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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, March 14th

STOP-DWI St. Patrick’s Day Crackdown:


Steuben County police agencies will be participating in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the Saint Patrick’s Day holiday weekend, per Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard.  The effort starts today and will end on Monday, March 18th.  Law enforcement agencies across the state will collaborate and will be out in force to reduce the number of impaired related injuries and deaths.  You can do your part to reduce the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities by downloading the free mobile app “Have a Plan” at www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp



NYS Counties Assoc. Says Pot Legalization Would Strain Upstate:


Legalizing marijuana would strain counties across New York State, says the state Association of Counties.  The association represents leaders for counties across the state.  It says legalization would have a large impact on services and programs provided by its municipalities.  Governor Andrew Cuomo said earlier this week that it’s unlikely marijuana legalization will be included in the upcoming budget, but lawmakers could still pass legalization in a separate bill.



Hartsville Sup. Resigns, Interim Appointed:


At Wednesday’s nights monthly meeting, the Hartsville Town Board officially accepted the resignation of Town Supervisor John Bowles and appointed an interim superintendent.  Bowles announced his resignation last month, effective immediately, with no official reason given.  Leon Woodworth Jr. has been appointed interim for the remainder of Bowles term, which will expire December 31st.  Woodworth has given up his position as a council member to accept the Supervisor’s position.  He says he plans to run for the supervisor position in the upcoming November election.



Elmira Enforcers Coach, 5 Players Suspended:


The fallout from the incident at Sunday’s Elmira Enforcer’s game continues.  The FHL has suspended Enforcers Head Coach Bren Clarke indefinitely and five of the team’s players (Nick Nidert, Sean Reynolds, Nathan Pelligra, Stephan Timofeyev, and Gavin Yates) have been suspended for three games.  The Enforcers said Wednesday that they plan to appeal the suspensions. 



Dick’s to Remove Guns from Some Stores:


Dick’s Sporting Goods has announced that it will begin removing firearms from some its stores this year.  CEO Ed Stack said Tuesday that they’ll be removed from 125 stores starting around August.  Bloomberg reports that the move is in response to low sales in those stores, and that it could spread to more stores next year.  It is unknown at this time if any of the 125 stores are in the Southern Tier.  There is a store in Horseheads.  Last year, Dick’s banned sales of assault-style weapons after it was discovered the shooter in the Parkland, Florida school shooting had purchased a gun from one of their stores.  The company also stopped selling high-capacity magazines and guns to anyone under 21.

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