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Mon March 12, 2012
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Activists seek to shut down Scriba nuclear reactor

Today in your Trail Mix:

A coalition of green energy groups wants to shut down Scriba's reactor.

Norse Energy leads the way in applications to frack in New York.

SUNY Adirondack is en route to a new housing complex.

Energy

Activists plan to call on a federal agency to shut down a nuclear reactor north of Syracuse, arguing that it didn't comply with requested safety measures (Charley Hannagan, Post-Standard).

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg railed against coal on a radio appearance Friday (Dana Rubenstein, Capital).

Renewable energy makes it tough to keep the power flowing steadily through the grid (Christopher Joyce, NPR).  We've reported on one proposed solution: Using giant batteries to balance the grid (Emma Jacobs, WSKG/Innovation Trail).

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is growing its Lighting Research Center, prompting a boom in better bulbs (Eric Anderson, Times Union).

Case in point: A Syracuse firm is pioneering an LED light for stadiums (Ryan Delaney, WRVO/Innovation Trail).

Gas drilling

Norse Energy has been busy submitting applications to frack in New York, despite the moratorium on drilling during the review (AP).  Here's where drillers have applied to frack:

Public comment sessions about gas drilling in the Susquehanna River Basin will have a new set of rules, including that attendees show a photo ID (Susan Phillips, State Impact PA).

The Assembly is looking to add $100,000 to the budget to study how fracking might affect the health of New Yorkers (Nick Reisman, State of Politics).

Earthquakes outside Youngstown are due to injecting fracking waste deep underground, according to Ohio's Department of Natural Resources (Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

The Colorado School of Mines is seeing a boom in students seeking training in drilling, as the availability of "easy oil" declines (Kirk Siegler, NPR).

Government

Budget proposals from the legislature are due today (Cara Matthews, Vote Up!).

A lack of enforcement in New York's Freedom of Information Laws makes it tough for citizens to get access to state records if they're denied it initially (Joseph Spector, Gannett).

Grants from the state, for up to $20,000, are available to farmers and businesses that were affected by Tropical Storms Lee and Irene (AP).

New York has the highest cigarette tax in the nation - but only 2 cents of every dollar go to smoking prevention (Daniel Robison, WBFO/Innovation Trail).

Legislation that's winding through the Capitol would forward 25 percent of unredeemed deposits on bottles to the Environmental Protection Fund (Jon Campbell, Gannett).

Occupy Rochester celebrated warm spring weather - and an agreement that allows them to stay in Washington Square Park until March 21 - on Sunday (Steve Orr, Democrat and Chronicle).

Economy

New York NOW asks in its latest poll: "Are you feeling better about the state's economy in 2012?"

Paul Reide at the Post-Standard takes a look at contemporary poverty through the tenants of 918 Willis Avenue.

Ridership of Buffalo's public transport is up - but still only covers about 25 percent of the cost of the system (Mark Leitner and Mark Wozniak, WBFO).

Business

The sale of HSBC branches to First Niagara has some customers worried about who will serve them going forward (Diana Louise Carter, Democrat and Chronicle).

A food co-op in a Buffalo suburb is inching toward becoming a reality (Karen Robinson, Buffalo News).

Meanwhile, small business loans from the federal government have helped launch a grocery story in the village of Holley - along with other businesses in the region (Jonathan D. Epstein, Buffalo News).

Higher ed

Rochester's Hillside Work Scholarship Connection is threatened by cuts, putting its programs to put kids on a path toward college in danger [VIDEO] (Helene Biandudi, WXXI).

Financing is in place for a new housing complex at SUNY Adirondack (Paul Post, The Saratogian).

Wu-Tang Clan rapper GZA will be guest lecturing at Cornell University, M.I.T, and other schools this spring (Jake Paine, HipHopDX). Worth clicking through alone for GZA's quote about "taking us on a journey through deep space." 

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