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N.Y.’s Legislature Votes to Expand Fracking Ban

Legislation to continue a moratorium on drilling for natural gas in New York State for three years is being handed over to the State Senate.

The Assembly has approved an extension on the ban on hydraulic fracture drilling until 2017 to allow for more study of the impact of facking to residents’ health and the environment

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Binghamton Pizza Shop Still Closed After Demolition

A downtown Binghamton pizza restaurant may not be able to reopen for weeks following a demolition project.

Nirchi's Pizza at 166 Water Street remains closed because of safety concerns. The building housing the restaurant is just north of the Ellis Brothers furniture store which was destroyed by an April 30 fire

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Ellis Brothers Furniture Looks to Rebuild/ Expand

The owners of Ellis Brothers Furniture say they are planning not only a rebuilding, but a large expansion in the wake of the devastating fire that destroyed the Contemporary Furniture Showroom on Water Street in downtown Binghamton April 30

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

SUNY Broome Community College’s Casino Program Approved

SUNY Broome Community College can now bestow casino management degrees on students.  The New York State Department of Education this week officially granted the Associate in Applied Science degree for the BCC casino management program

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Lockheed Martin Plans Job Cuts At Owego Site

More layoffs have been announced at Lockheed Martin's Tioga County facility in another cost-cutting move by the company.

Forty people who work in cafeteria and janitorial positions at the Owego complex have been told they'll lose their jobs next month

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WNBF News/ Roger Neel Photo

American Civic Association Feels Immigration Backlash

Speaking on the June 14 weekly local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, American Civic Association Executive Director Andrew Baranoski says the agency has felt some backlash following several recent negative news stories dealing with immigration issues

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

N.E. Pennsylvania Benefits From Natural Gas Play

A Pennsylvania Congressman says Bradford and Tioga County municipalities are reaping the rewards of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale Formation.

Republican Representative Matt Barker of Wellsboro released a statement recently saying the counties and municipalities are in line to collect about $22

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Debris Removed From Binghamton Demolition Site

Two-way traffic has been restored on Water Street in downtown Binghamton following demolition of the fire-damaged Ellis Brothers building.

Debris has been hauled away from the site where the structure stood for decades

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Binghamton Beefs Up Code Enforcement

Binghamton Mayor Richard David says the City is taking steps to crack down on code violators, especially in areas identified as problem neighborhoods.

David joined Code Enforcement officers June 6 for an enforcement sweep on the West Side

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Zombie Kill Bill Targets Abandoned Properties in New York

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is looking to make the owners of vacant properties accountable for upkeep of the structures and land.

A proposed bill called the Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act or the Zombie Kill Bill targets so-called zombie properties and would force mortgage holders, including banks that have foreclosed on properties, to maintain the locations until the foreclosure is final

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