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Today's Top Stories - Friday, February 15th

Rep. Reed Calls President’s Decision to Declare Emergency “Bad Precedent”:


After Mitch McConnell announced that President Donald Trump will sign the new government funding bill and will then declare a National Emergency to fund a proposed border wall, Congressman Tom Reed released a statement calling the President’s decision a “bad precedent.”  The bill “is a fair compromise between Republicans and Democrats on the issue,” said Reed, and while he says “the President has the authority to declare a ‘national emergency,” he believes it “sets a bad precedent and lets Congress off the hook from doing their job.”  He added that he “encourages the President to use other means to move around unused money to build off of the ‘down payment’ on border security Congress is delivering” with the funding bill. 



Payless to Close all Stores:


Previously reported, but now apparently confirmed, Reuters says that discount shoe store Payless will indeed be closing all its U.S. stores when the company files for bankruptcy at the end of this month.  Among those will be the two locations in the Twin Tiers: one at the Arnot Mall and one in Consumer Square in Big Flats.  Payless has declined comment on the report from Reuters. 



No NY Headquarters for Amazon:


Amazon announced Thursday that will be backing out of its plans to open a new headquarters in New York City.  The retail giant previously said in December that it would build a campus in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens for 25,000 employees, but it now blames local politicians who “opposed [their] presence and will not work with [them].”  Almost immediately after the deal with announced in December it drew much criticism from lawmakers, progressive activists, and union leaders alike, who contended that the company did not deserve nearly $3 billion in government incentives.  Amazon says it doesn’t plan on searching for a replacement location “at this time,” and will instead spread the jobs that were set for the NYC headquarters to other offices around the U.S. and Canada.



NYS Free Fishing Weekend:


There will be free fishing across New York this weekend.  The Department of Environmental Conservation says anyone can fish this Saturday and Sunday without needing to buy a license.  Other free fishing days scheduled for 2019 are at the end of June, September 28th, and on Veterans Day.



Fortune Names Wegmans 3rd Best Company to Work For:


Wegmans has once again been named one of the best companies to work for, according to the annual ranking from Fortune.  Fortune has been ranking the 100 best companies to work for since 1997 and Wegmans has been on it every year.  It was ranked third this year, with Hilton coming in 1st and Salesforce in 2nd.  Workday, and Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants rounded out the top five.

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