President Obama has vetoed a bill that would have built a Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada into the United States. Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has come out publicly against the President’s decision, stating that the pipeline would have created more than forty-thousand jobs in the North Country and lowered energy prices in the region.

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has plead not guilty to federal bribery charges laid against him last month. Silver is accused of taking an estimated four million dollars in kickbacks. Lawyers representing the former speaker say that details of the case should not have been discussed publicly by prosecutors.

A Gananoque man was arrested Tuesday for assault against his common law wife. The 21 year old man was taken into custody after police responded to a call of a verbal and physical altercation. The woman sustained injuries to her neck, face, and arms, and had her clothing slashed with a knife. He faces charges of assault causing bodily harm, mischief under five thousand, and several other offenses. He was held in custody for a show cause bail hearing.

The New York Power Authority Board of Trustees will likely give over three million dollars to support North Country economic development projects today. In a memo released by the power authority, they say that given the sale of electricity from the St Lawrence-FDR Power Project in Massena, it should be feasible for a deposit of three million to be made in light of estimated future revenue. The meeting of the trustees will be held this morning at 9 am.

Area residents are being encouraged to run their taps until temperatures warm up a bit. Municipalities and DPWs have been frantically working to repair broken pipes and watermains, and though they’re mostly caught up, precautionary measures would be incredibly helpful. Anyone with questions should contact their local DPW.

State Police have arrested an 18 year old Constantia man in connection with the crash that shutout I-81 on Tuesday. Police say that Nathan Bush was driving intoxicated when he overturned his vehicle near Central Square after 5 am on Tuesday. Multiple other vehicles were involved in the wreck when passersby stopped to help him. Bush will be in court in late March to answer to the charges.

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The following is the list of the 10 most popular Lent sacrifices from last year based on Twitter mentions. What are you giving up?
school (11,330 tweets);
chocolate (8,916);
Twitter (8,171);
swearing (6,733);
alcohol (5,820);
soda (5,087);
social networking (4,087);
sweets (3,860);
fast food (3,830);
homework (2,687)




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