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Wed May 16, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

UB report: Fracking getting safer

Good morning. Time for our morning news roundup, or as we like to call it: Trail Mix.

A new report says fracking is getting safer.

The technology behind IBM's "Watson" is at it again, this time in medical research.

And: The (huge) tax break for GlobalFoundries has finally been settled.

Energy

The University at Buffalo's Shale Institute is out with a report saying fracking is getting safer (David Robinson, Buffalo News).

Industry officials and environmentalists are sparing over UB's new report (Jon Campbell, Gannett).

Speaking of safety, NPR is running a series this week on safety and health issues for people living near natural gas development.

The anti-fracking movement here in New York turned up the star power at a rally in Albany Tuesday (Mary Esch, AP).

A North Country attorney is trying to strengthen the state's laws on wind development (Jaegun Lee, Watertown Daily-Times).

Some New York state senators are trying to block a proposed power line from Quebec (Brian Amaral, Watertown Daily-Times). Learn more about the project here.

Development

Syracuse's industrial development agency has put its support behind a financial services company that plans to move to the city's growing Franklin Square district (Rick Moriarty, Post-Standard).

Saratoga County's industrial development agency has finally signed off on where GlobalFoundries' payment-in-lieu-of-taxes will go, reports the Times-Union's Larry Rulison.

The Buffalo Sabres are helping out with the greening of their hometown's waterfront (Mark Leitner, WBFO).

Jobs

WXXI's LeShea Agnew reports that Monroe County is donating money to keep a youth job training program afloat.

Thomson Reuters is moving 30 more tech jobs to downtown Rochester (Matthew Daneman, Democrat and Chronicle).

Manufacturing

New York's manufacturing activity expanded last month (Andrea Deckert, Rochester Business Journal).

And that means good news for several Rochester-area companies (Diana Louise Carter, Democrat and Chronicle).

Odds and ends

Remember the Jeopardy! crushing IBM supercomputer "Watson"? Well now the technology behind the ubermachine is helping speed up MS research (Daniel Robison, WBFO/Innovation Trail).

The fight over raising New York's minimum wage rages on (Karen DeWitt, NYS Public Radio).

Nine central New York companies have been given U.S. Small Business Association awards (Charles McChesney, Post-Standard), including one we've reported on, Ephesus.

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