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Neighbors make noise about turbines

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NYT reports that people who live near wind turbines are plugging their ears.

Sounding off
The New York Times has a piece about wind turbine neighbors complaining about the noise:

They are among a small but growing number of families and homeowners across the country who say they have learned the hard way that wind power — a clean alternative to electricity from fossil fuels — is not without emissions of its own.

The paper reports that many complain about diminished property values when turbines spring up, but that an Energy Department study determined those claims to be unfounded.

Graphene in the spotlight
The Buffalo News follows-up with the University at Buffalo team that's working with graphene.  The Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison pointed out the local connection yesterday.

Paladino discount
The Democrat and Chronicle's Vote Up blog reports that Carl Paladino would work for free if elected governor:

Earlier in the day, Paladino greeted scores of supporters during the opening of a new campaign office in Brighton, telling them, "I'm not motivated by money. I'm not motivated by power. I have no ego to fulfill and I don't need praise or a pat on the back."

Like the cut of his gib?  Prefer someone else's gib? The paper also reminds us that Friday is the last day to get registered to vote in time for the November elections.

Polling
The Post-Standard reports that the latest Siena consumer confidence poll has New Yorkers' confidence slackening.

Education cash
Southern Tier school districts are set to receive more than $2 million from the federal government's Race to the Top program.  The Press & Sun-Bulletin reports that the funds are slated for "improving student achievement" over the next four years - not cutting property taxes.

Job market
The Democrat and Chronicle reports that the labor department's job listing bank is growing, despite the economy.  The state's labor commissioner, Colleen Gardner, was in Rochester Tuesday:

While that's still a tough job market, Gardner said her agency is prepared to help match people with openings. She urged more local employers to take advantage of the department's revamped job listing service, and workers to avail themselves of free services designed to help them obtain the skills they need.

Meanwhile, the Times-Union breaks out the governor's planned 2,000 job cuts over the state agencies that are set to lose workers.  And the New York Times reports that some researchers who work with stem cells fear for their jobs as an appeals court considers whether or not the feds can fund embryonic stem cell research.

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