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Death of Baby in Corning Being Investigated:


Authorities are investigating the death of a baby in Corning over the weekend.  Corning police, along with State Police, were reportedly on scene on Woodview Avenue Sunday morning investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.  A witness told WENY that a fire truck was first on scene, with law enforcement arriving after.  As of 7:30 p.m. last night there had been no word of arrests or even how the child might have died.



Bath Man Facing Drug Charges:


A Bath man is facing drug charges following the bust of an alleged methamphetamine lab in Olean.  The Hornell Evening Tribune reports that 42-year-old Thomas Ratliff was one of four people arrested.  He has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, and endangering the welfare of a child.  He, along with the other 3 arrested, is being held without bail. 



Planned Water Outage in Bath Today:


Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems has announced a planned water outage for today in Bath.  The outage will begin at 10 a.m. while workers replace a mainline valve at the corner of Allen and Haverling streets.  Customers on those streets should plan to be impacted by the outage.  BEGWS apologizes for any inconvenience and for the short notice, and thanks the public for their understanding.



Gov. Cuomo Signs Law Expanding Insurance Coverage for Mammograms:


On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation that requires large group insurers to cover all medically necessary mammograms for women age 35 to 39 in New York State.  Currently, many insurance companies only need to cover mammograms for women older than 40.  The measure’s sponsor, Senator Monica Martinez of Long Island, said the bill is imperative so that women have access to potentially life-saving early screening.  The legislation is known as Shannon’s Law after Shannon Saturno, a Long Island woman who died from breast cancer at the age of 31. 



Work Begins on Hemp Seed Vault in Geneva:


The nation’s only hemp seed vault will soon be located in the Finger Lakes region.  Work is underway on the “Industrial Hemp Germplasm Repository,” which will be sited at Cornell University’s agricultural research facility in Geneva.  It will help breeders and geneticists develop new varieties of industrial hemp while also identifying genes for pest and disease resistance.  Senator Charles Schumer announced the project on Friday, noting that he helped secure $500,000 in federal funding for the project because of the potential industrial hemp has to boost the upstate economy.  

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