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A tanker trucks transports water for hydrofracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. Photo: Marie Cusick
A tanker trucks transports water for hydrofracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. Photo: Marie Cusick

2012 health department report says fracking could be done safely

A document from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Administration assessing the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing, written several months ago, says the gas drilling process is likely safe if the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation takes proper precautions.  Go to full article
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

Fiscal cliff deal brings good news for wind industry

As part of its "fiscal cliff" deal, the U.S. Congress agreed earlier this week in Washington, D.C., to extend production tax credits for wind energy producers until the end of 2013.

In 2012, wind projects could only qualify for the production tax credit if they'd finished construction and started producing energy. But this year, projects will be eligible for the tax break simply by starting construction. They don't have to be finished by the end of the year.  Go to full article
WW II-era barracks being demolished to make way for new housing. File photo: Army Corps of Engineers

North country housing market tight as Fort Drum deployments smaller, shorter

Nearly all of Fort Drum's soldiers are at the post right now, not on deployments - and that's a first for the region since the installation's expansion in 2001. That has tightened the region's housing market, for soldiers, who have fewer choices, and for civilians, who don't receive housing assistance like soldiers do and are looking for affordable housing.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo furious about Sandy aid

A new Congress will be sworn in today in Washingon, D.C., and one of the first pieces of legislation the House plans to vote on tomorrow is aid for Superstorm Sandy victims....  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/freefoto/">freefotoUK</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Cuomo education panel recommends more school time for children

In Albany, New York Gov. Cuomo's education commission is recommending extending the school day and the school year, as well as all day pre-kindergarten.

Commission...  Go to full article
Mature ginkgo with detail of leaves. Photos: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Cayambe">Cayambe</a> (tree) and James Field (leaves). CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Natural Selections: Ginkgo trees

Martha Foley and Dr Curt Stager talk about the ginkgo tree--an ancient species native to China. They do not spread naturally anymore, but during the time of the dinosaurs...  Go to full article