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Today's Top Stories - Thursday July 2nd, 2020

There are currently 12 active COVID-19 cases in Steuben County after two additional county residents tested positive yesterday, bring the total number of cases in Steuben to 287. The latest individuals are residents of the Town of Bath. They are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.


Today is the two-year anniversary of the on-duty death of Trooper Nicholas Clark. The 29-year old Steuben County native from Canisteo was killed on July 2nd, 2018, while responding to a report of a suicidal male in the town of Erwin. The suicidal subject left the rear of his home and fired the shot that killed Trooper Clark before he killed himself. Trooper Clark was working out of the Bath State Police Barracks at the time of his death.


A trade agreement was updated between the United States, Mexico, and Canada and went into effect yesterday. The agreement was signed last December and was made to help local dairy farmers. Congressman Tom Reed says the new agreement will modernize the previous NAFTA deal by also including digital trade. Reed says our local wineries, vineyards and beverage industry will also get a boost thanks to the implementation of non-discrimination and transparency commitments regarding the sale and distribution of wine and spirits.


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard said several Steuben County police agencies will take part in a special enforcement effort cracking down on impaired driving beginning Friday and ending Monday, July 6th. Allard said the Sheriff’s Department will have extra patrols and coordinate with local law enforcement partners. Allard says law enforcement’s goal is to get through the holiday weekend with no fatalities on the roadway.


Discounts on the sale of all tobacco products, such as coupons and multi-pack price promotions, are now prohibited in New York State. The law was passed as part of the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget. This new law limits the tobacco industry’s ability to circumvent New York State’s high taxes on tobacco products. The average age that teens first start smoking in New York State is 13 years old and 90% of adult smokers say they first tried smoking by age 18. A number of tobacco control measures passed as part of the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget, including a new law that stops the shipping and/or delivery of e-cigarettes and vape products to private residences began yesterday.

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