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New York Crappie Derby Tournament is Postponed

The 2014 Almost Annual New York State Crappie Derby in Broome County will not be held this month after all.

Organizers say due to the up and down temperatures over the past few weeks, the ice on Whitney Point Lake is not expected to be thick enough to support the thousands of people who turn out for the ice fishing tournament, so the event is postponed but not canceled

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West Endicott PVC Factory Nearing Completion

Work is continuing on the new manufacturing facility for National Pipe and Plastics in the town of Union.

The company - which makes polyvinyl chloride pipe - is planning to move from its existing factory in Vestal

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Decision is Reserved on Wegman Liquor License Challenge

 

A New York State Supreme Court judge is holding off a decision on whether a liquor license granted to a giant liquor store being built next to Wegmans Grocery Store in Johnson City was improperly approved. 

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Southern Tier Legislators Weigh in on Casino License Fray

Kathy Whyte/ WNBF NewsAs the New York State Gaming Commission prepares to start accepting proposals for newly approved casinos in the state, the Broome County Legislature may vote soon on a proposal that would support a casino license designated for the Southern Tier to go to one of two proposals in Broome County, not to a neighboring Tioga County harness track and video slot operation

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Improvements Planned At BGM Airport

Broome County officials say a $750,000 project at the Greater Binghamton Airport will improve the appearance of the town of Maine facility and upgrade the airport website.

County Executive Debra Preston says the renovations will help the airport better meet the needs of those who use it

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Binghamton Ends Appeal Of Drilling Ban Ruling

Binghamton Mayor Richard David says the city has withdrawn its appeal of a state court decision that invalidated a local moratorium on gas drilling and exploration.

David issued a statement Tuesday afternoon announcing he had directed city Corporation Counsel Kenneth Frank to advise the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court that the city was ending its appeal

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Jobs are Cut at Endicott Electronics Company

Bob Joseph/WNBF NewsMore than two dozen employees of the former Endicott Interconnect Technologies, now i3, are out of a job.  President Robert Nead has announced 28 workers were let go from the Endicott company

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Prep Work Starts At Vestal Nursing Home Site

Construction appears about to get underway on a nursing home project in the town of Vestal.

The facility would replace the Vestal Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Vestal Road. That building was closed after it sustained heavy flood damage in September 2011

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Photo: otfrom via flickr

Gas Sites Fires Are Investigated in New York and Pennsylvania

 

Pennsylvania State Police say they are investigating an electrical fire at a Chesapeake Gas pad site in Susquehanna County.

Officials say the blaze was reported at around 1:30 a.m. January 8 in Auburn Township at a trailer that was located away from actual drilling operations. 

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Governor Cuomo Puts Upstate Casino Development on the Fast Track

 

In his State of the State message, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says applications for new casinos, including in the Southern Tier, will be accepted in March with bids due by June and construction starting in the fall.

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