There’s a change in ownership coming for the del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County.

The Wilmot family, Rochester-based developers who operate Wilmorite, have owned half of that casino in the town of Tyre.

The casino concept was something long championed by Wilmot Chairman Tom Wilmot, and del Lago opened two years ago.

Verizon Wireless is suing the city of Rochester over regulations that have been enacted in advance of equipment that would be needed for the new 5G service.

Rochester City Council approved a new ordinance earlier this year to minimize the disruption that could occur when the new equipment is eventually installed for 5G.

That’s a new generation of wireless networks which promises things like faster speeds and better networking capabilities.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, RIT is getting a $150,000 grant to help come up with a plan that would accelerate quantum technology, which could then be used in developing faster computers.

Also, New York state announces new health insurance rates for next year, and some rate hikes were cut, while others will stay as the companies proposed. Plus, the U.S. Aerials Freestyle Championships are coming to Bristol Mountain next year.

The New York State Public Service Commission is calling on Frontier Communications to develop a plan to improve its service to customers.

The PSC says it got a report from its staff indicating that four Frontier subsidiaries including its Rochester division have significant service quality problems including escalating complaints, lengthy duration of repairs and reliability issues.

A local manufacturer is expanding and adding jobs.  Z-AXIS, an electronics design and contract manufacturer in Phelps in Ontario County  is updating its facility, and expects to create up to 20 new jobs over the next three years.  80 others will be retained.

Empire State Development is providing up to $150,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program in exchange for the job creation commitment. Greater Rochester Enterprise also assisted with the project.

The expansion by Z-Axis includes the installation of new equipment.

Xerox is reporting growth in earnings but a decline in sales, in its latest quarterly report.

In the 2nd quarter, the company saw profits of $181 million, compared to $112 million a year ago,  but sales were down 8.8%.  Without currency fluctuations in the mix, the revenue decline was 7.2%.  Adjusted earnings-per-share of $.99 topped Wall Street expectations.

At Brighton Securities, George Conboy says overall, this was a pretty good quarterly report for the company.

Wegmans is offering families who have young children with mobility restrictions a new way to help their kids shop with their parents or other adult relatives.

It’s a specially adapted shopping cart, called ‘Go to Shop,‘ that Wegmans is getting through a company called Firefly.

Linda Lovejoy is a community relations manager for Wegmans. She said this shopping cart is different from other carts that Wegmans already makes available for kids or adults with disabilities.

As the number of Americans over 65 years old has continued to climb, doctors have begun paying more attention to a particular side effect of stacking some medications: symptoms of dementia.

New Yorkers have only about six months left to get single-use plastic bags at the supermarket before a ban goes into effect March 1, and former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck says that’s a good thing.

Enck now runs the Beyond Plastics center at Bennington College, Vermont, and she spoke during a recent conference there.

She says when it comes to plastics, more needs to be done.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an excerpt of an interview between Enck and WXXI's Karen DeWitt.

Wegmans says it will run a pilot program in two stores to remove plastic bags as of next Monday,  July 29. That will happen at stores in Ithaca and Corning.

The company notes that the decision comes after its announcement in April that Wegmans will eliminate plastic bags at all of its New York State stores ahead of the state ban that takes effect on March 1, 2020.


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