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However, state says two doctors on call not enough for the long term Memorial Health System has devised a short-term solution that will allow the hospital to treat brain trauma patients in its emergency room. The hospital had to divert its brain injury cases to Penrose-St. Francis Health Services during August because doctors at Colorado… Continue Reading Memorial finds short-term solution for lack of neurosurgeons

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As if the recession hasn’t been hard enough on home sellers and their real estate agents, last month, Wall Street economists dealt another blow to the solar plexus, predicting an upsurge in default mortgages through 2011. And based on the latest projections, it takes a rare combination of broker wizardry and Zen-like calm to guide… Continue Reading Even skilled short sale wizardry not always enough

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YouTube might begin charging for movies

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YouTube could begin offering movies for rent. It would mark the first time the world’s most popular video site would charge its users. The Wall Steet Journal is reporting that YouTube, which is owned by Internet search giant Google Inc, has held discussions with Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp,… Continue Reading YouTube might begin charging for movies

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CHI provides reform information and glossary

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Don’t know the difference between CHIPRA and COBRA, but are still interested in following the health care reform debate? The Colorado Health Institute has put together a list of objective, nonpartisan resources for people interested in finding out more about reform proposals in Congress. And now you can download the CHI’s glossary of health care… Continue Reading CHI provides reform information and glossary

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Colorado Springs ranks 91 on a list of 100 cities with the worst traffic, well below the only other Colorado city to make the list: Denver, at No. 15.
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The Colorado Department of Local Affairs will oversee the distribution of a record $80.4 million from the Local Government Severance Tax Fund and Federal Mineral Lease Fund. Just over 500 cities, counties and school districts will receive money. Legislation passed last year authorized a new method of distribution, adding factors such as new well and… Continue Reading State distributing $80 million in mining severance taxes

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Retailers post August sales declines

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NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers on Thursday posted sales declines for August as shoppers held back on back-to-school purchases and continued to focus on necessities, but overall results came in ahead of analyst predictions. A monthly compilation of 31 retailers’ results by The International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs showed sales in established… Continue Reading Retailers post August sales declines

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El Paso County is reporting a threefold jump in use tax collections. In spite of a nearly 20 percent drop in building valuation for the first eight months of the year, use tax collections on building materials increased threefold during the same period. From April through August, collections of use tax on building materials is… Continue Reading County use tax collections up 373 percent

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Think you could do a better job than Gov. Bill Ritter balancing the state budget?

Here’s your chance.

Colorado State University has developed the Colorado Backseat Budgeter, which gives Web users a chance to balance a mock state budget.
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Earlier this year, Colorado joined 13 other states in banning the practice of texting while driving, but according to some insurance industry officials, the law’s purview is not limited to individuals. Employers are now concerned that they may be held liable for accidents caused by their employees while driving and conducting work-related conversations on cell… Continue Reading Insurance Institute warns of texting while driving and company liability

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