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Today's Top Stories - Monday, February 18th

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect:


The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that will remain in effect until 2 p.m. today.  Periods of light snow and snow showers are expected into the early afternoon.  Plan for slippery road conditions to impact today’s morning commute.



Corning Man Accused of Throwing Rocks at Dogs:


An animal cruelty investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Corning man.  55-year-old Thomas Savino allegedly called Corning Police, claiming he was bitten by a dog.  Two days later, police say they received a report that Savino was allegedly attacking a different dog that was fenced in its owner’s backyard.  Savino allegedly rushed the dog and aggressively threw a dangerous object – possibly a rock – at the animal.  Police say Savino may also be involved in a prior incident that occurred in January where he allegedly attacked a different dog.  That complaint is still being investigated.  Savino has been charged with one count of attempted aggravated cruelty to animals.  He was released on his own recognizance.



Chemung Canal to Consolidate Painted Post, Corning Branches:


According to a report by the Corning Leader, Chemung Canal Trust Company will be closing its Painted Post branch and consolidating it with the Corning branch, located on Market Street in the city.  Officials say that the move is based on increased use of electronic and digital banking services.  The Painted Post branch will close on March 29th.  All employees will be relocated.



Bridge Work, Roundabout Installation Underway in Steuben Co.:


Preliminary work has begun on two bridges and a roundabout in Steuben County.  The bridges on State Route 415, one over the Cohocton River in Bath and one over Salmon Creek in Avoca, will be replaced.  The project will also see a roundabout constructed at the intersection of S.R.s 415 and 53, near the Bath bridge.  The bridge work in Bath is expected to completed in the summer of 2020, while the new roundabout is set to open this summer.  In Avoca, the bridge will be closed from April 15th through August 15th for construction.  Vehicle and pedestrian detours will be posted in advance.



Rochester Wants Amazon to Reconsider NY:


New York City might be out as a potential location for an Amazon headquarters, but some are hoping the retail giant will reconsider the Upstate as a possible site.  In a press conference, Rochester mayor Lovely Warran said that they have not only the talent and people, but the ability to meet the company’s needs.  Amazon was previously offered $3 billion in incentives in return for making a $2.5 billion investment and bringing 25,000 jobs, but last week the company decided to pull out on the deal, saying, “a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose [their] presence and will not work with [them] to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward.”    



Bill Proposed that Would Take Student Loan Payments Directly for Paychecks:


A Republican backed bill has been proposed that would see monthly student loan payments taken directly from borrowers’ paychecks.  Currently, borrowers are matched with companies that administer federal student loan programs and there are a variety of ways to repay the debt.  Under the new proposal, there would be just two repayment options: one where monthly bills are capped at 10 percent of their discretionary income and another that spreads their payments out over a decade.  Employers would be responsible for taking the funds from their employees’ paychecks and sending them to the government.  The proposal has already drawn criticism from consumer advocates, who called it “mandatory wage garnishment.”  Director of federal relations at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Barmak Nassirian, also pointed out that some borrowers might have an issue with an employer knowing the details of their debt.  Currently, the average debt at graduation is around $30,000, up from $10,000 in the early 90s.  Some 40 million people would be effected by the proposed changes. 

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