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Incentive for Recycling Old Refrigerators is Increased

New York State Electric and Gas and Rochester Gas and Electric are offering an increase incentive for residents who want to recycle their old refrigerator.

NYSEG/ RG&E says they will now pay $50 to customers who recycle old, energy-wasting refrigerators and freezers and will accept the primary refrigerator or freezer in the kitchen.

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Binghamton Elementary School To Reopen Next Month

Classes are scheduled to resume next month at Calvin Coolidge Elementary School on Binghamton's East Side.

Binghamton school superintendent Marion Martinez says the Robinson Street building is to reopen for students on December 2

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Chenango County Man is Accused of Deer Poaching

A Town of Plymouth man is accused of trespassing on posted property on Bates Wilson Road, shooting a deer, removing its head and leaving the rest of the body.

New York State Environmental Conservation Police and Chenango County Sheriff’s officials say 34 year old David Button Junior was seen on a trail camera trespassing and possessing a rifle on the posted property

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Geothermal Project Launched At Binghamton Airport

A project using geothermal technology and designed by Binghamton University students is being built at the Greater Binghamton Airport.

Broome County Executive Debra Preston says the pavement in an aircraft parking area where people exit planes will be heated in what she believes may be the first project of its kind at a United States airport

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Chiot's Riot, Flickr

New York State Offers More Deer Permits

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it received fewer permit applications for deer hunting this year than it expected in several regions.

The DEC is issuing a new round of deer permits, sending about 35,000 deer management licenses to hunters who didn't get them during the first application period

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News
Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Solar Plant Proposed for BAE Site in Westover

An environmental group is hoping the sprawling former BAE Systems site in Westover, which was destroyed in the 2011 flood, will be turned into a solar power plant.

The Sierra Club Susquehanna Group is pushing the Town of Union to approve a proposal for a five megawatt solar plant that has been submitted by Gay Canough of EMT Solar works

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The New York DEC Looks to Reduce Deer Numbers in the Beaver Meadow State Forest

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has Deer Management Assistance Permits for the Beaver Meadow State Forest in Chenango County.  Hunters must apply in person.  The licenses are available between 7am and 3 p-m at the D-E-C office on State Highway 80 in Sherburne

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Spencer Platt, Getty Images

New York State Parks Ordered to Stop Ban on Smoking

New York State Supreme Court Justice George Ceresia says rules put into place in February banning smoking in specific areas of New York State Parks is not supported by state legislative policy.

The judge is ordering the Parks officials to stop enforcing their ban on outdoor smoking

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Photo by KathyWhyte

Vestal Green-Lights Rail Trail Extension

The Town of Vestal is moving forward with the expansion of a popular walking trail with the acceptance of a bid for the completion of the second phase of the Rail Trail project.

Procon Contracting of Vestal submitted a successful low bid of 343-thousand dollar to extend the current trail by over one-and-a half miles

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Asbestos Removal Closed Classroom At Binghamton School

A classroom at another Binghamton City School District elementary building was closed after a small amount of asbestos was detected in a ventilator unit.

Karry Mullins, the district's assistant superintendent for administration, says a pre-K classroom at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, was closed after two samples revealed "small amounts" of asbestos fibers inside a univent

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