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Today in your Trail Mix: womenfolk.

A Pennsylvania politician says drilling causes the spread of STDs "amongst the womenfolk."

As SUNY presidents resign they're not being replaced.

Kodak stock surges on doomsday reports about its valuation.

Plus, why Buffalo needs high speed rail.

Natural gas

A Pennsylvania politician says that drilling operations have led to the spread of STDs "amongst the womenfolk" (Scott Detrow, State Impact PA).

Gannett's Jon Campbell attempts to adjudicate what New Yorkers really think about hydrofracking with all of the conflicting poll results.

Carnegie Mellon scientists are disputing the Cornell study that showed that natural gas was "dirtier" than coal, with a new study in Environmental Research Letters (Donald Gilliand, Patriot-News).

Economic development

The first public meeting of the Southern Tier regional economic council will be September 1 (George Basler, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

Rick Moriarty at the Post-Standard has a Q&A with Julie Shimer, CEO of Welch Allyn and chair of Empire State Development.

True to earlier predictions from the state comptroller, New York's July tax receipts were down, canceling out gains made in June (Colby Hamilton, The Empire).

Plant Money reporter Jacob Goldstein says don't trust reporters when they report on economic estimates.

Higher education

SUNY IT and Morrisville State College may share a president under a new plan from SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher (Alaina Potrikus, Post-Standard).

It's part of a larger wave of consolidations proposed for the entire SUNY system as college presidents resign and aren't replaced (Scott Waldman, Times Union).

Zimpher has also proposed to merge administrative services between the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, Erie Community College and Niagara County Community College, to cut costs (Richard E. Baldwin, Buffalo News).

Yesterday in Syracuse 23 teams of young entrepreneurs in the making vied for cash to help bring their ideas to life (Charles McChesney, Post-Standard).

Business

Turns out when Bloomberg reports that your company (read: Kodak) is better off being hacked up and sold for spare parts (read: patents), your stock surges (Mike Dickinson, Rochester Business Journal).

The man behind another attempt to run a ferry out of Rochester declined to be interviewed by Brian Sharp for an article in the Democrat and Chronicle.  But from the interviews that Sharp did get, Harper Sibley's track record appears mixed.

Buffalo once had "an abnormal number of breweries per capita" but now only has one bottling beer for local distribution (Maryellen Tighe, Buffalo News).

M&T Bank chairman Robert Wilmers told an audience at a Small Business Administration event that a bank that refused to lend "is like a factory that refused to produce goods" (Samantha Maziarz Christmann, Buffalo News).

Infrastructure

Buffalo needs high speed rail and a new train station to serve the blossoming "mega-region" known as the "Greater Golden Horseshoe," where Ontario and New York wrap around Lake Ontario (Ian Carlino, Artvoice).

Yesterday it was Binghamton installing electric car charging parking spaces, today it's Albany (Leah Buletti, The Buzz).

Texas is looking like the winner in the race to have the first offshore wind project in the United States (Brian Merchant, Treehugger).

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