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The sidewalks were lined with people in Endwell on today to welcome back the Little League World Series Champions.

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College students are returning to upstate campuses and facing a situation year-round residents have dealt with for most of the year.

A drought.

August rainfall has been about an inch above average for many areas, but the National Weather Service in Binghamton says totals are still about five inches below a normal year.

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A proposal to re-word a swimming ban at Ithaca natural areas to make it easier to understand is on hold. The city's Common Council wants to focus on education and outreach instead.

But education isn't always easy.

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A severe drought is taking a toll on dairy farmers in Tompkins County. Producers in the area say they've received about six less inches rain than an average season thus far.

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Dick's Sporting Goods is investing where the company started. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo does not expect the have a prominent speaking role at next week's Democratic National Convention.

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  It hasn't been an easy season for gardeners. 

The National Weather Service says part of the upstate region has  received as much as 1/3-less rainfall so far this year compared to an average season. 

Casey Krause, co-owner of the Hillside Garden Center in Binghamton, says these conditions are nothing new.

"We've had three really tough years in a row," she explains. "We had two strong winters, hard winters, and then, last summer, we had a drought."

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The Binghamton Senators held a press conference on Wednesday to address rumors about the future of hockey in Broome County. The Ottawa Citizen, a Canadian newspaper, reported last Friday that the team is leaving for Belleville, Ontario. WSKG's Sarah Gager and Gabe Altieri talk about what we know.

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Government employers in the Southern Tier had more job loss in the past year than any other sector, according to the New York Department of Labor.

The job count for government workers decreased by1,100 for the 12-month period ending in May 2016. While almost every other sector saw a loss, no other fell my more than 900.

 

Christian Harris, an analyst with the Southern Tier section of the department, says one reason for the continued dip could be the state’s property tax cap.

 

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  The current political climate has Libertarians hoping for a big year. The party has nominated former Republican Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson for President.

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