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. 

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