, saying that it will be “busy again every weekend” and that the arena “belongs to the community; it belongs to everybody.”  He made reference to the circus, World Championship Ice Racing, and Wine on Ice.  Details about the new hockey team, including name, colors, and players will be shared with the community next week on July 25th at 3:30 at the First Arena.



Skelos and Son Found Guilty Again:


After four days of deliberation, jurors have once again convicted former New York State Senator Dean Skelos, as well as his son, on charges of extortion, wire fraud, and bribery.  Prosecutors say Skelos and his son, Adam, worked together to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies by threatening punishment in form of negative legislation.  The pair were previously found guilty in 2015, but when the public corruption laws were changed, a new trial was ordered.



Verizon Reaches Deal to Expand Internet Services in Upstate:


An agreement has been reached between Verizon and the New York State Public Service Commission that will allow the telecommunications company to expand its high-speed internet services to the upstate.  Verizon is expected to make its high-speed broadband internet available to 47,000 more households starting this year.  The Commission says this will result in the “availability of high quality, more reliable landline telephone service to currently underserved communities and will increase Verizon’s competitive presence.”  Not included in the deal is Verizon’s Fios TV network.  The company is not looking to expand that at this time.



Road Closures in Corning This Week:


Paving and repair work will close some streets in Corning in this week.  Today and tomorrow Riverside Drive from Bridge Street to Warren Street, East William Street from Bridge Street to Warren, Ferris Street from East William to Riverside Drive, and East Pultney Street from James Street to the end will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Then on Friday, Buffalo Street from Reynolds Street to Townsend Street, and Stimson Street from Reynolds Street to Culter Street will be closed, also from 6 to 6.



Non-Native Ticks Found in New York:


A new species of tick has been found in New York.  Non-native Longhorned ticks have been found in multiple locations within Westchester County.  They are native to Australia, New Zealand, and eastern Asia and have been known to transmit disease to humans, though it is unknown at this time if that can happen in the U.S.  The ticks have also been spotted in New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina.  The State Department of Health says that steps to protect against native deer ticks are also effective against this foreign tick.  Ways to prevent ticks while outside include: wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, checking for ticks often and brushing any away before they can attach, performing full body checks multiple times a day as well as at the end of the day, and you can consider the use of repellents.   

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