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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  A $610 million research and manufacturing hub dedicated to the science of photonics _ the use of light in technology _ will be developed in western New York, federal and state officials said Monday, which could mean thousands of jobs for the region. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon's role is expanding to include overseeing the NHL's Buffalo Sabres as part of a front-office restructuring under Terry and Kim Pegula, who own both teams.

Brandon will assume the duties of Sabres president Ted Black who has reached a mutual agreement to part ways with the franchise, the team announced Monday.

Innovation lives here. That’s a tagline for Kodak’s Eastman Business Park. The company is on the road to reinvention as it transitions away from its traditional revenue stream – film manufacturing. As we learn on this edition of Need to Know, the technology center and industrial complex is taking on a new role, new partnerships, and eventually, new leadership.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there’s the equivalent of one bottle of prescription painkillers for every adult American. Meanwhile, 46 people a day die from an overdose of those same painkillers. That’s why New York State is trying to curb the problem of over prescribing.

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is marking the 25th anniversary of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

Cuomo on Sunday signed two pieces of legislation that strengthen state protections for people with disabilities. He also signed a proclamation recognizing the anniversary of the federal act.


Proponents of the optics and photonics institute that Vice President Joe Biden will formally announce during a visit to Rochester Monday have been working for years to achieve this result.

They can be forgiven then, if they sometimes get into the weeds when it comes to explaining what optics and photonics are all about. So here's a quick elevator speech to help.

Optic and photonics technologies drive computer and smartphone displays and are used in virtually every sector including medical research, engineering, aerospace and the automotive industry.

(Watch the great video explainer after the jump.)

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Vice President Joe Biden visits the Greece Canal Ponds Business Park for a speech on Monday morning.

It's for one of this area's most eagerly anticipated announcements in years and the Congresswoman who was key in  moving the project along believes it will help lead to an economic transformation in the Rochester area.

Have you been on an airplane lately? Have you noticed how some people will dress for air travel? People used to dress up for air travel, but the unwritten rules have relaxed. A lot. So if you want to make an impression, how do you dress for air travel? We asked our resident stylist, Helene Biandudi Hofer, host of WXXI's Need To Know and owner of JournaStyle how and why we should dress for air travel.

Stigma around seeking treatment for mental health problems is a bigger barrier in communities of color. That's according to MaJose Carrasco the director of the Multicultural Action Center at the National Alliance on Mental Illness--or NAMI.

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Representatives from NAMI say they’re fighting isolation many people living with mental illness experience.

Two Charged With Murder At Motel

Jul 26, 2015
Murder and robbery suspects Donovan Zuhlke and Jessica Soble outside Gates Town Court.
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Two people have been arrested and charged with murder and robbery after Gates police say they lured a man to the Motel 6 on Buell Road in that town, and killed him during a robbery.

Gates Police Chief James Vanbrederode says detectives arrested Donovan Zuhlke and Jessica Solbe on Saturday.  Solbe was found in the Oswego area, Zuhlke was arrested Saturday morning at a home on Denver Street in Rochester.