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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, February 13th

School Delays:

All Saints Academy, Corning Christian Academy and Little Lambs, Corning-Painted Post, Elmira City, Elmira Heights, Finn Academy, GST BOCES Bush campus, Horseheads, STEM Academy, and Twin Tiers Christian Academy are all on 2 hour delays this morning due to the lingering effects of Tuesday’s winter storm.


Arrests Made in Hospital Bomb Threats:

Two men have been arrested following investigation into false bomb and mass shooting threats made to hundreds of locations in both the United States and Britain.  Locally, Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath and Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira both received threats in December.  Tompkins County Regional Airport in Ithaca was also targeted.  20-year-old Timothy Dalton Vaughn of North Carolina was arrested Tuesday by FBI agents.  The second suspect, 19-year-old George Duke-Cohan of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, is currently serving a prison sentence in Britain for previously making a false threat against an airliner.  Both men are said to be members of Apophis Squad, a worldwide collective of computer hackers intent on causing chaos.


Bath Woman Charged for Offering False Information to DSS:

A Bath woman has been arrested for allegedly offering false information to the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  27-year-old Charlene Kowalski is charged with offering a false instrument for filing and she has been issued an appearance ticket for Village court.


Assemblyman Palmesano Named Deputy Minority Whip:

New York Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb has tapped Assemblyman Phil Palmesano to be Deputy Minority Whip of the Assembly Republican Conference.  Palmesano has also been selected to serve on the Insurance, and Ways and Means Committees.  Palmesano says he looks forward to working with the Conference to continue the focus on advocating for the right priorities and polices for the people of New York.  Palmesano will continue to serve on the Assembly Corporations and Corrections committees, and as the ranking member of the Assembly Energy Committee.


Cuomo, Schumer Hit Lowest Approval Ratings Ever:

According to a new poll released Monday by Siena College, Senator Charles Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo have hit their lowest approval ratings since taking office.  Cuomo’s favorability has fallen to 43 percent, down from 51 percent last month.  Schumer’s has fallen 6 percent since January, down to 47 percent. 


B.O.E. Meetings:

The Hammondsport Board of Education meeting scheduled for tonight has had a time

change.  It will now begin at 4:30 p.m. instead of six.  Tomorrow night, the Haverling Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the district office.  The board will be going into executive session to discuss possible litigation.  


Genesee Beer “Official Beer” of WGI:

In its first commercial sponsorship in over ten years, Genesee Beer is back as the “Official Beer” of Watkins Glen International.  The deal includes all 2019 events at the Glen, a category exclusive logo and promotional rights such a co-branded Genesee Beer/Watkins Glen pace car, a free Genesee Summer Concert series, fan experiences, and more.  Speaking on the partnership, WGI President Michael Printup said they couldn’t be happier to welcome Genesee back as the official beer of the Glen. 

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