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State unemployment rate declines slightly

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Colorado’s unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percentage point from March to April, the first month-to-month decrease since October 2007.However, labor officials cautioned that further jobless-rate increases lie ahead. The April statewide rate was 7.4 percent, down from 7.5 percent in March, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported. The April… Continue Reading State unemployment rate declines slightly

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama named federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice today, praising her as “an inspiring woman” with both the intellect and compassion to interpret the Constitution wisely. Obama said Sotomayor has more experience as a judge than any current member of the high court… Continue Reading Obama names Sotomayor as Supreme Court Justice

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The Air Force made an additional 200 free, reserved-seat tickets available today for the Air Force Academy’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Vice President Joe Biden will give the commencement speech and the Air Force Thunderbirds will perform. Half the tickets will be available at the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, 6 S.… Continue Reading 200 extra Air Force Academy graduation tickets available

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DENVER (AP) -Vice President Joe Biden will be in Denver to host a town hall-style meeting about the middle class and environmental jobs, and members of the public have a chance to attend. The event at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science comes three months after President Barack Obama was… Continue Reading Biden to discuss green jobs in Denver today

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The Inasmuch Foundation will award $119,300 in grants to 11 local nonprofit organizations.   “In these difficult economic times, we believe it is imperative to support nonprofit organizations that recognize the importance of utilizing limited resources efficiently tonsure the continuity and, when possible, the expansion of services,” said Robert Ross, president and CEO of the… Continue Reading Inasmuch awards grants to 12 Springs nonprofits

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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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