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National sensor company relocates to Buffalo

Jun 13, 2013
Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

A national software and sensor company has relocated to western New York. Sentient Science moved from Idaho into the historic Butler Mansion in Buffalo to work with the University at Buffalo’s material science program.

Natale Builders

A bill has passed in the Senate that aims to increase the number green homes built in New York State. The bill would give municipalities the power to grant a tax exemption to have a green home built in their locale.

Grain elevator light show expected to boost tourism

May 8, 2013
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation gave the go-ahead, Wednesday to fund a lighting display that it hopes will generate tourist traffic to Buffalo.

Charter School for Applied Technologies.

A new program aims to promote high-tech manufacturing careers in high schools across Western New York.  Dream it, Do it WNY educates high school students that there are more careers available in the area than meets the eye.

Report: Farm run-off polluting Lake Erie

Apr 30, 2013
WBFO News file photo

A new report called ‘Taken By Storm’ released by the National Wildlife Foundation is highlighting the issue of excessive fertilizer runoff into Lake Erie. The resulting algal blooms can seriously impact the health of those who rely on its water.

WBFO News file photo

Empire State Development approved funding for two upstate food and agriculture related measures in their meeting Friday.

Ammonium nitrate storage tightly controlled in NYS

Apr 26, 2013
MGSpiller

The chemical responsible for the death of 14 people and injury of over 200 in West, Texas, is in wide use. Leaving many upstate New Yorkers are wondering how ammonium nitrate is regulated in New York state.

Local runners react to Boston Marathon tragedy

Apr 16, 2013
Photo from video of finish line

Two explosions hit near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday leaving at least three dead and more than 140 injured. Local marathoners say they're shocked to hear the news.

Ashley Hassett / WBFO

He’s spent over 20 years with Buffalo’s employer-funded economic development organization and retires in June. WBFO’s Ashley Hassett sat down with the Partnership’s outgoing President and CEO Andrew Rudnick to put a cap on his tenure there.

Photo from the PUSH Buffalo website

A new program is expected to make some Western New York businesses more energy efficient. The community housing organization PUSH Buffalo is leading an effort that’s also expected to create local jobs.

Photo from GCEDC website

New food processing facilities are popping up across Western New York and they’re generating demand for skilled workers to operate them. Preparations are underway to train more local people for the industry.

New window coating aims to shield sun's rays

Mar 26, 2013
Ashley Hassett / WBFO

It’s a creation expected to reduce the cost of heating and cooling for homes and businesses.  It took five years for University at Buffalo Professor Sarbajit Banerjee and his students to invent a window film that repels heat from the sun.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

As many immigrants and refugees make Buffalo their new home, some are becoming business owners.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley met with an Ethiopian woman, who with the her family,  has opened a brand new restaurant on Allen Street near Franklin.  It features Ethiopian cuisine -- that will be very appealing to those seeking gluten  free foods.

"So what are you preparing?", asked WBFO News.  "Salad," said Iman Gatur.  She was slicing a tomato  inside the kitchen of her family's Gatur's Ethiopian restaurant.