Wegmans and Publix are America’s favorite grocery retailers, tying for first place in a consumer study of more than 12,700  shoppers conducted by the research firm Market Force Information.

It’s the 2nd consecutive year that the Rochester based chain has held the top spot in the annual study, after unseating Trader Joe’s last year.

In the latest survey, Trader Joe’s is a close second and H-E-B, a Texas-based chain, is third.

"I've been a captain for 35 years and it's the highest I've ever seen it," said Warren Welch, who operates Reel Easy Sportfishing Charters in Rochester.

He says he's had to cancel 4 to 5 outings so far because of the conditions, and that's a significant loss of business for him.

"All the power has been shut off at the Yacht Club for the docks.  And at Shumway to the docks, all the power has been shut off.  And there's a lot of debris, obviously, out in the lake.  It's dangerous. There are logs and branches and submerged wood.  So it's pretty dangerous," he said.

(AP, Reuters, WXXI News)  Valeant Pharmaceuticals, parent company of Bausch + Lomb, is reporting first-quarter net income of $628 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.

The company said it had profit of $1.79 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $2.80 per share.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 96 cents per share.

The Buffalo Planning Board Monday cleared the way for construction of another building on the former site of the old Millard Fillmore Hospital at Gates Circle.


Casey Raub can easily deadlift over 100 pounds — not thanks to the gym, but from his work as a bartender at ever-packed Brooklyn brunch hotspot Five Leaves. Raub, 35, regularly hoists heavy boxes of liquor and massive buckets of ice for an endless stream of gin gimlets and grapefruit margaritas. Two and a half years ago, he was injured in a cycling accident, and his work routine only compounded his back pain.

Some lawmakers are pressing the state’s comptroller to divest the state’s pension fund from the fossil fuel industry. But Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said he believes he can be more effective in changing the companies’ behavior by acting from the inside.

State and local officials were at the Strong Museum of Play Monday to hand out monetary awards to the video game developers of the future.

Rochester Institute of Technology's Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity, or MAGIC Center, announced the winners in the student and independent category in first New York State Game Development Challenge.

RIT finished first in both, and 2010 graduate, Evan Anthony of Rochester, says winning the award will help him and his independent development partners bring their idea to fruition.

There’s a new use for the space at College Town in Rochester formerly occupied by Constantino’s Market.

The development company has announced that the University of Rochester Medical Center will expand patient services into that site and may also use the spot for some administrative space.

Cass McRory is director of marketing for College Town. She says this type of use makes a lot of sense and should help nearby businesses.

A recent survey by Paychex says we saw a dip in the jobs numbers, but an increase in wage growth across the region. WXXI's Randy Gorbman tries to make sense of it all. Plus, earnings announcements are coming up this week from Kodak and Conduent. Then some news about two well-known local retailers shutting their doors for good.

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

color:#333333">ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation introduced in the New York State Senate and Assembly would prohibit the state's pension fund from investing in big oil, gas or coal companies.


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