8:42am

Wed April 25, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Plans for Watkins Glen gas storage facility will be made public

Good morning. Time to gobble up some Trail Mix:

More details coming soon on plans to store liquid propane near Watkins Glen.

The effect of this spring's wacky weather on fruit growers.

The latest jobless rates are in.

And a store dedicated to a favorite childhood toy is coming to upstate.

Government

Gannett's Jon Campbell reports that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants publicly funded campaigns in New York.

More than two-dozen people testified before members of the state assembly at a hearing on minimum wage increases in Syracuse, reports the Post-Standard's Terri Weaver.

Details about the second year of the governor's regional economic councils were laid out yesterday for central New York's council (Charles McChesney, Post-Standard).

Facing a big budget crunch this year, Utica will be scaling back hours at public pools and canceling swim lessons (Keshia Clukey, Observer-Dispatch).

Jobs

The number of jobs created in central New York was up last month - but so was unemployment (Rick Moriarty, Post-Standard).

Unemployment in the Rochester area remained at 8 percent (Diana Louise Carter, Democrat and Chronicle).

The jobless rate ticked up in the Capital Region (Eric Anderson, Times-Union).

Unemployment fell in the Southern Tier (G. Jeffrey Aaron, Press & Sun-Bulletin). The drop was driven by private sector growth (Debbie Swartz, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

Energy

A largely symbolic ban on fracking in the city of Albany has reached the mayor's desk for the second time. Jordan Carleo-Evangelist reports for the Times-Union that Mayor Jennings won't sign it, but he won't veto it either.

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, plans to store liquid petroleum gas in salt caverns along Seneca Lake will be made public (G. Jeffrey Aaron, Star-Gazette). See the Innovation Trail's reports on the project for some background.

The agency assigned to watch over New York's power grid is going to be featured on PBS tonight (Larry Rulison, Times-Union).

Odds and ends

A court has objected to Kodak's plan to pay its top employees bonuses as the photography giant goes through bankruptcy (Matt Daneman, Democrat and Chronicle).

Childhood flashback: Legos! Tom Tobin of the Democrat and Chronicle reports the first Lego store in upstate New York is coming to the Rochester area.

It's been a weird spring weather-wise, no doubt. The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports that warm and cold swings could wreak havoc on area fruit growers.

Home sales were up in New York in March, reports Rick Seltzer of the CNY Business Journal.

And as predicted: Mitt Romney won New York's GOP primary and turnout was very low (Casey Seiler, Times-Union).

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