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One of the first test uses of civilian drones will be by Cooperative Extension over farms in Western New York. Photo: Drone's-eye view of sprouting crops in Ontario, <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/fredflickr/9012383288/">Frederic</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
One of the first test uses of civilian drones will be by Cooperative Extension over farms in Western New York. Photo: Drone's-eye view of sprouting crops in Ontario, Frederic, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Private drones cleared for flight over upstate New York

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the first private drone flights over upstate New York as part of a national testing program.

The Northeast UAS (unmanned aerial systems) Airspace Integration Research Alliance, or NUAIR, has spent the better part of the year waiting for the FAA's approval to begin testing remotely piloted aircraft.  Go to full article
Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Crashed Air Force drone was flying with gear that couldn't handle cold

Besides some clouds on Nov. 12, 2013, Air National Guard crew members recalled to accident investigators that it was a nice day for flying.

But it was a cold, late fall day, just below freezing on the ground at Fort Drum, where the Air National Guard launches its remotely piloted aircraft for training missions over upstate New York.

A review of the Air Force's publicly released report into the accident has concluded the unmanned military drone that crashed into Lake Ontario that day was flying with equipment that didn't always function properly in cold weather.  Go to full article
Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Air Guard's drone crash caused by multiple malfunctions

A "series of system malfunctions" led to the crash of an Air National Guard unmanned drone into Lake Ontario last November.

The MQ-9 Reaper drone was on a training mission when 174th Attack Wing pilots on the ground in Syracuse began having communication issues with the aircraft. The accident report says pilots tried to return the drone to Fort Drum, where it had taken off, but it experienced more problems and never made it.  Go to full article
Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic in Watertown updating an electronic mediacal record. Photo: Joanna Richards
Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic in Watertown updating an electronic mediacal record. Photo: Joanna Richards

New York working towards statewide health records system

Hospitals have been working for years to digitize patients' medical records, and now New York state is expanding a system to centralize the record-keeping of multiple hospitals.

A patient's medical history may be in the computer at their primary care doctor's office. And their records may be digitized at the hospital they've been treated at. "However, many of those systems can't easily or fluently communicate with one another," said Dr. Rainu Kaushal, who chairs the Weill Cornell Medical College's healthcare policy program.  Go to full article
Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for NY governor. Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HawkinsforNYGovernor">Howie Hawkins for Governor</a> on Facebook
Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for NY governor. Photo: Howie Hawkins for Governor on Facebook

Greens' Hawkins sees an opening in the race for governor

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins says a third party candidate has a chance to win the governorship.

The left-leaning Working Families Party has endorsed Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his bid for reelection. But some members of the party weren't happy with the choice.  Go to full article
President Obama greets guests at the baseball hall of fame. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
President Obama greets guests at the baseball hall of fame. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Obama pitches tourism in Cooperstown

President Barack Obama sees tourism as a valuable American export, and he wants to make it easier for foreigners to visit and spend money in the United States. He made his case during a visit to the baseball of fame in Cooperstown yesterday.  Go to full article
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:National_Baseball_Hall_of_Fame_and_Museum.jpg">Beyond My Ken</a> via Wikimedia Commons
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

President Obama highlights tourism at Baseball Hall of Fame

President Barack Obama is speaking this hour at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to highlight the economic benefits of the tourism industry.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50546088@N00/7212923168/">Chris Barker</a>, Creative Commons, Some rights reserved.
Photo: Chris Barker, Creative Commons, Some rights reserved.

Chobani registers company in Delaware, but says it's not leaving NYS

Central New York yogurt powerhouse Chobani has registered its company in Delaware. Chobani says it's not going anywhere, but it's increased rumors the company is going public.

Chobani's headquarters and Greek yogurt plant is in Norwich, in Chenango County. But for tax purposes, it's now a resident of Delaware.  Go to full article
Photo: National Grid US
Photo: National Grid US

National Grid customers will see some billing relief, for now

National Grid customers should get some relief in their next power bill. Prices skyrocketed during a frigid winter, but supply costs for electricity have ticked down slightly. The company says customers can expect their next electric bill to fall some 40 percent from the last one.

The utility predicts supply costs two months ahead based on the market. February turned out to be lower than expected, so April bills will be down.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

Assault weapon owners face registration deadline

ime is almost up for owners of assault-style guns in New York to register them with the state. Tomorrow's deadline was set by the strict gun control law, known as the SAFE Act, passed in January 2013.

The law made buying assault weapons illegal. And it requires registration of assault weapons--guns with features like a pistol grip and removable magazine--owned before the law came into effect.  Go to full article

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