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Today's Top Stories - LABOR DAY - Monday September 2, 2019

Corning Man Arrested After Crashing Truck
A 49-year-old Corning man faces charges following his alleged crashing of a stolen truck. According to the Corning Leader, 49-year-old Joseph Heverly was followed by police after they saw him driving a stolen pickup truck Friday morning. Police say Heverly crashed the vehicle on River Road then was taken to an area hospital for treatment. He will face a charge of 3rd degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle as more charges are pending. 


Canada Goose Season Begins in NY
Canada goose hunting season has opened throughout most of New York state. The season for hunting Canada Goose began this weekend yesterday, September 1st and will continue until September 25th for upstate goose hunting zones. Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says the hunting season was designed to curb the rapidly growing resident goose population that has reached nuisance levels in some areas. Hunters may take home up to eight to fifteen birds daily, depending each hunting zone.


NY Schools In Session After Religious Exemption Drop for Vaccines
As school begins for students around the state, parents are vaccinating their kids so they can attend school following New York’s decision in June to revoke a religious exemption for mandatory school vaccinations. Legislators repealed the exemption in the midst of the country’s worst measles outbreak since 1992 with over 26,000 children New York state previously going unvaccinated for religious reasons. Over 1,200 measles cases were confirmed in 30 states this year with most outbreaks linked to New York State and New York City. New York was the fourth state to get rid of the religious and personal-belief exemptions but medical exemptions are still recognized. Some parents won’t have their children attend instead of getting vaccinated this year.


New York State Fair Breaks Attendance Record
Saturday in Syracuse at the Great New York State Fair was a record-breaker, bringing in a crowd of 147,749 to the State Fairgrounds, beating the record of 134,115 set  August 25th for the all-time single-day attendance record last year. Fair weather and a $1 admission promotion are both factors credited for the impressive turnout. Over 1.1 million people attended the fair so far this year with only 2 days away from the conclusion of the annual New York State Fair.

DWI Crackdown Continues for Labor Day Weekend
Law enforcement will be out in full force for today’s Labor Day holidayas part of New York State began its DWI crackdown that began earlier this month on August 12th and has aimed the STOP DWI “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign at reducing crashes caused by impaired driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. New York State Police say they will also be checking to be sure people are wearing their seatbelts, motorists make improper turns and use proper speed as well as distracted drivers using their phones and more. Last year in 2018, New York State issued 3,978 tickets for impaired driving and 165,531 tickets for other vehicle and traffic law violations. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 376 people died in traffic crashes during the 2017 Labor Day Holiday Weekend, and 36% of those crashes involved a drunk driver.

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