4:33pm

Thu April 24, 2014
Beer

Brewers get win as FDA agrees to back off spent grain regulations

The bottling line at F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Federal food regulators are backing off of proposed changes to what craft brewers can do with the leftover grains from the beer making process.

Craft brewers in New York have said the proposal would hurt their businesses.

Sen. Charles Schumer had called for the Food and Drug Administration to abandon the change. He announced Thursday FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg agreed to revise the rule to avoid "unintended consequences" that would harm brewers and farmers.

Brewers provide spent grain to dairy farmers as a low-cost or free source of cow feed.

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4:28pm

Wed April 23, 2014
Weather

Cuomo conference focuses on storm prep

Credit wnyc.org

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state Wednesday to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for the next ones.

Cuomo invited government leaders from Long Island, the North Country, central New York and other locales who experienced damage from Hurricanes Irene, Lee and Sandy.

They gathered to praise their past efforts to react to the storms, and to report on steps they are taking to prepare for future disastrous weather events.

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8:58am

Wed April 23, 2014
e-waste

Madison County leads state e-waste recycling movement

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 7:56 am

DPW workers work during a Madison County e-waste collection event in Hamilton on Earth Day.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

There’s more urgency now than ever for New York state residents to dispose of certain electronic equipment. That’s why e-waste was emphasized in one central New York community on Earth Day this year.

 

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8:40am

Wed April 23, 2014
Infrastructure

Syracuse has repaired 2,000 potholes since April 1

Kevin Hunter, a Syracuse public workers employee, prepares the city's new pothole patching truck.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Public works crews have already patched 2,000 potholes on Syracuse streets in April, but there are so many more, they now have their own email address.

City officials Tuesday unveiled a new pothole repair truck and called on residents to help report potholes around town. A quarter of those repaired so far came from city complaints, officials said.

Finding more shouldn't be a problem.

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4:36pm

Tue April 22, 2014
Moreland Commission

Moreland fallout continues for Cuomo, finds Siena poll

Credit http://publiccorruption.moreland.ny.gov/

A new poll finds that Governor Cuomo is still feeling the fallout from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal.

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