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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

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,…

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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…

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 …

From Business Today: Local banks are recruiting employees. M&T Bank is looking to fill 285 positions, including auditors, clerks, credit and fraud analysts, tellers, administrative assistants, managers, supervisors, salespeople, loan originators and telephone representatives. Salaries range from the high $20,000s to more than $100,000. You can apply here. First Niaga…

From Business Today: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has approved an "interim final rule." It requires the most complex FDIC-insured banks with at least $50 billion in assets to submit backup plans to federal regulators, outlining a plan of action for closing down its operations should it fail financially. The idea is to minimize losses and avoid repeat…

Industrial Development Agency meetings can be staid affairs, conducted with little disagreement and plenty of unanimous votes. That wasn't the case at this morning's meeting of the Lancaster IDA board, however, where for a while it seemed like the audience was watching ESPN's Pardon the Interruption or the old Crossfire show on CNN. The debate broke out as m…

Here is today's MoneySmart tip of the day:   Pack light! With most airlines charging an arm and a leg for checked luggage, you can't afford to go overboard.   ---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

From Business Today: Calspan Corp. has landed a huge contract with the Department of Transportation. The $40 million, five-year contract was awarded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to continue researching motor vehicle crashes. Calspan operates the NHTSA's National Automotive Sampling System Zone Center 1, encompassing the Eastern United States.…

From Business Today: The new expanded Sunday business section made its debut this week with a profile of Moog, a growing aerospace company in Elma; a Q&A with Kimberley Minkel, executive director of the NFTA; a talk with Holt Vaughan, founder of California Road Studios, a Hollywood-level sound and video studio in Orchard Park; and a preview of the rate …