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In your Trail Mix bowl this morning:

The state Department of Transportation says it's worried about the effect of drilling traffic on state roads.

We're getting a look at who the governor wants to entrust economic development with in each region.

Cornell's president testifies about immigration and jobs in Washington.

Plus: Marcellus Shale - on stage.

Energy

Gannett has obtained a memo from the Department of Transportation that says that New York will have to rebuild hundreds of roads after natural gas drilling truck traffic blasts through (Steve Reilly, Gannett).

With the approval of a four-year contract, the strike at Syracuse's Nine Mile Point nuclear plant is over (Mike McAndrew, Post-Standard).

It's official: the chief of New York's Power Authority really is resigning, after some hubbub this spring about whether he would or not (Watertown Daily Times).

Pittsburgh public broadcaster WQED is hosting a performance and break-out conversations about drilling in the Marcellus Shale in what's being called "Deliberative Theater" (Maria Sciullo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

NPR's reporting project about state government and drilling in Pennsylvania has kicked off with this video that introduces us to the effects of drilling on the lives of ordinary Pennsylvanians (Susan Phillips, State Impact Pennsylvania).

Regional councils

Yesterday the governor unveiled the members of his regional councils in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse - today we learn about the Binghamton and Albany area councils (Joseph Spector, Gannett).

Syracuse's regional council will focus on boosting medical and renewable energy technology business (Rick Moriarty, Post-Standard).

In Buffalo the governor delivered some strong medicine about collaboration, saying that towns like Jamestown had no future without the county and the city - and vice versa (Matt Glynn, Buffalo News).

In Rochester the governor told regions to drop "parochial distinctions" (Tom Tobin, Democrat and Chronicle).

Meanwhile charges that the councils aren't diverse enough are already flying.  State of Politics has video of the Coalition for Economic Justice's Allison Duwe arguing for more labor seats on the councils (Maureen McManus, State of Politics/Capital Tonight).

Politics

New York has failed on another list - this time getting an "F" from the Council on State Taxation for how it collects and administers the property tax (Rick Karlin, Times Union).

A row over measures to prevent invasive species from spreading in the Great Lakes could end with New York not getting any funding from the federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2012 (Jerry Zremski, Buffalo News).

Jobs numbers

Binghamton had a "weak month" in June for jobs (My-Ly Nguyen, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

Rochester had a booming first half of 2011 for job creation, with the best growth in two decades.  Plus Business Facilities magazine says it's a "growth leader" (Jeffrey Blackwell, Democrat and Chronicle).

Cornell's president testified before a Senate subcommittee on immigration yesterday, arguing that international students are stepping into science and tech jobs that Americans aren't qualified - so more needs to be done to help them become job creators (Brian Tumulty, Gannett).

Education

Binghamton University has kicked off construction on a project to "harvest" rainwater for use in toilets and fountains (George Basler, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

Kids in Rochester are going back to school for camp - science camp, that is (James Johnson, Democrat and Chronicle).

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