Ryan Morden

Reporter, WRVO

Innovation Trail alumnus Ryan Morden is originally from Seattle.  He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's in journalism, minoring in political science and Scandinavian studies.  Morden was Morning Edition producer and reporter at WRVO before moving over to the Innovation Trail project.  Before landing at WRVO, Morden covered the Washington State legislature as a correspondent for Northwest News Network (N3), a group of nine NPR affiliates in the northwest.

Prior to his work at N3, Morden worked as an assistant morning news editor at KIRO radio, a commercial news/talk station in Seattle.  He also produced talk shows for CBS Radio commentators Dave Ross and Ron Reagan.

Morden enjoys government and politics, reading non-fiction and literature from the edges, baseball, road trips, brew pubs, road races and catching up on TV shows online.  He currently serves as a freelancer, covering congressional issues.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spent the day today holding roundtables with business leaders in Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo.

The subject: unemployed veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nominee to lead the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) will have a chance to clarify his off-the-cuff remark about taking those who pursue nanotech ventures in Syracuse to the woodshed.

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NYSERDA announced today that it's spending nearly $5 million on research efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The money will be divvied up between 17 companies working on transportation-related projects all over New York State.

According to a press release, the companies have to chip in some cash too:

The NYSERDA funding will leverage $7.5 million of private sector investment to bring total funding for these projects to $12.7 million. Each company is required to match NYSERDA’s funding with their own investments, and funds will be awarded following development of a final contract.

Check out the full roster of upstate award winners after the jump.

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For the health care industry, there is a small bright spot in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Budget proposal - one program not being cut. 

The program, known as “Doctors Across New York,” was enacted in 2008. It aims to entice nurses and doctors to practice in rural parts of the state, by paying off their student loans.

In the Governor’s budget proposal the program would be extended for three more years.

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Republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle is co-sponsoring a bill to remove a medical device tax from the new health care law.

The tax is part of the funding solution that Congress rigged up to pay for healthcare overhaul. If the tax stands, it'll kick in starting in 2013.