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There’s plenty to love about Western New York winters, including the following health, fitness and family related special events and outdoor venues for residents and visitors alike. SPECIAL EVENTS CROSS COUNTRY SKIING Urban Cross-County Ski Night: 7:45 p.m. Thursdays when snow in the city from Campus WheelWorks, 744 Elmwood Ave.. For more info, visit campuswheelwo…

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Northtown Toyota received a green light Thursday from Amherst's Planning Board for its plan to expand a service building and update its facade in 2018. The board voted, 4-0, to approve the site plan filed by Northtown Automotive Cos. Northtown would reconfigure the floor plan in the service drive building at 1135 Millersport Highway and add 5,350 square feet of space…

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Many M&T Bank employees will see more money in their paychecks, a boost the bank attributes to the federal tax overhaul. M&T is joining companies including Walmart and Apple in raising wages or handing out bonuses to employees, citing the tax legislation as the driving force. But to some observers, a tight labor market is the real motivator for employers' genero…

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Walmart will host free health screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at all its Western New York stores in observance of the retailer's first Walmart Wellness Day event. Free screening types will include: Blood glucose Blood pressure Body mass index There will also be: Low-cost immunizations A virtual-reality smoking cessation exercise Free …

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The Buffalo Niagara job market turned ice cold in December, shedding more jobs than it has in any month in nearly eight years, according to state Labor Department data released Thursday. The December job data showed that the Buffalo Niagara region lost 4,600 jobs during December – a 0.8 percent decline over the past 12 months that is the steepest year-over-year decline …

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M&T Bank contributed $44 million to the M&T Bank Charitable Foundation in the fourth quarter in honor of its late chairman and CEO, Robert G. Wilmers. M&T contributed a total of $50 million to the foundation in 2017, the highest annual amount in the bank's history, said Darren J. King, M&T's chief financial officer. King said the contributions would "car…

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KeyCorp doesn't expect to any incur more expenses related to its acquisition of First Niagara Financial Group, said Beth Mooney, Key's chairman and CEO, as the bank released its quarterly earnings. Key recorded $56 million in expenses in the fourth quarter related to the 2016 deal. The Cleveland-based bank racked up a total of $697 million in expenses related to the Fir…

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Delaware North Cos. will acquire Mardi Gras Casino & Resort near Charleston in West Virginia. Mardi Gras has table games, slot machines, live greyhound racing, off-track betting for greyhound and horse racing, as well as restaurants and a hotel. The move will beef up the Buffalo-based hospitality and food company's gaming portfolio, which includes properties in New …

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The Whole Foods store in Amherst seems to be avoiding rampant out-of-stock issues that are affecting stores elsewhere in the country. Shelves at the Sheridan Drive store were stocked to normal levels Thursday morning and employees said the store hasn't experienced any inventory disruptions out of the ordinary for the winter growing season. There were some product holes,…

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Amazon's second headquarters isn't coming to Buffalo. The online retailer on Thursday narrowed its list of potential sites for its highly sought second headquarters to 20 cities in the United States and Canada. Buffalo isn't on it, and neither is Rochester, which teamed up to submit a joint bid for the project, with the encouragement and support of the state. Toronto…

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Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa will give his first state of the town address at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce's annual luncheon on Friday, Jan. 26. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Classics V restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. In addition to the address by Kulpa, who took office this month, the event includes the installation of …

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M&T Bank workers will be getting a pay raise. The Buffalo-based bank said it will increase wages for all of its hourly workers and boost the starting pay to $14 to $16 an hour, depending on which market they work in. M&T said the program to increase hourly wages will cost about $25 million once it is fully implemented. M&T said it is "making these inve…

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Wegmans and Publix are America's favorite grocery stores, according to a survey of 12,774 shoppers conducted by Market Force Information, a retail consulting firm. It's Wegmans' second year at the top. Trader Joe's had held the lead for several years until being bested by Wegmans in 2016. The Rochester-based Wegmans and Florida-based Publix tied for first place with a 7…

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Calspan Corp. for decades has prided itself on its expertise in crash-testing vehicles. But its test facilities were overdue for an upgrade. Calspan would run its tests outdoors, exposed to the weather and perhaps prying eyes from hotel rooms near its Cheektowaga campus. The layout also limited how many tests Calspan could run per year. All of that has changed. Calsp…

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Labatt USA's parent company will swap out CEOs next month as it prepares to change course. Kris Sirchio will step down as CEO of Rochester-based North American Breweries after about four years in the role. Adrián Lachowski, who previously oversaw the company's beer business in Central America, will take his place beginning in February. The change comes as North A…