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   A look at the latest unemployment statistics from the New York Labor Department, showing record high numbers for the state and the Buffalo-Niagara region, discloses at least one dog that didn't bark. It's in the article Jobless rate rises to 8.9% in June from this morning's Buffalo News Business Today section.  …

Judging by the heavy turnout at Wednesday's conference on wind power manufacturing, hosted by Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, there's a lot of interest from the business community in tapping into that sector. Experts at the meeting said Buffalo Niagara has a lot of the resources that would be a good fit wind power-related manufacturing, but they note o…

   More interesting stuff from The Buffalo News Business Today section: - A hot month for home sales in June    According to the latest figures from the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors, 1,169 homes sold last month, up 1 percent from 1,152 in June 2008. That’s the highest closed sales level for June in more than 15 years, and the high…

My contribution to today's Business Today section:- Health insurance vanishing for families    When it comes to losing their family health insurance coverage, New Yorkers haven’t had it as bad as those in some other large states. But the authors of a new study believe it’s only going to get worse for everyone if Congress doesn’t act soon. O…

   Clearly, whoever it was who thought up the Independent Health Association's ad campaign -- You Deserve the RedShirt Treatment -- was not a Trekkie. Anyone who is would not be surprised by the lead story in today's Buffalo News Business Today section.- Independent Health cuts 50 jobs    Independent Health Association said…

   From the Business Today section of today's Buffalo News: - Allstate study ranks Buffalo as less safe for accidents   Drivers in Buffalo are more likely to experience an accident than in other cities of upstate New York or other parts of the country on average, though not as much so as in New York City or Yonkers, according to a new study by ins…

   If you are reading this at work, then you work for one of the employers that sees the value of allowing their workers to have full access to the Internet. Or it doesn't have the resources to stop you.   In today's Business Today section, the story Young workers pushing bosses for more Web access&…

   The Business Today section of today's Buffalo News leads off with a story about how two of the nation's biggest banks are making an end run around the new law governing credit card charges by introducing variable rates on more of their cards.- Some credit card issuers say goodbye to fixed rates   Two of the biggest issuers in the nation —…

Guest blogger Nikki Murray is getting ready to celebrate her third wedding anniversary this September. And though she's an old married pro by now, the money-saving strategies she employed on her wedding day can still be helpful to those tying the knot today. She writes from her home in Clarence.   Getting married can be one of the most exciting times in…

General Motors has completed its trip through bankruptcy far faster than experts expected. Did its bankruptcy status deter you from buying a GM vehicle? What do you think its prospects are now as a new company with fewer brands? -- Matt Glynn

Beginning Monday July 13, McDonald's will give away free iced or hot mocha coffee drinks from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday. The promotion ends August 3. The free drinks come in smaller sizes than the standard 12 oz. small. Iced mochas will come in a 7-ounce cup, hot mochas will come in an 8-ounce cup. ---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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The Seneca Nation of Indians has come a long way in generating revenue since it began operating a campground and bowling alley in the 1970's. Today it operates three casinos in Western New York. Now, the nation is planning to invest $28 million over the next five years in a holding company that will invest in and buy other companies. The goal is to diversify the …

In her column today, our Discount Diva Samantha writes about some of the money-saving Web sites out there that do all the bargain hunting for you. She mentions BOGOfetcher.com and ShopItToMe.com. One useful Web site I found is alice.com, which finds good deals on everyday household items such as deodorant, laundry soap and more. The service even includes fre…