While You Were Out: Feb. 4, 2020

It’s still a mess out in Iowa, but the state Democratic Party said it plans to release “the majority of results” from the caucuses that took place yesterday at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Also tonight: On the brink of his U.S. Senate acquittal, President Donald Trump will be unleashing “relentless optimism” during his third State of the Union address, a speech designed to pivot from his impeachment to his drive for reelection.

While we’re waiting…

Hyundai is suspending production in South Korea amid supply chain problems linked to the coronavirus, and Hong Kong reported its first death from the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are not recommending people in the U.S. wear face masks, despite ongoing worries about the novel coronavirus.

With health officials scrambling to deal with an outbreak that is spreading around the world, tour operators and travel agents in the New York area are bracing for the economic pain that will come with empty rooms in hotels and empty seats on tour buses.

The National Symphony Orchestra has canceled two concerts in Beijing and one in Shanghai next month following China’s virus outbreak.

A Cornell University student is in isolation after presenting symptoms on Sunday that met criteria for the Coronavirus, according to university officials.

Capital Region commuters could have a treacherous drive into work Thursday morning, the National Weather Service in Albany said. Starting tomorrow night, the area is expected to have a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain quickly move in, continuing into Thursday afternoon.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new measure as part of the 2021 executive budget to ensure the safety of highway workers.

A day after breaking down in tears under cross-examination, a key accuser at Harvey Weinstein’s trial returned to the witness stand today and told the jurors: “I want the jury to know that he is my rapist.”

Activists will gather in Albany tomorrow for a rally to reject what they call the Senate’s cover-up of Trump’s abuse of power.

The lone baseball writer who did not vote for Derek Jeter for the Hall of Fame chose to keep his or her ballot private.

For the first time in 12 years, there will be a new director of planning and economic development in Colonie, according to a town news release.

Paul Grondahl ponders the power of the f-word.

The top budget official in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, Robert Mujica, decried the concerns raised by New York City officials over plans to control local-level Medicaid spending as “scare tactics” amid a $2.5 billion budget gap in the program.

Democratic lawmakers running for re-election in competitive districts this fall could be defeated if Cuomo and the Legislature refuse to revise the controversial bail reform law that lets loose dangerous criminal defendants, according to state Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs.

Two Albany projects received grants to help address environmental and public health concerns. The governor’s office said the state awarded $100,000 to the Albany South End Environmental Justice Project Expansion, which will help expand the project.

A noted English-made mantel that may date to the 1820s, which was donated to the Historic Albany Foundation, has a new owner — an antiques dealer in London.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today that the 2019 hunting seasons in New York were the safest on record.

The Drinking Water Quality Council previously spurred outrage from advocates because of missed deadlines. Now it’s sparking controversy because of a proposed deferral system.

New York was once last in organ donation participation. Those numbers have improved, but lawmakers and advocates fear a budget crunch could end that.

The State Police had role in the lobbying investigation of rape survivor-turned outspoken activist for passage of the Child Victimes Act, Kat Sullivan.

Longtime Republican Central New York Assemblyman Gary Finch will not seek re-election this fall, he announced in a statement today.

Jess Briganti, the morning meteorologist at WTEN (News 10 ABC), is leaving the station next month when her contract expires.

Enhancing security for Jewish institutions, and how to pay for it, has become an urgent issue for religious leaders and local and state governments.

The Goo Goo Dolls are coming to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer. The band will be performing on August 23, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Crews responded today to a water main break on Wood Terrace in Albany’s Normanskill neighborhood.

A restaurant serving Mexican food is coming to the Galleria 7 Market in Latham this year.

Jennifer Lopez has confirmed she and Shakira included a political message in the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show by featuring kids in small cages.

A former CIA programmer on trial for passing a trove of highly classified documents to Wikileaks is a “pain in the ass,” but that doesn’t mean he’s guilty of treason, his lawyer said today in her opening statements.

I declined to mention that today was National Thank a Mail Carrier Day….But I’m betting that tomorrow won’t be too late to show your local mailperson some appreciation.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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