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Snow Storm Prompts Traffic Restrictions

(NEW YORK) -- With millions hitting the roads for Thanksgiving, and an approaching snow storm expected to put a damper on travel plans, officials are putting some travel restrictions in place in New York State.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Binghamton and surrounding areas until 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Forecasters say 4-8 inches of snow is expected in some areas Wednesday into Thursday.

In anticipation of heavy snowfall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the following travel restrictions effective 7 a.m. Wednesday:

  • Long tandem vehicles are banned from the New York State Thruway on I-90 in both directions from Interchange 32 (Westmoreland/Rome) to Interchange 24 (Exit 24); and on I-87, in both directions from Interchange 24 (Albany) to the New York City line.
  • Commercial vehicles are banned from I-84, in both directions, from the Pennsylvania border to the Connecticut border.

Updates will be provided as conditions change.

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State Board to Meet Dec. 17 on Casino Picks

(NEW YORK) -- Gamers are going to have to wait a bit longer to find out which part of the state will be approved for casinos.

At a State Gaming Commission meeting Monday, the executive director Robert Williams announced that the Gaming Facility Location Board is scheduled to meet on Dec. 17. At that meeting it's expected they will decide which applicants will be granted casino licenses, according to published reports.

The board has been meeting applicants, up to as recent as last Friday, to discuss the financial and employment history of applicants.

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Police: Endicott Man Among Two Arrested with Heroin at Restaurant

(UNION, N.Y.) -- An Endicott man was among two people arrested Sunday after allegedly being caught with heroin at an Endwell restaurant.

Daniel Ulmer, 25, of Endicott, and Janee Caganek, 22, of Port Crane, have been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

New York State Police said they responded to a McDonald's restaurant on Main Street on a report of a suspicious couple in the restroom. Officials said at the scene, Ulmer and Caganek were allegedly found with heroin, used hypodermic needles and other items related to heroin use.

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NY's Unemployment Rate Is at Its Lowest in Six Years

(NEW YORK) -- New York's unemployment rate declined last month, falling to the lowest its been in six years.

According to the latest jobs report released Thursday by the New York State Department of Labor, the unemployment rate was 6 percent in October statewide, down from 6.2 percent in September.

This is the lowest the rate has been since October 2008.

Breaking down the numbers further, New York City's unemployment rate went from 6.8 percent to 6.4 percent over the same period; while the rate held steady at 5.7 percent for the rest of the state.

The national unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent in October, from 5.9 percent the previous month.

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SUNY Researcher Named New Univ. of Illinois President

(CHICAGO) -- Timothy Killeen, a researcher with the State University of New York (SUNY), has been named the new president of the University of Illinois.

Killeen, 62, was named as the university's 20th president on Wednesday, and his appointment is now pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees when it meets in January.

If approved, Killeen would replace retiring president Robert Easter.

Killeen is curently the vice chancellor for research and president of the Research Foundation at SUNY.

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Johnson City Man Charged After Truck Crashes into Multiple Objects

(BROOME COUNTY, N.Y.) -- A Johnson City man suspected of being intoxicated behind the wheel was arrested Tuesday evening after the vehicle he was driving allegedly crashed into multiple objects in the Town of Colesville.

John Lantry, 51, is charged with DWI and other charges, which stem from several collisions involving the same vehicle on Sanitaria Springs Road.

"The investigation revealed that Lantry first collided with a guide rail. He swerved across the road and then struck a telephone pole. Lantry’s truck continued onward and found a car parked in a driveway. Lantry collided with the parked car and finally stopped after striking a house," the Broome County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

There were no reports of injury.

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Cuomo: NY Stands with Israel Following Deadly Synagogue Attack

(NEW YORK) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that New York stands with Israel following a deadly attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem.

Palestinian assailants wielding knives and axes forged an attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem, with at least four victims being killed, and police taking the lives of two attackers, a spokesman with Israel Police said.

Three American citizens were among the victims in the attack, an Israeli police spokesman said.

"This attack was a deplorable act of evil that should be denounced as such by all -- regardless of their political or religious beliefs," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement.

"I want to reiterate that friends stand together in times of crisis. Today New York joins with all of Israel as they mourn those that were lost. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Israeli friends," the governor added.

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Cops Search for Man in Chenango Bank Robbery 

(CHENANGO, N.Y.) -- Police are searching for a man in connection with an armed robbery at a bank in the Town of Chenango over the weekend.

State Police said in published reports that a person was making a cash deposit at a Citizens Bank branch on River Road on Saturday night, when a man armed with a knife approached and demanded the money.

The robber then fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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Four More Banks to Use State Database to Stop Payday Lending

(NEW YORK) -- Four more banks are set to start using a database set up by the state to try to crack down on illegal, online payday lending in New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, M&T Bank and Valley National Bank have all agreed to start using the database, created by the State’s Department of Financial Services (DFS).

Officials said the database contains information on companies that have been subject to actions by the DFS based on evidence of illegal payday lending.

Earlier this year Bank of America became the first financial institution to start using the database.

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Man Arrested for DWI, Marijuana Possession

(WINDSOR, N.Y.) -- A Binghamton man was arrested on a drug charge in West Windsor on Wednesday.

State Police said troopers arrested Billy Knickerbocker after they went to investigate a complaint at the Express Mart, located at 16 North Road.

Knickerbocker, 33, has been charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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