While You Were Out: Sept. 18, 2019

It’s that time of year – warm days and cold nights.

There’s a frost advisory for the first time thus far this early fall. It will impact the Adirondacks down across Lake George/Saratoga, into Washington County, the Rensselaer Plateau and all of Bennington and Berkshire counties.

Temperatures overnight will fall into the 30s and low 40s. Brrr. You might want to take those plants in.

BTW, today is National Cheeseburger Day. There’s still time to take advantage of some specials being offered by eateries in the Capital Region and beyond to celebrate.

In the news…

Trump said he had no update on possible U.S. retaliation against Iran for an attack on Saudi Arabia, but also warned that there was “plenty of time to do some dastardly things.”

The president named Robert O’Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser.

A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for a second time this year but declined to signal that further rate cuts are likely this year.

Amid the flood of new measures from state and local leaders to address the problem, experts said it was uncertain how much immediate or lasting effect the provisions would have on a broad and growing range of concerns about vaping.

The Defense Department has spent at least $184,000 at the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland since 2017, as it sent several dozen crews from flights making a refueling stopover to the resort hotel, the Pentagon said in a letter sent to congressional investigators.

After nearly nine months on the job, with her eyes now wide open to the downsides of her revolutionary reputation and social media fame, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has tempered her brash, institution-be-damned style with something different: a careful political calculus that adheres more closely to the unwritten rules of Washington she once disdained.

Gun violence hits America’s youth and rural states the hardest and has reached the highest levels in decades, a report released today by Democrats on Congress’ Joint Economic Committee has found.

Zantac is being pulled off the market. The drug’s manufacturer has decided to halt distribution of the antacid until a contamination issue is resolved.

NY-CREATES, the non-profit entity that the state is putting into place at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany to run its real estate and economic development initiatives, should be in place by the end of the year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill extending the statute of limitations to 20 years for rape in the second-degree and 10 years for rape in the third-degree.

A group of Democratic state lawmakers are pushing legislation that would ban hotels across the state from using toiletries packaged in single-us plastic containers.

After being outnumbered by active proponents for New York’s odd fusion voting system last week, some in the state Democratic Party are now recruiting voices to oppose the practice.

Nearly one in 10 bridges in the Capital Region are in poor condition, according to a new report from a national transportation research group.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says in a meeting Tuesday with GlobalFoundries CEO Tom Caulfield he was told that the computer chip maker is “optimistic” about job growth at the company’s Fab 8 factory in Malta.

Brooklyn Democratic state Sen. Kevin Parker proposed a bill earlier this week that would give college athletes the right to sell the rights to their own names, images and likenesses.

Three New York tributaries have been added to the list of waters that will be treated with a chemical to kill sea lampreys in the coming days.

A day after a Siena College poll reported New Yorkers’ overwhelming opposition to paying $25 for new license plates, the Cuomo administration now says it decided weeks ago to negotiate with the Legislature for an acceptable plan.

Saratoga Springs officials announced a five-year investigation by the state comptroller’s office into water connection fees has “concluded, without report.”

Pychologists warned parents and guardians about being climate change alarmists, noting an increasing number of children who are being treated for “eco-anxiety.”

More Child Victims Act lawsuits have been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo than against any other defendant in New York State, The Buffalo News has determined.

The NYPD plans to beef up its security presence at synagogues, schools and community centers as Jewish holidays quickly approach. The High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are in just two weeks.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez was back in his hometown of Buffalo today.

University of California President Janet Napolitano, who oversaw historic expansions of the 10-campus system and championed immigrant students but whose management structure faced criticism and embarrassing scrutiny, said she will step down in August 2020.

Buffalo Bills officials continue to tinker with policy to curb the raucous behavior of fans on game day that last year resulted in 55 game-related arrests by Orchard Park police outside the stadium.

Photo credit: George Fazio.



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