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Say Yes to Education hosted a resume workshop for city teens this summer. Photo: Stephen Sartori/Say Yes to Education
Say Yes to Education hosted a resume workshop for city teens this summer. Photo: Stephen Sartori/Say Yes to Education

Program looks to improve troubled Syracuse schools

It's estimated that one in four young people drop out of high school each year. This represents real trouble in terms of their future happiness, health and success, and it's a challenge to the ongoing development of an innovative and productive American workforce, as many young people feel disconnected from study and work.

In Syracuse, the situation is tough: The city's population is declining, and enrollment and funding for its schools are down. The city's graduation rate is barely 50 percent.

But a new program called "Say Yes to Education", implemented a few years ago, could improve the schools and the city.  Go to full article
A tanker trucks transports water for hydro fracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. Photo: Marie Cusick
A tanker trucks transports water for hydro fracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. Photo: Marie Cusick

Towns prep for heavy fracking truck traffic

Last summer, an anti-fracking group leaked a state transportation department document estimating the financial impact on New York's roads if hydro fracking for natural gas extraction goes ahead. The total expected was $200 to $400 million annually.

As the Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports, many local governments have been working to make sure drilling companies will be accountable.  Go to full article
The Sensordone tracks facets of its environment, including light and gas levels, color, humidity and more. Photo: Innovation Trail, courtesy of Sensorcon
The Sensordone tracks facets of its environment, including light and gas levels, color, humidity and more. Photo: Innovation Trail, courtesy of Sensorcon

Company launches a "sensor" revolution

A small company in western New York wants to spark a "sensor revolution." They're going far beyond the household smoke detector. As the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, the startup has created buzz with a small keychain that reads temperature, dew point, carbon monoxide levels and more.  Go to full article
Photo: Nicholas Gunner/Front and Center
Photo: Nicholas Gunner/Front and Center

Literacy seen as key to refugee success in America

Since the founding of the United States, immigrants have played a role in creating communities. In some "rustbelt" cities, they're responsible for reinvigorating former manufacturing towns. In Buffalo, for example, more than 1000 refugees arrive every year. They are helping revive this shrinking city after a half century of decline.

Most immigrants are illiterate in their native languages, yet they are expected to learn English upon arrival. Literacy is seen as the refugees' the best chance to contribute to their new home and become successful in America. For our collaboration on literacy with WBEZ's Front and Center, Daniel Robison brings us this story from Buffalo, New York.  Go to full article
Nik Wallenda is joined on stage at the Seneca Niagara Casino by Bello Nock, a "comic daredevil." (Photo: Daniel Robison, WBFO)
Nik Wallenda is joined on stage at the Seneca Niagara Casino by Bello Nock, a "comic daredevil." (Photo: Daniel Robison, WBFO)

Wallenda brings an eclectic mix to Niagara Falls

Over the last week, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda's been in Niagara Falls, practicing for his June 15th walk over the famous Falls. The Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison joined hundreds of people at the scene and found Wallenda's presence inspired an eclectic, carnival atmosphere in the hard scrabble city of 50,000.  Go to full article
Former waiters James O'Leary and Ansar Khan designed Ambur, an app for restaurants. It's available on the App Store for $999. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail
Former waiters James O'Leary and Ansar Khan designed Ambur, an app for restaurants. It's available on the App Store for $999. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail

Phone app serves wait staff

The days of waiters and waitresses scribbling down orders on a small note pad may be coming to an end. Yes, there's now a smart phone app for that. As the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, it's the work of two former waiters turned digital entrepreneurs.  Go to full article
The solar installation at this house in Ithaca provides about 100% percent of what's needed at this residence. Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond.
The solar installation at this house in Ithaca provides about 100% percent of what's needed at this residence. Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond.

Federal support for renewables in question

The U.S. government supports renewable energy with money for research and tax breaks. But as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, that backing has come under political fire, and the industry is already feeling the effects.  Go to full article
The Marcellus Shale region
The Marcellus Shale region

DOE drastically reduces natural gas estimates

The Department of Energy has drastically reduced its estimate for natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale. The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports.  Go to full article
Photo: Thomas Belknap, Rochester NY.
Photo: Thomas Belknap, Rochester NY.

Kodak owes billions

Rochester-based Eastman Kodak formally filed for bankruptcy yesterday. That gives the company the opportunity to restructure and continue. But the company owes a lot of money to a lot of people. As the Innovation Trail's Zack Seward reports, Kodak has debts of nearly $7 billion.  Go to full article
Courtesy photo / Selling Hive
Courtesy photo / Selling Hive

Social network start-up links businesses

New York is home to a new social networking site. But it's not like Facebook or Twitter. Tech start-up Selling Hive tries to increase sales for businesses by linking them together online.

As the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, the company's founders say the service is one-of-a-kind.  Go to full article

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