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Two Killed When Planes Collide Mid-Air in Western NY

(LANCASTER, N.Y.) -- Two single-engine aircrafts collided mid-air at an aviation event for kids in western New York on Saturday.

Lancaster Police Chief Gerald Gill says the crash killed the 76-year-old pilot of one of the planes and his 14-year-old passenger.

Gill says the event was special for children, "designed to expose them to aviation."

The NTSB is investigating the crash.

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Binghamton Zoo to Lose Accreditation

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- The Binghamton Zoo is set to lose it's accreditation next week.

On Thursday, zoo officials disclosed in published reports that the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has decided not to extend the zoo's accreditation, which expires at the end of September.

The AZA reportedly feels the zoo has some improvements and upgrades to make, before accreditation is granted.

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Cops Search for Man in Theft 

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Police are seeking the public's assistance with identifying and locating a man who robbed a Binghamton business earlier this month.

The theft happened on Sept. 14 at Tom's Coffee and Gifts. Police have released a video of a man being sought in connection with the crime.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact police at 607-772-7080, and refer to case number 2014-28,378.

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Govs. Cuomo, Christie Sign Bi-State Agreement to Increase Security

(NEW YORK) -- Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie signed a memorandum on Wednesday that will adopt new protocols to protect residents of the two state and bi-state transit infrastructures from potential acts of terrorism.

The agreement will "substantially increase security at transportation hubs and critical infrastructure in the metropolitan area" immediately, a joint statement said.

Among the actions to be taken in the next 100 days are increased visibility, inspections and surveillance at "train stations, airports, landmarks, and bridges and tunnels."

Cuomo acknowledged that "the New York City area has always been a top target for terrorists wishing to spread hatred and fear," noting that "we would be in a state of denial to say that what is going on internationally has not raised that danger."

That viewpoint was echoed by Christie, who added that "we know that our people and assets remain a target in the minds of depraved individuals around the globe, even in the homeland, and we are gravely committed to protecting and defending ourselves against the threat."

Agencies involved in the increased security include the Port Authority Police Department, the National Guard, the New York and New Jersey state police, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New Jersey Transit Police.

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New Law to Strengthen NY's Preparedness for Climate Change

(NEW YORK) -- It's Climate Week in New York, and new legislation has been signed to boost the state's preparedness for the effects of climate change.

The Community Risk and Resiliency Act was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday. According to the governor's office, the law requires state agencies to consider future physical climate risks that may arise from storm surges, sea level rise or flooding, when making certain permitting, funding and regulatory decisions.

"This new law contains a comprehensive package of actions that help strengthen and reimagine our infrastructure with the next storm in mind," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement.

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State Launches Campaign to Combat Heroin Use

(NEW YORK) -- The state has launched a new campaign aimed at decreasing heroin use across New York.

The campaign titled, "Combat Heroin," was launched on Monday and aims to educate New Yorkers about the risks of using heroin and prescription opioid, and also offers information on the signs of addiction.

"The Combat Heroin campaign will get the word out about the dangers of this illegal drug use, as well as the treatment and support services that are available to those who need help," Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a release.

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Bronx Man Arrested for Identity Theft, Speeding 

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Broome County Sheriff deputies arrested a Bronx man on fugitive charges after observing the 24-year-old allegedly speeding in the Town of Windsor.

Officials on routine patrol said they saw Mamadou Diallo allegedly exceeding the speed limit on State Route 17 Thursday afternoon.

Deputies found Diallo to have a suspended New York State driver's license, along with an active arrest warrant for identity theft out of Colorado.

Diallo was taken into custody without incident and charged as a fugitive from justice, along with charges for unlawful possession of marijuana, and speeding.

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Binghamton Police Make Arrest in December Robbery

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Binghamton Police have charged a local man Wednesday in connection to a robbery that occurred last December.

Michael McGeever, 23, was arrested for robbery.

Police said McGeever is suspected of robbing a Dollar General store, located at 325 Clinton Street on December 18, 2013.

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Facebook Tips Lead to Arrest in Store Thefts

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Binghamton Police have made an arrest in a couple of theft incidents thanks to tips from Facebook users.

Thomas Woodard, 36, of Binghamton, has been arrested and charged with petit larceny.

Police said the charges stem from theft incidents at Boscovs on Court Street.

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Three Arrested in CVS Shoplifting, Drug Case 

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Deputies arrested three people Sunday after a shoplifting investigation turned into a drug bust at a local CVS.

Broome County Sheriff deputies arrived the Upper Front Street pharmacy just after 7 a.m. after employees reported a woman stealing items.

Heather Clark, 26, of Johnson City, admitted to stealing lithium batteries.

When additional law enforcement arrived on scene, they saw two men inside a white Dodge pickup in the store's parking lot. The pair was found to be associates of Clark's.

Deputies found Clark in possession of methamphetamine, and a search of the truck revealed heroin, an electronic scale, a drug pipe, and hypodermic needles.

Andrew Gower, 39, of Binghamton, and Donald Scott, 50, of Afton, were arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance. Clark faces petit larceny and drug charges.

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