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Dave Pasick sticks his head out of the barn on Szaro Farms outside  Utica, N.Y. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
Dave Pasick sticks his head out of the barn on Szaro Farms outside Utica, N.Y. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

New York rediscovers an old crop: hops

New York was once the dominant grower of a main ingredient in beer: hops. As craft brewing has taken off in the state, it's created an opportunity for farmers to get back into hop growing.  Go to full article
Recent college graduates are facing smaller and smaller wages. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/deanmeyers/3598159727/">Dean Meyers</a>, CC some rights reserved
Recent college graduates are facing smaller and smaller wages. Photo: Dean Meyers, CC some rights reserved

Salary prospects dim for class of '13

High-paying jobs will remain elusive for the class of 2013 as a slow economic recovery drags on, according to numbers tallied by an economic policy center.

The Economic Policy Institute crunched some data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and found starting salaries for 21-24-year old demographic entering the labor force continue to be lower than they were a decade ago.  Go to full article
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Photo: Mayor's office
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Photo: Mayor's office

Is Gov. Cuomo feuding with the mayor of Syracuse?

Governor Andrew Cuomo says his relationship with Syracuse's mayor is just fine. But two haven't talked in several months.

Last year Cuomo picked Mayor Stephanie Miner to co-chair the state's Democratic Party. But asked Tuesday about Miner's increasingly vocal criticism of his plan for aid to upstate cities and pension reform, Cuomo didn't treat her like much of a friend. He told reporters, "I haven't seen this particular mayor's comments."  Go to full article
The Carousel Center, Syracuse, NY. Photo (detail): <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/j26/6381137451/">John Marino</a>, CC some rights reserved
The Carousel Center, Syracuse, NY. Photo (detail): John Marino, CC some rights reserved

Carousel Mall, Syracuse settle legal snags

Syracuse's development agency and the developer of the Destiny USA shopping mall have reached a settlement to avoid several legal battles.

This week's agreement shuts down three different threats of legal action between Destiny USA's owner - The Pyramid Companies - and the City of Syracuse and its industrial development agency, or IDA.  Go to full article
Photo: David Sommerstein
Photo: David Sommerstein

Congressman hopes for drone test site

Congressman Richard Hanna is optimistic upstate New York will be able to secure a drone testing site under a soon-to-be-launched federal program.  Go to full article
An energy-efficient heating and cooling system being tested at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. Photo: Syracuse Center of Excellence
An energy-efficient heating and cooling system being tested at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. Photo: Syracuse Center of Excellence

Can green tech be competitive with NYS "green bank?"

Late last year, the Cuomo administration laid out its agenda to address New York's future energy requirements. The plan needs to address a range of issues including energy security, pricing and the role of renewables. This week, reporters from the Innovation Trail are putting different parts of that complex energy puzzle under the microscope.

Part of that agenda is a $1 billion "green energy bank" to leverage public dollars to boost the clean technology economy.  Go to full article
Aeryon Scout in flight. Civilian drones such as this have been used to assist search and rescue activities. Photo: Dkroetsch, released to public domain
Aeryon Scout in flight. Civilian drones such as this have been used to assist search and rescue activities. Photo: Dkroetsch, released to public domain

How New York could benefit from drones

New York stands to be one of the country's biggest beneficiaries of the growth in the civilian drone industry expected over the next decade. A new study places the state in the top 10 list for the sector's expected economic impact.  Go to full article
Joe Kummer, president of Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y. demonstrates his prototype unmanned aerial vehicle.  Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
Joe Kummer, president of Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y. demonstrates his prototype unmanned aerial vehicle. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Why upstate communities want to be drone testing sites

A coalition of universities and defense contractors in upstate New York has submitted a bid to become a federal research and test site for drones.

The Federal Aviation Administration is working on regulations for the use of unmanned aircraft in American airspace by 2015.

To do that, the FAA will name six testing sites - and seeing economic opportunities, upstate New York wants to have one of those sites.  Go to full article
Standing near the Remington Arms factory, Beth Neale, deputy mayor of Ilion, N.Y., says she's watched a lot of large manufacturers leave the region. She's not sure Ilion would easily recover from losing Remington. Photo: Marie Cusick for NPR
Standing near the Remington Arms factory, Beth Neale, deputy mayor of Ilion, N.Y., says she's watched a lot of large manufacturers leave the region. She's not sure Ilion would easily recover from losing Remington. Photo: Marie Cusick for NPR

Remington-dependent Ilion braces for impact of new gun laws

When New York state passed a wave of new gun-control laws on Jan. 15, it outlawed a type of assault rifle made just over an hour's drive from the state capital--in Ilion, NY.  Go to full article
Remington Arms in Ilion, NY. Photo: <a href="www.flickr.com/photos/loonyhiker/">loonyhiker</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Remington Arms in Ilion, NY. Photo: loonyhiker CC some rights reserved

Other states court Remington Arms gun manufacturer

At least five states are trying to lure the gun manufacturer Remington Arms to relocate from upstate New York.

The courtships come in response to New York's new, tougher gun control laws.  Go to full article

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