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Southern Colorado’s first Sunshine Farmers Market is scheduled to open May 27 at 1730 Dublin Blvd. The natural and organic grocer signed a 10-year lease with options on the space, which was purchased during April by Golden Properties LLC for $2.6 million. Sunflower’s owners also founded one of Colorado’s first successful organic grocery chains – Alfalfa’s, which later… Continue Reading Sunflower grocery to open in former Longs Drug store space

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Local economic conditions have hit bottom, and economists believe El Paso County has been through the worst of the recession. “The good news is that the economy is not deteriorating further,” said Fred Crowley, senior economist at the College of Business and Administration at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and economist for the… Continue Reading Forum report: worst is over for Springs economy

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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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