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Checking out the competition

   Two pegs that have been suggested for the economic revitalization of Western New York are wind power and high-speed rail.
   On the rail front, news of such plans elsewhere include:


- State to apply for $1.28 billion for high-speed rail - San Jose (Calif.) Mercury-News
- Gordon Brown signals commitment to high speed rail - The Guardian (U.K.)
- Florida is a leading contender for high-speed rail funding - The Tampa Tribune
- NYC one of top picks for high-speed rail - The Journal News (Westchester, N.Y.)
- Siemens Fills Russia’s Need for High-Speed Train  - The New York Times
   The United States “is a developing country in terms of rail,” Ansgar Brockmeyer, head of public transit business for Siemens, said in an interview aboard the Russian test train, as wooden country homes and birch forests flickered by outside the window. “We are seeing it as a huge opportunity.”

   Meanwhile, the promise of wind power has drawn the governor of Maine on a European tour, with a reporter from The Portland Press Herald in tow. [Considering how broke the newspaper industry is, footing that bill for that excursion means the new owners of that newspaper think this is real important.]
    And it remains big news in places from Kansas to India:
- Generating loyalty in wind - The Hutchinson (Kan.) News
- NC Senate head won't fight coastal wind farms - The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer  
- Leitner Shriram's wind turbine facility begins operations - The Business Standard (India)

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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