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State eduation commissioner John King fielding questions at a forum on Common Core earlier this year in Schroon Lake. Photo: Ian Lowe, used by permission
State eduation commissioner John King fielding questions at a forum on Common Core earlier this year in Schroon Lake. Photo: Ian Lowe, used by permission

NY education chief due at Buffalo forum on reforms

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) New York Education Commissioner John King Jr. is due in Buffalo for the latest in a series of forums on the Common Core, teacher evaluations and other reforms.

Thursday's forum with King and Regents Robert Bennett is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at WNED-TV, which will broadcast the hour-long session live.  Go to full article

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Terra cotta architectural design. Photo: Ashley Hitzel/WBFO
Terra cotta architectural design. Photo: Ashley Hitzel/WBFO

Tech gives terra cotta facades a facelift

Upstate New York is loaded with beautiful architectural treasures, most of them from the 19th and 20th century. And many of them need a facelift. A long-running western New York business is creating terra-cotta architectural features with the help of the latest technology. The Innovation Trail's Ashley Hirtzel reports from Buffalo.  Go to full article
The Muskie docked in Buffalo. Photo: Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO
The Muskie docked in Buffalo. Photo: Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO

Research vessel gives Lake Erie a check-up

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission estimates that more than 40 million people in the US and Canada depend on the Great Lakes for food, drinking water and recreation.

A state-of-the-art research vessel the "Muskie" is currently its way through Lake Erie collecting data samples for the US Geological Survey.  Go to full article
Canal Street String Band. Photo: Bill Gamble
Canal Street String Band. Photo: Bill Gamble

Preview: Canal Street String Band

The Canal Street String Band features three musicians, 55 strings, and music spanning a couple of centuries. This Buffalo-based group will be playing three shows here in the North Country beginning this weekend. Joel Hurd spoke to band member Dave Ruch..  Go to full article
Instructions for 'CrowdHydrology.' Photo: Ashley Hassett
Instructions for 'CrowdHydrology.' Photo: Ashley Hassett

Buffalo-based project crowdsources water level tracking

A nationwide project based in New York is using crowd sourcing to gather up-to-date information on water levels.

The program's a partnership between the US Geological Service and the University of Buffalo. It's proving more and more useful at the USGS cuts back on the number of water monitoring stations across the country.  Go to full article
Operating inside a local incubator, Randforce Associates merges technology with historical materials. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail.
Operating inside a local incubator, Randforce Associates merges technology with historical materials. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail.

Business incubator applies digital tools to history

Business incubators are typically home to young companies shopping new ideas in technology, such as medical devices or apps for smart phones.

But there's an exception at the University at Buffalo Technology Incubator, a business straight out of the humanities department. The Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison has more.  Go to full article
Occupy Buffalo resident John Rossman stands inside the encampment's new geodesic dome. It was donated anonymously. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail.
Occupy Buffalo resident John Rossman stands inside the encampment's new geodesic dome. It was donated anonymously. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail.

Dome warms Occupy Buffalo protesters

A new geodesic dome is attracting renewed attention to the Occupy Buffalo encampment. The donated structure will act as a warming station over the winter, or until the occupiers are evicted. As the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, occupiers see it as a symbol of their commitment to stay put in Niagara Square.  Go to full article
Many of us are natives here, that grew up in this town. A little snow never hurt any of us.

Occupy protesters prepping for winter

The Occupy Wall Street movement is facing twin threats: growing impatience with the protestors' tent cities from local officials, and winter.

The Innovation Trail checked in with Occupy movements across New York to see how they're fairing. We begin in Albany, where Marie Cusick reports that protestors are determined to voice their frustrations with the state of the economy, and the state of New York.  Go to full article

Fate of HSBC bank branches in the North Country unclear

First Niagara Financial Group has purchased 195 HSBC bank branches, including 71 in western New York, and a dozen in the north country. Julie Grant reports that it's unclear what will happen to those northern HSBC branches, customers, and employees.  Go to full article

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