While You Were Out: Feb. 7, 2020

Mother Nature sure does know how to put a damper on an otherwise perfectly good Friday…We’re under a winter weather advisory until 7 p.m. with slippery roads and high winds gusting as high as 50 mph.

An ice storm snapped tree limbs and brought down power lines today, leaving 24,000 National Grid customers without electrical service along a huge swath of eastern upstate New York that stretches from northern Saratoga County into the Adirondack Mountains.

The state Department of Environment Conservation is advising backcountry downhill skiers, snowboarders and others who venture into steep terrains in the Adirondacks to be aware of the possibility of an avalanche.

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled today against Democratic members of Congress in their lawsuit against President Donald Trump, effectively blocking a probe into his businesses.

The White House today fired Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, whose testimony in the House impeachment hearings infuriated Trump and his allies, escorting him out of the complex just days after the Senate trial ended in acquittal, his lawyer said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York would sue to reverse a federal decision to bar New Yorkers from taking part in a popular “trusted traveler” program that eases passage across international borders.

The lawsuit would be the latest escalation in tensions between Trump and his former home state, after the Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday that it would block New York residents from participating in the Global Entry program.

Though the coronavirus has infected more than 28,000 people worldwide as of this morning, according to the World Health Organization, health experts say the risk to the Capital Region remains relatively low.

The Chinese public has staged what amounts to an online revolt after the death of a doctor, Li Wenliang, who tried to warn of a mysterious virus that has since killed hundreds of people in China, infected tens of thousands and forced the government to corral many of the country’s 1.4 billion people.

The helicopter that crashed killing NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others onboard, showed no evidence of “catastrophic internal” engine failure, federal investigators said.

The pop singer Kesha suffered another setback this week in her long-running legal fight against Dr. Luke, her former producer, whom she accused of rape almost six years ago.

New York officials are working on multiple fronts to push through a flavored e-cigarette ban after vaping advocates won a preliminary injunction to stop its enforcement last month.

A growing number of New York neighborhoods have thwarted or stalled redevelopment efforts — and more fights are brewing.

A dozen business groups in a letter to top lawmakers in the state Legislature this week urged them to oppose any expansion to the state’s prescription opioid tax.

Rochester Assemblyman David Gantt announced he would not seek another term for a seat he has held since 1983, citing his health and the advice of doctors to not continue in the chamber.

The number of drivers involved in fatal crashes with THC in their systems doubled in Washington state following the legalization of cannabis there, a report released by AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety found.

REBNY and the state Association of Realtors will sue the state Department of State, which issued a new, far-reaching rule declaring that tenants no longer have to pay a broker’s fee, of abusing its authority and failing to follow the proper steps before adopting the new rule.

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers began their defense at his rape trial in Manhattan with testimony intended to discredit one of the prosecution’s strongest witnesses: the actress Annabella Sciorra, who claims Weinstein attacked her in the early 1990s.

Officials at Colonie Central High School moved to downplay a recent spate of violence there as “a few isolated incidences of student altercations.”

Trans World Entertainment Corp. has set Monday, Feb. 17 for a special shareholder meeting to approve the sale of its FYE chain of stores to Sunrise Records of Canada for $10 million.

Siena College Research Institute released the results of its 13th annual New York Business Leader survey, which indicates an overall decline in confidence about the current business climate in the state.

The Town of Bethlehem and several residents will soon be battling it out in state Supreme Court over seven acres of land. The land is absolutely critical, providing around 40 percent of the town’s water supply.

The town of Colonie is looking to build a new office for the Pure Waters Department for up to $6.97 million because employees are currently performing administrative tasks and working on equipment in the same space.

The Special Olympics State Fall Games are returning to Glens Falls after a five-year absence.

Siena College’s masters in business administration program has been accepted as a signatory with the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education program, also known as UN PRME – the only one in the Capital Region among the 650 signatories worldwide.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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