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The State of Colorado has launched a program called Own Your Future that seeks to help Coloradoans with long-term care. The program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Colorado’s Medicaid program, the Divsion of Insurance, and long-term care providers. With a Partnership policy, Medicaid applicants can protect one dollar… Continue Reading State program an aid to long-term care planning

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WASHINGTON (AP) – New safety standards aimed at reducing salmonella and E. coli outbreaks are part of a government effort to try to make food safer to eat.A food safety panel established by President Barack Obama developed the new rules for eggs, poultry, beef, leafy greens, melons and tomatoes as well as for better coordination… Continue Reading Government introduces new food safety standards

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Despite a 34 percent year-to-year reduction in the construction of new single family homes and a 49 percent reduction in commercial construction, the amount of money El Paso County has collected from use taxes on building materials has more than doubled.
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The Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters, and insurance trade organization, will hold its annual convention Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 in Denver. For the first time, CPCU will open its conference registration to non-society members. “The society must venture outside its comfort level and embrace the future by expanding its base of potential participants,” CPCU… Continue Reading CPCU insurance industry conference now open to non-members

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Colorado Springs’ code enforcement department is proposing to charge all rental property owners $1 per housing unit to pay for a registration program that will track property ownership.  The department will gather public comment during two meetings scheduled for 6 p.m. July 14 at the Falcon Division Community Room, 7850 Goddard St. and 6 p.m. July… Continue Reading City mulls charging landlords $1-per-unit fee

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Peak Vista Community Health Centers has received an additional $1.8 million from the capital investment program from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The health center has also recieved two other grants from the stimulus package: one for $776,173 to add new staff and increase patients and the other for $1.3 million to provide part… Continue Reading Peak Vista receives third helping of stimulus money

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Web retailers generally don’t have to charge sales taxes in states where they lack a store or some other physical presence, but a number of states aching under the weight of the recession are seeking a way around that rule. Because companies like Amazon.com Inc. get help drumming up sales from online affiliates – people… Continue Reading States crafting ways to gain tax revenue from Web sales

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Vice mayor’s plan would shift majority of city revenue from sales taxes to property taxes Vice Mayor Larry Small wants to restructure the way the city levies and collects taxes, shifting the burden from an all-too-often see-sawing sales tax to a more stable property tax. The essence of the proposal is simple: Small calls for… Continue Reading Small floats 600% mill levy increase

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For many people in the Pikes Peak region, the poor economy has hit a little too close to home. Laid Off Camp-COS – a free seminar, job fair and networking event for the unemployed – is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m., July 16 at 1160 Lake Plaza Drive. The event is open to job-seekers,… Continue Reading Local Laid Off Camp an opportunity for job seekers

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Retail food prices at the supermarket are down about 2 percent from the first quarter of 2009, marking the third consecutive quarter of declining prices. An informal survey by the American Farm Bureau estimated the cost of 16 food items used to prepare a meal was $46.29, down $1.12 from the first quarter of 2009.… Continue Reading Food prices drop for third consecutive quarter

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