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Today's Top Stories - Monday, December 31st

Hornell Drug Arrest:


The Hornell Police Department reports the arrest of a Hornell man following the search of an apartment Friday night.  42-year-old Jason Shinebarger was allegedly found by police in possession of methamphetamine, drug packaging materials, weapons, and over $1,900 in cash.  He has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of stolen property, and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Police say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.



Horseheads Kmart to Close:


The Kmart store in Grand Central Plaza in Horseheads has been added to the list of stores that will be closing.  It, along with 80 other newly announced locations, is expected to close by March.  Previously, 40 locations were announced and are expected to close in February.  Meanwhile, other area stores, including the Bath Kmart and the Sears at the Arnot Mall have not appeared on either closure list.  The deadline for bids on the company was Saturday.  If none were received, the company can either: extend the deadline or liquidate its assets. 



Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2019:


In it’s largest increase in seven years, Social Security benefits will go up for recipients in 2019 by almost three percent.  The jump is a cost-of-living adjustment that was first announced back in the fall.  For the average retiree, it will be roughly $39 more a month, or about $468 a year. 



Possible Measles Outbreak at Newark International:


Holiday travel may have brought an unwanted surprise for some as health officials report a possible measles outbreak at Newark International.  According to officials, an ill passenger from Brussels arrived at Terminal B and reportedly visited other areas of the airport.  The exposure window is between noon and 4 p.m. Christmas Eve.  Locally, both the Elmira-Corning and Ithaca-Tompkins Regional airports offer direct flights to Newark International.  Those exposed may not see any symptoms until the middle of January, according to officials.  Some symptoms include: rash, high fever, cough, and watery eyes.  If you believe you could be at risk, you should contact your doctor.

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