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WASHINGTON (AP) – Fresh signs that the economy is stabilizing – though at very low levels – emerged today in reports that home construction rose more than expected last month and wholesale prices remain in check. The building of new homes and apartments jumped 17.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 532,000 units from… Continue Reading Construction numbers hint at economic rebound

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A handful of local business and economic organizations have teamed to create Human Resources University, which will feature a series of 10 training classes for small businesses. Jerry Fritz, dean of the Economic and Workforce Development Division of Pikes Peak Community College, coordinated the concept after hearing from local businesses what their biggest challenges were.… Continue Reading New HR University offers to show ropes to small businesses

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El Paso County’s ambulance service can now track patterns of illness and crime on calls it responds to. American Medical Response launched the tracking program, called FirstWatch, earlier this year – and is using it to track calls with complaints of flu-like symptoms, said Laura Saenz, communications center manager for AMR. So far, no patterns… Continue Reading Ambulance illness, crime tracking system in place

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Thirty cyclists riding across the United States with Bike & Build Inc., a national affordable housing nonprofit, will be rolling into Colorado Springs July 2 to help build a house. The cyclists are traveling from Nags Head, North Carolina to San Diego, California to raise money and awareness for affordable housing causes. They stop in… Continue Reading Cross-country cyclists making Habitat stop in Springs

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If your  business needs a small infusion of cash to stay afloat, an opportunity has arrived. Small business loans are now available through America’s Recovery Capital, a temporary loan program. The Small Business Administration is accepting loans of up to $35,000, which are designed to keep small businesses open. Businesses must be for-profit to qualify. The deferred-payment… Continue Reading SBA launches new small business loan program

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Auto loan delinquencies jump

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NEW YORK (AP) – Those “green shoots” of economic rebound don’t yet have very deep roots. While some economic indicators are pointing to better days ahead, data shows consumers continued to struggle to make loan payments in the first quarter. The latest evidence showed in the rate of auto loan payments that were 60 days… Continue Reading Auto loan delinquencies jump

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Nationwide, employer costs for employee compensation — wages, salaries, benefits and required payments — averaged $31.20 per hour worked during March for full-time workers in private industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that of the total, wages and salaries accounted for $21.72 (70 percent); insurance, $2.58 (8 percent); legally required benefits such as employer taxes… Continue Reading Construction companies paying higher wages, workmen’s comp

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Planned Parenthood: not just for women

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Planned Parenthood is normally thought of as a women’s clinic – but the Rocky Mountain region is reporting a 22 percent increase in male clients during 2007-08.

Only 6 percent of the organization’s patients are men, but the guys are visiting the clinic for health and reproductive screening – AIDS testing and diagnosis, as well as testing for sexually transmitted diseases, cholesterol and high blood pressure tests.

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Four El Paso County projects are being considered for water and wastewater improvement efforts paid for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The $60 million in projects are scheduled to start construction by the end of September – but not all of the 87 proposals on the list will receive money. Only about 30 projects will ultimately… Continue Reading El Paso cities on short list for stimulus project money

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Art on the Streets

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The 11th annual Art on the Streets opens June 26, when 13 works will be officially introduced. There were a record 62 submission this year. Artwork in this year’s show represents the creative labor of artists from Colorado, Kansas, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Italy. “There’s no doubt in my mind this is going to be our… Continue Reading Art on the Streets

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