ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York's state comptroller says the securities industry in New York City tallied $11.3 billion in profits during the first half of 2015, higher than in the past three years, while also adding jobs last year for the first time since 2011. 

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says his analysis shows that despite current market volatility, Wall Street may be positioned for a good year overall. 

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The new Port of Rochester is expected to open next year.

The site doesn't look like much of a marina yet. It still a huge pit in the ground, surrounded by machines and orange cones, but Mayor Lovely Warren says the project is nearly complete.

"In a few days we will begin to fill the marina with water. The marina will be open for business next year. And we have already began taking reservations for the boater slips."

Warren thanked the city partners and trade unions who helped develop the project, which includes dock space and a boater service facility.

In what is being called "part of a long-term leadership strategy," Tops Markets has named John Persons as president and chief operating officer. Frank Curci will continue to serve as CEO and board chairman.

Persons has been with Tops for more than 30 years, most recently serving as an executive vice president. He has also been a board director of the company since 2013, and was part of the management team, led by Curci, which bought out Tops from its previous owner.

In his new role, Persons will oversee all store operations in Tops' three-state geographic footprint.

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The leading braille authority in the country has voted to adopt a new braille code, the first change to braille in the US in decades, but the New York State Education department has yet to develop a plan to implement it. As a result, instructors are bearing the brunt of the responsibility to teach their blind students.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The state attorney general says more than 1 million New Yorkers who are T-Mobile wireless customers may have had personal data exposed in the recent breach at the Experian credit reporting agency, suggesting steps to protect against identity theft. 

According to the attorney general's office, data was used by T-Mobile in credit checks of applicants for its services from Sept. 1, 2013 through Sept. 16, 2015. 

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The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting death of a man in the Town of Ontario.

Deputies tell Time Warner Cable News they received a 911 call around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning reporting a home invasion on Ontario Center Road.

When deputies arrived they said they found 34-year-old Brett Brookover of Ontario shot dead in the driveway. They said he had been shot multiple times.

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Hillary, Donald, Bernie, Carly and the list goes on. They’re the names we cannot seem to get enough of as we brace ourselves for what has already proven to be an interesting run for President in 2016. But what about 2015? While voter turnout was quite low in this year’s primary election in Monroe County, there are some races voters should be watching. What are they and how do the results of the general election really impact residents of the Rochester region? Sarah Burns, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science at RIT, joins host Hélène Biandudi Hofer for this segment of Need to Know.

The George Eastman 'House' has a new name. It is now the George Eastman 'Museum.'

“The three-part mission of the George Eastman Museum remains leadership in the fields of photography and cinema; preservation and development of our collections, including the historic mansion and gardens; and service to our communities, in Rochester and beyond,” said museum director Bruce Barnes, “Our new name better conveys our institution’s core identity as a dynamic museum with world-class collections in the fields of photography and cinema.”