10:38am

Thu July 12, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Cuomo mum on likely-to-happen Thruway toll hike

Strap on the boots and tie them tight; you're going for a hike on the Innovation Trail.

Today we find out what a "nurdle" is. Wait, you don't know?

Prepare to pay more tolls on the Thruway - if you're a trucker.

And: Buffalo's downtown gets some help from a large corporation.

Innovation Trail

The Innovation Trail’s Daniel Robison brings us the story of the first-ever scientific study of plastic waste in the Great Lakes - and the definition of a "nurdle."

Government

Prevailing wisdom says the 45% New York Thruway toll hike will proceed, despite promises to gather public input on whether that’s a good idea. (Tom Precious, Buffalo News) Governor Cuomo has remained silent on the matter, maybe a first. (Associated Press)

Business

Will they or won’t they? We’re talking about the Buffalo Bills, of course. The league’s second-smallest market team faces choice to opt out of blackout rules. (Jerry Zremski, Buffalo News)

To the surprise of most who follow stories about industrial development agencies (IDAs), the Lancaster IDA declined to vote on tax breaks for a pizzeria after initially accepting the project for review. (Stephen Watson, Buffalo News)

National Grid, one of downtown Buffalo’s premiere tenants, pledges to improve office space in downtown Buffalo. (David Robison, Buffalo News)

Rochesteriarians are buying things with more confidence than in half a decade. (Matthew Daneman, Democrat and Chronicle)

A Syracuse developer has a 73-unit residential building in works. (Rick Moriarty, The Post-Standard)

Intel is investing in technology that will be the lifeblood of new facility in Albany. (Larry Ruilson, Times-Union)