Morning Minute: Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Local religious groups are grappling with security concerns in the wake of the Sri Lanka bombings on Easter Sunday. Marcus Kantz, President of the Jewish Center and Federation of the Twin Tiers, says that maintaining heightened security while wanting to welcome all people in places of worship is a tough balance. “Each organization has to decide for itself how tough they want to be,” Kantz said.”There are a lot of electronic aids we can use to help us where the doors can be locked, and we can unlock them.”

Sri Lanka’s minister of defense says the Easter Sunday bombings were “carried out in retaliation” for attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15. 

He said the toll from coordinated bombings at churches, luxury hotels and other sites now stands at 321 people dead and 500 injured.

The government has blamed a local Islamist militant group for the attacks.

Woodstock 50 ticket sales have been pushed back without an official reason. Amanda Pelman, one of the coordinators for the festival, said they are waiting on an official press statement from Woodstock 50 in regards to ticket pricing and sale dates. A mass gathering permit for the event was filed to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) April 15, one week before tickets were supposed to go on sale, April 22.  The Public Information Officer for the DOH told 18 News Monday they are “in the process of completing its review”.

Wegmans will eliminate single-use plastic grocery bags at its New York state stores by year’s end – just before a state ban on the packing takes effect, the grocery store chain announced Monday. All grocers in New York state will have to eliminate the ubiquitous plastic shopping bag when the state’s new ban takes effect in March.

Boeing is experiencing mounting problems, as another aircraft is coming under scrutiny. The company is currently dealing with the aftermath of two deadly crashes of its 737 max planes. Employees at the North Charleston plant have described their place of work as being plagued by “shoddy production and weak oversight.” The North Charleston plant manufacturers the Dreamliner 787 planes. The New York Times posted an article Saturday saying there is no evidence that parts from the plant have led to any safety incidents.

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