Money http://innovationtrail.org en Classic midway prize missing from this year's state fair http://innovationtrail.org/post/classic-midway-prize-missing-years-state-fair <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrvo/audio/2014/08/RD-Goldfish0827.MP3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a common procedure at the state fair: step right up and try to win a prize at one of the midway’s many carnival games.</span><p>Pop a balloon with a dart; sink a basketball shot; hook a ring around a bottle. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:37:44 +0000 Ryan Delaney 3566 at http://innovationtrail.org Classic midway prize missing from this year's state fair Tunnel, depressed highway are out in plans for new I-81 http://innovationtrail.org/post/tunnel-depressed-highway-are-out-plans-new-i-81 <p>Syracuse looks less likely to go through its own <a href="http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/TheBigDig.aspx" target="_blank">Big Dig</a>, as state highway transportation officials recommend a tunnel or depressed highway are not the best options for a rebuilt Interstate 81 through Syracuse.</p><p>Transportation officials have been considering <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/16-different-paths-new-interstate-81" target="_blank">several variations of four root options</a> for a new I-81: a rebuilt viaduct, a street-level boulevard, a tunnel, or sunken roadway.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:48:45 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3498 at http://innovationtrail.org Tunnel, depressed highway are out in plans for new I-81 A personal perspective on National Homeownership Month http://innovationtrail.org/post/personal-perspective-national-homeownership-month <p>It was the ‘POP’ heard round the world when super inflated housing bubble burst in 2008. Much of the blame was placed on overzealous lenders and irresponsible buyers as housing prices began a steady march, finally bottoming out in 2012.</p><p>The Empire State saw its fair share of trouble. In 2011, 345,000 mortgages were either in default or delinquent and the number of underwater homes was even higher.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:32:27 +0000 Jenna Flanagan, WMHT 3464 at http://innovationtrail.org A personal perspective on National Homeownership Month Non-profit assists mobile home owners improve habitability http://innovationtrail.org/post/non-profit-assists-mobile-home-owners-improve-habitability <p></p><p>Mobile homes are often the only affordable housing options for low and moderate-income people in rural communities. But they aren’t built to last and often fall into disrepair. For years, government housing programs haven’t provided much for this segment of the housing stock. A program is underway in Otsego County to improve housing conditions for people living in mobile homes.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 14:38:01 +0000 Matt Martin WSKG 3428 at http://innovationtrail.org Non-profit assists mobile home owners improve habitability Your town or school's fiscal stress score, mapped http://innovationtrail.org/post/your-town-or-schools-fiscal-stress-score-mapped <p></p><p>How stressed out is the checkbook in your hometown or school district? The New York comptroller's&nbsp;office recently finished scoring nearly 2,300 governments and school districts and tabulated their fiscal stress levels.</p><p>There are 142 municipalities in some level of fiscal stress, according to Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The comptroller says the percentage score, with 100 percent being as stressed out as a municipality can get, is an 'early warning system.'</span></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3414 at http://innovationtrail.org Your town or school's fiscal stress score, mapped