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Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks in support of upstate New York becoming a federally designated drone testing site. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks in support of upstate New York becoming a federally designated drone testing site. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO

Sen. Schumer lobbies for drone test site

A coalition of defense contractors and universities is stepping up its lobbying efforts in hopes of becoming a federally designated drone testing site. Now, the group's brought in Senator Charles Schumer.  Go to full article

Colleges go digital to combat undergrad weight gains

It used to be the Freshman 5. Now it's the Freshman 15. But on-demand digital health information seems to be helping control those extra pounds undergrads put on.  Go to full article
Student crews work on the MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock Field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein
Student crews work on the MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock Field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein

Reaper drones to fly over Syracuse

Central New York's Air National Guard wing will soon be flying its drones over the city of Syracuse for training missions. The unit has had more airspace approved by the federal government.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in Massena on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in Massena on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Gillibrand defends brownfield cleanup funding

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was travelling across upstate on Monday touting a bill she says will make it easier to redevelop environmentally-contaminated properties known as brownfields. Her effort comes a few days after a House committee voted to cut funding for brownfield cleanup.  Go to full article
The Carousel Center Mall, Syracuse, NY. Photo (detail): <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/j26/6381137451/">John Marino</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Carousel Center Mall, Syracuse, NY. Photo (detail): John Marino, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Syracuse scores high with consumers

Buyers in Syracuse and Albany are finally starting to feel like this year's economy will be better than the last.

Central New York now has the highest consumer confidence score for the past three months among upstate metro regions.  Go to full article
Flooded field at Burlington Intervale last week. Photo: Sarah Harris
Flooded field at Burlington Intervale last week. Photo: Sarah Harris

Rainy weather hurts crops and markets

Warm temperatures and wetter-than-normal conditions so far this summer are starting to put a strain on farmers.

The weather pattern's also impacting farmers markets.  Go to full article
Dan Pacheco, a professor at Syracuse University, demonstrates a small drone equipped with a camera. Photo: Ryan Delaney
Dan Pacheco, a professor at Syracuse University, demonstrates a small drone equipped with a camera. Photo: Ryan Delaney

Privacy vs. the economy as Syracuse considers drones

Syracuse lawmakers have begun weighing the pros and cons of being a part of the domestic drone industry.

The Common Council's public safety committee held its first hearing on the matter late last week.  Go to full article
Eve Ann Shwartz herds her cattle on Maple Avenue Farms in Earlville, NY. Photo: Ryan Delaney
Eve Ann Shwartz herds her cattle on Maple Avenue Farms in Earlville, NY. Photo: Ryan Delaney

When it comes to beef, how local is "local?"

The steaks stacked in the coolers of New York supermarkets and butcher shops may be marketed as local, but just what that label means varies widely.

The state actually has no definition for classifying whether beef sold under that label is locally produced. The duty of deciding what's local falls to the store selling the meat. That presents challenges for the growing the local beef industry.  Go to full article
The lobby of Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/orlandosworld/372828657/">O World of Photos</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The lobby of Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. Photo: O World of Photos, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Oneidas, NYS settle on sharing casino money

For the first time, the Oneida Indian Nation has entered into an agreement to share some of its gambling revenues with New York state. The concession means there's no risk of a competing state-run casino in the Nation's backyard.  Go to full article
Boats sit along the Erie Canal in Fairport, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jstephenconn/2793824699/">J. Stephen Conn</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Boats sit along the Erie Canal in Fairport, NY. Photo: J. Stephen Conn, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS canals expect 20-year high in commercial traffic

While often seen as an economic lifeline of another era, New York's canals are poised to have a big year for moving freight; almost two centuries after goods were first transported on the upstate New York waterway.

As the state's network of canals opens this week for its 189th official season, commercial traffic along the waterways is expected to be at a two-decade high.

The Canal Corporation, the agency that oversees the 524 miles of canals, expects more than 100,000 tons of freight to move through upstate by way of the Erie Canal and its other canals.  Go to full article

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