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Springs among state’s biggest water savers

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An independent policy group has given Colorado Springs high marks for its strides in water conservation. Springs’ single-family residential per capita water use decreased 32 percent since 2000, according to a report released this week from Western Resource Advocates. Per Capita Water Use Gallons per person per day in Colorado Springs   2000 2005 2006… Continue Reading Springs among state’s biggest water savers

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Wealthy Americans have a lot more spending cash these days. A recent tally estimates that about 73 million U.S. households have discretionary income. That’s up from about 57 million during 2002, according to statistics from The Conference Board. But, nearly 78 percent of all that discretionary income is held by households earning more than $100,000,… Continue Reading Households with discretionary income up 16 million in four years

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URS 3Q profit grows 29%

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International engineering giant URS Corp. reported revenue growth for the third quarter of 29 percent or $1.27 billion. The San Francisco-based company is one of the largest engineering design firms worldwide, with 370 offices in the U.S. and in more than 20 countries. The firm is working on about 35 projects in Southern Colorado.

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Nearly 60 percent file tax returns online

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More people are E-filing Year Total Returns (millions) Total E-filings (millions) Percent E-file 1997 121.5 19.2 16% 1998 123.8 24.6 20% 1999 125.9 29.3 23% 2000 128.4 35.4 28% 2001 131.0 40.2 31% 2002 131.7 46.9 36% 2003 131.6 52.9 40% 2004 132.2 61.5 47% 2005 134.0 68.5 51% 2006 136.1 73.3 54% Fifty-seven percent… Continue Reading Nearly 60 percent file tax returns online

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Does inner CEO have answers?

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Mounting mortgage despair? Looming legal issues? Reporting revenue declines? What’s an executive to do during these troubled times? Tap into your inner CEO. That’s what CEO consultant to the corporate stars Alan Cox says. He’s authored a new book, “Your Inner CEO,” in which he coaches CEO types on how to deal with difficult questions… Continue Reading Does inner CEO have answers?

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State, IRS partner to curb employment tax fraud

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The Internal Revenue Service and more than two dozen state workforce agencies have agreed to share employment tax examinations results. The agreements, part of the Questionable Employment Tax Practice initiative, will provide a centralized, uniform means for the IRS and state employment officials to ensure that businesses comply with federal and state tax requirements. “Combining… Continue Reading State, IRS partner to curb employment tax fraud

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Colorado now nation’s biggest beer producer

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Colorado is known for its majestic mountain ranges, natural beauty, rich history – and now for beer. The state outpaced former first place beer producer California last year when it produced more than 23.3 million barrels or 724.5 million gallons of beer, according to newly released data from the Beer Institute. California now ranks No.… Continue Reading Colorado now nation’s biggest beer producer

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This Veterans Day, Nov. 11th, all Colorado Springs Water Works Car Wash locations will give free car washes to military veterans. No I.D. is required to get the free wash. “Your word is all we need to give you the wash for free,” said Water Works CEO Jim Spinato. The free washes will offered from… Continue Reading Water Works salutes veterans with free car wash

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FDIC approves new banking rule

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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has approved a rule that requires certain large banks to calculate risk-based capital requirements using their own internal parameters to determine credit and operational risk. It is the final rule of the Basel II Capital Accord. Under the new regulation, banks will be able to calculate specific credit risks to… Continue Reading FDIC approves new banking rule

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Growth outlook bleak for manufacturers

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Manufacturing growth plans during the next 12 to 24 months Plan to expand business: 25% Yes 75% No Of those planning expansion: 21% Expand at current locations 20% Enhance customer service 18% Add new products 18% Add locations 11% Provide more services 8% Other 4% Acquisitions Small manufacturing companies don’t seem to be very optimistic… Continue Reading Growth outlook bleak for manufacturers

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