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Photo: Sandy Demarest
Photo: Sandy Demarest

State fines Price Chopper for "deceptive" coupon practices

The state is ordering Price Chopper to clarify its coupon rules, and pay $100,000 in penalties and costs. And it's led to a war of words between them.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo, speaking at Clarkson University in Potsdam on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Photo: David Sommerstein
Gov. Cuomo, speaking at Clarkson University in Potsdam on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Photo: David Sommerstein

Cuomo: Business + universities = Economic Development

In Potsdam yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo again pushed his new initiative to create 10 Innovation "Hot Spots."

They'd bring business and universities together to give start-up businesses support, access to venture capital and possibly tax breaks.

The "Hot Spot" idea would fall under Cuomo's larger strategy to boost the upstate economy: the Regional Economic Development Councils.  Go to full article
Ronnie Benware outside his home on Lower Park Street in Malone.  Photo: Julie Grant
Ronnie Benware outside his home on Lower Park Street in Malone. Photo: Julie Grant

Flooded out, some Malone homeowners look for buyout

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed spending as much as $400 million to purchase homes wrecked by Hurricane Sandy. His plan is to have them demolished, and then preserve the flood-prone land permanently as undeveloped coastline.

The town of Malone would like to do something similar along the Salmon River, where a handful of houses were destroyed by flooding in the past couple of weeks.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence Health Initiative Exec. Director Ruth Fishbeck says all 13 of her employees have similar standing desks in their offices. Photo: Todd Moe
St. Lawrence Health Initiative Exec. Director Ruth Fishbeck says all 13 of her employees have similar standing desks in their offices. Photo: Todd Moe

The health effects of workplace mobility

Recently on NPR's Morning Edition, we've heard stories about health-conscious office workers standing at work, at special elevated work stations. In America, we tend to spend more than half of our waking hours sitting down. On an average day this will probably consist of driving, working at a desk, and then relaxing in front of the TV.

A Potsdam organization - St. Lawrence Health Initiative - has been using standing desks for all 13 employees for more than a year. Executive Director Ruth Fishbeck says she'd also like to experiment with treadmill desks. Todd Moe stopped by recently to talk with Fishbeck about the health benefits of standing at work - weight loss, more energy and better concentration. And, she says, it doesn't mean standing all day.  Go to full article
The United States Patent & Trademark Office. Photo: mason13a, CC some rights reserved
The United States Patent & Trademark Office. Photo: mason13a, CC some rights reserved

Clean tech industry could boost region's economy

New York state ranks third in the world for the number of clean energy patents issued in the third quarter of 2012. The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index shows that the majority of the 63 patents issued during that period went to upstate inventors.  Go to full article
Mose Ginsberg
Mose Ginsberg

Adirondack Attic: from peddler to Tupper Lake civic leader

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.

Today, we'll listen to a 1969 interview with Tupper Lake business pioneer Mose Ginsberg, who immigrated to the Adirondacks in the 1890's as a teenager.  Go to full article

Startup aims to simplify hospital admissions process

Prepping for surgery can be a long, paper-driven process. A patient often has to sit on the phone detailing their medical history for a nurse -- again. Now, a Syracuse-area start-up is taking that process digital, and seeing surprising results.  Go to full article
Screenshots of Kodak iPhone app
Screenshots of Kodak iPhone app

Kodak uses new digital app to support legacy tech: film

Kodak has launched a free digital application to help photography enthusiasts in the U.S and Europe work more easily with film.

Kodak officials say they hope the app will attract a new generation of users to their legacy technology.  Go to full article

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Pre-game KanJam in at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dpstyles/">Dennis Crowley</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Pre-game KanJam in at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo: Dennis Crowley, CC some rights reserved

"KanJam": once a "waste" of time, now a sport

"Trash Can Frisbee" dates back to the late 1980s, when a few college friends in Buffalo started tossing discs toward, not surprisingly, trash cans.

For years, the game was mostly played in backyards around the city.

But now, it's a sport, known as KanJam, and is played at tailgates and parties all over the country. It's also a company, based in Buffalo, where the KanJam world championships also take place.  Go to full article

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