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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new manufacturing facility for seasonal influenza vaccine production. The facility, which is owned by Sanofi Pasteur, manufactures Fluzone Influenza Virus Vaccine, and could be used for the production of vaccines against the 2009 H1N1 influenza strain. “Increased manufacturing capacity for influenza vaccine is critical to our preparedness for influenza pandemic,”… Continue Reading FDA approves new influenza production facility

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Senate to consider credit card reforms

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One-fifth of people with credit card debt pay an interest rate above 20 percent, according to the the Government Accountability Office That fact alone has led lawmakers to consider legislation that would impose tougher restrictions on credit card companies.The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights would limit companies’ abilities to increase interest rates and use double-billing… Continue Reading Senate to consider credit card reforms

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The Colorado Springs Police Department said this morning that it has requested $11.7 million in federal funding related to the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

Most of the money would be used to support additional personnel, including $5.8 million to hire 28 new police officers and pay their salaries for three years. Other money would be used to hire administrative personnel, to replace bulletproof vests and to address other departmental needs.

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Commissioners ask Gov. Ritter for veto

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The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is asking Gov. Bill Ritter to veto legislation that would prohibit leasing or selling any state-owned land to expand Fort Carson’s Pinon Canyon maneuver site. “This bill sends a bad message to the Department of Defense and to the brave military personnel serving here around the world,” a letter… Continue Reading Commissioners ask Gov. Ritter for veto

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The Colorado Department of Transportation will close the two Larkspur rest areas along northbound and southbound Interstate 25 on May 11 because they are too expensive and too time consuming to maintain. The southbound area has been closed since November 2008 and requires $300,000 in repairs to meet health department standards, and officials said maintenance of… Continue Reading CDOT closing I-25 rest areas at Larkspur

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XAware sold to Sparxent

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XAware, a home-grown high tech company that received millions of dollars in venture capital funding as a Colorado Springs Technology Incubator success story, will be acquired by Salt Lake City-based Sparxent. A letter of intent to buy the fast-growing commercial open source data integration company was made official today by Sparxent co-founder Dave Taylor. Terms… Continue Reading XAware sold to Sparxent

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Prostitution, cocaine ring busted

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The Statewide Grand Jury has indicted 15 illegal immigrants on suspicion of operating a prostitution and cocaine distribution ring. The illegal enterprise, known as Mi Casa Su Casa, included 11 brothels in Denver, Longmont and Glenwood Springs. The Denver brothels were located at 1521 N. Yosemite St., 1552 W. Alameda Ave., 540 Perry St., 4169… Continue Reading Prostitution, cocaine ring busted

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USOC spokesman Seibel steps down

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(A.P.) Darryl Seibel announced his resignation as chief communications officer at the U.S. Olympic Committee today, the fourth executive to leave the federation since the end of the Beijing Games. Seibel, 41, said he would leave June 5 to pursue new professional opportunities but would offer consulting help on some projects, including the search for… Continue Reading USOC spokesman Seibel steps down

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University of Colorado President Bruce Benson has outlined a major reorganization of the university system’s administrative functions in an effort to balance a budget hard-hit by the state’s money problems. While the plan will also involve some significant fiscal surgery, Benson said it will not include any layoffs at the University of Colorado at Colorado… Continue Reading CU fiscal reorganization promises no UCCS layoffs

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The city has chosen the URS Corp. to conduct a feasibility study for adding a rail track that would run streetcars along Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs. City Transit Division Manager Sherri Ritenour said the downtown construction would hopefully be the first phase of construction on a rail line that would eventually run between… Continue Reading City starting study for downtown streetcar

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