Ryan Delaney, WRVO http://innovationtrail.org en Brewers get win as FDA agrees to back off spent grain regulations http://innovationtrail.org/post/brewers-get-win-fda-agrees-back-spent-grain-regulations <p>Federal food regulators are backing off of proposed changes to what craft brewers can do with the leftover grains from the beer making process.</p><p>Craft brewers in New York have said the proposal would hurt their businesses.</p><p>Sen. Charles&nbsp;Schumer&nbsp;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.</p><p>Brewers provide spent grain to dairy farmers as a low-cost or free source of cow feed.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:33:53 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3394 at http://innovationtrail.org Brewers get win as FDA agrees to back off spent grain regulations Syracuse has repaired 2,000 potholes since April 1 http://innovationtrail.org/post/syracuse-has-repaired-2000-potholes-april-1 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>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.</p><p>Finding more shouldn't be a problem.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:40:26 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3391 at http://innovationtrail.org Syracuse has repaired 2,000 potholes since April 1 Three counties pull out of SAFE Act pilot permit program http://innovationtrail.org/post/three-counties-pull-out-safe-act-pilot-permit-program <p>The Cortland County clerk’s office has backed out of a pilot run of a re-certification program for gun owners, part of the state’s stricter gun control laws, because it didn’t feel it was getting enough support from the state.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under a provision of the January 2013 SAFE Act, current pistol permit holders must update their permits by 2018. That means verifying addresses and what weapons are owned.</span></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:03:36 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3385 at http://innovationtrail.org Three counties pull out of SAFE Act pilot permit program Wegmans takes a stance on genetically modified food http://innovationtrail.org/post/wegmans-takes-stance-genetically-modified-food <p>Upstate New York grocery store chain Wegmans has come out and said federal food regulators should develop standards and labeling practices for foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:04:16 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3383 at http://innovationtrail.org Wegmans takes a stance on genetically modified food Some billing relief for National Grid customers after bitter winter http://innovationtrail.org/post/some-billing-relief-national-grid-customers-after-bitter-winter <p>National Grid customers should get some relief from their next energy bill, after prices skyrocketed during a frigid winter because supply costs for electricity ticked down slightly.</p><p>The company says customers can expect their next electric bills to be 40 percent cheaper than the month before.</p><p>That’s a reflection of cheaper than anticipated supply costs two months ago. The energy provider predicts supply costs that far ahead based on the market. February turned out to be lower than expected, so April bills will be down.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:42:16 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3378 at http://innovationtrail.org Some billing relief for National Grid customers after bitter winter