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Tompkins County Sheriff, Legislature Try To Deal With Overcrowding At Jail

The Tompkins County Jail has enough beds for 82 people, but according to Sheriff Kenneth Lansing, they average about 90 people a day--and they're not supposed to fill every single bed. Over the past several years, the county has asked for temporary waivers from the state, in increments of about 60 days to one year, to go over maximum capacity.
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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — A popular state-owned beach in the southern Adirondacks is closed for the second time in less than a week because of high levels of bacteria.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Tuesday evening that it has closed Lake George Beach due to coliform counts that exceed health department guidelines.

The DEC says it's also closing all waters in the area known as Dog Beach, located just west of what's also known as Million Dollar Beach.

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Republican Donald Trump recently held a roundtable of top campaign officials and allies to discuss national security policy. Two conservative Republican congressmen from Pennsylvania—Tom Marino and Lou Barletta—took part.

Barletta in particular is known as a hard-liner on immigration.

As mayor of Hazelton—which he now represents in Congress—he led a broad, controversial crackdown on illegal immigrants, penalizing businesses that hired them and landlords who rented to them.

He said he and Trump share a similar vision for national immigration policy.

It's been a rough summer for supporters of Donald Trump.

A convention that aimed for harmony had some disharmony. The candidate picked arguments with a Gold Star family and with Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Polls have shown Trump falling behind.

At a recent rally in Altoona, Pa., Trump told the crowd that the only way he could lose Pennsylvania — a state where he is polling well behind Democratic rival Hillary Clinton — would be in the event of a fix.

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The Tompkins County Jail has enough beds for 82 people, but according to Sheriff Kenneth Lansing, they average about 90 people a day--and they're not supposed to fill every single bed. Over the past several years, the county has asked for temporary waivers from the state, in increments of about 60 days to one year, to go over maximum capacity.

The National Labor Relations Board ruled 3-1 Tuesday that graduate students working as teaching or research assistants at private universities are employees with the right to collective bargaining.

The decision comes in response to a petition filed by the Graduate Workers of Columbia-GWC and the United Autoworkers Union, which has been seeking to represent grad student assistants at Columbia University.

Hundreds of pharmaceutical and medical device companies continue to pay doctors as promotional speakers and advisers after they've been disciplined for serious misconduct, according to an analysis by ProPublica.

One such company is medical device maker Stryker Corp.

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(WBFO) Supporters point out that geothermal reduces greenhouse gases by using the earth to heat and cool buildings. They are questioning Governor Cuomo's commitment to the environment as he continues to delay approval of a package of tax credits.

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(WRVO) The city of Syracuse has adopted new floodplain maps released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. More than 600 properties in Syracuse have been added, bringing the total to more than 1,600 properties that could be required to have flood insurance.

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(WXXI) The final verdict won't be in until after the harvest, but New York apple growers are expecting a below-average crop yield this fall.

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