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Local Facking Ban Ruling Expected in New York’s High Court

New York State's highest court could come to a decision by the 4th of July as to whether municipalities like Dryden in Tompkins County can use their zoning laws to prevent gas companies from using hydraulic fracture drilling for natural gas within their borders

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NYSEG Using Hybrid Bucket Truck In Binghamton Area

One of the bucket trucks NYSEG's using for streetlight repairs is quieter than traditional vehicles employed by the utility.

The Altec hybrid bucket truck utilized by NYSEG in the Binghamton area can be spotted by its specially-designed graphics which identify it as an electric vehicle that's "clean" and "quiet

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file]

Fracking Rallies Planned For Obama’s Cooperstown Visit

Opponents of high-volume hydraulic fracturing are planning to hold a demonstration in Cooperstown in conjunction with President Obama's scheduled visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Organizers say they hope to have the rally near the Hall of Fame but the location will be affected by security guidelines established by the Secret Service

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Ross Park Zoo in Binghamton Prepares for Summer

Speaking on the May 24 edition of the local weekly public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, Ross Park Zoo Special Events & Media Relations Assistant, Rachel Davenport says activities at the zoo on Morgan Road on Binghamton's South Side are really picking up for the summer season.
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New York Department of Environmental Conservation photo
New York Department of Environmental Conservation photo

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week in New York State

Volunteers have been attaching purple ribbons from trees around New York State for the fourth annual Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Awareness Week through May 24.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says the beetle that is native to China has been spreading to 22 states and Quebec in Canada where it has been killing millions of ash trees

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Minor Flooding In Binghamton Region

Scattered flood-related problems occurred in parts of the Twin Tiers as a result of today's heavy rain.

The site where the old MacArthur Elementary School stood on Vestal Avenue in Binghamton looked like a lake just days after construction on a new school had started

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

New York Gubernatorial Candidate Praises Gas Drilling

Some environmental activists from the region are objecting to a visit to Vestal May 6 by New York gubernatorial hopeful Robert Astorino during which the Republican touted the benefits of natural gas drilling in the region

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Disaster Training to be Held in Owego

A disaster preparedness training program is being held May 10 at the Owego Middle School.

On-line preregistration is required at www.prepare.ny.gov/training events.

The Southern Tier Citizen Preparedness Corp

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Twin Tiers Residents Ready For A Warm-Up

It's been more than six weeks since the official arrival of spring.

This week's forecast from the National Weather Service suggests winter may finally be over.

Sunny skies are expected across the Binghamton area Tuesday and Wednesday with temperatures in the low to mid 60s

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Photo Courtesy of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office
Photo Courtesy of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office

Hazardous Materials Incident Reported at a Conklin Company

No injuries are reported after a battery explosion caused a hazardous materials incident at the Conklin Corporate Park.

Emergency crews were called to Cooperative Feed at 9:24 a.m. April 28 with a report of Sulfuric Acid spilled in the business

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