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City officials have set up an account for donations to keep the Julie Penrose Fountain and the Uncle Wilber Fountain operating this summer. City budget cuts eliminated $4.6 million from parks and recreation, including all of the operating money for the two fountains. The total cost to run the two fountains from Memorial Day to Labor… Continue Reading Account created for Uncle Wilber, Julie Penrose fountain donations

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WASHINGTON (AP) – However they satisfy their nicotine cravings, tobacco users are facing a big hit as the single largest federal tobacco tax increase ever takes effect Wednesday. Tobacco companies and public health advocates, longtime foes in the nicotine battles, are trying to turn the situation to their advantage. The major cigarette makers raised prices… Continue Reading Federal tobacco tax in effect Wednesday

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LandCo sues city, USOC

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FOX 21 News is reporting that LandCo, the company overseeing construction of the U.S. Olympic Committee building, has filed suit against the City of Colorado Springs and the USOC, saying the two have failed to keep promises of the development deal. Click here to read the story.

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Ever wonder how that bill was calculated if you had to pay to see a doctor outside your insurance network?Might be a scam, says a senator investigating the issue. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, wants answers at a hearing Tuesday from the chief executives of… Continue Reading Senator looks into out-of-network ‘scam’ issue

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Peak Vista receives more stimulus money

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Peak Vista Community Health Centers will receive $776,173 from a second round of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The money is in addition to the $1.3 million the centers learned they would receive earlier this month. The award is part of a $7.5 million package awarded to 15 community health centers statewide.… Continue Reading Peak Vista receives more stimulus money

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There Is An Intrinsic Sadness When A College Drops Its Football Program for whatever reason, and that is the case this week with the terse announcement that Colorado College was eliminating the sport for budgetary reasons after 127 years of play………while local reaction in the media has been tepid to date, there are a lot… Continue Reading Mike Moran on CC dropping its football program

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The government says consumers increased spending for a second straight month in February even though their incomes slipped due to continuing massive layoffs.The Commerce Department reported Friday that consumer spending edged up 0.2 percent in February, in line with expectations. That follows a huge 1 percent jump in January that was even… Continue Reading Consumer spending increases for second straight month

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Snowstorm shuts down most of the Springs

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While most local weather forecasters say snowy flurries should clear by noon, the storm has still shut down most of the city today. All city and county offices are closed, along with a number of businesses and banks. Visit the FOX 21 News Web site to view a list of closures and delayed openings. City… Continue Reading Snowstorm shuts down most of the Springs

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Tightening the belt on executive pay

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Half of U.S. companies will be freezing base salaries in 2009 – and a number of those will be Colorado-based. The results of a survey released this week by Grant Thornton LLP indicated that about 50 percent of U.S. companies will freeze base salaries in 2009, with another 15 percent planning to implement salary reduction… Continue Reading Tightening the belt on executive pay

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Closures, updates and traffic

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 Here’s a list of closures and weather-related updates: City and County offices are closed for the day. City traffic cameras for multiple intersections can be viewed at Springsgov.com Some Mountain Metro Transit and FREX buses are running late. Updates are available on Mountain Metro’s Web site. Road closures: U.S. Highway 6 over Loveland Pass I-25 between… Continue Reading Closures, updates and traffic

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