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The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts is planning to increase its presence in Colorado Springs during the next few years.
The group is already involved with grooming new leaders for the boards of directors for local arts organizations, with monthly meetings in the Springs. But that’s just the beginning. Continue Reading Arts group plans to increase community involvement

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Ley uses art to ‘teach by the book’

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Art makes math, English and social studies more fun — so Mary Ley uses it to teach her students at North Middle School. Her efforts won the Unique Project Award from ABE.
Ley’s International Baccalaureate students created a book about cowboys and cowgirls, visiting museums and working ranches to learn about the job of wranglers. They collaborated with a Florida school, whose students learned about rodeo cowboys. The result: a book filled with art that students can keep to show their hard work. Continue Reading Ley uses art to ‘teach by the book’

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It took Angie Grass and 400 students nearly two months to create the artwork for the Academy District 20 50th anniversary gala.
While the work illuminated the gala for its 400 guests, Grass’s efforts won a lasting award: the Unique Project Award from ABE. Continue Reading Grass’ project leads students toward ‘illumination’

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Jacking up the cost of torts

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So what exactly is $865.37 billion? It’s the total annual sales of the U.S. restaurant industry. It’s also the combined annual output of all six New England states. And it equates to $9,827 per U.S. family of four every year.
It’s also how much the Pacific Research Institute says tort litigation costs the country annually. The total is three times higher than any other tort study has reported. Continue Reading Jacking up the cost of torts

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When Wal-Mart speaks, its suppliers listen.
That’s why Unilever now provides the world’s largest retailer with a concentrated detergent in a smaller package. It’s also why more than 2,000 suppliers agreed to reduce their product packaging — helping Wal-Mart reach its goal of reducing packaging by 5 percent by 2013.
Why the emphasis on smaller packages? Cost savings. Continue Reading Wal-Mart pulls suppliers onto sustainability train

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With the date for complying with National Provider Identifier regulations looming May 23, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has developed a contingency plan for health care providers who will not meet the deadline.
Required as part of the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, every health care provider is supposed to have applied for a unique identification number. But many providers have not obtained the required documentation, according to CMS acting administrator Leslie V. Norwalk. Continue Reading CMS allows more time for health care ID numbers

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“If they even theoretically have been deleted, many times, those documents can be recovered. The process has increased the cost of lawsuits substantially. Fully complying with discovery can require an awful lot of digging.”<br>-Mike Goess, Regis University Continue Reading Don’t discover that you haven’t e-archived too late

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Colorado’s economic loss during a severe flu pandemic could be nearly $12 billion.
According to a report by Trust for America’s Health, Colorado’s economy could face a 5.4 percent loss — or $11.7 billion — during a severe flu pandemic. The loss represents the 38th highest percentage loss of the 50 states. Continue Reading Pandemic could cause billion dollar losses in Colo.

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“Last year, we had people from Uzbekistan. And at the going-away reception, they had tears in their eyes. They kept saying they had no idea that America was like this — they considered America to be their friend now. It was a great, dramatic moment.”<br>George Boutin, director, Office for International Trade Continue Reading Colorado Springs expanding its international reach

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Because speed is what you need

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Memorial Health System has started a trend — one that’s picking up steam and changing hospital practices for cardiac care across the nation.
The program, known as Cardiac Alert, has reduced the time that patients with symptoms of a severe heart attack wait to receive treatment. The faster patients are treated, the more likely they are to survive and to recover without complications. Continue Reading Because speed is what you need

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