posted on June 21, 2013 07:21
The employment situation appears to be improving slowly in the Western New York region.
The state Department of Labor says the region has added 2,300 jobs over the last year, an increase of less than half of one-percent.
That trails the statewide job growth average of one-percent.
The U.S. House of Representatives votes down the federal farm bill in what some consider an unexpected result.
It came down to a last-minute dispute over work requirements for food-stamp recipients.
Congressman Chris Collins, who represents Genesee County in the House, and is a member of the House Agriculture Committee, calls it an “unfortunate defeat.”
In a prepared statement Collins wrote, “Dysfunction in Washington continues to stand in the way of solving real problems.
State Police are looking to the public for help in locating a missing Niagara County man.
Police say 44-year-old Richard Reid was last seen at his home in Wolcottsville early yesterday morning. Reid's family is concerned for his welfare because he did not report to work as scheduled and has not contacted family.
Anyone with information about Reid's whereabouts is urged to contact State Police in Clarence.
A federal bankruptcy court has approved the sale of two key lines of Kodak business to its pension plan that is underfunded by nearly $3-billion.
The sales of the Kodak document scanning and professional and consumer camera film businesses to the pension plan are subject to court approval.
The pension plan hopes to use profits from these business sectors to pay for retiree benefits.
Kodak will continue to manufacture materials used in camera film, and will continue making film for movie and TV production.