(WRVO) There’s good news for barley farmers in central New York and other parts of the state. The federal government will begin offering crop insurance for the grain that is an essential ingredient for brewing beer.

Senator Charles Schumer says a project that will bring hundreds of jobs to the Alstom plant in Hornell is moving forward.

The New York Democrat says that the Amtrak Board of Directors is expected to vote this week to support the finalization of negotiations with Alstom to produce high-speed trains for Amtrak's Acela line service.

Schumer says final federal financing approvals have been secured, which clears the way for an agreement that is expected to create about 400 jobs in Hornell and an additional 350 or more across the state.

Continuing its push into Web content and advertising, Verizon is buying Yahoo Inc. for about $4.83 billion in cash, the two companies confirmed Monday morning, ending a purchase process that began months ago.

The deal comes more than a year after Verizon paid $4.4 billion to acquire AOL, in a deal that was viewed as hinging on AOL's ad software and mobile video content.

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Working families face several challenges to make ends meet, and one of them is the increasingly steep cost of child care.

Some parents say they absolutely have to return to work to keep their families afloat.

For low-income parents, that often means turning to government for help in paying for child care.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced $13 million grants for communities to attack the problem of zombie properties. The funds come from a recent settlement that the state attorney general’s office and the U.S. Justice Department reached with investment bank Morgan Stanley.  

Plans to renovate the former Trico factory, in downtown Buffalo, could be shelved without more taxpayer help as the cost of the proposed project has nearly doubled.


The latest jobs numbers for the Rochester area from the NYS Labor Department  show something we haven't seen for the last several months...an increase in jobs. 

The monthly gains had been relatively strong over the last few years, but the last several months saw the employment figures decline and state labor analyst Tammy Marino believes that was mostly due to a change in the way the numbers were gathered.

She says the recent survey seems to more accurately reflect where the local job market stands right now.

So Long, VCR. We Hardly Knew You (Were Still Around)

Jul 21, 2016

The VCR is officially going the way of the Betamax and LaserDisc: into the technology graveyard.

A local food processing company continues to diversify its product line, while also going through a management transition.

This is a big week for LiDestri Food and Drink.  For one thing, that's a new name for the Rochester based business. Stefani LiDestri says they came up with that name to highlight the fact that they are more than just sauce and salsa, two of the products that continue to be core businesses for the company. 

Elected officials and representatives of the Avon School District got together this afternoon to show off what they're calling the largest public school solar array project in New York State.

Avon School Superintendent Aaron Johnson says the array, which is located on 7.5 acres of land just east of the high school, will mean a fixed energy rate for the district for the next 25 years.

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