Southern Tier

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Manufacturing will return to the vacant IBM site in Endicott. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that lithium ion batteries will be made on the Huron Campus.  

 Joining in the consortium of three companies locating in Endicott is C4V. When New York held its first ever 76West Clean Energy Competition, C4V’s new battery storage technology earned a $500,000 prize. 

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Micatu is growing fast, The Horseheads start-up has over 20 employees right now and wants to expand to more than a hundred. “Started in my garage with $75 and, you know, five years later, here we  are," co-founder Mike Oshetski explained.

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A high-tech business incubator. Rural high speed internet. Flood mitigation. A wide range of major infrastructure projects in our area are funded through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

Mercy House Turns One

Mar 8, 2017
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A year ago, Mercy House in Endicott opened its doors to terminally ill patients of the Southern Tier. Since the former St. Casimir’s Church was converted into Mercy House, over a hundred people have called it home.

The latest internet sensation, April the Giraffe, is expecting a calf. It will be her fourth. 

The 15-year old giraffe is drawing a lot of attention to the Animal Adventure Zoo in Harpursville, NY.

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A new report from the Food and Health Network of South Central New York on food insecurity among children shows a big gap in how many kids eat free lunches during the school year and during the summer.

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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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Many books and movies have been written about Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and his valiant success at Little Roundtop, but very little has been said about the right end the line where Colonel Ireland was with his regiment. Today, they’re getting a little time in the sun.


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To have a say in the upcoming Congressional primaries, New Yorkers will need to register to vote by Friday. That won’t help all voters.

Tom Libous Dies

May 3, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A longtime New York state senator who helped lead its Republican majority before his conviction last year for lying to the FBI has died.

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People seeking bereavement counseling in the Southern Tier now have another option.

Lourdes Hospice was already offering bereavement counseling, but had no space dedicated to it. Most of the employees were out in the field, and places to meet clients became harder to find.

In the new Vestal facility, Lourdes has space for group counseling, family sessions, and has a playroom for children who are grieving. The room allows a lot of natural light to shine down on a small white table where kids can draw.

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Cheers came as the ribbon was cut and people filed into the newly opened Mercy House in Endicott.

Mercy House now inhabits the old St. Casimir’s Church. It retains some of it’s old features like the stained glass and the heavy timber beams, but now it houses ten rooms for people who are terminally ill to call home. 


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Construction is well underway at Mercy House, in the old St. Casimir's Church in Endicott. Mercy House will be a home for terminally ill people who have six months or less to live. 

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Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo is seeking an increase in funding for addiction prevention programs in the upcoming New York state budget. In a letter to Governor Cuomo, Lupardo focuses on two Binghamton programs that she says have worked in the past. The Student Assistance Program, or SAP, is a school-based program from Lourdes Hospital that puts certified prevention counselors into schools.  

Binghamton University’s incoming graduate and teaching assistants are being offered more money than those who currently work at the university.

Current students rallied on campus Friday to protest the change. Katie Lacy is the co-president of the anthropology graduate organization. She says it costs money to pay for professional development in academia. If she uses her stipend on one conference, she might not be able to pay for a second.

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1. Warm up at the Ithaca Ice Festival with a cup of chowder. The festival starts today on the Ithaca Commons and the Annual Chowder Cook-off is Saturday afternoon.

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New York state has long been a center for agriculture. and, tonight, WSKG premieres a new documentary that celebrates upstate’s farming history. The movie is called Harvest. Brian Frey directed the film, and he says he misses the presence of farmers in popular culture.

Author Grey Osterud | Out Of Bounds

Nov 15, 2015

Grey Osterud, an independent scholar and editor, is the author of "Putting the Barn Before the House: Women and Family Farming in Early Twentieth-Century New York," which we'll discuss during this interview.

Osterud is also the author of "Bonds of Community: The Lives of Rural Women in Nineteenth-Century New York."

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In a special election Tuesday, the GOP in New York’s Southern Tier maintained its fifty year hold on the 52nd Senate District. 

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Political candidates are often thought of as being guarded about their lives. Here in the Southern Tier, WSKG wanted to get a more personal look at the two candidates running for the state senate: Republican Fred Akshar and Democrat Barbara Fiala. Who better to provide personal insight on them than people close to them? For Fiala, it's her sister. 


American Graduate Day is tomorrow. It’s a day meant to highlight “education heroes”--the people who inspire kids to graduate. We can’t fully appreciate the day without understanding the trend we’re fighting. The big statistic is that in the United States, 1 in 5 students will drop out. Annie Cartie from WSKG’s education department tells us that finding the dropout rate for the Southern Tier region is difficult.

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Dr. T. Colin Campbell is known for his book The China Study, where he looked at the effect of a plant-based diet on long-term health. He’s also Professor Emeritus at Cornell, and featured in the new film PlantPure Nation. The film asks why the United States is spending almost 4 trillion dollars annually on healthcare.

Laura Gottfried began her Montessori career as a primary teacher. She earned her certification in 1995 from CMTE at the college of New Rochelle. She taught at the primary level for 7 years and the junior level for three. She also served as Montessori's Learning Support Specialist for 7 years, working with students experiencing challenges in  the school setting. She has extensive experience in the field of learning disabilities.

Broadcaster Jeff Mix | Out Of Bounds

Sep 6, 2015

Jeff Mix had a long career in broadcasting, beginning at age 17 as a volunteer for WVBR, Ithaca New York's classic rock station. After a stint in the Army, he returned to Ithaca and WVBR and eventually created his own show "Mix in the Morning" beginning in June 1999. He became the WVBR Traffic Manager in 2000. His broadcast career was cut short on December 21, 2012 when he suffered a massive stroke at age 43.

Susie Coston joined the Farm Sanctuary staff in March 2000 after six years of working for a veterinarian and at a sanctuary in West Virginia. She holds a master's degree in special education and has worked with humans with disabilities, but she felt her calling was to work with animals. Coston oversees a full department of caregivers, feeders, cleaners, and project workers,ensuring that the hundreds of animals residing at Farm Sanctuary's New York and California Shelters.

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Something for the ears, eyes and comic book lovers. WSKG's Crystal Sarakas and Entertainment Editor for the Gannett Papers Chris Kocher have some suggestions for how to get up and get out this weekend.

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Results are out from year three of New York’s Common Core tests. Students showed some progress in math, but not much change in English. The state hailed these results as progress, but in the Southern Tier the outlook is a little more complicated.

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Congressman Richard Hanna paid a visit to an urban farm in Binghamton on Monday to meet with reps from organizations that try to address food security.

Randi Quackenbush works with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. She had asked Hanna to consider supporting the new Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act.

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New York’s political world is focused on a race in the Southern Tier that could help determine the future of the State Senate.

Thomas Libous was the second highest-ranking Republican in the state senate. On Wednesday, he was found guilty of lying to the FBI in 2010 about using his position to get his son a job at a law firm. The trial started this month and lasted just over a week. Now with the guilty verdict, he’s lost his senate seat and faces up to five years in prison.