Key Bank's proposed takeover of First Niagara is running into opposition from elected officials. 

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Rep. Brian Higgins said the transaction would greatly reduce competition in metro Buffalo and across upstate New York. They have both sent letters opposing the deal to federal regulators.

Poloncarz said there also would be significant job loss.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)  Federal regulators say nearly $80 billion is needed over the next 20 years to reduce sewage overflows and protect drinking water in the Great Lakes region. 

An organization that lobbies for increased Great Lakes funding says that number comes from a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report on the nation's water infrastructure.

The University of Rochester Medical Center is partnering with a company called Indivumed to establish a tissue bank.

Indivumed is an "integrated oncology company" with "bio-repository expertise." Basically, they're going to help URMC build a giant freezer to store tissue samples collected during tumor removal surgeries from patients at URMC.

WATCH: Growing greener pot in greenhouses

Feb 5, 2016
Dan Boyce

Colorado's booming pot industry is draining the state's electric grid. In Pueblo, one grower is looking to the sun for a solution.

Using greenhouses could cut down on the enormous light fixtures needed to grow marijuana indoors.

Dan Boyce of Inside Energy, a collaborative journalism initiative among public media and an Innovation Trail partner, has more on the green future of pot. 

Federal lawmakers representing New York State say jobs at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station will be better protected, with the U.S. Air Force sending a new mission to the local installation.

Lou Blouin

Pittsburgh's Jana Thompson takes her recycling pretty seriously. She’s even been known to pry the unrecyclable spouts off otherwise recyclable dishwashing detergent bottles. And check out her recycling bin, and those clear plastic salad tubs are stacked as neatly as a set of Russian dolls.

“Well, I do nest,” Thompson says, laughing. “But if you put two of those [in there], and you don’t nest, there’s no room left—even in a big garbage can.”

The message to high school students: there’s a bright future in manufacturing.


Just one minute into the first round of a sparring match at Aquinas Institute, and Michael Robertson has already thrown and ducked dozens of punches. The young boxer has been hit a number of times, too. In the second round, his opponent takes control at times, backing Robertson into a corner and landing continuous jabs. Coach Dominic Arioli stands inside the ring, pacing quickly.   

“Don’t rush, don’t rush.”

“Bend over like this. Get down like this,” says Arioli.

Last week, Xerox announced it will split into two publicly traded companies, one for Document Technology, the other for Business Process Outsourcing.

It expects to accomplish that by the end of the year.

Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns says the company is taking affirmative steps to drive shareholder value, and she says that she is confident "the extensive structural review we conducted over the last few months has produced the right path forward for our company."

In this short video, WXXI's Veronica Volk offers a deeper look into the split:

Paid Family Leave Advances in the Assembly

Feb 3, 2016

The State Assembly approved a one house bill to establish partial paid family leave in New York, as Governor Cuomo signaled he will amend his proposal to provide more money to those who take the leave.

Advocates of paid family leave, who  have been lobbying on the issue for years, say movement on the matter from the Assembly Democrats and Governor Cuomo has given them new hope. Donna Dolan leads a coalition.


U.S. Photonics Hub Coming To Rochester

What does this mean for the economy of the Rochester region?