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Today's Top Stories - Thursday September 5, 2019

Winning Mega Millions Ticket Sold at Painted Post
One local lottery player is $1 million richer thanks to the winning ticket purchased at a Painted Post convenient store. Employees at the South Hamilton Street Dandy Mini Mart in Painted Post say they sold the ticket last week on August 27th. The million-dollar prize has not yet been claimed but whoever purchased the winner can call or visit any location selling lottery tickets to be provided with information to begin the process of claiming their prize. 


Steuben County Creating System to Map and Track Local Overdoses
Steuben County officials are planning to establish a system by the end of the year that will track locations of local drug overdoses. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says her department has been working on creating agreements with affected agencies in order to share data necessary for the project. Smith notes the new system will not include information to identify particular patients, maintaining the confidentiality consistent with federal health privacy regulations. Smith said that they have decided the county’s emergency 911 department will track data instead of Public Health to avoid extra bureaucracy and expedite the process. The goal of the new system mapping overdose data can be used to track the spread of certain drugs in the community and direct funding and efforts towards areas and populations where the need is greatest.


Construction on I-99 Bridges in Lindley Begins Tomorrow
Maintenance and repair work begins tomorrow on the bridges that carry Interstate Highway 99 over Glendening Creek, south of Exit 6 in the town of Lindley, according to the State Department of Transportation. The project work includes structural lifting and replacing bearings, removing and replacing concrete on abutments and minor drainage work. Work is expected to last about seven weeks, weather dependent. During construction,  long-term stationary single lane closures of I-99 northbound and southbound will be utilized at the structures for access and structural lifting operations. Motorists should expect and plan ahead for travel delays. 


New Bill Would Restrict Drivers Occupying Left Lane on Highway
A bill that would restrict drivers from occupying the left lane on an interstate highway without passing another vehicle has been proposed in Albany. State Senator Joseph Griffo of Rome is sponsoring the bill. According to WSYR, the bill would amend existing state traffic law and prevent drivers from remaining in the passing lane for more than one and a half miles. The goal is to encourage individuals to only occupy the left lane when passing or complying to the state’s “Move Over Law.”


Historical Society Announces Trail Presentation
Steuben Historical Society announced a presentation on the thousand-mile trail system hosted by Laurie Ondrejka. The presentation is this Friday September 6th at 4pm. It will be at the Bath Fire Hall on 50 East Morris Street and will focus on the Finger Lakes Trail that runs across the Steuben County, beginning in North Hornell and ending near Bradford. Nearly all trails are on private land, created and maintained by trail volunteers.

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