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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Local Democratic U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter says her guest for President Donald Trump's address to Congress will be a Rochester man who benefited from health care reform.

Republicans in control of Congress face pressure to scrap the Affordable Care Act, though finding a way to do it has proved difficult. Trump said Monday that "nobody knew that health care could be so complicated."

There have been several staffers laid off at the Rochester Business Journal.

Publisher Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, who is also publisher of The Daily Record, says that the company that owns the two papers, BridgeTower Media, is restructuring operations and consolidating editorial operations of the RBJ and The Daily Record.

Eight employees have been affected by the changes. Fisher-Huettner says that editorial operations of the two papers will be led by Ben Jacobs, the current editor of The Daily Record.

Reason

First hour: Exploring the lack of ideological diversity on college campuses

Second hour: Previewing the March for Education Justice

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Details have been released about what to do with a controversial wooden panel that was removed last year from the Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park.

The panel has been criticized as being an example of  racist art, sometimes called pickaninny art, that used to be part of the carousel. It depicts African American children with exaggerated features.

The Rochester Museum and Science Center has developed a multi-media display around the panel, explaining how it came to be developed and why it’s offensive.

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. 

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