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Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office to Test Drug ID System at Upcoming Phish Concert:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office might get some unexpected help in selecting a new drug identification system – attendees of the upcoming Phish concert at Watkins Glen International.  On Monday, Sheriff Jim Allard told the county Public Safety and Corrections Committee that he wants to move forward with the purchase of a system that can detect and identify drugs without opening the packaging – an important ability when it comes to highly potent and dangerous drugs like fentanyl – but county officials haven’t been able to decide between two competing systems.  So, the idea has been proposed to use an amnesty barrel at the concert.  Attendees can throw out any drugs they may have without fear of arrest, and authorities can use it as an opportunity to do a blind test of the two systems.  Whichever one does end up being purchased, Sheriff Allard said the Sheriff’s Office will offer it for use free of charge to other law enforcement within in the county.



COB Annex Close to Completion:


Affected departments and agencies are expected to begin moving into the Steuben County Office Building annex in early August, with only minor details left to be finished.  According to plans approved by the county Legislature’s special Space Committee, the three-story annex will house the county Board of Elections offices and electronic voting machines, and records storage for current reports on the first floor.  Cornell Cooperative Extension Steuben, a demonstration kitchen, and a conference room will be on the second floor.  The third floor will remain vacant to allow for expansion as needed.  Construction of the East Morris Street annex, as well as a long-term records storage facility on Mount Washington, will cost a total of $8.7 million and is being paid for through a low-interest bond and county reserves.



Corning Inc. Announces Q2 Earnings:


Corning Incorporated has announced its 2nd Quarter financial earnings.  There was a 9 percent increase in year-over-year sales from Q2 in 2017 to Q2 in 2018, growing from 2.5 billion to 2.8 billion.  Share wise, year-over-year earnings did drop 3 percent from 39 cents to 38 cents.  Core earnings are down 10 percent year-over-year, down to 359 million from 400 million.



P-P Taco Bell Raises $1,000 for Family of Fallen NYS Trooper:


On Sunday, the Painted Post Taco Bell donated 10 percent of their proceeds to the family of fallen New York State Trooper Nicholas Clark.  The restaurant raised $1,025 over the day.  Besides supporting Trooper Clark’s family, Taco Bell also offered free meals to all local law enforcement that day.



Farming Industry Celebrates 100th:


Two longtime farm-based agencies in Steuben County took time out Sunday for one of several 100th anniversary celebrations planned for this year.  Members of the Steuben Farm Bureau and representatives of Cornell Cooperative Extension Steuben gathered for a chicken barbecue and pass-the-dish meal at the Howard Community Center in Howard.



Kraft Heinz Recalls Cheese Dip:


Kraft Heinz has announced the recall of a cheese dip that could potentially lead to botulism.  Around 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip are being recalled because the product is showing signs that it could allow for the growth of the bacteria that causes botulism.  Affected are 15oz. jars with “best when used by” dates from October 31st 2018 to January 23rd 2019.  Anyone with such jars should return them for an exchange or refund.

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