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Overdraft fees up 35% in two years

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Consumers’ suspicions have been confirmed. The $24 billion in overdraft fees that banks and credit unions collected during 2008 is a 35 percent increase over 2006. The Center for Responsible Lending released results of a study today, showing that more than 50 million Americans were overdrawn on their checking accounts during a 12-month period, and… Continue Reading Overdraft fees up 35% in two years

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Colorado College and Hertz have teamed up to offer an environmentally friendly car-sharing program. Faculty, students and staff at Colorado College can join Connect by Hertz and rent either a Toyota Prius or a Ford Escape by the day or hour. Cars are parked on campus and accessed by “smart cards.” Once people join the… Continue Reading CC offering car rental program

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Most firms ban on-the-job social networking

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Most companies ban social networking while on the job, according to a survey from Robert Half Technology. More than half (54 percent) of chief information officers said their firms prohibit employees from visiting such social networking sites as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace while on the job. The survey was based on interviews with more than… Continue Reading Most firms ban on-the-job social networking

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If you haven’t already gotten the flu vaccination, don’t plan on going to the area hospitals to get one. A vaccination shortage for seasonal flu has caused Penrose-St. Francis Health Services to cancel the remainder of their public flu vaccination clinics for the rest of the season. Memorial Health System elected not to hold any… Continue Reading Penrose cancels flu clinics, cites lack of vaccine

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Additional Cheyenne Mtn. post office opens

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 The United States Post Office has opened an additional shipping office for customers in the Cheyenne Mountain area. The Stargate Astronomy Contract Postal Unit opened Sept. 30 at 124 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. Customers will be able to purchase stamps, postage, and postal services such as Certified Mail, Insurance, Priority and Express Mail, International and Delivery… Continue Reading Additional Cheyenne Mtn. post office opens

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Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group will launch a free, anonymous depression screening at www.ppbhg.org on Oct. 8. The screenings are held in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week and the Heroes in Mental Health Luncheon, also on Oct. 8. The online screening tool consists of 10 simple questions and is completed in a couple of minutes.… Continue Reading Pikes Peak Behavioral Health to launch online depression test

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Nonprofits team up for youth literacy project

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A coalition of nonprofit organizations is launching a literacy project targeted at very young children in hopes of raising the county’s third grade reading proficiency levels. The Quality of Life indicator’s Education Vision Council, Alliance for Kids and Pikes Peak United Way created a community-wide effort to coordinate literacy places with local birthing centers, pediatricians,… Continue Reading Nonprofits team up for youth literacy project

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Kids saving for college, cars

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One of the upsides to a down economy is that children are learning to save money. Although the recession is unofficially over, the state of the economy has not been lost on young consumers and savers. Children and youths are primarily saving for college and cars. A U.S. Bank back-to-school survey of 1,500 children, ages… Continue Reading Kids saving for college, cars

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In a move designed to capture additional consumer dollars in a tight economy, Walgreens Co. has announced plans to add beer and wine to most of its stores during the next 12 to 18 months. Walgreens had been selling liquor since the end of Prohibition, according to cnpnews.com,  but exited the business at most stores in… Continue Reading Beer, wine to be offered at some Walgreens

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Hiring pace to quicken this month

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This month is expected to bring more jobs than layoffs in manufacturing and services, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s latest employment report. However, year-over-year numbers still show that hiring is down compared to this time last year – by 2.5 percent in the manufacturing sector and 6.4 percent in the service sector.… Continue Reading Hiring pace to quicken this month

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