Brian Alexander set out to write a book about how modern corporate culture destroyed his hometown of Lancaster, Ohio. What he ended up finding was a town reeling from corporate raiders, but still proud to vote for Donald Trump -- who has hired one of the men who helped gut the town's biggest employer, Anchor Hocking. It's the story of white working class America, struggling to maintain its identity as longtime jobs disappear.

Alexander tells us what he learned in his research, and what lessons we all might draw from his book, Glass House.

Quick question: how much power in New York State comes from carbon sources? How much comes from wind? How much from nuclear? And how vulnerable is our grid? There are massive questions about how to bring new sources of energy to New Yorkers, and how the grid can -- or can't -- accommodate it.

The New York Times recently published a story about this challenge, and the ways our power arrives at our homes. We explore it with the author and one of her primary sources for the piece:

  • Emily Rueb, New York Times reporter
  • Suzanne Hunt, Hunt Green LLC
  • Jim Gallagher, New York State Smart Grid Consortium

A new poll finds that in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s numbers are rising while President Donald Trump’s are sinking.

For the first time in two-and-a-half years, Cuomo’s job approval rating is at 50 percent, after stagnating in the mid-40s since summer 2014. Steve Greenberg, spokesman for Siena College polling, said 60 percent of New Yorkers now say they have a favorable view of Cuomo, the largest number in two years.

Windstream, the Arkansas-based telecom that has operations in Rochester, has announced that it has completed its merger with EarthLink.  The combined company will retain the Windstream name.

Windstream President & CEO Tony Thomas says the deal will improve the company’s competitiveness while increasing free cash flow and reducing leverage.

Windstream also announced it now expects to achieve more than $150 million in synergies within three years, which is an increase of $25 million over its initial estimates.

Randy Gorbman reports on JCPenney's and Macy's announcement that they'll be closing stores and whether any Rochester-area stores will be shutting their doors. Then, a profile of Sarah Knight from Roc Girl Gang and how her site is highlighting women entrepreneurs.

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

Rochester Public Library

Mayor Lovely Warren announced Monday that the Rochester Public Library was named one of 10 Top Innovators during the 2016 Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum Awards Ceremony.

The event took place last fall in Kansas City, when the Library was selected from nearly 300 submissions in 10 categories that show the value and impact of public library service. 


The University of Rochester has released information about tuition for the upcoming school year.

Tuition for undergraduates will increase 3.7 percent to just over $51,000 for the 2017-18 academic year. Room and board will rise 3.4  percent to $15,324.

Tuition for the Eastman School of Music will also increase 3.7 percent to $51,440.

The U of R also announced that financial aid for undergrads will increase more than four percent next year to about $138 million overall.

Tuition rates are also rising at some of the university’s professional schools:

First hour: Understanding our electric grid

Second hour: Brian Alexander, author of Glass House

TWC News

Rochester Police have charged a 16 year old with attempted murder after he allegedly fired a shot from a handgun at one of their officers.

The bullet missed the officer, Kelly Phillips, and she was not injured.

It happened at about 1:40pm on Sunday on the west side. Authorities say that Phillips, a 16-year veteran of the RPD, saw someone matching the description of a suspect in a report about shots being fired near Santee Street.

Randy Gorbman

Hundreds of people watched the Academy Awards in style Sunday night in Rochester, while also helping out a good cause.

This was the second year in a row the Kodak Center for the Performing Arts, which used to be known as Theater on the Ridge, has hosted a gala to benefit a local charity. Last year it was the American Heart Association, this year it was the United Way of Greater Rochester.