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Poetry slams downtown walls

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    While waiting for your doctor or hairstylist, look for one of the bright, neon “Poetry While You Wait” booklets to inspire you – instead of checking your watch or Twittering on your BlackBerry. April is National Poetry Month, and Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Aaron Anstett is commemorating it with the “Poetry While You… Continue Reading Poetry slams downtown walls

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Great views, but future looks bleak

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Angelou Economics’ market assessment of the Pikes Peak region says that Colorado Springs is a beautiful place to live, but it paints a less than pretty picture overall. The region scores high on many “quality of life” issues such as natural beauty, recreational opportunities and climate. The study also gives the region high marks for… Continue Reading Great views, but future looks bleak

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Colorado will receive nearly $30 million in federal grants for health and human services programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The state will receive $25 million in grants for the child care development fund that will allow federal subsidies for families whose children require day care while they are working, seeking employment, receiving… Continue Reading Colorado receives stimulus money for child care, vaccines

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Gov. Bill Ritter signed House Bill 1260, the Designated Beneficiaries Act, into law today. The law provides a mechanism for Coloradoans to choose the person who will care for them in medical emergencies and provide for loved ones in the event of their death. It allows people to designate visitation rights in hospitals and nursing homes; make… Continue Reading Governor signs beneficiaries act

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Plenty of LEAP money left

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Colorado Springs Utilities wants to remind residents that the deadline to apply for LEAP, or low-income energy assistance, is approaching, and that there is still plenty of money for the program. “Some of our customers don’t realize that they qualify for assistance,” said Customer Care Supervisor Karen Walker,. “They assume that they make too much… Continue Reading Plenty of LEAP money left

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First quarter technology job cuts were nearly five times higher than the 17,345 cuts announced last year during the same period. Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. released a report today stating that planned job cuts in the United States tech sector totaled 84,217, up 27 percent from 66,312 during the previous quarter. However, during the dot-com… Continue Reading Despite tech job cuts – it’s not as bad as it used to be

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Beer industry boosts U.S. economy

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Colorado’s beer industry brings $13.7 billion to the state’s economy and accounts for $1.2 million in federal, state and local taxes. That’s the word from the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, which also said that the industry provides 69,518 jobs. Beer distributors, brewer suppliers and retailers all contribute to the economy in… Continue Reading Beer industry boosts U.S. economy

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Health care accidents cost $6.9 billion

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Golden-based Health Grades only awarded one Colorado hospital with its coveted patient safety excellence award. Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins earned the award for 2009 as one of only 242 hospitals nationwide that met patient safety criteria among Medicare paitents among 5,000 hospitals in the United States. The data is important, said spokesman Scott… Continue Reading Health care accidents cost $6.9 billion

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Changes to the Defense Department budget proposed this week by Secretary Robert Gates could affect the 100 or so contractors with a Colorado Springs presence.  Budget reallocatoin also might impact the city’s largest defense contractor landlord, Maryland-based Corporate Office Properties Trust, which controls more than 1 million square feet of office space. A report published in the Washington Post… Continue Reading Defense contractors in wait and see mode

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Voters overwhelmingly rejected ballot initiative 1A, the so-called JOBS NOW initiative, which would have extended a 0.665 general property mill levy tax that was scheduled to expire Dec. 31. The money would have been used for creating, attracting and retaining primary jobs as well as marketing and promoting Colorado Springs. Voters didn’t buy it. The measure failed… Continue Reading Voters reject 1A, approve 1D, keep incumbents

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