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As of January, there were 99,200 people waiting for kidney transplants in this country, with a new patient added to the list every 20 minutes.About 14,000 kidney transplants were performed in the United States last year, but 3,381 people died while waiting on the transplant list – 14 people every day.Just in time for Donate Life Month, Julio Jorge Elias, a former Universit…

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OTTAWA, Ont. – Workers at three Toyota assembly plants in Ontario will vote this week on whether to join Canada’s largest union, an effort that could create the carmaker’s only unionized shop in the country and the United States.The union, Unifor, said Monday that it had applied to represent workers at the factories in Woodstock and Cambridge, Ont., after signing up “signi…

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DALLAS – Marketing opportunities don’t come any bigger for AT&T Inc. than this year’s Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.The company is a longtime sponsor of the NCAA and one of its few “corporate champions,” the highest level of support. The games are being played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, a quick drive from AT&T headquarters in downtown Dallas.…

AKRON• 17 Kibler Ave., Jo Ann Betzold; Gary M. Betzold to Donald Frey; Candace Frey, $123,000.• 11 Bloomingdale Ave., Carolyn Tooley to Adam Swendsen, $36,000.• 48 John St., Sharon D. Garwol to Shannan Garwol, $7,505.ALDEN• Vacant Land/Crittenden Road, Samuel P. Guida Jr. to Christopher M. Snyder, $100,000.• 1084 Exchange St., Dolores M. Hunt; Lawrence M. Schwegler to Fann…

CAMBRIA• Town Line Road, Michael D. Rhoney; Michael J. Cushman to Rhoney Funeral Home Inc., $5,000.HARTLAND• 3572 Wruck Road, Harry Merrell; Madeline M. Merrell; Christine M. Shafer; James C. Merrell to Suzanne C. Merrell; James C. Merrell, $200,000.• 8402 Chapman Road, Joan L. Mandaville; James L. Mandaville to Randall J. Mandaville; Bonnie L. Mandaville, $85,000.• 2340 C…

LOCKPORT – The Court of Appeals has given the green light to the Town of Lockport Industrial Development Agency’s effort to take land west of the GM Components Holdings plant.The state’s highest court this week threw out General Motors’ appeal of a lower court ruling that allowed the town IDA to take 91 acres through its eminent domain powers for the purpose of enlarging t…

Some recent notable real estate deals in the Buffalo Niagara region:1) Location: 746-796, 750, 800, 820, 880, 890 & 900 Young St. and 100 & 150 Niagara St., City of TonawandaPrice: $22.1 million, in three transactionsBuyer: Cofinance Inc., through TG-CoTops Youngmann NY LLCSeller: Cole Real Estate Investments and Cofinance Group SA of France, through Cole/CoTops Youngmann …

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The New York Power Authority board of trustees has awarded a $19 million contract to a local electrical contractor for ongoing upgrades to its Lewiston Pump-Generating Plant.Ferguson Electric, a Buffalo company, won a seven-year contract to upgrade 12 turbine pump units at the plant at the upper retention lake above the larger power station. The company has worked at the s…

WASHINGTON – General Motors Co. was told by a U.S. judge to provide more explanation for why she shouldn’t force it to tell drivers of 2.59 million recalled small cars to “park it” until faulty ignition switches are fixed.U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, at the end of a hearing Friday in Corpus Christi, Texas, gave the lawyers for GM until April 9 to submit writte…

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Tia Smith clutched her new phone in one hand and a phone case in the other as she shopped at a Best Buy in West Hollywood, Calif.She clicked away into her smartphone’s tiny screen and searched for the case in other nearby stores.“I’m trying to buy this Otter phone case for my new phone,” she said. “But I’m trying to see if Target or Walmart has it for cheaper so they can h…

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Television is America’s great guilty pleasure. We realize that we watch too much of it, and we think we pay more for it than we should. But we get a lot of enjoyment watching a movie or playoff game with family and friends, so most of us will keep on doing it. Consumer Reports offers these ways to save money:For free TV, cut the cordDoes opening your bill for cable or sate…

April showers bring May flowers along with a good excuse to hit the mall.April is a non-gift-giving month, which means it is a really good time to buy gifts, specifically for Mother’s Day and graduation, says consumer expert Mark Di Vincenzo.Look for deals on cookware for the college graduate moving into his or her own place. April is also a good time to buy jewelry. “Smar…

You may not believe it, but there really are government forces trying to help you become better informed about your workplace retirement plan.I wonder if their efforts are in vain.The Department of Labor is moving ahead with a proposal for transparency, opening a 90-day comment period to collect opinions on a proposed guide to help employers find fee information in disclos…

Bankruptcy filings continued their regional slide in March.The number of cases filed in Buffalo and Rochester dropped 14 percent from a year ago, to 486, according to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Western District. While the region continues to see significant year-over-year decreases in filings, the March total rose by 151 cases from February. The March total was the highes…

The Buffalo Billion is getting ready to take off.More than two years after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo launched his signature economic development initiative for the Buffalo Niagara region, work is likely to begin on some of the high-profile projects as summer approaches.And with funding for the Buffalo Billion’s remaining $680 million included in the state budget that was approv…