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Thu March 1, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Bloomberg supports pension reform and fracking

In your March kick-off edition of Trail Mix:

New York City's mayor says he supports fracking, just not in his city's watershed.

3-D printing coming to a home near you.

And the governor finally tells us what he's been up to.

Environment

Green groups have given their OK to a new power line that will run underwater all the way from Quebec to New York City (North Country Public Radio).

And speaking of New York City, its mayor says he's fine with fracking, as long as its outside of NYC's watershed (Joseph Spector, Gannett).

The Innovation Trail's Zack Seward tells us despite some environmental problems the Great Lakes are facing, fishing on Lake Ontario has never been better.

An Albany-area firm is off to South Africa in search of renewable energy (Brian Nearing, Times-Union).

Albany

Several New York mayors were in Albany yesterday to back the governor's pension overhaul plan, reports New York State Public Radio's Karen Dewitt.

Governor Cuomo finally updated his public schedule on his CitizensConnect website, but only through December (Jimmy Vielkind, Times-Union). You'll remember the Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick brought this up back in January.

Something old, something new...

Something old: The Star-Gazette's G. Jeffrey Aaron tells about a company that's been powering Elmira for more than a century.

Something new: The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond has this story about making 3-D objects in your living room.

Something blue: IBM went through a large round of layoffs nationwide, but the Times-Union's Larry Rulison reports most of Big Blue's workers in the Hudson Valley were spared.

Odds and ends

Kodak just got out of its sponsorship of the Oscars, now it's backing away from backing a golf tournament (Democrat and Chronicle).

There's some debate in Ithaca over whether a College Town redevelopment project should get a variance (Liz Lawyer, The Ithaca Journal).

The Electric City is trying to re-imagine a once busy corridor (Lauren Stanforth, Times-Union).

Upstate's consumer confidence is on the up-and-up, reports the Central New York Business Journal's Rick Seltzer.

The everything travel company AAA is hoping to boost tourism in upstate New York with a new line of motor coaches and a magazine (Charles McChesney, Post-Standard).

GlobalFoundries, just starting up production in Malta, is being sued (Adam Sichko, The Business Review).

NPR's Allison Aubrey takes a look at whether the locavore movement is creating jobs.

Finally, a note on our partner station in Buffalo, WNED. They will officially be combining forces later today with WBFO to create a super-station. The new station will use the WBFO call letters, but don't worry, our Daniel Robison isn't going anywhere. We wish everyone in Buffalo the best of luck!

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