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Unemployment Down a Notch Across NY State

(NEW YORK) -- The unemployment rate across New York State went down a notch last month, according to the latest jobs report released Thursday.

The report from the state's Department of Labor said that New York State's unemployment rate fell from 6 percent in October to 5.9 percent in November.

Over the same period in New York City, the unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.3 percent in November, and in the rest of the state the rate fell by the same margin from 5.7 percent to 5.6 percent.

The national unemployment rate in November was 5.8 percent, the same as it was the previous month.

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Person of Interest Sought in Robbery at Oakdale Mall

Johnson City Police Department(JOHNSON CITY, N.Y.) -- Police are seeking the public's help with identifying and locating a person of interest in a robbery that occurred at a Johnson City mall Sunday.

Johnson City Police said the knife-point robbery happened shortly after 11 p.m. at the American Eagle store in the Oakdale Mall on Reynolds Road.

Police have released surveillance photos of the person of interest they're searching for.

Anyone with information on the man being sought is asked to contact the Johnson City Police Department Detective Division at 798-9318 extension: 233.

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Police: Oneonta Man Caught with Marijuana in Traffic Stop

(ONEONTA, N.Y.) -- A man from Oneonta has been arrested after allegedly being caught with marijuana over the weekend.

Chad Ritchko has been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

New York State Police said during a traffic stop Sunday, Ritchko, 29, was allegedly found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana, and was arrested.

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Troopers Step Up Presence on NY Roads for Holiday Season

(NEW YORK) -- State troopers are stepping up patrols as the holiday season kicks into high gear.

New York State Police say more troopers will be out on state roadways as part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, which features sobriety checkpoints and also officers on the lookout for distracted or impaired drivers, travelers who aren't properly buckled up, and drivers violating the "Move Over Law."

The campaign kicked off last Friday and runs through Jan. 1.

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Man Wanted for Attempted Murder 

Binghamton Police Department(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Police in Binghamton are seeking the public's help with finding a man wanted for second-degree attempted murder.

The wanted man has been identified as 32-year-old Kevin A. Carroll.

Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Carroll's whereabouts is asked to contact Sgt. Hendrickson at the Binghamton Police Warrant Division at 772-7044.

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Man, 25, Accused of Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend in Johnson City

(JOHNSON CITY, N.Y.) -- A 25-year-old man has been arrested in Johnson City for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Caleb Wearne is charged with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Johnson City Police said Wearne was in a vehicle with his ex-girlfriend and their 6-month-old child, when the two parents got into a physical dispute that turned violent.

"Wearne is accused of making physical threats, and of punching and pulling the hair of his ex girlfriend. He also pulled the rear view mirror from the windshield and threw it at his ex girlfriend hitting her and causing injury to her," Johnson City Police said in a statement.

The woman sustained an injury to her elbow, and officials said although hit by the mirror, the child was not injured.

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Winter Storm Warning in Effect for Binghamton

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- It's proving to be a white "hump day" in Binghamton, as snowfall continues throughout the city Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast, snowfall is expected across Binghamton from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday, with there also being a chance of even more snow into Friday night.

The NWS has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the area until 7 a.m. Thursday.

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Gillibrand Among Senators Taking Aim at Magazine's Rape Story

(NEW YORK) -- Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. -- who are pushing a bill to reform how campus sexual assaults are handled -- are hoping reform efforts can overcome the recent Rolling Stone story and apology that have sparked criticism and discussion about campus rape and survivors.

“I am saddened and angry about the bad journalism in the Rolling Stone [sic] concerning an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia,” McCaskill said. “I am sad and angry because it is a setback for survivors in this country.”

Gillibrand said she hopes “this story will not ultimately outshine the story of thousands of brave women and men telling their stories. I refuse to let this one story become an excuse for Congress not to fix a broken system.”

Gillibrand said the story’s possible inaccuracy does not change the fact that UVA “has admitted that they have allowed students who have confessed to sexually assaulting another student to remain on campus” and noted that the problem has never been about just one school.

In November, Rolling Stone published a story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, relying on the account of the victim. It later apologized to readers, revealing it believed her story contained inaccuracies.

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Winter Storm Watch Issued for Binghamton Area

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- It’ll soon look a lot more like winter as a Nor’Easter moves into the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the greater Binghamton area through Thursday. The agency says a total snowfall of seven inches or more is possible by the time the storm wraps up.

A mix of rain, sleet, and snow is expected in the area early on Tuesday, becoming all snow by Tuesday night. Occasional snow is expected to linger through Wednesday.

Travel conditions could also become hazardous, especially from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday.

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Mayor Shares Next Steps for Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Mayor Richard David announced the next steps in a plan to revitalize the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant on Thursday.

"Since taking office, I've been committed to taking on the complex challenges at the joint sewage treatment plant and implementing comprehensive, long-term solutions," David said. "After years of false-starts and Band-Air improvements, we have encouraging signs that the plant is finally headed in the right direction."

The plant's biological aerated filtration system was damaged in a September 2011 flood. Since that time, the plant has not met all of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's sewage discharge requirements.

Previous plans to implement a filtration system that would not have met long-term treatment objectives had been scrapped under David's tenure, and a pilot study of a different filtration system is underway.

David announced Thursday that the pilot program has returned its initial results, and will take about four more months to complete.

"This pilot plant represents a small part of a dramatic shift in philosophy for running the sewage treatment plant," David said. "It's important to taxpayers and ratepayers that we work to control costs and put in place comprehensive and reliable systems that will work for decades to come."

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