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A partnership between Kodak and a Texas-based company called UniPixel is ending.

UniPixel made the announcement this week that it is ending its manufacturing effort with Kodak at the Eastman Business Park to work on touchscreen technology.

In a financial filing, UniPixel said it determined that the risks required to achieve a viable business model in a reasonable time frame were too great, particularly under an agreement where the two companies were going to share the profits.

Democrats in the State Senate are attempting to close a loophole in the state’s campaign finance laws, while a new poll finds New Yorkers want lawmakers to take more steps to quell corruption.

There's a big merger in the works involving a local telecom company.

Fibertech Networks, a Brighton-based company which provides fiber optic network services throughout parts of the Eastern and Central U.S., is merging with Massachusetts based Lightower Fiber Networks.  The deal is valued at $1.9 billion.

Fibertech has around 340 employees in total, with about 220 of those in the Rochester area. The company's CEO and co-founder John Purcell says even after the deal is completed, current employees will stay on board with the possibility of growing that workforce.

Bicycling as a vehicle for new economic development. How can it work? We'll learn the story of Wenzday Jane, who heads an urban movement to replace trucks with cargo bicycles for local delivery, municipal waste-hauling for the city of Cambridge, and agricultural distribution. She’s creating a more sustainable future by helping others discover the power of the pedal. Her story is told in a film that will run Monday night at the Little Theatre. First, she's on Connections with a panel talking about the film, and how Rochester can adopt her model. Our guests:

The League of Women Voters is hosting a  public forum on the Affordable Care Act Monday night, but first, the panelists join us in studio to talk about all things ACA.

  • Sarah Liebschutz, Professor Emerita, SUNY Brockport, and LWV-RMA member
  • Bryan Hetherington, Empire Justice Center
  • Kim Wynn, Coordinated Care Services
  • Christine Wagner, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center

Governor Cuomo has announced additional companies that will be joining the START-UP NY program. START-UP NY creates tax-free zones at colleges and universities for businesses that start, expand or move to New York. 

Cuomo says the 17 companies will create 343 jobs and join 93 businesses that already participate in the program.

Among the companies in the Rochester area that will take part in this latest phase of the program are three at the University of Rochester that will create a total of 59 jobs. All three are software companies.

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In her opening statements, District Attorney Sandra Doorley called the gun shot that killed Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson last September, "knowing, purposeful, and deliberate."

Doorley says Officer Pierson, a member of the tactical unit of the RPD, was simply doing his job when he went in search of a man matching the description of Thomas Johnson III, the defendant.

"Officer Pierson died while he was in uniform, while performing the official duties of the Rochester Police Department."

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Andrew Cuomo says he wants to serve as New York's governor for ``as long as the people will have me.'' 

Cuomo began his second term in January and already there is speculation about who might seek the job if the Democratic governor decides not to run again, with potential candidates including Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. 

Cuomo expressed interest in a possible third term on Monday, telling reporters that ``there is nothing else'' that he would rather do than to continue to serve as governor. 

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A new Siena College poll finds that half of New Yorkers support a growing movement for parents to opt their children out of state standardized tests. As many as 20% boycotted the third through eighth grade math and English exams given earlier in April.

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