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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday August 1, 2018

Department of Health Issues Algae Advisories
A blue-green Algae advisory for Smith Pond in Howard and Tanglewood Lake in Thurston has been issued by the Steuben County Department of Health and Western Regional Office of the State Department of Health in Hornell. Animals and people should avoid all contact with algae blooms, pond scums and colored water as the blooms can be toxic and pose serious health risks. The Department of Health says to take precautions by not drinking the water even if you boil it,  rinsing off with clean water if exposed and keeping kids and animals away from scum and blooms. Do not wade, fish, boat or swim near scums or blooms or eat any fish caught from the waters. Report suspected blooms to harmfulalgae@health.ny.gov


Auburn Woman Arrested for DUI and Multiple Other Charges
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of an Auburn woman for operating a vehicle under the influence in Canisteo. It is alleged that Brittany Bryan operated a motor vehicle while impaired by drug use and illegally possessed cocaine, marijuana, pills, and drug paraphernalia. Sheriffs say Bryan presented a false name and identification to deputies and was wanted for burglary in the City of Auburn. Bryan was charged for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, Criminal Impersonation in the second degree, Driving while ability impaired by drugs and Aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree and remanded to Steuben County Jail.


Canisteo Man Arrested for Harassment
A Canisteo man was taken into custody for allegedly making multiple threats. State police arrested 48-year-old Brian Nichols. He was charged with two counts of aggravated harassment. The alleged incident occurred Sunday in the town of Canisteo.


Bath Woman Arrested for Impaired Driving
A Bath woman has been charged with impaired driving. State police said they stopped 56-year-old Donna Pavese on Route 415. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, BAC above .08% and operating an unregistered vehicle. Court action is pending.


Cuomo Orders Block on Insurance Rate Spikes
As a response to the Trump Administration’s action to repeal the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act, Governor Andrew Cuomo is ordering his Department of Financial Services to reject health insurance companies’ requests to raise their rates. Cuomo says insurance companies are attempting to capitalize on a “windfall profit” and insurance carriers have increased their rates at an average of 24 percent.


NY Attorney Generals Joins Coalition in 3-D Gun Lawsuit
As part of a coalition of seven other Attorney Generals, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced that she will file a federal suit against the Trump administration blocking the sale and distribution of materials to print untraceable, undetectable guns using 3-Dimensional printers. Underwood said “It is, simply, crazy to give criminals the tools to build untraceable, undetectable 3-D printed guns at the touch of a button.” Pennsylvania's Attorney General is also participating in the lawsuit.


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