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8:54 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Bad influenza outbreak continues to spread throughout New York

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Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 2:52 pm

A bad flu virus continues to spread through the community, as flu cases in Onondaga County are up five-fold from this time last year.

The flu is coming early and often for much of the United States, according to health officials, and central New York has not been spared.

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Innovation Trail
1:51 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Malt Barley Growers Get Boost From Sen. Schumer

Barley spread on a malting floor in a distillery.
Credit Photo: Lakeworther, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Malt barley is a temperamental little plant. It needs to be brought up in very specific conditions in order to yield a quality beer. Adverse weather can destroy entire harvests, like this past season in Idaho, where heavy rains took 80 percent of their crop.

That’s why Senator Schumer is pushing for insurance for New York malt barley farmers.

“There are just too many obstacles, risk, and cost standing in the way. And our job here will be to get federal crop insurance for malt barley here in New York state, and then malt barley will take off.”

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Innovation Trail
9:01 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Teaching sustainable business to young farmers

Young Farmers Conference 'Welcome'
Jenna Flanagan Innovation Trail

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:54 am

First time farmers gather at the Stone Barns Center, a teaching farm in rural Westchester County for the Young Farmers Convention. The 3-day conference provides supportive classes and networking opportunities to new businesses in agriculture.

The Stone Barns Center helps young farmers build the foundation they need to for successful, sustainable farms.

“For me one of the things I get from coming to the young farmers conference is the chance to talk to really experienced farmers about more in-depth topics.”

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Innovation Trail
7:46 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Universal Health Care Hearing Today in Rochester


Richard Gottfried, chair of the Assembly Health Committee, will be at Rochester’s City Council Chambers today to hold the second of 6 hearings about universal health care in New York State.

Gottfried, who has been working for a single-payer system since the early 90s, is a key sponsor of the New York Health Act that would do away with health insurance in the state, replacing it with a universal coverage system.

The assembly member says even with improvements under the Affordable Care Act, in his view the health care system is broken.

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Innovation Trail
3:31 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Albany police and community meet in wake of Garner decision

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 3:28 pm

There was a palpable tension in the packed room at the Arbor Hill Community Center. The meeting was originally organized by Albany Common Council member Dorcy Applyrs and Kelly Kimbrough in response to the Michael Brown case in Missouri, but the Wednesday’s events in New York City added an extra level of urgency.

(Edited video with highlights of the meeting after the jump.)

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Innovation Trail
5:03 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

New York Researchers Seek Needed Upgrades To Electrical Infrastructure

Credit Courtesy RIT

Researchers in Rochester are comparing options to improve America’s aging electrical grid.  These plans make room for increased demand and new energy sources.

The grid that delivers electricity across the country hasn’t been updated in decades.

Eric Hittinger, assistant professor of public policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology, says the current system’s not up to dealing with modern technologies or demands for power.

"What we really need is a new grid that can handle all of these new technologies and smarter devices."

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Innovation Trail
9:24 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Gas storage project on Seneca Lake moving onto next phase

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 9:29 am


The DEC’s “draft permit conditions”, released on Monday, propose rules that would have to be followed if the state issues a permit to Finger Lakes LPG Storage. Finger Lakes LPG, which is owned by Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners, wants to store up to 2.1 million barrels of butane and propane in old salt caverns on the western shore of Seneca Lake, in the Town of Reading.

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Innovation Trail
10:06 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Today in Innovation Friday: Ebola Update, Crowdsourcing Healthcare Costs, Data Poverty

Hosted today by Matthew Leonard and Michelle Faust.


Update on New York Ebola case with Dr Peter Salgo, host of Second Opinion and practicing physician at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC

Jeanne Pinder, ex New York Times journalist and founder of Clear Health Costs, a startup that is compiling some revealing data about the real costs of healthcare. Share your story.


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Innovation Trail
3:50 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

New diploma options for student career paths; CTE, STEM or Arts

Student in a Western New York classroom.

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 9:42 am

The New York State Board of Regents has cleared the way for a new career pathways for high school students aimed at improving graduation rates. 

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Innovation Trail
11:58 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Start-up space mission comes to New York: New York NOW

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 3:21 pm

Story Starts at 10:35

The aerospace industry is commonly associated with Florida or Texas, but New York’s own technology sector has been playing a major role in our ability to see and understand the cosmos.

As federal spending on projects for NASA flat lined, former NASA employee Jon Morse started BoldlyGo, a private company that hopes to help breathe new life into missions in space.

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