Plane Headed for E-C Airport Makes Emergency GA Landing:
An Allegiant Airlines flight bound for the Elmira-Corning airport Friday evening arrived much later than usual after it had to make an emergency landing in Georgia. The flight was headed from Orlando, Florida and it made the pitstop for what officials are calling “a precautionary measure.” The replacement plane finally made it to its destination just after midnight Saturday morning.
T-Mobile and Sprint Agree to Merger:
Consumers looking to sign up with, or change their wireless phone company could soon be limited to three carriers if a proposed $26.5 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint is approved by the Trump administration’s antitrust regulators. The two companies have attempted merger before in 2014, but the deal fell apart following resistance from the Obama administration. The combined company would be called T-Mobile and would have roughly 127 million customers. Opponents say the reduction in carriers could result in higher prices, while unions have voiced concerns about potential job losses. The companies say they plan to have more employees than they do now, and that the merger will allow them to compete better. The deal will have to be reviewed by the Justice Department and the FCC.
Steuben Co. Public Awareness Meetings on Feral Swine:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County, along with USDA-APHIS Wildlife Specialist Katie Long, will hold informational meetings this week regarding feral swine and the importance of monitoring and managing this destructive invasive species. The meetings will take place on Thursday, May 3rd from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Tuscarora Town Hall in Addison, and on Friday, May 4th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Troupsburg Volunteer Fire Hall. The meetings are offered at no cost, but registration is requested at (607) 664-2300. In 2017, the last feral swine were removed from New York State, but monitoring efforts continue.
24% of NYers Prescribed Opioids in the Last Two Years:
Over the last two years, 24 percent of New Yorkers have been prescribed opioids for pain by a doctor, according to Part III of a new Siena College poll. Of those, 51 percent were told by their doctor or other members of the doctor’s staff about the risks associated with opioid use, while 49 percent were not. Of those prescribed opioids over the last two years, 62 percent did not take the entire prescription and among those, 40 percent did not dispose of the remaining pills. Eighteen percent of New Yorkers say they, or a family member or close friend, has pursued treatment for opioid abuse. Eleven percent say it was very easy to access treatment, but 26 percent say it was either not very or not at all easy.