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Binghamton's MacArthur School Gears Up For Post-Thanksgiving Opening

The Binghamton City School District’s new MacArthur Elementary building is set to open Monday. The school was destroyed by a flood in 2011.
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PA Budget Deal Nearly Implodes, Again

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A state budget agreement narrowly avoided collapse again Tuesday, though the details of what is left in the tenuous deal remain unclear.


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The Binghamton City School District’s new MacArthur Elementary building is set to open Monday. The school was destroyed by a flood in 2011.

Courtesy of Sen. Libous

WHITE PLANS, N.Y. (AP) — Tom Libous, the former New York state senator from the Binghamton area, will serve six months of house arrest after being convicted of lying to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son.

Libous must also pay a $50,000 fine following his sentencing in federal court Tuesday.

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 Alcoa announces a three-and-a-half-year deal to keep its smelter in Massena open, and increase its competitiveness. The agreement reduces layoffs at the plant to about 80, according to a spokesman.

In a statement, the company said the agreement with New York State will help maintain “hundreds of jobs” — approximately 600 - in the North Country. It will also support growth at the company’s sister operation in Massena, the cast house.

Pope Francis is often seen as a champion of the downtrodden. He frequently speaks about poverty and the injustice of inequality.

During his upcoming visit to Africa — from Nov. 25 to 30 — he'll visit three countries with high rates of poverty and rapidly growing economies: Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic.

His presence is certain to attract a lot of attention. But will his visit benefit poor people in these countries? What kind of difference, if any, can a visit from the pope make?

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Roxanne Mourhess says the milk trucks roll by her antique store every day. The store is a 150-year-old former church on the main drag in Campbell, New York, a small town near Corning. The store is just down the street from the weathered, light blue grocery store. In the other direction, a Kraft plant puffs out steam by the railroad tracks. Mourhess couldn’t believe it when she heard last month that the plant was slated for closure. 

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At a hearing held by the State Assembly on expanded voting, advocates argued that New York needs to join more than half of the other state who offer some kind of extended voting.

New York state has among the lowest voter turn out rate in the country, ranking 46th out of 50th in the 2014 statewide elections, which included the race for governor. 

Wolf: Budget Framework In "Deep Peril"

Nov 23, 2015
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A tentative outline for a state budget looks like it could crumble this week, dealing a bitter reality check to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the top lawmakers who said they could deliver a spending plan by Thanksgiving.

Former Binghamton state senator Tom Libous will be sentenced Tuesday, and he’s hoping to avoid jail time.

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The energy company Kinder Morgan has formally applied to install a pipeline connecting Pennsylvania gas wells with Massachusetts.