Morning Minute: March 13, 2019

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Elmira Enforcers owner is apologizing for his rink-side confrontation with league officials on Sunday, but the Federal Hockey League has already slapped him with a whopping fine of $25,000 and several team suspensions. Five players are suspended for three games, and head coach Brent Clarke has been suspended indefinitely.

Local business owners are reacting to Governor Cuomo’s doubts over the state’s ability to include legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana in the 2019 budget.  Backtracking from his initial insistence that legalization be a key component in the state’s budget, Cuomo now says there’s too much pushback, and too wide a divide on the issue. Legalization advocates fear failure to pass the legislation would lead to more New Yorkers fleeing to neighboring states. Cuomo had previously used that logic to justify his assertion that New York doesn’t really have a choice when it comes to legalization.

A measles outbreak continues to spread alarm across the country, infecting New York as well. Many health experts blame the anti-vaccination movement for increasing “vaccination hesitancy.” Meanwhile, a bill in New York is gaining support that would allow minors to get vaccinated without their parents’ consent – it’s now backed by the New York chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

New York State is working to establish a task force that would examine the far-reaching effects of doing away with our bi-annual tradition of changing the clocks. The task force would look at everything from potential health risks to the impact on the economy, traffic, and crime. Some are proposing the state makes daylight savings time permanent, which would require approval at the federal level. President Trump has tweeted his support. 

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