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Power Outage? Officials are Hoping to Prevent That with Microgrids

Ever since the black-out of 2003, you’ve heard about necessary improvements for the U.S. power grid. State-wide power officials came to Syracuse Thursday to get communities ‘plugged in’ to what could keep buildings with critical services like hospitals, police and fire departments on-line during those outages. NYSERDA will soon open a $40 million competition across the state to see if a microgrid can be constructed in ten Regional Economic Development Council regions. Director of NY Prize and...
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Power Outage? Officials are Hoping to Prevent That with Microgrids

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John Smith / WAER

Ever since the black-out of 2003, you’ve heard about necessary improvements for the U.S. power grid.  State-wide power officials came to Syracuse Thursday to get communities ‘plugged in’ to what could keep buildings with critical services like hospitals, police and fire departments on-line during those outages.  

NYSERDA will soon open a $40 million competition across the state to see if a microgrid can be constructed in ten Regional Economic Development Council regions.  Director of NY Prize and NYSERDA Strategic Advisor Micah Kotch says chances are they have a head start.

Update, 12:27 a.m.

The death toll is now at 3 with the death of a second infant in the hours following the blast, according to The Associated Press, and eight children and seven adults remain in critical condition.

"The blast occurred at 7:05 a.m. when the truck was making a routine delivery of gas to the hospital kitchen and gas started to leak. Witnesses said the tanker workers struggled for 15 or 20 minutes to repair the leak while a large cloud of gas formed.

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A Lemoyne College professor and native of India believes his country is ready to remove some regulatory barriers to spur much needed foreign investment. President Obama pledged 4 billion dollars in investments and loans to facilitate U.S. trade with India. Management professor Bernard Arogyaswamy says it could forge stronger ties and help India become a more formidable economic power.

McDonald's President and CEO Don Thompson is retiring and will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, the fast-food giant said in a statement.

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  Some Onondaga County residents took the morning off from work to be thrust into poverty; based on real-life situations… so they can make a difference.

More than 120 people were cast into the lives of 15 families and jam packed their one week schedule of challenges into 15 minute increments.  These aren’t professional  actors here but people taking part in the simulation took on realistic roles.

Karen Dewitt

  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will end his long reign as the head of the Assembly on Monday, say the Democratic members of the Assembly who announced they’ll hold a new election for Speaker on February 10th.

After two long days of closed door meetings, as Assembly Democrats reacted to the mounting fall out from Speaker Silver’s arrest on corruption charges, the Democrats now say Silver will leave his post on Monday.

Mark Bialczak

  The Cheesecake Factory in Destiny USA got its second chance Saturday night.

Matti Blume

Some Syracuse Common Councilors are questioning what appears to be a trend by the police department to add military hardware to its SWAT team.  The Council voted 6 to 1 this week to accept a $100,000 federal homeland security grant to outfit its 9-ton Bearcat armored vehicle with night vision, ballistic protection search mirrors, a pole camera, tubular assault equipment, among other items.   Jean Kessner cast the lone "no" vote.  She says using military tools and tactics on domestic problems is the wrong approach. 

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  Central New Yorkers still looking for way to get health insurance through ObamaCare or Medicare might find some help at Kinney Drug Stores today and tomorrow.  Health Navigators will assist people through the New York State of Health exchange.

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A mother in Syracuse’s Strathmore area is on a mission towards making things safer for her family and her neighborhood. In the summer and fall of 2014 Tracy Grimm’s son was attached and robbed twice while coming home from school thru Upper Onondaga Park. The first incident led to an arrest and conviction of the juvenile offenders. In the second incident no one was ever charged because the assailant could not be pinpointed in the crowd.

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