Some Vermont dairy workers say their wages and living conditions have improved, thanks to an agreement reached last year between the workers and Ben & Jerry's, a division of global consumer products company Unilever.

Times are tough on dairy farms around the country, with milk prices declining for the fourth year in a row. But 72 farms that supply Ben & Jerry's earn a little more by agreeing to follow labor and housing standards.

Luticha Doucette always knew she wanted to be a scientist, even if no one else thought she could do it.

"I was very much discouraged from going into the sciences. People would be like, 'Well, don’t you want to be a teacher?' And I would be like, yeah, teachers are great, but that’s not what my heart was in."

Eastman Kodak says that it plans to sell  to sell its Flexographic Packaging Division.

That division is involved in a form of printing which uses flexible plates to print on a wide variety of packaging materials.

CEO Jeff Clarke says this is a great opportunity to get value for shareholders since there has been strong interest in the division. He says the Flexographic unit has performed exceptionally well, but he says by selling the unit, it will help allow Kodak to focus on growth areas.

The chicken business has been very, very good to Donnie Smith, the former chief executive of Tyson Foods. Now Smith, 58, wants to share his wealth — and his fervent belief in the power of chickens — with subsistence farmers in Musanze, a poverty-stricken district of Rwanda.

NEW YORK (AP, NPR & WXXI News) - Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of New York has been indicted on charges that he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades. 

The charges were announced and the indictment unsealed in New York City on Wednesday. 

The indictment charges Collins and two others, including the congressman's son, with conspiracy, wire fraud, and other counts. 

The market for new cars in the U.S. is sputtering, with major automakers from Ford to Nissan reporting falling sales last month. The dip comes after an estimated 39 million used cars were sold in the U.S. last year.

A Wayne County optics manufacturer is expanding and adding jobs. 

Optimax Systems, located in the town of Ontario, is building a $21.7 million, 60,000-square-foot addition at its existing facility on Dean Parkway.

As a result, Optimax plans to create 59 new jobs over the next five years. And officials with Empire State Development say that 291 positions will be retained.

The state is providing $700,000 through a Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative Grant, and up to $1.5 million in Excelsior Tax Credits in return for job creation commitments.

Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of President Jimmy Carter declaring Love Canal a federal health emergency. It was the first time a man-made disaster was given that declaration. The environmental disaster was memorialized in the song "Love Canal" by the band Flipper. WBFO's Nick Lippa produced an  audio postcard with remembrances from canal evacuees Luella Kenny and former Channel 2 reporter Dick Lucinski.


A movement that started with scared homeowners, strange smells and a collection of health symptoms celebrates an anniversary today. Forty years after President Jimmy Carter first declared Love Canal a national health emergency, former housewife and activist Lois Gibbs looks back and realizes that the people she mobilized were the start of something a lot bigger.


Local Kodak and government officials recently celebrated the completion of a $75 million dollar new boiler house located in Eastman Business Park.

That was part of the conversion of the utility plants at the industrial park earlier this year from coal to natural gas.

Eric Gottung is project manager. He works for RED-Rochester, the company that runs utilities at the business park.

He says the conversion from coal to natural gas brings a number of advantages including the fact that it’s better for the environment.

Pages

U.S. Photonics Hub Coming To Rochester

What does this mean for the economy of the Rochester region?