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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday November 20, 2019

Connecticut Man Sentenced for Possessing Fentanyl on VA Campus
A Connecticut man found to have been in possession of 20 packets of fentanyl at the Bath VA Medical Center has been sentenced. Nolan Rogers of Lisbon, Connecticut was a patient at the VA’s residential substance abuse treatment program. Upon Bath VA Police finding contraband of knives, hypodermic needles, suboxone strips, and 20 small packets in his pockets,  Rogers told authorities voluntarily that the packets were fentanyl. Laboratory testing confirmed that it was the drug. Rogers pleaded guilty to the crime of possessing fentanyl last month in federal court. He was sentenced to time served plus a year of supervised release.


Exit 44B Closed Today for Milling Work
Milling work will begin today in Corning on Interstate 86, near exit 44B. The construction will temporarily reduce the roadway to one lane and close exit 44B. Variable message boards will notify traffic to take detours and alternative routes. The work is expected to last two days according to the State Department of Transportation. Motorists should expect travel delays.


New York State Suing JUUL
A day after California announced a lawsuit against e-cig company JUUL, State Attorney General Letitia James announced yesterday New York is also filing a lawsuit against the company. Filed in New York County Supreme Court, the lawsuit alleges JUUL engaged in deceptive business practices when marketing and advertising its products and illegally sold its products to minors through its website and in third-party retail stores, causing large numbers of New York’s youth to become addicted to nicotine. Attorney General James said of the suit: “I am prepared to use every legal tool in our arsenal to protect the health and safety of our youth.”


Cuomo Announces $30 million Funding in State Housing Awards
Governor Cuomo announced 43 counties across New York State will be the latest recipients of $30 million worth of conditional awards to bolster supportive housing for homeless people with special needs, conditions or other challenges. Funding will go to Steuben County and is intended to provide support for services and operation. Locally, awards will support the Corning Council for Assistance & Information for the Disabled. Cuomo says funding will allow agencies to help further their housing projects.


Reed Announces $125K Grant to Steuben Prevention Coalition
Congressman Tom Reed announced a grant of $125,000 will be going to the Steuben Prevention Coalition. The federal grant comes from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and is intended to support drug and substance abuse education efforts in the area. The Steuben Prevention Coalition is made up of volunteer professionals that work to bring awareness to the community about teen alcohol and substance abuse. Reed said of the award: “This grant will empower this program to reach more people and continue the program's success."


Hornell Partners for Growth Puts a Pause on Donations
After the tragic fire in Hornell that displaced 21 people, Hornell Partners for Growth has called for a halt in donations. Community support for the local group outpoured after Sunday’s fire, causing HPFG to have to stop contributions until they complete inventory for the many donations they have received this week. Partners for Growth cannot accept more donations now but when they are ready for more, they will announce what is needed on their  Facebook page. Anyone wanting to help the group right now can donate boxes and volunteer to help sort through the donations.

Bath CSD Meeting Tomorrow
The Bath Central School District Board of Education reminds the public they will hold their regular meeting tomorrow night. The Board will meet tomorrow evening in the DLL STEAM Suite of the School at 6:30pm.

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