9:59am

Thu April 19, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Ron Paul makes upstate swing, Kodak slashes more jobs

Good morning, Trail hikers. It's the morning, so naturally, here's some Morning Trail Mix. 

New York receives some attention from GOP presidential candidates.

Fracking wells won't have to "go green" until 2015.

Kodak cuts more jobs.

Politics

Ron Paul will visit Ithaca today. He'll host a free, open-to-the-public town hall meeting. The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond will cover the event.

Mitt Romney is expected to pump Buffalonians for cash during a June 15 fundraising event. As Robert McCarthy writes for the Buffalo News, Romney will speak at the Burchfield-Penny Art Center on the campus of Buffalo State.

Advocates for a state public financing system for political campaigns made their voices heard during a lobbying push in Albany Wednesday (Cara Matthews, Gannett Albany Bureau).

Could mixed martial arts be coming to your hometown? The Senate approved a bill allowing bouts in New York State (Albany Times-Union).

Business

The EPA has backed off an aggressive timeline to require hydrofracking wells to control air pollution (Hearst Newspapers).

Are new, cheaper health insurance plans on the horizon? Kalieda Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York announced they will partner to create a new service marketed to employers. But as Henry Davis of the Buffalo News reports, the two health giants failed to reveal how their cheap prices would be achieved. 

Last year's "caboose" in the regional council competition, the Southern Tier, began its 2012 campaign Wednesday. As Liz Lawyer writes for the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, members are undergoing special training to avoid another last place finish.

In addition to the 91 layoffs announced for June, Kodak will cut 41 jobs in July (Tom Tobin, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle).

State parks

Don't light up while enjoying nature - at least in New York. More than 100 tickets have been written so far this year for cigarette smoking hikers, pinickers, etc. (Associated Press).

Forgotten subways

And here's a story about Rochester's ill-fated subway system (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle).

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