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Home prices fall 18 percent in April

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NEW YORK (AP) – There is a clear trend home prices declines are moderating – another sign the beleaguered housing market is stabilizing, according to data released Tuesday.While the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index of 20 major cities tumbled by 18.1 percent, it marked the third straight month the decline was not a record. And yearly… Continue Reading Home prices fall 18 percent in April

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Colorado’s online unemployment claims system crashed repeatedly during the weekend, leaving those required to file progress reports without a method to do so and many more worried they won’t receive their benefits. Technicians are working on the system and hope to have it fixed later this afternoon or tomorrow, but officials confirmed that the crash could… Continue Reading State’s online unemployment filing system crashes

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Affiliated Computer Services is expanding in Colorado and will be hiring 600 new employees in Colorado Springs, more than doubling its Colorado workforce. “ACS’ decision to locate these jobs in Colorado Springs proves this is a great place to do business,” said Colorado Governor Bill Ritter in a statement. “This announcement is a testament to… Continue Reading Affiliated Computers bringing 600 jobs to Springs

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Midwest and Frontier have entered a partnership that allows each carrier to sell tickets to the others’ flights. The deal will expand the number of destinations available to both airlines while consolidating ticketing and customer service functions. The agreement, which is scheduled to begin by late summer, will expand Frontier’s network by allowing its customers… Continue Reading Frontier, Midwest team to expand destinations

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Police get grants to catch car thieves

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Front Range police departments have received $2 million in grants from the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority to help catch car thieves. Eight awards were given to seven multi-jurisdictional auto theft task forces made up of 34 law enforcement agencies. “The bad economy threatens to increase Colorado’s auto theft problem at a time when local… Continue Reading Police get grants to catch car thieves

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El Paso County launched a prescription discount program today that is available to its residents regardless of age, income or existing health coverage. The program is sponsored by the National Association of Counties, which has negotiated a high-volume discount with Caremark, which gets the medicine from the pharmaceutical companies. The average savings is 23 percent.  El Paso… Continue Reading County launches discount drug card program

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Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior Ken Salazar announced today that 24 tracts of federally owned land, including nearly 21,000 acres in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, will be studied as possible solar power providers. Known as Solar Energy Study Areas, the lands will be evaluated for their environmental and resource suitability for large-scale solar… Continue Reading 24 tracts of federal land to be studied for solar power

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LEED adds performance requirements

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The U.S. Green Building Council will now require performance data before buildings can receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. “Today, there is all too often a disconnect, or performance gap, between the energy modeling done during the design phase and what actually happens during daily operation,” said Scot Horst, senior vice president of the… Continue Reading LEED adds performance requirements

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Households pushed their savings rate to the highest level in more than 15 years during May as a big boost in incomes from the government’s stimulus program was devoted more to bolstering nest eggs than increased spending. The Commerce Department said today that consumer spending rose 0.3 percent last month, in line with expectations. But… Continue Reading May incomes surge, but saving outpaces spending

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Colorado now ranks as the least attractive state in the nation for oil and natural gas investment. The Fraser Institute says the state’s ranking has dropped from first to 81st in only two years, and now ranks among the bottom half of the 143 global jurisdictions included in the 2009 Global Petroleum Survey.  Among the 27… Continue Reading Colorado falls to last place among states for energy investment

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