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 From Sunday's Business Today section: - Value of labor unions depends on reference point - George Pyle/The Buffalo News    New Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers out this month show that New York State continues to lead the nation in the percentage of unionized workers, with 25.2 percent of employed workers paying union dues. Buffalo and other New York…

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   From the Thursday Buffalo News Business Today section: - Sign-up is urged for offshore wind farm - David Robinson/The Buffalo News   It may be at least four or five years before the New York Power Authority's proposal for a major offshore wind farm takes shape, but supporters say it's not too early for local businesses to start g…

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   Some dots that need connecting:    Attempting to counter this:- Consumer confidence falls off sharply - AP/Buffalo News   Americans’ outlook on the economy went into relapse in February. Rising job worries sent a key barometer of confidence to its lowest point in 10 months, raising concerns about the economic recovery.  …

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   From Washington:- Toyota CEO apologizes for recall, accidents - AP/The Buffalo News    Akio Toyoda, scion of the beleaguered Toyota empire, is apologizing Wednesday before a House committee investigating deadly flaws that sparked the recall of 8.5 million cars.   Toyoda, the automaker's 53-year-old chief executive, says …

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Remember that scene in the movie Beetlejuice, where he's siting in the waiting room? He's holding ticket number 9-trillion-and-something, only to look up at a sign that reads, "Now Serving 03." That's how I've felt lately sitting in doctors' offices. I understand doctors now overbook appointments because of rampant no-shows. But I …

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   From The Buffalo News Business Today section: - Brewery aims for production next week - Samantha Maziarz Christmann/The Buffalo News   Things are quiet at Flying Bison Brewing Co., but the brewery is expected to be back up and running under new ownership by Monday.   Shareholders at the homegrown Buffalo brewery voted to accept an offe…

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  No sooner did I give the KC Star credit for being the only one raising the question of whether it is fair for the U.S. government to investigate Toyota while it owns General Motors, than The Atlantic Wire found some others who made the same point.- Does the U.S. Government Have It in for Toyota? - John Hudson/The Atlantic Wire  While most observ…

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    Meanwhile, the feds are closing in.- Toyota apologizes for handling of safety issues - AP/The Buffalo News   The president of Toyota's U.S. operations is apologizing for the company's slow handling of sudden acceleration problems in its vehicles, saying it took too long to confront the issue.   Toyota's James …

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IHOP is once again hosting its National Pancake Day Celebration, giving away one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to every customer from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 23. No purchase is necessary, but IHOP hopes you'll make a donation to Children's Miracle Network or another local charity to return the flavor. I mean favor. Mmm, now I'm h…

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   The Feds are apparently closing in on Toyota: - Toyota faces federal, congressional probe - AP/The Buffalo News   Facing tough questions in Congress, Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday that federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the company's safety problems and the Securities and Exchange Commission was probing what t…

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   Here are some dots that need connecting: - Small businesses still suffering - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News   ... With major banks still licking their wounds after the financial crisis and ensuing recession, small business owners say it's still very hard to get the credit they need, either to meet existing demand or even to grow…

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   Upon still further review, it seems that the news that General Motors is not at all dead -- and is spending $500 million of [sort of] your money* on retooling three plants to make a new, more environmentally friendly, engines for American-made cars -- has provoked a surprising dearth of media coverage.    Wonder what the national coverage would…

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   Maybe it's just because I was there, in the middle of all the celebration.   But it seems that the big story in today's Buffalo News should have received more attention in other parts of the country. We all remember how many front pages blared the news when General Motors was in real danger of going out of business.   Now, with i…

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   Quote from today's Business Today story about the CareerFest jobs fair:    "We are hiring around the country," said FBI Special Agent Ed Needham, a veteran of 21 years in counterterror work who Tuesday took in the role of recruiter. "We're hiring diversity. We're hiring cyber skills. There are very few crimes these days …

    Today's Buffalo News Business Today section includes a report [complete with video] from the CareerFest job fair, sponsored by the Buffalo News' BuffaloJobFinder.com and Yahoo! HotJobs.    With the national unemployment rate at 9.7 percent, and the New York jobless rate at 9 percent, any job fair these da…