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A majority of respondents to a Pew Research Center poll conducted during May approved of the Department of the Treasury’s crack down on financial companies – news that resonates in fiscally conservative places like El Paso County. About 60 percent thought it was a good idea for the government to regulate more strictly the way… Continue Reading Poll: Americans support government regulation of business

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Savings levels dwindle, job anxiety mounts

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Almost one quarter of U.S. homeowners do not have savings to cover their living expenses should they lose their income, according to a quarterly survey from Wells Fargo. At the same time, anxiety over job stability was up from 21 percent during fourth quarter 2008 to 29 percent during first quarter 2009. Respondents also showed… Continue Reading Savings levels dwindle, job anxiety mounts

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Memorial Health Service’s occupational health program is raising fees by 6 percent. The price increase applies only to contractor employers and does not affect regular patients, said Chris Valentine, spokesman for the hospital system. “Simply, the cost of providing the service has increased,” he said. “Supply cost, laboratory expenses have all gone up so we… Continue Reading Memorial’s occupational health fees up 6%

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Community Supported Agriculture, or co-op farms, are sprouting up across America – even here in Colorado Springs.  Colorado has 214 farms operating as community supported agriculture, and there are more than 2,000 nationwide. “Less than 1 percent of people in this country are involved in growing their own food,” said Frank Stonaker, assistant professor of… Continue Reading Communities farming together in search of fresh, local produce

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Penrose earns Blue distinction

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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services was named a Blue distinction center for Cardiac Care – one of only three hospitals in the state to receive the designation. Blue Distinction Centers must be accredited by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Joint Commission, provide a wide-range of cardiac services and have medical response teams available 24 hours… Continue Reading Penrose earns Blue distinction

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City terminates deal with LandCo, USOC

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The City of Colorado Springs has terminated the Economic Development Agreement with LandCo Equity Partners and the U.S. Olympic Committee regarding “USOC facilities.” The facilities include a downtown headquarters building for the USOC, renovation of the National Governing Bodies building and work at the Olympic Training Center. The city also terminated the Purchase and Sale Agreement between the… Continue Reading City terminates deal with LandCo, USOC

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Hundreds of senior citizens will converge on Denver June 3 for the 2009 Salute to Seniors conference at the Colorado Convention Center. The event is being billed as a networking and marketing resource for seniors and caregivers. More than 130 vendors are expected to be on hand with products and senior-specific information. The theme for… Continue Reading Senior citizen conference scheduled for June 3

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The biggest benefit of last fall’s Troubled Asset Recovery Program was that financial companies like Countrywide, Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo increased their quarterly residential mortgage business by $134 million, according to the Treasury Department. Even monthly loan originations jumped. Mortgages, home equity lines of credit and other consumer loans increased during March,… Continue Reading Residential lending steadies, commercial stays slow

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Colorado Springs could get a summer tourism boost from driving vacationers this year. About 85 percent of tourist travel in the city comes from people within the state – and global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas says those markets will fare best during the upcoming tourism season. Destinations that rely heavily on tourists who… Continue Reading Recession could boost Springs’ drive-in tourism

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LONDON (AP) – An American Airlines pilot failed a breath test at London’s Heathrow airport, the airline said Thursday. American said the pilot was given the test Wednesday after airport security staff alerted police. The pilot, whom the airline declined to name, was supposed to operate a flight with 204 passengers to Chicago. The flight… Continue Reading American Airlines pilot fails alcohol breath test

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