Mon March 18, 2013

Protesters arrested at gas storage site in Finger Lakes

The shoreline and a salt production plant along Seneca Lake.

A number of protestors were arrested for blockading the entrance to a natural gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes region early Monday.

Cornell students, local residents and biologist and author Sandra Steingraber, were arrested for trespassing after preventing workers from entering the Inergy facility on Route 14.

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Mon March 18, 2013

Jury still out on Cuomo's Energy Highway Blueprint

Upstate power plants like this coal plant in Lansing, NY would be helped if New York makes it easier to send power to New York City.
Matt Richmond WSKG

Late last year, the Cuomo administration laid out its agenda to address New York’s future energy requirements. All this week, reporters from the Innovation Trail are putting different parts of that complex energy puzzle under the microscope.

In this first report, Matt Richmond examines the goals of that plan, known as the Energy Highway Blueprint.

Matt Richmond of WSKG reports on the Cuomo administration's vision for energy in New York.

It’s easy to miss this red-brick building. It’s on a residential street outside of Albany. There’s no sign telling drivers that the flow of all the electricity in New York State is being controlled inside.

The organization at the controls is the New York Independent System Operators or NYISO. They’re a non-profit created after New York’s energy markets were opened up in the ‘90s.

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Sat March 16, 2013

Mental health requirements of NY's gun control law take effect

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 4:11 pm

Starting this weekend, the mental health component of the New York Safe Act, the state's new gun control law, kicks in. It will require mental health care providers to notify law enforcement officials if they know of anyone who could be a danger to themselves or others. Law enforcement then compares names to gun registration databases, and if there's a match, confiscate guns or revokes a pistol permit. While many mental health professionals are say they are ready for the paperwork, they aren't convinced it will do any good.

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Sat March 16, 2013

Major changes in US patent laws come into effect

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

This weekend marks a monumental change to U.S patent law. In September 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act, but the legislation which will overhaul the country’s patent system hasn’t been in effect until now.

In January, High Tech Rochester (HTR) held a seminar on intellectual property that highlighted the need for awareness about the change.

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Fri March 15, 2013
NPR Story

Upstate cities included in support network for new immigrants and refugees

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 11:01 am

Rochester is part of a network of 27 communities across New York helping immigrants and refugees to contribute to the state's economy and become a part of the "family of New York".

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