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State Police Seek Suspects in Prattsburgh Assault:


The State Police of Bath are looking for a man and woman connected to an attack in Prattsburgh.  The incident happened Sunday across from a home on Main Street that has a Trump/Pence banner displayed, among other flags.  The altercation is believed to be politically motivated as, according to the homeowner, the pair got out of their car, unhappy with the banner, and verbally assaulted them.  When the homeowner’s two sons confronted the pair, an assault ensued and the suspects eventually pepper sprayed the sons.  One of the sons suffered a minor neck injury.  State Police say they are looking for the suspects and the investigation is ongoing. 



Steven Prevention Coalition Loses Funding:


The Steuben Prevention Coalition, a county-wide program working to reduce the use of drugs and alcohol by youth, has received troubling news.  The federal grant which provides all of its funding was not approved for the coming year.  The Coalition has received the $125,000 federal Drug-Free Communities grant every year since 2013.  Prevention Director at the Steuben Council on Addictions, Jim Bassage said he’s not sure why the grant was denied, and that they’re looking for feedback about their application.  The Coalition has been in contact with Representative Tom Reed’s office and, according to a spokesman, the congressman has reached out to the administration and the Office of White House Drug Control Policy for more information.  The Coalition can reapply for the grant next year.   



State Police Bumping Patrols During Back-to-School Season:


The New York State Police are stepping up efforts to make sure students get to and from their schools safely this back to school season .  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that state police are increasing patrols and cracking down on aggressive and dangerous drivers.  Troopers will be looking for speeders, anyone who doesn’t yield to pedestrians, and those who don’t watch for stopped school buses.  According to the Governor, last April, 850 people were ticketed for illegally passing a school bus in just one day.  Additionally, State Police are partnering with AAA this year for the “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign.  All marked patrol cars will have AAA’s School’s Open bumper stickers to help raise awareness about pedestrian safety and to remind drivers to slow down and stop for school buses. 



New Overdose Antidote Development to be Paid For by Major Opioid Maker:


To reverse overdoses and save lives, first responders carry naloxone, but the price of the antidote can be prohibitive for state and local governments.  To combat this, Harm Reduction Therapeutics, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit is developing a low-cost naloxone nasal spray and the organization is now set to receive a major financial boost to the project from Purdue Pharma.  The company, which makes OyxContin and whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the nationwide overdose and addiction crisis, announced Wednesday its making a $3.4 million grant to help develop the low-cost alternative.  HRT says it hopes to have the new version on the market within two years. 



Work Set to Begin on S.R. 54A Monday:


Emergency wall and culvert repairs on State Route 54A are set to get underway on Monday.  Motorists should be aware that the road at the primary site, located approximately 4.5 miles north of Hammondsport, will be closed for the duration of the work, which is expected to take between eight and ten weeks.  During this time, traffic will be detoured on County Route 76 and Boyd Hill Road.  Work at the second site, located approximately 0.8 miles north of Hammondsport, has already begun and limited traffic to one lane.  That project is expected last about 4 weeks.



30 More People Sickened by Honey Smacks Cereal:


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding consumers that no one should be buying or selling any form of Honey Smacks cereal after an additional 30 people have been sickened by it.  The cereal was recalled in June due to an outbreak of salmonella, but the FDA has reported it still for sale in some stores.  The CDC advises people not to eat any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of its package size or best-buy date.  If you have any in your home, you should throw it away or return it for a refund.  If you see Honey Smacks for sale, do not buy it.  You should report any being sold to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator toll-free at (866) 446-9055. 

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