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Public Hearing for Tioga Downs Casino License Application VIEW VIDEO
September 18, 2015 - An interested and enthused audience filled the Suny Broome gymnasium today for public comments on the Tioga Downs application for a casino license.  The gaming commission issued three licenses late... more

Tioga Downs Makes Its Pitch to the State VIEW VIDEO
September 10, 2015 - The owner of Tioga Downs made his pitch in New York City in front of the State Gaming Board for a casino license.     Jeff Gural answered questions regarding his second bid for a license. Tioga... more

Joey Chestnut Wins Spiedie Eating Contest Again! VIEW VIDEO
August 8, 2015 - There's a race going on at Tioga Downs, but it doesn't involve horses. Saturday the second annual 10 minute long Lupo's World Chicken Spiedie Eating Championship was held at the venue.  Twelve... more

Details on Tioga Downs' Second Casino Bid VIEW VIDEO
August 5, 2015 - Details of Tioga Downs' second bid for a southern tier casino license are coming to light. The State Gaming Commission released a number of documents Tueday. Tioga Downs is proposing a $195... more

Developer Jeff Hyman Drops Casino Bid for Binghamton VIEW VIDEO
July 6, 2015 - There is only one bidder left for the fourth and final license to bring a casino to the Southern Tier. Tioga Downs in Nichols is the only bidder at this hour, this after an Albany developer pulled... more

Officials React After Bid Dropped for Binghamton Casino VIEW VIDEO
July 5, 2015 - Tioga Downs is now the sole applicant for a casino license in the Southern Tier. According to county officials Jeffrey Hyman has dropped his bid for a casino in Binghamton. Hyman considered... more

Teen Charged with Having 11-year-old Video Sex Act VIEW VIDEO
June 30, 2015 - Endicott Police have arrested a Nichols teenager, charging him with use of a child in a sexual performance and disseminating material to a minor.     Police say 18-year-old Collin Barney induced... more

Budget Passed for Tioga Central School District VIEW VIDEO
June 17, 2015 - The Tioga Central School District now has a budget.     More than 70 percent voted for the spending plan, which includes a tax levy increase of more than 17 percent. Back in May, voters failed... more

Tioga Downs Owner Expresses Frustration, Hope With Second License Bid VIEW VIDEO
May 27, 2015 - With the New York State Gaming Commission saying yesterday it expects a second application for a Southern Tier casino license, the only known bidder isn't looking forward to the competition.   ... more

Tioga Downs Hosts River Road Expo VIEW VIDEO
April 19, 2015 - Tioga Downs Casino is showcasing comics and pop culture.     Sunday, the casino held their River Road Expo. All ages were welcome and more than 1,000 people came out to the free event to browse a... more

Cause of Nichols Barn Fire Undetermined VIEW VIDEO
April 3, 2015 - Tioga County fire officials are officially labeling the cause of a blaze which leveled a horse barn in the town of Nichols Thursday afternoon undetermined.     They also say they will not be able... more

Attorney General Investigating Casino Bidding Process VIEW VIDEO
February 25, 2015 - The owner of Tioga Downs in Nichols says he doesn't believe anything illegal happened but feels a conflict of interest led to biased information the gaming facility location board used to make it's... more

Traditions and Tioga Downs Don't Give Up Hope for Casino License VIEW VIDEO
December 22, 2014 - Efforts to bring a casino to the Southern Tier continue. Tuesday morning officials from Traditions at the Glen will hold a press conference in conjunction with Tioga Downs Owner Jeff Gural to talk... more

Libous: State Should Reconsider Giving Southern Tier Casino VIEW VIDEO
December 19, 2014 - State Senator Tom Libous is calling on the Gaming Facility Location Board to reconsider it's decision to deny a recommendation for a casino license to one of two Southern Tier locations: Tioga Downs... more

Casino Officials Speak Prior to Licensing Decision Wednesday VIEW VIDEO
December 15, 2014 - In just a few days we should know who will be awarded casino licenses in New York. The New York State Gaming Board will meet Wednesday at 2 p.m. inside the Empire State Plaza building in Albany.... more

Tioga Downs Casino Hosts River Road Expo Convention VIEW VIDEO
November 2, 2014 - Pop culture and comic fans were in for a treat Sunday. Tioga Downs Casino hosted the River Road Expo Convention -- one of the biggest free comic conventions in our area. Hundreds of fans young... more

Investigation Continues into Nichols Fire VIEW VIDEO
September 29, 2014 - The investigation continues into a what caused a fast moving fire in the Town of Nichols on Sunday night.   Here is what officials know: Nichols Assistant Fire Chief Evan Smith says the fire... more

Fire Totals Home and Cars in Nichols VIEW VIDEO
September 28, 2014 - Owego, Nichols, Tioga County, Tioga Center and Wyndham fire departments respond to a house fire in Nichols. Officials say the blaze broke out around 4 Sunday evening on Tuttle Road. According... more

Can Tioga Downs and Traditions Coexist? VIEW VIDEO
September 9, 2014 - Two of the three groups trying to earn the Southern Tier casino license are at odds over whether or not they could coexist. Traditions at the Glen and Tioga Downs both presented casino plans to... more

Groups Make Pitch for Casino License VIEW VIDEO
September 8, 2014 - The three groups looking to earn the Southern Tier casino license from Albany put their cards on the table in front of the state's gaming board Monday. Traditions at the Glen from Johnson City,... more

Nichols Man Arrested For Allegedly Deceiving Elderly Couple VIEW VIDEO
September 5, 2014 - A Nichols man has been arrested for allegedly deceiving an elderly couple in the Town of Chenango.     Broome County Sheriff's say 32 year old Jack Cooper approached the couple who are  in their... more

Spiedie Eating Contest at Tioga Downs VIEW VIDEO
July 26, 2014 - Tioga Downs and Major League Eating hosted an "all-you-can-eat" contest that holds a special place in the hearts of Southern Tier Residents. The 10 minute chicken spiedie eating championship was... more

Fireworks Shows Planned Throughout Local Areas VIEW VIDEO
July 3, 2014 - If you haven't staked out a spot to watch the fireworks, don't worry, there are lots of shows planned throughout the Tier tomorrow night.   You could stay right at the Binghamton airshow - that... more

Deadline For Casino License VIEW VIDEO
June 30, 2014 - Monday was the application deadline for a full casino gaming license, and now all that's left for resort owners to do--is wait. This fall, New York State will decide which institution will receive... more

Contractor Arrested For Allegedly Taking Money For Unfinished Work VIEW VIDEO
June 11, 2014 - Police have arrested a contractor from Nichols, saying he took over six thousand dollars for work he didn't complete.     Thirty one year old Theodore Cooper is charged with Grand Larceny in the... more

Elderly Woman, Driving Wrong Way, was Victim in Rt 17 East Crash VIEW VIDEO
May 28, 2014 - We now have more information on that accident on 17 East near the Nichols exit that we reported to you on Tuesday. It was fatal and the victim was a 79-year-old woman who was driving the wrong way... more

Racing Season Opens at Tioga Downs VIEW VIDEO
May 3, 2014 - Racing season is upon us and Tioga Downs gave area locals a chance to celebrate its 9th season of live harness racing.   The 7th Annual Derby Fest featured live music, fireworks, and of... more

Lightening the Loss of a Grieving Family VIEW VIDEO
February 8, 2014 - The community came together today in Nichols to raise money for a family who lost everything in a fire. William and Leanna Hulse's four year old son Trent died in a fire that destroyed their home... more

Law Makers Show Support for Casino in Broome County VIEW VIDEO
January 16, 2014 - There was unanimous support from local law makers Thursday to bring a casino to Broome County. With a state committee expected to award at least one casino license in the Southern Tier, the... more

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Frank McCaffrey is the 10 o'clock anchor and Managing Editor at Fox 40. He was born in Schenectady and loves the area. On top of that...more

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Faith Jessie is the 10 o'clock Weekend Anchor at Fox 40. She is a 2014 graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA...more

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