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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…

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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

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

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From Business Today: Buffalo Place's summer concert series at the Buffalo waterfront brought in $1.5 million. That's up 35 percent over what was expected and $405,101 more than its own projections. The success was attributed to its move from Lafayette Square to the Central Wharf and the summer's great weather, as compared to last year's …

Here is today's MoneySmart tip of the day:   Next time your neighbor's kid is selling Entertainment or other coupon books, buy one! They pay for themselves.   ---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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From Business Today:The region's local unemployment rate dropped to a three-year low in August. At 7.3 percent unemployment, the region's rate is far below national jobless rate of 9.1 percent. There were 7,100 more jobs in the region in August than a year earlier. Although the jobless rate remains much higher than when the recession started,…

Here is today's MoneySmart tip of the day:   Sign up for a free account at Ebates.com and earn cash back when you shop online.   ---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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From Business Today: Car sales are up in the region. Local new car sales rose 10 percent last month over August 2010. In fact, August saw the region's second-best totals of the year with sales of 4,919 for the month. Ford had the leading sales, selling 1,106 vehicles. That's up 22 percent from a year ago. Toyota's sales came in second, but were down 32…

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From Business Today:Good stuff from over the weekend.The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is simply taking off. Passenger traffic has soared since the new terminal opened in 1997, and the arrival of several discount airlines has pushed down ticket prices and made the region more attractive for business. It is also the No. 1 U.S. airport used by Canadians, which …