10:47am

Mon June 11, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Niagara Falls, N.Y. wants to pay off your students loans

Good morning! Here's a taste of today's Trail Mix:

Niagara Falls, N.Y. seeking young people.

Just days until Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk over the falls.

New email records reveal how state and federal agencies worked together on fracking.

Plus, what's going on with your local brownfield site?

Environment

A new report from the Environmental Advocates of New York says the state needs to do a better job cleaning up brownfield sites. Check out our interactive map (Zack Seward, Innovation Trail).

New email records reveal a close working relationship between the state DEC and the federal EPA on fracking (Jon Campbell, Gannett).

The Democrat and Chronicle looks at more than 100 bodies of water around the state where naturally occurring bacteria and algae have reached unsafe levels.

The Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York (IOGA) has released its own version of the revised "I ♥ New York" tourism campaign with a big drill rig in place of the heart.

Famous fracktivist and star of The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo, has released a new ad pushing for more solar power:

Niagara Falls

Daredevil Nik Wallenda will walk over Niagara Falls on a tightrope this Friday, and the city is hoping the stunt could turn around tourism (Daniel Robison, NPR).

The Buffalo News takes a historical look at daredevils who have traversed the falls (Anne Neville, Buffalo News).

In other economic revitalization efforts: Niagara Falls, N.Y. is offering to pay off some student loan debt for young people who move into targeted neighborhoods (Charlie Specht, Buffalo News).

Politics

There are just eight days left in the legislative session, and Albany observers are predicting an orderly exit by lawmakers (Jimmy Vielkind, Times Union).

So-called "double-dipping" lawmakers who collect both a salary and a pension may be in trouble in November (Joseph Spector, Gannett).

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