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Wed June 27, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

DOT commissioner: Traffic flow important in I-81's future

Good Wednesday to you. Here's a mid-week batch of Trail Mix.

New York's transportation chief talks about I-81's future in Syracuse.

There were no big surprises in last night's primaries.

Also: wind turbine climbing robots!

Business

An Oswego County aluminum plant has secured $5 million in state funding for upgrades and an expansion (Charles McChesney, Post-Standard).

Kodak's planned patent sale - scheduled for August - is already running into problems (Matthew Daneman, Democrat and Chronicle).

Staying in Rochester: Xerox landed a big health insurance contract (Andrea Deckert, Rochester Business Journal).

Primaries

Probably the biggest story of last night's primaries: New York City Rep. Charles Rangel held off a challenge. Also, Wendy Long will take on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. The New York Times' Danny Hakim has a roundup. And here are the numbers.

Wind Turbines

From The Ithaca Journal: an Ithaca engineering firm has partnered with GE to design robotic wind turbine inspectors. (No worry about a fear of heights here.)

Madison County - where New York's first wind turbines were erected - is now considering a moratorium on new turbine construction (Alaina Potrikus, Post-Standard).

Transportation

New York's transportation commissioner says commercial traffic flow to Syracuse will have be consider in the plans for Interstate 81's future through downtown Syracuse (Terri Weaver, Post-Standard).

Odds and ends

Looking for a "smart growth" recap of the 2011-2012 legislative session? Today's your lucky day (Empire State Future).

Jefferson County's industrial development agency (IDA) has won the ability restructure its agencies, reports the Watertown Daily-Times' Ted Booker.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. That's the philosophy of a business council when it comes to trying to secure help from Albany for a western New York biotech sector (Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail/WBFO).

Ithaca ranks high for workforce development (Traci DeLore, CNY Business Journal).

Innovation Conversation

The Innovation Trail is hosting a one-hour radio special this afternoon on colleges' economic impact on their hometowns. You can tune in live at 1 p.m. today on WXXI, WBFO, WRVO and WSKG.

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