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Cornell’s Backyard Bird Count Starts Soon

The 17th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count conducted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, partnered with Bird Studies, Canada will take place February 14-17 and is expected to go global

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Vestal Flood Buyout Homes to be Torn Down

In Vestal, the most heavily damaged homes from 2011’s Tropical Storm are to be torn down over the next few days.

Town Supervisor John Schaffer says the properties that have been deemed unsafe to enter are the first to go under a Federal Emergency Management Agency buyout program

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born 1945, Flickr
born 1945, Flickr

Extended Deer Hunting This Month in Tompkins County

 

New York State officials are striving to control the deer population in the Finger Lakes area.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says a special deer hunting season is open until January 31 in and around the City of Ithaca in Tompkins County

During the special January season, in the Deer Management Focus Area, registered hunters can take two antlerless deer per day using a shotgun, muzzleloader, handgun or bow if they have bow-hunting eligibility.

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

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Binghamton Mayor Richard David says the city has withdrawn its appeal of a state court decision that invalidated a local moratorium on gas drilling and exploration.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

Wind Chill Warning Continues in the Twin Tiers

 

The National Weather Service has extended the Wind Chill Warning through this morning.  The warning was due to expire last evening, but temperatures continued to hover in the single digits, combined with wind, to make for dangerous conditions.

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Southern Tier Warm-up Could Result In Ice Jams

Milder temperatures are predicted for the Twin Tiers at the end of the week and that will increase the risk of ice jam flooding.

National Weather Service forecasters at the Greater Binghamton Airport say Friday's high is expected to be in the mid to upper 30s and daytime highs will reach the mid 40s over the weekend

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IBM Endicott Health Study Shows Mixed Results

 

A study of the health of former IBM Endicott employees is largely inconclusive. 

For a long time there has been talk of an high incidence of cancer in IBM employees in Broome county but a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study found that the total number of deaths from all causes and all cancers were lower than what would be expected in the general population but deaths from specific cancers including Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Mesothelioma, and rectal and testicular cancers were more frequent.

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Southern Tier Fracking Foes Heading To Albany

People opposed to high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas development in New York are planning to protest during Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address.

Buses from Binghamton and from across the state are expected to bring people to Albany on Wednesday for a rally to coincide with the speech

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Cold Snap Causes Twin Tiers Water Problems

The frigid temperatures have resulted in frozen water pipes in the Binghamton area.

One school was closed on Monday because of a burst water pipe. Union-Endicott School District officials say the incident happened at the Thomas J

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Winter Storm Freezes Twin Tiers

 

Weather conditions are gradually improving across the region as far as snowfall is concerned but the second punch of the first winter storm of 2014 is moving in. 

As the front moves eastward and snow diminishes, winds are coming into play, gusting up to 25 miles an hour and pushing wind chills to as low as -35. The

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