Victor-based Constellation Brands has sent a letter to its employees talking about the impact of the recent violence at a rally that involved white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The letter from CEO Rob Sands is entitled, “Our Moral Responsibility,” and it says that the events in Charlottesville weigh heavily on the minds and hearts of the company’s executive team.

The memo from Sands says that, “events like those in Charlottesville serve as a hindrance to our continued progress and cannot be tolerated.”

Kodak is laying off about 35 people in Rochester by early November.

The move is related to an announcement made during its recent earnings report, when CEO Jeff Clarke announced the company will shut down its investment focused on copper metal mesh used for touch sensors.

He says the product has not grown as significantly as the company hoped, so it made the decision to stop that operation.  Clarke says this is all part of Kodak’s plan to take a disciplined approach as it assesses each of its research and commercialization projects.

Hundreds of years before solar viewing glasses were readily available, scientists and casual spectators could still enjoy these rare celestial events without frying their eyeballs. They'd use a combination of pinholes and mirrors to redirect the sun's rays onto a screen.

NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says there has been a settlement that will help some of the students impacted by the sudden closure of programs operated by Corinthian Colleges.

When Everest Institute in Irondequoit closed in 2015, hundreds of students were left in debt and uncertain about their academic future.

Schneiderman says that as part of a settlement reached with the loan provider, Aequitas Capital, the nationwide payout totals just over $183 million. 

New Yorkers who sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act exchanges for individuals will see their premiums rise by an average of 14 percent, now that the Cuomo administration has approved rate increases for insurers in the exchanges.

Part of the increase is due to worries and uncertainties over the future of the ACA, also known as Obamacare.

The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation has committed $5 million to support patient care and capital improvements in the Rochester Regional Health system.

Officials say it is one of the largest made to the health system’s $300 million fundraising campaign.

In recognition of the gift, the Rochester Regional Health Learning Center will be renamed the Wegman Center for Workforce Development at Rochester Regional Health.

A local high-tech company is expanding and adding jobs.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that IDEX Health & Science will expand its optics and photonics operation in Henrietta, establishing an Optical Center of Excellence.

The company plans to eventually lease close to 100,000 square feet in a newly constructed building on John Street.

Cuomo says the project will create up to 34 full time jobs and help retain 186 other positions. Empire State Development will provide up to $2.4 million in exchange for job creation commitments.

A new non-native species has been found in western Lake Erie, the EPA said Monday.

It's named Brachionus leydigii. And it's a type of zooplankton, which means it could be food for lots of fish.

A group of students from East High got to watch live as their science experiment made it's way towards the International Space Station.

With clear weather and all systems go, the Space-X CRS-12 rocket took off at approximately 12:31pm Monday afternoon from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, carrying projects from 21 schools across the United States and Canada, as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

Retired RIT Marketing Professor Gene Fram weighs in about the supermarket one-day delivery competition heating up.  It's not just Wegmans, other retailers are involved locally and nationally.

Plus, the George Eastman Museum launches the Technicolor online research archive, and news about a big job fair this week in Rochester.

The WXXI Business report looks at business and economic issues facing the Rochester area including Western New York and the Finger Lakes.


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