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Univera Healthcare will refund more than $21,600 in premiums to 29 senior citizens in Western New York who paid too much for supplemental Medicare policies.The Univera customers will receive refund checks that average $745, said Peter Kates, a spokesman for the insurer in Buffalo.The Univera customers are among 497 policyholders of Excellus Health Plan, which owns Univera …

National Grid’s hourly workers across New York – and some management employees – will be getting an extra $750 in their paychecks, along with any unpaid wages they were owed because of payroll glitches that occurred when the utility switched to a new computer system.The payments, which will total more than $4.8 million, are part of a settlement announced Thursday between t…

Two of the region’s prominent public accounting firms will merge on Nov. 1, creating a combined firm that will rank among the six biggest in the Buffalo Niagara region.The Bonadio Group, upstate New York’s largest independent firm, and Gaines Kriner Elliott LLP, Buffalo’s 11th-largest firm, announced their merger Thursday. “Our presence in the Western New York market will …

Baxter International says the suspension of shipments of certain products led to its decision to eliminate 91 positions at its Medina plant.The Illinois-based health care products company said 370 employees will continue to work at the Orleans County facility, said John O’Malley, a Baxter spokesman.Baxter said the layoffs stem from the company’s decision in April to suspen…

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SEATTLE – Amazon.com Inc. on Wednesday unveiled its latest batch of Kindle Fire tablets, offering sharper-than-ever pictures, snappier graphics and an on-demand, on-device tech support feature that has its chief executive particularly giddy.The company is taking pre-orders for three new models, with plenty of variation in hard-drive size and wireless connectivity. At nearl…

Baxter International, a health care products company, is laying off an undisclosed number of employees at its facility in Medina.Details could not be obtained late Wednesday afternoon from representatives at Baxter’s Illinois-based headquarters.James Whipple, chief executive officer of the County of Orleans Industrial Development Agency, said the layoff was “less than 100 …

A U.S.-Canadian environmental conference for local governments will be held here next month and will feature a celebrity keynote speaker and international experts.The 2013 Conference on the Environment: A Bi-National Sustainability Summit will take place Oct. 3-5 in Adam’s Mark Hotel. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday with an address from Gord Downie, lead singer fro…

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Electric car advocates have an important hurdle to overcome to get more drivers to buy the vehicles: expanding the number of recharging stations, so drivers don’t have to worry about running out of juice while away from home.A new effort is taking on that issue, adding more than 80 recharging stations across the state. The stations will be publicly accessible, and, in most…

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The gigantic debt burden left over from the financial crisis has been one of the biggest obstacles to economic recovery. The latest data from the Federal Reserve suggest that U.S. consumers might finally be getting out from under it.The rebound in the household balance sheet comes thanks to a combination of debt relief, prudence and luck.Rising stock prices and a recoverin…

Hires/Promotions/HonorsEmerling Agency named Michael J. Booth an investment adviser representative. Emerling Agency, a partner of the four members of the EMS Group, provides all types of commercial and personal insurance, as well as group benefits and financial services....Eric Mower and Associates promoted Kathryn Mohr to senior project manager. Mohr joined the agency in …

The New York Power Authority on Wednesday granted four megawatts of low-cost hydropower to Alita USA Holdings as part of the incentive package for the Dubai-based company to build a new $102 million steel pipe factory in Buffalo.The allocation of cheap electricity, which had been previously reported, is part of a package of nearly $15 million in incentives that Alita is ge…

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A coalition of environmental groups is asking the state Public Service Commission to release previously withheld details about the costs and projected impact of a proposal to convert a coal-fired power plant in Dunkirk to natural gas.Earthjustice filed a request Tuesday with the commission seeking the public release of unedited versions of a pair of cost analyses completed…

Resurgence Brewing Co. and Beer Garden plans to open next spring at 1250 Niagara St. in Buffalo., complete with indoor and outdoor beer gardens.The business, created by Jeff Ware, plans to renovate the West Side property, which includes 5,000 square feet of indoor space for an indoor beer garden, production space, and room to expand. There is also 3,600 square feet to acco…

H&S Sales, a supplier of fasteners and industrial supplies to manufacturers, has expanded its distribution center on Connecticut Street in Buffalo.The company, in business in Buffalo since 1952, will add 40 percent more warehouse capacity to the former Revco drugstore building it occupies.The company took over space that it had leased out to make room for more inventory. T…

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Graham Corp. has received three orders for surface condensers, worth a total of $7.5 million, from customers in the United States and Saudi Arabia, the Batavia manufacturer said.Two of the orders will be used in chemical and petrochemical plants along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The third is for an oil refinery expansion project in Saudi Arabia. The condensers are expected to shi…