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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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Kathy Whyte/WNBF photo

Detour Around Taft Ave., Endwell Hole Could be Long-Term

A big hole that opened up October 5th on Taft Avenue near Ford and Jill Avenue in Endwell may cause traffic to be detoured though surrounding residential streets for several days.

Officials with the Broome County Highway Department said it may take a while to even get a temporary resolution to the hole that has closed the southbound lane of Taft Avenue

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Tri Cities Opera Launches its 65th Season

Tri Cities Opera in Binghamton is '65 and so alive' as it launches its fall season with two performances of Bizet's Carmen October 25 and 27 at the Forum Theater.

Speaking on the October 5 edition of the local weekly public affairs show, Southern Tier Close Up, TCO marketing director, Judy Berry says the company chose three of the most popular operas to perform for the 65th season.

In a

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Fall Folage Ablaze in New York State

The New York State I Love NY website has started posting a weekly Fall Color Report using information from field observers.

Colors in the Adirondacks region are nearing peak, according to observers for Empire State Development's I LOVE NEW YORK program, with midpoint color appearing in the Catskills

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Front Street, Binghamton Ramp Closed for Months

Motorists trying to get to Downtown Binghamton from State Route 17 east bound will not be able to get to Front Street at Exit 72 for several weeks.

Exit 72 is closed for two months while crews reconstruct the ramp

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Binghamton Gas Prices Rising Again

Pump prices are increasing at gas stations around the Binghamton area as the Labor Day weekend approaches.

While the cost of a gallon of regular is about three cents higher than a week ago, local prices still are about 14 cents a gallon lower than one year ago

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Photo by Kathy Whyte/ WNBF
Photo by Kathy Whyte/ WNBF

Binghamton’s Blues on the Bridge to Draw 100 Musicians

Speaking on the August 24th edition of the weekly local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up, Blues on the Bridge musical coordinator, Donnie Wilkins says the annual free blues/ rock festival on Binghamton's Memorial Bridge no longer has any trouble signing on bands to play throughout the day

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Storms Shorten Some New York State Parks’ Season

Some favorite day-trip destinations in Central New York may have to be crossed off families' lists following severe storms.

Sections of several New York State parks in the region are closed for the rest of the season because of damage caused by heavy rains and flooding earlier this month

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Kathy Whyte/WNBF photo

Interstate 81/ Route 17 Work in Binghamton Ratchets Up

A number of road projects in the next few days will further complicate travel in the Binghamton area.

The New York State Department of Transportation says, as part of the Prospect Mountain project on Interstate 81/ State Route 17 in Binghamton, Mygatt Street between Prospect and LaGrange Streets, Front Street between Prospect and Bevier Streets and Prospect Street in the vicinity of the new Prospect Connector will experience periodic, alternating lane closures

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WNBF News/ Roger Neel Photo

Huge Progress in Goodwill Theatre Restoration on Southern Tier Close Up

The CEO of the Goodwill Theatre Project, Inc. Naima Kradjian, speaking on the local, weekly public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up July 13, says there are exciting developments in the work to restore the Goodwill Theatre building on Willow Street, Johnson City to bring it back to lifer

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