Launch into the adventure of a lifetime with everyone’s favorite monkey with the hit movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, Curious George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. Reunited at last, the two best pals have an unforgettable adventure shared with their new friends! Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle airs on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 8:30am on WSKG.
Buffalo area band Special Delivery returns to Let’s Polka on Saturday, August 3 for a half hour of toe-tapping fun! Performances include “Dreamin’ Polka”, “Iron Casket Oberek” and the “How Married Are You Polka.” The program is hosted by Bill Flynn who also interviews band leader Ted Szymanski. Enjoy this promo and tune into Let’s Polka, airing every Saturday evening at 6:30 on WSKG-TV. https://youtu.be/7kPMFD8ngNY
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) — A month past the due date, negotiations on how to fund Pennsylvania’s $32 billion spending plan are effectively stalled. With the state House in indefinite recess as lawmakers consider how to respond to a revenue proposal from the Senate, Governor Tom Wolf is seeking to allay fears about what an unbalanced budget means for the commonwealth. He noted, the state continues to take in revenue and do business, even as financial analysts–like the state treasurer–warn that the commonwealth faces cash shortfalls and a credit downgrade if it doesn’t get its fiscal act together. Wolf said he supports the Senate’s budget proposal, which includes a severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas drillers–one of the governor’s longtime priorities. And when it comes to getting the House on board, he’s optimistic “I believe that the House will support the Marcellus Shale taxes,” he said. “Most of the actors here have bought in to the bill that came out of the Senate.
The New York Board of Elections quietly voted this week to turn over some data about New York’s voters to a Trump administration panel looking at whether there was mass voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. The move makes New York the first state to comply with the controversial request, after officials initially said they would resist it. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in June that the state would not comply with requests from the panel — which is authorized by President Donald Trump and headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — to turn over information about New York’s voters. Among other things, the panel is seeking evidence of massive voter fraud, something Cuomo has said is a “myth.” Many election experts agree with the governor that such fraud in the U.S. is highly unlikely. Two requests from the panel were rejected.
The Broome Developmental Center is one step closer to becoming a site for addiction treatment. New York’s Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) will fund 50 beds for medically-supervised withdrawal in Building 1 of the Center, located in the Town of Dickinson. It could eventually have a hundred beds and include more services. In order to get a licensed provider, Broome County has issued a Request for Proposals. Democratic Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said details on other services will depend on the provider, but hand-offs to the next level of care will be necessary. Garnar said local officials did bring community concerns to the state.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) – Protesters around Pennsylvania spent Wednesday urging the commonwealth’s Republican US senators and congressional representatives not to support a budget bill that routes significant dollars toward enforcing immigration laws–including $1.6 billion to build a wall on the Mexican border. One group braved torrential rain to bring the message to Congressman Lou Barletta’s office in Harrisburg–and they even brought props. After waiting out a downpour, a handful of constituents, local organizers, and members of pro-immigration reform group CASA filed into the conservative Barletta’s quiet office. They carried with them a box of shoes, which CASA regional director Elizabeth Alex said is a significant gesture. “These shoes are representing the empty shoes that are left behind when a family member is detained or deported by ICE,” she explained.
Antanisha Garrett likes it in Elmira. “Coming from a fast paced state like New Jersey, it’s really different,” she said. “You can really come here and get your life together.” Garrett has tried to do just that. She’s lived in the Southern Tier off-and-on for several years. But she’s now in Elmira full-time.
The often-reticent New York Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie, showed a different side of himself when the lifelong Star Trek fan visited a museum in New York’s North Country that replicates the fictional Starship Enterprise. It’s a Trekkie’s dream — sitting in Capt. Kirk’s chair, standing on a transporter pod, holding an actual communicator prop from the television show. Heastie got to do all of that when he visited the Star Trek Set Tour museum in Ticonderoga as part of a tour of New York’s North Country. “I feel like I’m 10 years old again,” Heastie said. “This is amazing.” Heastie, who is 49, wasn’t yet alive when the original version of the series premiered in 1966. But the reruns in the late 1970s certainly captured his imagination.
A hearing on Wednesday in Broome County Supreme Court may decide the fate of a proposed natural gas transfer station in the Town of Fenton. The company NG Advantage wants to build the station in Fenton, which is just north of Binghamton. Separate lawsuits from residents, a church and the Chenango Valley School District say the company and the Town didn’t follow the right procedures. They also question the reliability of safety reports and environmental impact studies. Maeve Tooher is a lawyer representing the school. She said the judge told both sides he’d have a decision soon.
The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival welcomes the Jasper String Quartet for a series of three concerts: August 4 in Christ Church, August 5 in Templeton Hall, and August 6 in the Otesaga Resort Hotel. We hear from the quartet’s violist, Sam Quintal, who took a break from his drive to perform a concert, in order to chat with us via Skype. http://wskg.org/audio/jasper.mp3
Photo credit: Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer for the Jasper String Quartet