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A Bright idea, back to work at GM, unemployment struggles and carhauler controversy

From Business Today:

A group of organizations that promotes entrepreneurship is broadening its mission under a new name. Bright Buffalo Niagara is the new identity for efforts that used to put on events such as the Explore Buffalo Niagara Investor and Entrepreneur High-Tech Forum. Bright will try to expand its scope to include Southern Ontario. Two workshops are planned for May 4, ahead of the Bright Forum on June 9, where entrepreneurs can present ideas to investors.

Fifty-nine workers at General Motors' Town of Tonawanda engine plant are back at work today, following a one-week layoff spurred by events in Japan. The workers were put on layoff a week ago after a GM Gmengine truck assembly plant in Louisiana was temporarily shut down; the Louisiana plant was facing a shortage of parts supplied from Japan. Some of the Tonawanda plant's engines are shipped to that facility.

The number of recent college graduates who can't find work, or who can find only part-time retail or restaurant jobs that don't require an education, grew by more than 70 percent over the last two years. The trend highlights the struggles many of them are having to find a job that suits their qualifications at a time when unemployment remains high.

Carhauler Allied Systems Holdings is at odds with General Motors and Chrysler over vehicles Allied has at its facilities. GM in a lawsuit claims Allied is holding about 2,000 of its vehicles "hostage." Chrysler is Gmhq suing to get back its vehicles, as well. Allied has a location in West Seneca, but none of the cars involved in the dispute are parked there. Separate court hearings are set for this week.

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