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A death from swine flu reported by the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment is the first such death in the state. The victim was a woman in her 40s. No other details were given. Swine flu was declared a pandemic in June by the World Health Organization. Since the first outbreaks of the… Continue Reading El Paso County swine flu death is first in state

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It’s certainly not as strong a sector as it was during the height of the real estate boom two or three years ago, but the construction industry still employs 15,300 workers in Colorado Springs. The loss of 1,600 jobs during June compared to the same month last year represents a mere 9.5 percent work force… Continue Reading City leads state for fewest construction jobs lost

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Nearly 14 months ago, 174 City of Colorado Springs employees with diabetes entered the 10-City Diabetes Challenge, a program to test how much diabetes and its treatment costs could be controlled. They exercised, ate healthy foods and met regularly with a pharmacist to track insulin levels, blood pressure and cholesterol. The results: more than 65… Continue Reading 10-city challenge shows diabetes can be controlled

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The State of Colorado named a new director of the Division of Housing and appointed members to the housing board. Patrick Coyle is the new director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Division of Housing. Coyle is Housing Director with Denver’s Road Home at the City and County of Denver’s Department of Human Services.… Continue Reading Housing director, housing board members named

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MIAMI – Federal authorities arrested 32 people, including doctors, in a major Medicare fraud bust today in New York, Louisiana, Boston and Houston, targeting scams such as “arthritis kits” – expensive braces that many patients never used. It’s the third major sweep since Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius… Continue Reading Dozens arrested in Medicare fraud busts across U.S.

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If you’re tempted to complain about all the rain that’s doused the Pikes Peak region lately, consider that it could be worse. The Denver Business Journal is reporting that damage from the July 20 hail storm is estimated at $350 million, according to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. For perspective, that’s the second costliest warm-weather… Continue Reading Springs’ rainy days better than Denver’s hail

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UPS expanding service between Mexico, U.S.

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United Parcel Service Inc. will expand its small-package ground service between Mexico and the United States.By connecting the company’s networks in Mexico and the United States, UPS said it now offers ground service between the two countries that covers every address in Mexico and the continental United States. Packages shipped with UPS Standard will reach their… Continue Reading UPS expanding service between Mexico, U.S.

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Consumer confidence falls further in July

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NEW YORK (A.P) — Americans’ confidence in the economy soured further in July as worries about job security offset any enthusiasm about the resumed stock market rally that has helped bolster retirement accounts. The New York-based Conference Board said today that its Consumer Confidence Index, which retreated last month, fell to 46.6, down from 49.3… Continue Reading Consumer confidence falls further in July

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Govt. considers limits on energy trading

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WASHINGTON (A.P) – A key federal regulator said Tuesday his agency must “seriously consider” imposing stringent limits on speculative trading of energy futures contracts, a move that would mark a major shift for the government.Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, made the assertion as the agency prepared to hear from consumers, businesses,… Continue Reading Govt. considers limits on energy trading

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The latest Census Bureau new home sales statistics showed sales of new homes in 13 western states, including Colorado, jumped in June from the previous month. Continue Reading Home sales jump good for construction employment

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