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Census workers are getting ready to begin counting people in El Paso County, and they’re looking for help crafting an outreach plan to ensure everyone is counted. In hopes of attracting business and community leaders to form a “Complete Count Committee,” Mayor Lionel Rivera is hosting a census kickoff meeting from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.… Continue Reading City, census workers readying for El Paso County count

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House approves soldiers to students bill

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A bill that helps members of the Colorado National Guard afford to go to college in Colorado was approved by the state House of Representatives this morning by a 56-4 vote. The Department of Higher Education currently can provide up to $650,000 a year to the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs for Guard scholarships. House Bill… Continue Reading House approves soldiers to students bill

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Is renewable energy technology destroying jobs? A study examining green energy in Spain could have implications for the “green economy” in the United States. The study says that every renewable energy job created by Spanish government subsidies “destroyed” an average of 2.2 other jobs. Each green megawatt – energy from solar or wind power –… Continue Reading Alternative energy could cost jobs

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The Statewide Grand Jury has issued a 25-count indictment against Timothy Kuskowski, who is suspected of stealing the identities of nearly two dozen Coloradoans and using them to pass fake checks in 10 counties. According to the indictment, Kuskowski used the names of Coloradoans on forged checks he cashed and attempted to cash at various retail… Continue Reading Indictment handed down in 10-county ID theft scheme

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Tax Freedom Day – the date on which Americans will have worked long enough to have earned enough money to pay this year’s tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels – will fall on Sunday for residents of Colorado. The date for all Americans is April 13. Colorado’s date is nine days earlier… Continue Reading Tax Freedom Day arrives in Colorado earlier than national average

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It’s election day. Voters have until 7 p.m. tonight to drop off ballots for the Colorado Springs election, and residents can watch preliminary tally results on the city’s Web site. Ballots can be dropped of at one of the following locations: The City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave. The Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514… Continue Reading Ballot drop off deadline and election results online

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Sallie Mae adding 2,000 jobs in 18 months

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RESTON, Va. (AP) — Sallie Mae said Monday that it will bring 2,000 jobs to the U.S. within the next 18 months as it shifts call center and other operations from overseas. The move is welcome news to the country’s jobless, whose numbers have climbed past 13 million. “The current economic environment has caused our… Continue Reading Sallie Mae adding 2,000 jobs in 18 months

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Low demand forces drop in oil prices

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Oil prices fell below $52 a barrel Friday, following a huge rally the previous day, as U.S. unemployment data showed the world’s largest economy is continuing to lose jobs. Benchmark crude for May delivery was down 86 cents to $51.78 a barrel by mid-afternoon in Europe in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.… Continue Reading Low demand forces drop in oil prices

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Lenders are boosting their attempts to avoid home foreclosures, but fewer than half of loan modifications made at the end of last year actually reduced borrowers’ payments by more than 10 percent, data released Friday show.The report, based on an analysis of nearly 35 million loans worth more than $6 trillion, was published by the… Continue Reading Loan modification rise; homeowners see little relief

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City gets “Top Ten” nod from Forbes

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Forbes.com has ranked the Colorado Springs #10 on its top 10 “Best Place for Business and Careers” list, out of the country’s 200 largest metropolitan areas. The city ranked 25th in the “educational attainment” category, 11th for income growth potential and 28th for job growth projected. Raleigh, N.C., got first place honors, but Fort Collins… Continue Reading City gets “Top Ten” nod from Forbes

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