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There have been more than 700 Startup Weekends held in 110 countries. Usually, the weekend offers a springboard for products like mobile apps or software programs, ideas that don’t need a lot of money, staff or space to get started.

But at Binghamton Startup Weekend, the winner is getting into manufacturing. Cathy Kuzia pitched a 3-D printing business that would create replacement parts or prototypes for factories.

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From the region's congressional races to town board elections, candidates that ran at least partially on their opposition to hydrofracking in the Southern Tier had a tough night on Tuesday.

After the break, a rundown of races where fracking played a role.

Tom Libous' race for the Binghamton state senate seat and Donna Lupardo's for the state assembly aren't included because the two incumbents won easy races.

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In New York's Southern Tier, there are few issues bigger than hydrofracking.

The region sits on New York's sweet spot of the Marcellus Shale, on the border with Pennsylvania where the industry has been in full-swing for years and it's the area of New York picked out by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be the industry's likely first stop in New York.

Democratic party challengers in this year's Southern Tier elections are trying to make this election a referendum on hydrofracking.

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The research on this is pretty clear: between the ages one and five, the human brain develops faster than at any other time.

In Chemung County, a project called the School Readiness Project sends nurses to the hospital whenever a baby is born.

From day one, they offer new parents help, including home visits, and offer assistance on nutrition or with post-partum depression, whatever might come up.

And according to Ken Robin, a researcher at University at Albany, the project is proving successful. Robin analyzed the data collected once the project’s first group of kindergarteners had reached school age.

Regional planning agencies in the Southern Tier are working toward a goal of cutting 80% of their greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.

The plan is called Cleaner Greener Southern Tier and is due by the end of the year. In addition to seeking major cuts from 1990 emissions levels by the middle of this century, it will be used to pursue funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA).

The projects that would help the region reach 80% cuts are ambitious: an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in the eight participating counties, more energy efficient power generation through wind farms and solar power, the expansion of inter-city mass transit and a region-wide electric vehicle infrastructure, among many others.