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WGXC Information Update: Tuesday, April 9

Apr 09, 2024 12:05 am

Today, Tuesday, April 9, is the day after eclipse day. The total solar eclipse was only a few hours away yesterday, and Greene County residents saw a 96 percent eclipse around 3:20 p.m. USA Today reported that six inmates at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility near Monticello sued the state corrections department over a planned lockdown during the total solar eclipse. Instead, they got to squint at the sky yesterday. On this day in 1860 Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville made the oldest known recording of an audible human voice on his phonautograph machine. The National Weather Service in Albany predicts sunny skies and a temperature that may reach 70 degrees today.

• The Times Union reports that on April 8 a New York appeals court judge denied Donald Trump's appeal to delay his April 15 hush money criminal trial as he mounts a last-ditch effort to move the case out of Manhattan. Trump's lawyers asked Justice Lizbeth González at an emergency hearing that she postpone the trial indefinitely while they seek a change of venue. But she did not accept their arguments. Trump's hush money trial is the first of his four criminal indictments to get a trial, and would be the first criminal trial ever of a former president.

The Daily Freeman reports that state assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson, a Democrat from Newburgh, wants New York officials to review and fortify several local bridges after the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed last month after a collision with a container ship killed six workers. A recent New York Times report warns that the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, Mid-Hudson Bridge, and Newburgh-Beacon Bridge lack pier protection and could be vulnerable to collapse from a similar collision. Jacobson said, “Hudson Valley residents rely on these bridges as major arteries connecting both sides of the Valley, as other highways go north and south.... The disruption and cost to the state and Federal economy would be immeasurable if the Newburgh Beacon Bridge, which carries I-84, collapsed or was unusable."

• Lawmakers in Albany still have not passed a state budget, now more than a week after the deadline, and some deposits have been delayed but state checks have been on time, New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says in the Times Union. Legislators returned to Albany on April 8 to add another budget extender to keep state payroll flush through April 11.