Wallenda inspects tightrope, declares it taut

Jun 14, 2012

Good morning, Innovation Trail hikers. Here's some Trail Mix to get the day started. 

Will fracking be allowed along the Pennsylvania border?

So how's that billion-dollar promise to Buffalo working out?

And: All Nik Wallenda, all the time - in Niagara Falls, at least.


High-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing may become legal in New York near the Pennsylvania border (Freeman Klopott, Buffalo News). But you knew that already.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's promise to spend a billion dollars on Buffalo's economic renaissance was the focus of a talk by Bruce Katz, a Cuomo advisor and vice president at the Brookings Institution (Stephen Watson, Buffalo News).

Buffalo-based Cleveland Biolabs has released results from a study showing its drug Protectan helps primates survive and recover from radiation poisoning (David Robinson, Buffalo News).

A court ruling could result in Kodak selling a trove of patents to raise cash (Matthew Daneman, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle).


Nik Wallenda inspects his 1,800-foot tightrope in preparation for Friday night's big stunt (T.J. Pignataro, Buffalo News).

I will be in Niagara Falls all day tomorrow filing sound for NPR and the Trail. It will be crazy.

Here's Stephen Colbert's take.


New York's maple syrup crop has been hit hard by the heat (Debra Groom, Syracuse Post-Standard).


Lawmakers reached a deal to create a tax credit for the state's beer brewers (Jimmy Vielkind, Albany Times-Union).