Most Active Stories
Morning Trail Mix
Post-Sandy: tallying the cost
On the upside, the power outages are apparently causing consternation amongst political pollsters trying to regain some momentum in their respective presidential campaigns. (NPR.org)
The Red Cross is encouraging people to reassure your family and friends that you're safe.
The storm is heading inland and powering down steadily over the next 48 hours, and the National Hurricane Center is now officially calling Sandy a post-tropical cyclone. Folks in West Virginia's altitudes are copping an early downfall of snow. We'll continue coverage throughout today and the week.
Federal employees in upstate will be dodging fallen branches to get into work. (timesunion.com) In case you were thinking of taking to the waterways of the state to escape chaos on the roads, think again. The state's canal system is closed until further notice. James Odato at the Times Union continues his work on the fallout from the comptroller's audit into the SUNY Research Foundation. [Full disclosure: SUNY Research Foundation is an underwiter of the Innovation Trail]
The insurance industry is starting to tally up the cost of the disaster and the ballpark is between 5-10 billion and counting. (NYTimes)
http://www.eqecat.com/catwatch/hurricane-sandy-insured-losses-initial-estimate-5-billion-more-2012-10-29/Here's more detailed analysis from EQECAT, Inc.
I guess this is ironic: The Buffalo News wonders whether the Great Lakes are ever going to be a site for wind energy.
This report from Research America says that Research and Development spending in biomedicine and health declined by $4 billion in 2011 (around 3%), mainly due to sequestration and say that the next step, possibly in January 2013 would see that figure rise to 8-10%.