Innovation Trail http://innovationtrail.org en Some billing relief for National Grid customers after bitter winter http://innovationtrail.org/post/some-billing-relief-national-grid-customers-after-bitter-winter <p>National Grid customers should get some relief from their next energy bill, after prices skyrocketed during a frigid winter because supply costs for electricity ticked down slightly.</p><p>The company says customers can expect their next electric bills to be 40 percent cheaper than the month before.</p><p>That’s a reflection of cheaper than anticipated supply costs two months ago. The energy provider predicts supply costs that far ahead based on the market. February turned out to be lower than expected, so April bills will be down.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:42:16 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO & Matthew Leonard 3378 at http://innovationtrail.org Some billing relief for National Grid customers after bitter winter Toy additive safety initiative hung up in the Senate http://innovationtrail.org/post/toy-additive-safety-initiative-hung-senate <p>A legislative proposal to eliminate toxic chemicals from children's products is hung up in the state Senate, despite passing in the Assembly last year.</p><p>Democratic Senator Ted O’Brien, a representative for Republican Senator Joe Robach and health advocates are calling on state leaders to pass the Child Safe Products Act.</p><p>“We believe that our count there is enough votes already in the Senate to pass it,” says O’Brien.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:23:26 +0000 Carlet Cleare 3377 at http://innovationtrail.org Toy additive safety initiative hung up in the Senate Oswego County combating jail overcrowding with technology http://innovationtrail.org/post/oswego-county-combating-jail-overcrowding-technology <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrvo/audio/2014/04/Oswego_Jail_Overcrowding_-_GG.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Oswego County Jail's inmate population has grown over the past four years, and has forced Oswego County to send inmates elsewhere to be housed. County officials sat at least some of the blame lies with the state.<p>In this year's budget, Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd says he allotted $100,000 to cover the costs of housing inmates at outside facilities. But two months into the new year, Todd had already used $130,000 and is now requesting more funding.<p>In recent years, Gov. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:45:02 +0000 Gino Geruntino 3376 at http://innovationtrail.org Oswego County combating jail overcrowding with technology Innovation Trail and WXXI take lead with new upstate community media engagement project http://innovationtrail.org/post/innovation-trail-and-wxxi-take-lead-new-upstate-community-media-engagement-project <p>WXXI Public Broadcasting is spearheading YelleR, an exciting new media initiative that will bring upstate New York community organizations together in a bold citizen journalism project.&nbsp; The project is funded by a $28,000 grant from the INNovation Fund, a partnership between the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Investigative News Network, and substantial in-kind support. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:21:58 +0000 Matthew Leonard 3373 at http://innovationtrail.org Innovation Trail and WXXI take lead with new upstate community media engagement project Groups call growing oil shipments in NY Cuomo's "Keystone" moment http://innovationtrail.org/post/groups-call-growing-oil-shipments-ny-cuomos-keystone-moment <p>National environmental groups are trying to focus the spotlight on Governor Andrew Cuomo, over the issue of the growing international oil distribution center, located just blocks from the State Capitol, at the Port of Albany. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A small band of demonstrators chanted and held signs to protest a confluence of events that has turned upstate New York into a major center for oil distribution.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:22:35 +0000 Karen DeWitt 3375 at http://innovationtrail.org Groups call growing oil shipments in NY Cuomo's "Keystone" moment