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Do Not Pack List: A reporter from Utica made it through security with a pair of scissors.

We packed your Trail Mix up in a paper bag today so you can hit the road with it.

Albany and Syracuse's airports are adding flights and amenities.

Manufacturing grew over the last decade in New York.

A Haliburton executive did a shot of fracking fluid to prove that it's safe.

Plus, is it legal to have one president run two SUNY schools?

Tourism

TSA missed a pair of scissors in August, which ordinarily might not garner much attention, but when the scissors are in the bag of a journalist, it's gonna be a story (Leah Buletti, Times Union).

Southwest is adding a direct flight from Atlanta to Albany (with a pit stop in Baltimore).  But if you want to get back to Hotlanta, too bad - the airline won't be offering return flights (Eric Anderson, The Buzz).

You'll now be able to get a Hofmann hot, Saranac beer, and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, thanks to two new cafes, at Syracuse's airport (John Mariani, Post-Standard).

United and Continental flights from Albany are getting upgraded, like first class on some flights and more overhead luggage space on others, and wi-fi (Eric Anderson, Times Union).

The USDA has awarded a grant to encourage New York bed and breakfasts to use local produce and foods (Leah Buletti, The Buzz).

Ballet beat orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in 2011 (All Over Albany).

This one applies to tourists and Albany-area residents alike: Siena College is looking for people to dress up in 80s garb for a promotional video that its shooting (Scott Waldman, Times Union).

And while we're in Albany, why not check out the Capitol? Renovations are well under way, with the Cuomo administration expecting work to be done in just about a year (Casey Seiler, Times Union).

Economy

You know how the conventional wisdom is that manufacturing is dead in New York?  Well that might not actually be the case, according to new research from the Manufacturing Research Institute of New York, which shows that exports grew by 44 percent over the last decade (Adam Rombel, Mohawk Valley Business Journal).

Whether or not Johnson City, outside Binghamton, is really broke, is at the heart of the debate over dissolving the village (Steve Reilly, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

Today is the first public meeting of the central New York regional economic council (Alaina Potrikus, Post-Standard).  The Innovation Trail's Emma Jacobs will bring us the details.

Natural gas

A Haliburton executive drank fracking fluid at a conference earlier this month, to prove its safety (AP).

If former New York governor George Pataki enters the presidential race, advocating for fracking could be a big part of his platform, based on recent remarks that he's made (Scott Detrow, State Impact PA).

Higher education

A member of the SUNY Potsdam Council says she's concerned that it may not be legal for Potsdam and SUNY Canton to share a president, as has been proposed by SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher (Gabrielle Hovendon, Watertown Daily Times).

The University at Buffalo medical school is requiring students to hear the story of a woman whose mother died due to medical errors, to humanize patients (AP).

Cornell's new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Insitute has a director: Rhett Weiss, a local software entrepreneur (Kevin Tampone, Greater Binghamton Business Journal).

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