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Today in your Trail Mix:

A dispute sparked by Kodak's bankruptcy will kick it out of the spotlight Sunday night.

The driller suing Dryden over its fracking ban is still deciding how to proceed after losing its challenge.

The regional councils are regrouping after last year's economic development competition.

Business

Kodak won't come up during Sunday's Oscars broadcast, thanks to a dispute  over whether or not the company has to continue its naming rights commitment  for the theater where the event is held, as it pursues bankruptcy (Rochester Business Journal).

A Rochester company says it's developed a "Facebook for machines" (Zack Seward, WXXI/Innovation Trail).

Get your ponchos ready: Niagara Falls' Maid of the Mist sightseeing cruise will hav ea new operator in two years (Charlie Sprecht, Buffalo News).

A telecommunications firm that bears the name of Albany's Tech Valley could be being tempted away from there, to New Hampshire, according to leaked documents (Larry Rulison, Times Union).

Natural gas

A lawyer for driller Anschutz says that the company hasn't decided how it will challenge a ruling that says the town of Dryden can ban fracking (Matt Richmond, WSKG/Innovation Trail).

Southern Tier assemblywoman Barbara Lifton is pleased with the court's ruling in favor of more local control [VIDEO] (Maureen McManus, State of Politics).

The town of Little Falls isn't suited for fracking - but a real estate agent says it could be ideal for offering argricultural land to farmers who've leased their land in Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier for fracking (Rob Juteau, Utica Observer-Dispatch).

Several foundations are funding a health project to monitor the potential effects of gas drilling on health outside of Pittsburgh (AP).

Penn State University says gas drilling doesn't cause more crime (Scott Detrow, State Impact PA).

Politics

The Finger Lakes regional council says it needs clarity going into a second round of the governor's signature economic development competition (Zack Seward, WXXI/Innovation Trail).

Flood recovery efforts hampered the Southern Tier regional economic council, contributing to its last place finish in last year's funding competition, according to council leaders (G. Jeffrey Aaron, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

Governor Cuomo may not actually have the political power to close down Indian Point - but that hasn't stopped him from trying (Dana Rubinstein, Capital).

New York is hawking its stuff on eBay (Gerald McKinstry, Politics on the Hudson), including a DEC RV that gets a horrific 3 miles per gallon (Casey Seiler, Times Union).

Law enforcement officials gathered in Buffalo yesterday to endorse an expansion of the state's DNA databank (Chris Caya, WNED).

Higher education

Cornell is pushing to hire more spouses of faculty, so that it can recruit better teachers.  Spousal unemployment has been a longstanding problem for the region, leading to a pool of highly qualified - but unemployed - workers (Caroline Flax, Cornell Daily Sun).

Upstate Medical University's accreditation is on probation, but officials say it's unlikely that the credentials will be revoked entirely (Steve Reilly, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

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