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Colorado Springs drivers may have their kamikaze moments, but they have apparently racked up some impressive safe driving statistics. In fact the city ranked tenth in the country according to the latest Allstate Insurance Co.’s “America’s Best Driving Report,” released this week. The safest driving city in the country was Sioux Falls, S.D. where the… Continue Reading Springs makes its way onto Safest Driving City list

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Cripple Creek’s casinos are betting on a much-needed economic boost from new games, higher betting limits and extended operating hours. Measured by adjusted gross proceeds, Cripple Creek casino revenue reached the high water mark of $154.9 million during 2007, following years of steady growth. But during 2008, yearly revenue plummeted nearly 10 percent to $140.1… Continue Reading Casinos betting changes will boost bottom lines

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They weren’t about to wait for junk cars, old mattresses and weeds to rim their parking lots — or for seedy criminal elements, attracted by rundown conditions, to set up shop in vulnerable lower-rent apartments. Even during a tough economy, with 10 percent-plus vacancy rates and rents approaching 2001 levels in some cases, area landlords… Continue Reading Rental community takes lead on code enforcement fees

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However, Farm Bureau says law would have $5 billion negative impact Colorado’s farmers and ranchers could see “greener” pastures as a result of the climate change legislation that passed the House of Representatives last week. Some environmental groups are claiming that farmers can cash in on the green movement by changing practices and leasing unused… Continue Reading Legislation would help farmers cash in on green practices

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Since early 2008, consumers and businesses have become more aware of their financial excesses. Although it’s never too late to rein in one’s excesses, it is certainly overdue for many Americans. “I’ve seen a lot of people going back to basics in the last year and a half,” said June Walbert, certified financial planner practitioner… Continue Reading Best plan: Tackle your credit card debt, step by step

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Furniture retailers Eric and Ann Fetsch will close their Drexel Heritage Home Furnishings and Interior Design business near Interstate 25 and Woodmen Road later this summer. Downtown audio visual retailer ListenUp has purchased the 12,000-square-foot Drexel Heritage retail showroom at 888 E. Woodmen Road and will move its retail operation there. “We’re in the process… Continue Reading Retail Roundup: ListenUp moving into Drexel digs

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As hospitals struggle to meet new budget demands, they are faced with delaying or scaling back information technology projects — despite the fact that technology offers the promise of more efficient, less expensive care. Moving from a paper-based system to an electronic system, prescribing medicine using hand-held devices, checking drug interactions via computers — all… Continue Reading Health care providers facing technology quandary

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People on the Move – July 10, 2009

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Jason Hein has been named senior vice president of sales, marketing and product development for the vascular intervention and lead management businesses at Spectranetics Corp. Renee Boehme has been promoted to vice president of U.S. sales/ lead management for Spectranetics Corp. She previously was director of lead management sales. Anthony A. Frank has been named… Continue Reading People on the Move – July 10, 2009

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Weak retail sales in June raise worries

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NEW YORK (AP) – After yet another weak month, retailers are preparing to fight for their share of crucial back-to-school shopping. But they may have to keep discounting to keep consumers coming in, given escalating job uncertainty. Particularly worrisome in Thursday’s same-store sales reports: Mall-based teen stalwarts like Abercrombie & Fitch were among those hit… Continue Reading Weak retail sales in June raise worries

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Biotechs might compete for business grants

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Legislation passed the House of Representatives this week that will allow companies financed by venture capital to compete for Small Business Innovation Research grants. That’s welcome news for biotech companies, which usually spend decades and billions of dollars on research. If Congress approves the measure, it will mark the first time in six years that the… Continue Reading Biotechs might compete for business grants

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