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From Business Today: Right about now, recent college graduates are staring down a mountain of debt and looking at years of student loan payments. In today's MoneySmart section, experts explain why it's important to make payments on time and offer tips on how to start making payments without digging yourself further into the hole.   A former French exchange…

Here's a coupon for $1.00 off $5.00 worth of produce at Wegmans, brought to our attention by a reader named Barbara.

Joe Rosen of Dunkirk saves the plastic hanging baskets his flowers come in. He drills a hole in the bottom, adds soil and a tomato plant and has something very similar to the Topsy Turvy planter advertised on television.

From Business Today: Protesters hit the streets Wednesday to tell National Fuel it didn't like the way it was using their money. Ratepayers said the company uses too much of its $10.04 million Conservation Incentive Program funds to buy advertising. If the company were really concerned about conservation, protesters said, it should put more of that…

From Business Today: After a rash of devastating Fourth of July fires, a Western New Yorker's invention seems especially sound. Al Shaw, president of Butterfly Safety Products, invented the Butterfly Smoke Seal. Made of high-temperature cloth, it is made to slip beneath a door to keep smoke and poisonous gases out. The barrier is meant to buy time in the case someone…

Consumer Reports is offering a free guide to understanding recent changes in Medicare. For a free copy, call 1-855-CR-GUIDE or visit ConsumerReportsHealth.org.

From Business Today:Lots of good stories over the weekend...Restaurant owners are still complaining about heavy-handed auditors from the state Department of Taxation and Finance. They say the auditors are on a mission to increase tax revenues, and to do so they make outrageous claims when a business owner does not have antiquated paper receipts. Many businesses …

From Business Today: A Buffalo candy company has merged with a Virginia-based confectioner. Tzetzo Brothers on Military Road and Wythe Will Distributing announced Wednesday they would join forces and share leadership. Both companies make branded and private label candy. The Virginia company is known for its Lindt chocolate and Jelly Belly jellybeans. Together, as Wythe Wi…

From Business Today: Financial aftershocks of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami are still being felt in Western New York. This time, it's showing up in car sales. Overall new car sales in the region were down slightly in the region last month, partly because a lack of inventory on some Japanese car models decreased sales. American companies are focusing more o…

From Business Today:Thinking about taking the kids to an area amusement park? The parks have a variety of specials,from online ticket coupons to special evenings prices. It pays to check them out.Sometimes it takes an outsider's perspective to point out the best things about our region. A family from New Jersey who has been lured to Western New York has plenty of…