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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins and his aides have said time and again in recent years that it’s not a conflict of interest for him to work on legislation affecting drug companies because the Australian biotech firm he’s intimately tied to didn’t have any business before federal regulators. But last week, that company – which counts the Clarence Republican as it…

Canterbury Woods has completed a $2.3 million renovation and expansion of its Amherst campus that includes a refurbished swimming pool, a fitness center and an environmentally friendly green roof. The senior community, sponsored by the Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates, unveiled its new suburban wellness and fitness center this week – the latest physical expansio…

A new biotechnology developed at the University at Buffalo shows promise in helping to treat autoimmune diseases, and the State University of New York is investing $50,000 for more study of its effectiveness in gene therapy. Sathy V. Balu-Iyer, UB professor of pharmaceutical science, has invented a nanoparticle that can be used in conjunction with biologic drugs that of…

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has completed the first phase of a $25 million renovation of its pre-clinical simulation center and patient clinics. This is the school’s first major renovation in more than 30 years with a goal of significantly upgrading Squire Hall on the South Campus as an educational and clinical treatment facility. The new si…

The Buffalo Common Council stepped back, so to speak, on a proposal to expand a Dash's Market on Hertel Avenue. Council members sent Dash’s application back to its Legislation Committee after owner Joe Dash decided recently not to pursue a controversial change to the city’s zoning plan – known as the Green Code – to accommodate its plans for a larger Hertel Aven…

A program to get more people to take public transit to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus drew 98 campus workers from member institutions that took advantage of a one-week free trial in May, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. said. The campus organization and public transportation officials partnered to offer the free trial to entice people to consider alternative …

Construction on the 12-story John R. Oishei Children's Hospital is nearing the home stretch. Work by Turner Construction Co. on the 183-bed hospital in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is expected to be done by late summer. "We expect construction to be wrapped up by the end of August, with training and orientation of employees in September and October…

After being closed for nearly two months, the ALDI store on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda has reopened for business. The store had been closed for remodeling since May 1. The $1.85 million overhaul was aimed at giving the store a more modern, convenient design. Improvements include more open ceilings and natural lighting as well as beefed-up produce, dairy …

The public is invited to offer input on what kinds of development they'd like to see take place along the existing Metro Rail line in Buffalo and along the proposed expansion into the Northtowns at a workshop Wednesday on the University at Buffalo South Campus. The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority…

A new Dollar General store has opened at the corner of South Transit and Dunnigan roads in Pendleton. The "soft opening" occurred last week, and the formal grand opening ceremony is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday. The first 50 adult shoppers that morning will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card, and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag contain…

Court documents that have been kept secret in the legal fight between law partners Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes will soon be unsealed, State Supreme Court Judge Deborah A. Chimes stated Monday afternoon. Ruling on a request made by The Buffalo News, the New York Daily News and the New York Post, Chimes said she now agrees that the complaint filed last month…

Another former First Niagara Bank branch is off the market. Financial Trust Federal Credit Union paid $525,000 for an ex-First Niagara branch at 6520 Webster Road in Orchard Park, near the intersection with North Buffalo Road, according to county records. It was among 22 First Niagara and KeyBank branches in Western New York that closed late last year, after Key fi…

Several months after a dispute over payments led to a suspension of activity, workers have resumed cleanup of the former AM&A's Department Store in downtown Buffalo, in preparation for converting the complex into a Wyndham hotel by early next year. The New York City-based owners of the mammoth building brought in a local construction veteran to take over the redevel…

Two different companies have voluntarily recalled chicken products this week. California-based Overhill Farms has recalled 54,630 after learning some customers have found pieces of bone in its chicken bites. The chicken was packaged in Yummy Spoonfuls children's frozen meals as well as organic chicken products sold under the Overhill Farms brand. Maxi Canada, headqua…

Five start-ups will compete for a $20,000 top prize at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the University at Buffalo's Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo, at Hotel Henry in Buffalo. The companies – GapGrid, NanoHydroChem, Rachel's Remedy, HigherMe and WeDidIt – will pitch for five minutes each and have an additional five minutes to answer questions. Also, 16 presenters …