Mon February 25, 2013

Twenty-year-old starts second business with purchase of Watertown commercial building

Matthew Turcotte works from his office in Clarkson University's small business incubator in downtown Potsdam.
Credit Joanna Richards

Many 16-year-olds might dream about starting their own business. But it takes a special kind of teenager to turn an operation launched in his parents' basement into a six-figure profit earner in just four years. After succeeding wildly with his web development and design company, North Shore Solutions, Clarkson University junior Matthew Turcotte, now age 20, is embarking on his second venture: commercial real estate.

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Fri February 22, 2013

Cuomo reacts to IDA backlash on sales tax budget proposal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Ashley Hassett WBFO file photo

During his visit to western New York on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reacted to the backlash by Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) against his executive budget proposal that would remove their powers to grant state sales tax exemptions.

In recent weeks IDAs across New York state have been pleading with the governor to rethink the proposed change. They argue it will strip them of their ability to manage local economic development projects.

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Fri February 22, 2013

At A Trade Show, Power Tools Fit For The Amish

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 9:59 pm

Robert Smith / NPR

The Buckeye Tool Expo in Dalton, Ohio, is held in a massive hall filled with bearded men in black hats and women in white bonnets. A few horses and buggies are tied up outside.

The Amish have chosen to forgo many of the delights of the modern world, but they still need to drill, sand and cut wood. This trade expo shows off all the loopholes that let the Amish get their hands on power tools.

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Wed February 20, 2013

Upstate New York bids to become federal drone testing site

Joe Kummer, president of Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y. demonstrates his prototype unmanned aerial vehicle.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A coalition of upstate New York universities and defense contractors has submitted a bid to become a federally designated testing and research site for the integration of unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, into domestic airspace.

Last February, Congress ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to come up with regulations for the domestic use of UAS - also known as drones - by 2015.

As part of that, the FAA will name six sites around the nation to test out drones and help draft the regulations. On Thursday, the FAA formally solicited bids to designate the sites. They were originally scheduled to be named by the end of last year.

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Wed February 20, 2013

Researchers conduct first major earthquake simulation in state

An unreinforced masonry wall on the left, compared with a reinforced wall on the right.
Ashley Hassett WBFO

Researchers from the University at Buffalo conducted the state's first large-scale earthquake simulation on Tuesday to determine how prone unreinforced masonry walls are to quake damage.

The test took place at UB’s Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) where two 14-foot-tall walls, made to replicate turn-of-the-20th-century row houses stood parallel to one another during several tests.

The left wall was built with 100 year old brick and mortar similar to “brownstones” found in New York City. The right wall was built stronger and retrofitted using techniques typical on the West Coast, where there's more seismic activity.

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