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Heritage extended

Regional cooperation and planning are essential for the canal system to be an economic benefit well into the future.

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Flawed business plan sank fast ferry

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A decade ago, the Lake Ontario fast ferry was launched amid high hopes and broad public support, only to run aground after two money-losing seasons. Nearly three-quarters of this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll respondents say it failed because of a fatally flawed business plan.

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The fracking decision

Without change, the natural gas industry will reasonably conclude that New York is an inhospitable place to try to do business.

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Majority backs creation of BID downtown

The Rochester Downtown Development Corp. is leading an effort to establish a business improvement district in downtown Rochester, and 63 percent of RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll respondents support it.

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Snap Poll: Views mixed on RGHS-Unity merger

Pluralities of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll say the merger of Rochester General Health System and Unity Health System is likely to improve the quality of health care locally but have a negative impact on costs.

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The truth about GM

GM chief executive Mary Barra still has much to prove, but her statement that she is “not afraid of the truth” is a positive sign.

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Emergence of a new health insurance model

“Change brings opportunity.” —Nido Qubein While many parties in the health care industry are dealing with the complexities of implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a new health insurance opportunity is gaining traction among both employers and employees. ...

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Most favor legalizing medical marijuana

More than 80 percent of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll say New York should allow seriously ill patients to use marijuana for medical purposes.

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How we rate

A recent survey offers a different perspective on the factors that determine small-business friendliness.

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