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Your Trail Mix this morning is heavy on raisins:

The governor announced another slate of regional council members yesterday.

Kodak's suit against the takeover huckster will proceed.

Binghamton is the heart of shale country.

Plus, Clifton Park: do drink the water!

Energy

The heart of New York's natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale may be Binghamton, according to new data from Penn State (Steve Reilly, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Brian O'Neil takes a look at "gumbanders" - the former Pennsylvanians who are returning with the shale drilling boom.

West Virginia's governor is refusing a freedom of information request for correspondence about natural gas drilling (Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette).

There's still a freeze on withdrawing water from the Susquehanna River Basin for hydrofracking, because of low water levels (Scott Detrow, Pennsylvania State Impact).

Regional councils

The Southern Tier regional council has a diversity of views about natural gas drilling, which could make for interesting deliberations as the group mulls its plan for economic development (Jon Campbell, Vote Up!).

The Press & Sun-Bulletin has bios of the members of the Southern Tier regional council (Press & Sun-Bulletin).

As of this writing the Albany-area economic development council was already controversial - and it hadn't even been announced yet (Jimmy Vielkind, Times Union).

A previous set of ground-up economic development councils under Governor Pataki floundered before they even took off (Jeffrey Platsky, Gannett).

Need a cheat sheet to help unravel the governor's economic development councils? State of Politics has a PDF shared by the administration, which outlines the activities and timeline of the councils (Liz Benjamin, State of Politics).

State of Politics has a conversation with western New York regional council member Andrew Rudnick, of the Buffalo-Niagara Partnership (Maureen McManus, State of Politics/Capital Tonight).

The Buffalo News editorial board thinks that the western New York regional council has its work cut out for it - but likes the composition of the board.

Business

Kodak will get its day in court against the man who made a false takeover bid for the photo giant (Matthew Daneman, Democrat and Chronicle).

The site of a former Binghamton shoe factory may be about to come off the state's "superfund" list (Steve Reilly, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

Syracuse-area public broadcaster WCNY is about to kick off construction on a new building (James T. Mulder, Post-Standard).

A community group in Buffalo is trying to forge more connections between minority contractors and potential clients (Maryellen Tighe, Buffalo News).

State of Politics has video of Assembly minority leader Brian Kolb arguing that small business owners shouldn't have to pony up to help New York pay its unemployment insurance bill (Maureen McManus, State of Politics/Capital Tonight).

The FAA might not be collecting taxes on your airline tickets - but that doesn't mean prices are going down.  Infrastructurist has a look at the "you're not taxed" tax (Eric Jaffe, Infrastructurist).

Government

Following the end of the strike at Nine Mile Point, nuclear regulatory inspectors are taking a look at the plant to make sure everything is ok (Debra J. Groom, Post-Standard).

State agencies are keeping mum about how they'll meet a $950 million cut called for in the governor's budget (Tom Precious, Buffalo News).

The New York Power Authority has coughed up 3,500 kilowatts of low-cost power for three businesses in western New York, with the hopes of creating 217 jobs (Matt Glynn, Buffalo News).

Clifton Park has the most potable water in the Albany area, according to 60 participants in a blind taste test held yesterday.  It beat out the Saratoga County Water Authority, Mechanicville, Wilton and Saratoga Springs.  No word on whether or not it has "curative properties" (Leah Buletti, The Buzz).

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