In world news, Scotland will vote tomorrow on whether or
not they will separate from the united Kingdom. The vote is expected to be very
close. Also in the UK, human trials are set to begin on a new vaccine to treat
the ebola virus.
North Country health centers in Watertown and Canton will
each be receiving over 200 thousand dollars, thanks to national efforts to
expand community health. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand
announced the funding, and say that Watertown’s Family Health Center will get
about 211 thousand dollars, while Canton’s United Cerebral Palsy Association
will get 213 thousand. In all, New York State will be receiving an additional
6.3 million dollars to expand those primary care services.
Two Massena brothers were arrested early Tuesday morning
for drunken driving. 46 year old Mark Lefrancois allegedly drove drunk to the Massena
police station to pick up his 42 year old brother Chris, who had been picked up
earlier that day for a similar charge. The elder Lefrancois had a blood alcohol
content even higher than his brother at .27%. They were both released on
appearance tickets for Massena village court.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says that they have
recalled certain Premier Ingredients spice products due to contamination by
salmonella. Over a dozen different herbs and seasonings have made the list, and
you can view it yourself by visiting the Inspection Agency’s website. So far
there have been no reported illnesses caused by the spices.
The Ontario County District Attorney announced yesterday
that a grand jury will be deciding whether or not Tony Stewart will be facing
charges for the death of a Port Leyden man at a racetrack in August. 20 year
old Kevin Ward Jr. was struck and killed by Stewart’s vehicle after exiting his
own in the middle of the race on August 9th. Stewart says he will
continue to cooperate with the investigation.
A community development block grant has been set aside
for Massena residents who wish to improve their homes. The project was greenlit
Tuesday, and 400,000 dollars will be made available for Massena residents. The
average approved applicant could expect to see around 20,000 dollars. Application
inquiries can be directed to the Massena code enforcement office.
Potsdam residents can expect traffic delays today as the
Maple Street Bridge over the Raquette River will be inspected. Department of
Transportation officials will designate a lane closure which will be directed
by flaggers. Motorists are encouraged to add extra time to their commute.
St Lawrence County Legislators passed a resolution Monday
which asks that the US Department of Energy not accept a proposal by a Canadian
developer which would sell power downstate. The resolution says that the
installation of a 385 mile cable beginning in Quebec would reduce the
competitiveness of New York’s Energy sector and result in the loss of jobs. Instead,
legislators are lauding the benefits of the creation of New York’s own energy
highway, which they say would vastly improve our economy.