U.S. Olympic athletes in Rio will be wearing clothing made in Rochester in both the opening and closing ceremonies.

Senator Chuck Schumer was at the Hickey Freeman factory to announce that Ralph Lauren has selected the local clothier to produce blazers for the opening ceremonies.

Hickey Freeman has already been contracted with to make Ralph Lauren designed shorts for the Closing Ceremonies.

Xerox is reporting 2nd quarter numbers which show an increase in profits and a decline in sales .

Xerox earned $155 million in the quarter, and excluding certain one-time costs, saw earnings per share of 30 cents, several cents better than Wall Street had expected.

Sales overall were down four percent compared to a year ago, totaling $4.4 billion, about what analysts anticipated.

A group of nano-scientists has discovered a way to arrange individual atoms to store and rewrite data 500 times more efficiently than the best hard drives on the market.

Foreign trade deals are a contentious issue at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer, weighed in Wednesday, saying he’s against the Trans-Pacific Partnership proposal, known as the TPP.

Even though the state Legislature is off for the summer, a hearing is planned in Albany to look at the Cuomo Administration's job creation programs. 


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state committed last year to generating half of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2030.

Now comes the hard part: figuring out how to do it.

Several big decisions in the next few weeks could fill in some of the details about how the state will meet Gov. Andrew Cuomo's renewable energy standard and decide where New Yorkers will get their energy in the years to come.

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On a cloudy summer morning, Rochester Institute of Technology professor Carl Salvaggio and a student from the school’s Center for Imaging Science stood in an open Pittsford field, eyes fixed on the sky. They were flying an unmanned aircraft system — also known as a drone — with the help of a longtime pilot. 

The trio took the DJI S900 n-copter on a series of 20-minute test flights, to check how well its sensors and six high-definition cameras can provide aerial imagery for precision farming. Salvaggio moved to a table off to the side, using a computer loaded with data-tracking software. He set up a small monitor on a tripod next to him to get a closer look at the airborne drone. Its short voyage would help the researchers assess the health of the vegetation.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says the FitzPpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County performed safely over the past year. NRC officials say that its staff devoted 4,790 hours reviewing the plant over the past year, but did not finding anything that caused the agency to increase oversight. 

The latest data from the New York State Labor Department  on unemployment rates shows a drop in the number of unemployed people in the Rochester area. The June jobless rate was 4.3 percent, compared to 5.2 percent in June of 2015.

State Labor Analyst Tammy Marino says historically, that is a relatively low unemployment rate.

“Before the recession, unemployment averaged around 4.6 for the month of June, and at 4.3 percent, we currently stand well below that long term historical marker.”

A $2.5 billion contract between Amtrak and train manufacturer Alstom should be finalized Tuesday or Wednesday at the meeting of Amtrak's Board of Directors. It would bring about 400 jobs to Alstom's plant in Hornell.

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