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Stimulus grants to save police jobs

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants totaling $16.5 million will fund 65 law enforcement jobs, including six positions in the El Paso County D.A.’s office for juvenile diversion that were scheduled to be terminated. In all, Recovery Act grants will support 77 programs, including eight statewide projects costing $6.5 million. The remaining 69 programs costing… Continue Reading Stimulus grants to save police jobs

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With close to 300 employees already graduated from training or in customer service positions, Affiliated Computer Services needs to hire another 135 people by mid-September. Spokesman Chris Gilligan said the hires will occur on or before it’s next training session begins Sept. 8. “We’re still hiring – and are looking for employees who can handle… Continue Reading Affiliated to add another 135 jobs this fall

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Program shows success with pay for performance

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Pilot programs that reward doctors and hospitals for performance and quality medicine pay off in terms of financial savings and patient health. During the past five years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been rewarding doctors in private practice, as well as hospitals, for improving the quality of care and reducing the effects… Continue Reading Program shows success with pay for performance

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Roll it, take it, leave it or move it. Those are the options — if you’re part of the 8.1 percent of people in El Paso and Teller counties (as of June) who are unemployed, or if you’re changing jobs. In the interests of being linear — much like no one in his or her… Continue Reading Don’t ignore retirement plan when career path changes

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Million dollar marketers mull milder future

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Brokers finding it more difficult to close deals on luxury homes This year’s headlines pretty well summarize the state of the national luxury home market: “Market for new million-dollar homes drying up” — Las Vegas Sun, April 2009 “Higher-end home sales are slipping” — San Diego Union-Tribune, Feb 2009 “California million-dollar home sales hit 5-year… Continue Reading Million dollar marketers mull milder future

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Where have all the Texans gone?

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Sales of high-end second homes not expected to rebound quickly Seasonal buyers looking for a second home will account for only 15 percent to 20 percent of the total luxury home market during 2009. That’s a stark contrast to four years ago, when The Broadmoor sold two-thirds of its $1 million to $2.5 million Brownstones… Continue Reading Where have all the Texans gone?

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Mollica’s Italian Market and Deli owners Toni and Jerry Mollica plan to open a second restaurant during October. At 7,500 square feet, the Mollica’s in the Broadmoor Towne Center will offer seating for 70 and feature both a deli and a bakery. “We’ve been looking for the right place for the past 10 years,” said… Continue Reading Mollica’s Italian Market expands to south side of Springs

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People on the Move – August 21, 2009

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Jeff Greene has been named National County Leader of the Year for 2009. He is administrator for El Paso County. Laura Harding has joined Re/Max Properties Inc. as a broker associate in the north office. She will focus on relocation, military, first-time homebuyers and residential properties. Jessica Johnson-Simmons has been named 211 center manager for… Continue Reading People on the Move – August 21, 2009

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Some insurance companies still wary of new cancer treatment Westley Fong wasn’t supposed to live to see Christmas this year. His oncologist told him there was nothing more he could do for a tumor behind Fong’s eye. His stage four cancer, in remission since 2003, had returned and spread to his lower back. But Fong… Continue Reading Cyberknife effective, but not available to everyone

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Credit Card Act provisions take effect today

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Two provisions of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 take effect today. Creditors must now provide written notice 45 days prior to the effective date of: (1) any increase in an annual percentage rate; and (2) any significant change, as determined by rule of the Federal Reserve Board, in the terms of the… Continue Reading Credit Card Act provisions take effect today

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