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WSKG/Southern Tier reporter for the Innovation Trail.

Matt Richmond comes to Binghamton from South Sudan, where he worked as a stringer for Bloomberg, and freelanced for Radio France International, Voice of America, and German Press Agency dpa.

He has worked with KQED in Los Angeles, Cape Times in Cape Town, South Africa, and served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon. Matt's masters in journalism is from the Annenberg School for Communication at USC.

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Environmental groups in New York had several victories in 2014 – hydrofracking was banned, solar power expanded, the ivory trade outlawed. Groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council have applauded Gov. Cuomo’s recent decisions. But Richard Schrader of the NRDC wants a clearer plan.

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State officials have decided to ban hydrofracking within New York, but battles continue over the infrastructure projects that support the natural gas industry. One such project is the 124-mile Constitution Pipeline, which would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to lines in New York state that run on to northeastern cities.

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On November 7, 1939, George G. Raymond received patents number 2 million 1hundred seventy eight thousand six hundred forty seven and forty eight. The patents were titled: ‘lift truck’ and ‘pallet’.

Or, in engineering speak:

“Two-faced pallets are used in connection with power-forked-tiering trucks. These power-forked-tiering trucks, we call them fork lifts today, not only transport the load but tier one load on top of the other. The bottom face of the pallet serves as a base for resting upon the load beneath.”


Morning Edition: Do you know if any of your members, if they have been receiving training at their hospitals for possible Ebola cases?

Lisa Baum: Some of our members have received training. We’re currently in the process of receiving information from all of the hospitals where we have members. But we do know some of them have begun doing training, some of them have done extensive training, some have done less training, and some I believe have done no training.

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The City of Binghamton has pledged to seek an end to homelessness among the city’s veterans. The first step, announced Friday, is the formation of a blue ribbon commission.

The city doesn’t know how many veterans are homeless and needs to figure out where to house them. Those will be the two main goals of the 15-member commission.

The announcement Friday included representatives from the federal government, the mayor and local organizations. Mayor Rich David painted the goal in moral terms.