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   Mathophobes beware. Business Today is all about numbers: - Local jobless rate dips to 7.6% as job losses continue - David Robinson/The Buffalo News   The unemployment rate in the Buffalo Niagara region dipped to 7.6 percent in August as students started to head back to school, masking continued weakness in a job market that has lost 900 jobs ove…

   In Business Today, a new owner for a TV station that runs old shows. And a panel of experts lament how far behind the U.S. is in exploiting solar energy. - WNGS-TV bought by local man; to air films - David Robinson/The Buffalo News   WNGS-TV has a new owner and, in a matter of days, will switch from religious programming to showing movies and vi…

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-  Looking for U.S. to step up on solar - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News   ... "The solar market is the fastest-growing market worldwide, bar none," said Ryne P. Raffaelle, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Center for Photovoltaics in Colorado. "For the last half-dozen years, it's grown at about a 40 to 45 percen…

   In Business Today, more statistical evidence that, when it comes to times of economic disaster, Buffalo is a good place to hide: - Region shows resilience in recession - David Robinson/The Buffalo News   The Buffalo Niagara region has been a pretty good place to ride out the Great Recession.   Two new reports on the local and regional …

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   What's new in Business Today: - Lancaster Walmart store to open - Samantha Maziarz Christmann/The Buffalo News Nearly 11 years after it was proposed, the Lancaster Walmart Supercenter on Transit Road will open Wednesday.   The 115,000-square-foot store contains less than half of the 300,000 square feet that the big box retailer origin…

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   The old line about why people rob banks -- Because that's where the money is -- took on a sour taste in the last few years when it turned out that some of the world's biggest banks and financial firms didn't really have much money in their vaults.   It was all being loaned and traded and hedged, to the point that when the cash flo…

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   Highlights of Sunday's Business Today are articles about what was good news, for awhile. - Tough times for Great Lakes shipping - Mary Kunz Goldman/The Buffalo News   Majestic and stately, the American Mariner is like a visitor from another century.   She sat one morning next to the General Mills silos on Buffalo's inner…

   Connecting the dots of Business Today leads one to the conclusion that Buffalo is doing OK economically because of how it was different from the rest of the world, and can do better by plugging into the rest of the world.   Hey. It's a balancing act. Like just about everything else. - Region’s economy better than nation’s - David Robin…

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- Small local companies make strides in international sales - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News   With just 10 employees, Robert Palka's company, Jacobs Ladder, might not seem like an obvious player in international sales.    But Palka's experience reinforces a theme from economists and economic development specialists, that exporting…

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   A nice variety of news in Business Today: - 46% want overdraft protection, survey shows - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News   Nearly half of bank customers said they did or will “opt in” to their bank’s overdraft protection program, according to a new survey by the American Bankers Association.   The study conducted by market …

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   Business Today is mostly about keeping track of people bosses, old, new and former: - HSBC's chairman is leaving to accept government post -  Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News   HSBC Holdings PLC Executive Chairman Stephen K. Green will step down from the company's top post by year's end to accept a position in the g…

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   Over the last few days, Business Today has focused on businesses that are buying new, renovating old and fixing the too-good-to-throw-away: - Change brews at McCullagh - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News   McCullagh Coffee wants to be a fully environmentally sustainable company within a few years. So company executives decided its truck flee…

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   OK. This is why you have to read the entire newspaper, even on Sundays.    Page One Sunday:- Motherlode of gas is fractious pursuit - Jerry Zremski/The Buffalo News   Hydraulic fracturing -- the drilling technique that taps into the vast gas reserves of the Marcellus Shale -- may be banned for now in gas-rich, cash-poor upstate Ne…

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   My long-standing complaint against a certain form of conservative economic thinking, that usually promoted by Wall Street Journal editorial page, is that it considers just about every economic decision people make is a reaction to tax law. I still think that's bogus. But today's big local stories in Business Today would support the WSJ thesis: - Home…

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   Who'd a thunk it? A farm product from gritty old New York is demonstrably more healthy and pristine than one from the supposedly pastoral Midwest.   Of course, if you've been paying attention, you know that agriculture is a big deal in New York State. Or does nobody look out the window as they drive the Thruway between New York City and Buf…