9:15am

Wed July 11, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

GE expands its New York battery plant before grand opening

Good morning. Here's a roundup of the news we think you should know about.

GE is making a big investment in battery technology in the Capital Region.

Defense contracting jobs are being slashed in Syracuse.

And: your mobile phone sensing carbon monoxide?

Energy

Governor Cuomo is revisiting his comments on "home rules" for fracking regulations (Jon Campbell, Gannett).

Meanwhile, the governor told New York State Public Radio's Karen Dewitt that he supports limited fracking for towns that want it.

Several Broome County towns are facing opposition to fracking resolutions, reports the Press & Sun-Bulletin's Steve Reilly.

A General Electric battery plant is doubling down in Schenectady (Larry Rullison, Times-Union).

A proposed gas line through flood-prone regions of the Hudson Valley is drawing skepticism (Rick Karlin, Times-Union).

There are sunny days ahead for a Rochester-based solar company, writes a columnist in the Democrat and Chronicle.

A North Country pellet mill is at the forefront of renewable energy (Jasmine Wallace, NCPR).

Jobs

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin is laying off 166 workers at its suburban Syracuse plant (Mark Weiner, The Post-Standard).

Despite job openings, Rochester-area companies aren't hiring (Tom Tobin, Democrat and Chronicle).

Kodak is overhauling its top management positions (Matthew Daneman, Democrat and Chronicle).

Odds and ends

A major downtown Syracuse renovation project finally took a symbolic step forward (Ryan Delaney, WRVO).

A buffalo-based sensor startup sees a golden opportunity in its new product (Daniel Robison, WBFO/Innovation Trail).

A reuse project has transformed a vacant Buffalo building into affordable housing, reports WBFO's Eileen Buckley.

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