Ryan Delaney, WRVO http://innovationtrail.org en 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 Deadline for assault weapon registration nears, resistance remains strong http://innovationtrail.org/post/deadline-assault-weapon-registration-nears-resistance-remains-strong <p>There’s an April 15 deadline for owners of assault-style firearms to register them with the State police, but there’s concern the provision of the SAFE Act gun control laws will be ignored.</p><p>After New York passed strict gun control laws in January 2013, sales of assault-style weapons became illegal. But for those who already owned guns with features like a pistol grip and removable magazine, they must register them by Tuesday.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:16:47 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3367 at http://innovationtrail.org Deadline for assault weapon registration nears, resistance remains strong Quality of life, infrastructure investment key to urban renewal http://innovationtrail.org/post/quality-life-infrastructure-investment-key-urban-renewal <p>Mildred Warner of Cornell University recently held a conference at the college on the economic state of upstate New York’s largest urban centers.</p><p>She says the region’s cities aren’t getting the ‘full gambit’ of rediscovery by younger generations because they’re not investing enough in areas like quality-of-life and infrastructure.</p><p>Basically, that means more people would move back into cities if roads and parks and such were in better condition.</p><p>Warner says in a service-based economy, it’s the quality-of-life in a city that’s the basis for future economic development.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:23:12 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3362 at http://innovationtrail.org Quality of life, infrastructure investment key to urban renewal Upstate N.Y. drone test site gets another $1 million in funding http://innovationtrail.org/post/upstate-ny-drone-test-site-gets-another-1-million-funding <p>There's another $1 million in the recently passed state budget for upstate New York's new drone testing program, which means the site now has enough funding to get through at least its first year of operations.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:01:41 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3345 at http://innovationtrail.org Upstate N.Y. drone test site gets another $1 million in funding Winter dealt a blow to some North Country businesses http://innovationtrail.org/post/winter-dealt-blow-some-north-country-businesses <p>The relentless snow that pounded part of the North Country this past winter kept kids out of school and people home. That also meant a hit for some businesses in the region.</p><p>Lori Wells co-owns Café Mira, a restaurant in Adams, south of Watertown. The eatery employs about a dozen people and is only open four days a week. So when Wells and her partner, Lisa Reed, had to make the call three times this winter to not open, that was a hit to their business.</p><p>They hadn’t had to close at all in the four years they’ve been owners, Wells said.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:59:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3342 at http://innovationtrail.org