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Drive sober in California get a free turkey

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Drivers in Salinas, Calif. who choose not to imbibe before driving during the Thanksgiving holiday will reportedly get a free turkey. The Salinas Police Department is scheduled to give away up to 300 turkeys to motorists who pass the sobriety test at an undisclosed DUI checkpoint. Drives who do not pass the sobriety test, however,… Continue Reading Drive sober in California get a free turkey

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Gas prices up 13 cents in two weeks

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The average national price for gasoline rose about 13 cents during the last two weeks, according to a Lundberg and Associates survey released yesterday. The average price of regular gasoline on Friday was $3.09 a gallon. Mid-grade was $3.21, and premium was $3.32. The nation’s lowest price was in Tucson, Ariz., where a gallon of… Continue Reading Gas prices up 13 cents in two weeks

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The latest analysis released by the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform shows that streamlining administrative procedures could save the state nearly $170 million. The commission identified strategies for simplifying the administrative process: require all health plans to issue ID cards that conform to nationally accepted standards streamline the provider credentialing process simplify eligibility… Continue Reading Health care reform study: streamline to save $170 million

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Less than half of small-business employers believe retirement plans are crucial to attracting quality employees – but that’s not what the employees believe. Less than 40 percent of small-business employers responding to a study said retirement plans are crucial for attracting employees, but 60 percent of responding employees said such plans are an important factor.… Continue Reading Bosses, employees not seeing eye to eye on retirement plans

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Planning to deep fry that bird this Thanksgiving? American Medical Response, the folks who deal with frying attempts gone bad, have some common sense safety tips to offer. Do keep children and pets away from the fryer. Do thaw your turkey before frying it. Water in an unthawed turkey can cause the oil to spill… Continue Reading Deep-fried turkey do’s and don’ts

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Industrial production plunges

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Industrial production during October dropped to its lowest level in nine months, reflecting continued troubles in the auto and home–building industries. The Federal Reserve said that output at the nation’s factories, mines and utilities fell by 0.5 percent last month, far below earlier expectations. An overall warmer-than-normal October also contributed to the decline as electricity… Continue Reading Industrial production plunges

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With the winter season at hand and snow in the forecast for next week, the city sent out a message today saying — they’re checking your walk, and they’re checking it twice. City officials say they will step up enforcement this year of a city ordinance that requires sidewalks to be cleared of snow within… Continue Reading City cracking down on negligent snow shovelers

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Holland & Hart launch immigration law blog

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Immigration law can be a tricky landscape for employers to navigate. To offer some direction, local law firm Holland & Hart has launched an Immigration Law blog to help employers understand and comply with immigration laws that frequently change. The firm’s immigration attorneys will write about developments in employment eligibility and verification programs as well… Continue Reading Holland & Hart launch immigration law blog

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For the first time ever, Starbucks saw its in-store traffic drop — by 1 percent — during the summer. So, the retail coffee giant is taking steps to ensure it’ll meet its growth goals. The company will launch its first national television advertising campaign today with prime-time ads airing between now and Christmas. District managers… Continue Reading Starbucks traffic slows, store expansion cut by 100

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John Morse appointed to Joint Budget Committee

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Senate Democrats played a game of musical chairs today, and when the music stopped, Colorado Springs found itself with representation on the Joint Budget Committee. Democrats selected John Morse of Colorado Springs to fill a seat on the JBC. The leadership shakeup follows the resignation of former Senate President Joan Fitzgerald, who resigned two days… Continue Reading John Morse appointed to Joint Budget Committee

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