Marie Cusick

Marie Cusick is the WMHT/Capital Region reporter for the Innovation Trail and New York NOW.

She contributes television, radio, and digital reports to public stations throughout the state. Her television reports can be seen on New York NOW and on WNET Thirteen's New York City public television show, MetroFocus.

Her radio work has appeared nationally on NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition and regionally on WNYC.

Marie joined WMHT from her hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she was a general assignment reporter for a cable TV news station. She previously worked as an anchor and reporter for the ABC affiliate in Casper, Wyoming. She began her broadcasting career on the assignment desk at WBZ-TV in Boston.

The U.S. is one of only a few countries in the world that allow private individuals to own the minerals under their land, a policy that dates to the Founding Fathers as they sought to elevate private interests over those of the British Crown. This financial incentive to allow new drilling goes a long way in explaining the nation's natural gas boom. The National Association of Royalty Owners estimates some 12 million American landowners receive royalties for the exploitation of oil, gas and other mineral resources under their property.

Three years ago, a report from the National Academy of Sciences exposed serious problems in the nation's forensic science community. It found not only a lack of peer-reviewed science in the field, but also insufficient oversight in crime laboratories.

Little has changed since that report came out, but concerns are growing as scandals keep surfacing at crime labs across the country.

Critical Errors

From the Innovation Trail Reporting Team.

BROOME COUNTY - Lt. Governor Duffy was at the Broome County Office of Emergency Management and made these comments about likely storm impact across the Southern Tier region earlier today:

"We expect high winds, we do expect several inches of rain. Hopefully far less than we experienced last time. The one thing that happened last time with Hurricane Irene any fluctuation can change things, so we just dont know."

Matt Ryan / WMHT

Despite Albany’s prominence as the state capital, over the years, large swaths of the city’s urban core have been either destroyed or in decline.

Earlier this year, for the first time in the city’s 400 year history, it adopted a comprehensive urban plan, aimed at turning things around. 

It outlines ways to improve everything from public transportation, to education, and affordable housing over the next 20 years.

Watch the full story below:

The New York state capital, Albany, is a gathering place for the state's most powerful people.

But in the city's poor and predominately black South End neighborhood, many residents once felt powerless.

They had repeatedly asked for better public transit for South End, an area plagued with poverty and crime not far from New York's gated governor's mansion.

Today, the city's Route 100 bus glides easily up Morton Avenue, a steep hill in the South End neighborhood. Many feel there would be no Route 100 if not for the efforts of local resident Willie White.