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From Business Today: A local Ford plant could get a major boost if a tentative deal goes through with the United Auto Workers. Ford Motor Co.'s Buffalo Stamping Plant in Hamburg could get a $136 million infusion and add 400 new jobs if the tentative pact it has with the UAW goes through. Another 120 laid-off workers could also be called back to the job. Under the agr…

Here is today's MoneySmart tip of the day: It is less expensive to have your computer's ink cartridges refilled than it is to have them replaced. ---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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From Business Today:The U.S. Senate is getting serious about Chinese currency manipulation. A measure that would make it easier for the U.S. to place tariffs on imports form China if it is determined the Chinese currency is "misaligned," passed a procedural vote and is certain to  pass later this week. The House may or may not take it up. However, the passag…

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From Business Today:The Buffalo Niagara region has a second medical corridor that has grown  up around the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst. The area includes dozens of doctors' offices and giant medical practices that have built small private hospitals that can handle outpatient surgeries and complex diagnostics. The concentration of medical of…

Sometimes a reporter has more information in his notebook than he is able to fit into an article for the paper, so it's nice to have a blog to amplify our original coverage. This week, we ran an article about Uniland Development Co.'s Eastport Commerce Center in Lancaster, a site that has sat vacant for eight years despite the company's $7 million investment…

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From Business Today: Tops Friendly Markets gets to keep three of the seven Penn Traffic stores the FTC originally told it to sell. Neither Tops nor an appointed trustee, the Food Partners, was able to find a buyer for P&C stores in Lockport, Sayre, Pa. or Ithaca. Tops will keep the Lockport and Pennsylvania stores open under the Tops banner and close the Ithaca locati…

Here is today's MoneySmart tip of the day:   When folding sheets, tuck the set into one of its corresponding pillow cases. Store them organized by the size of bed each fits. It will save time later, and time is money!   ---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Here is today's MoneySmart tip of the day:   When checking into a hotel you've reserved, do a quick online price search on your phone for the same hotel. If the price is lower, show them your phone and politely ask for that price.   ---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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From Business Today: Low- and moderate-income Seniors in New York State will be noticing changes in their prescription drug coverage beginning Jan. 1. The state is making changes to its Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage program in response to the budget crisis. The EPIC program will now only pay for Medicare Part D co-payments that are charged after a recipient�…

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From Business Today:The New York Power Authority made it official Tuesday: there will be no wind farms built in Lake Erie just offshore in Erie and Chautauqua counties. As The News previously reported, NYPA bailed out on the project due to the costs. Electricity is just too cheap now with the gold rush of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region. NYPA said it will cons…

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From Business Today: A local company is joining forces with a Russian investment fund to develop cancer-treatment and other drugs. Cleveland BioLabs and Rusnano, a $10 billion fund owned by the Russian government, will work on developing five drugs that are in the preclinical stage. The venture, called Panacela Labs, could require up to $26 million in funding ov…

Here is today's MoneySmart tip of the day:   Protect your private information by using strong computer passwords. Use a mixture of numbers, characters and capital and lower-case letters. Did you know the most commonly used password is "password"? Identity thieves and hackers do.   ---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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From Business Today: Who is buying the modern mansions being built in Clarence, Orchard Park and elsewhere in Western New York? The News takes a look at the region's surprisingly robust luxury housing market. Experts say it's important to have upscale housing available if the region wants to attract the best and brightest talent.   The priciest real estate…

Here are links from the MoneySmart story on college discounts: HP Academy: Click here. Dell University: Click here. Amazon Student: Click here.        

Here is today's MoneySmart tip of the day: Rub a little petroleum jelly into your wrists before spritzing on perfume and it will last longer. ---Samantha Maziarz Christmann