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State Parole Board rejects Joyce Mitchell’s bid for early release

Malone Telegram

MALONE — Joyce Mitchell, the former Clinton Correctional Facility tailor shop supervisor who was convicted of helping two murderers escape from the prison in 2015, was denied early release in her first bid for parole.

“Your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and ... there is a reasonable probability that you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law,” a three-member panel of the state Board of Parole wrote in a decision released Monday afternoon.

Trump team fosters fears he’ll adopt alternative economic facts

Bloomberg

President Donald Trump complains regularly about what he calls “fake news.” What’s got some statisticians worried, though, is the risk of doctored economic data coming from the administration itself.

While there are government directives in place to prevent that from happening, the number crunchers worry that the president’s occasionally cavalier comments on the economy and economic statistics, and his apparent disdain for economists in general, could mean trouble ahead.

China wins big with stakes in $22 billion Abu Dhabi oil deal

BLOOMBERG

Chinese companies are big winners in the competition among foreign bidders for stakes in Abu Dhabi’s largest oil concession, snatching a combined 12 percent of the venture as the Middle Eastern emirate looks increasingly to Asia, its biggest market, for investment.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. awarded a 4 percent stake in the onshore venture — the last share of the project that was still up for grabs — to Shanghai-based CEFC China Energy Co., Adnoc said Monday in an e-mailed statement. CEFC is paying an $888 million signing bonus, Adnoc said. The announcement came one day after China National Petroleum Corp. agreed to buy 8 percent of the same concession for $1.8 billion.

Malone man facing six felonies for alleged drive-by shooting

- Malone Telegram

MALONE –– A village resident is facing six felony charges after he allegedly fired two shots into a house on Fort Covington Street in a drive-by shooting on Friday night.

Tyree N. Stines, 36, was charged by Malone Village Police with first-degree attempted assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated criminal possession of a weapon, criminal use of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree criminal mischief. Stines was arrested in Plattburgh after police traced his car to a residence in that city and was brought back to Malone, where he was arraigned on the charges and committed to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

Two Freeze to Death on Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation

Levi Rickert - Native News Online

EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA – Tribal officials are asking the public stay inside due extreme cold winter conditions on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Search parties found the bodies of two tribal members within the past week. Both died from being exposed to freezing temperatures.

A third person, Tom Traversie, Jr. is missing and search parties are braving the cold weather to look for him. A Command Center has been set up at the Cheyenne River Game Fish and Parks in Eagle Butte, coordinating the efforts to find Traversie.

Ottawa, provinces fail to reach a deal on health spending

John Paul Tasker, CBC News

Ottawa and the provinces have failed to reach a deal on health-care funding, despite a $11.5-billion pledge by the federal government to boost targeted spending on home care and mental health.

The federal government has now taken that offer off the table, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Monday, and the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) spending increase will revert to 3 per cent a year as of April 1, 2017.

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