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Homebuilders Pulte, Centex merge

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Pulte Homes and Centex Corp. have merged. Boards of both companies approved an agreement in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at $3.1 billion, including $1.8 billion of net debt. Pulte has built homes in The Heights at Cross Creek, The Bluffs at Spring Creek, Sand Creek Villas and Countryside Townhomes. Centex currently has no active new… Continue Reading Homebuilders Pulte, Centex merge

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University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak would like legislators to find an alternative to pulling money from the $700 million in Pinnacol Assurance reserves as a one-time fix for the state’s budget woes.  Pinnacol is the state’s workmen’s compensation insurer. Shockley-Zalabak isn’t alone either. Officials at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the… Continue Reading Shockley: Higher ed funding shouldn’t be one time fix

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Poetry slams downtown walls

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    While waiting for your doctor or hairstylist, look for one of the bright, neon “Poetry While You Wait” booklets to inspire you – instead of checking your watch or Twittering on your BlackBerry. April is National Poetry Month, and Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Aaron Anstett is commemorating it with the “Poetry While You… Continue Reading Poetry slams downtown walls

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Great views, but future looks bleak

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Angelou Economics’ market assessment of the Pikes Peak region says that Colorado Springs is a beautiful place to live, but it paints a less than pretty picture overall. The region scores high on many “quality of life” issues such as natural beauty, recreational opportunities and climate. The study also gives the region high marks for… Continue Reading Great views, but future looks bleak

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Colorado will receive nearly $30 million in federal grants for health and human services programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The state will receive $25 million in grants for the child care development fund that will allow federal subsidies for families whose children require day care while they are working, seeking employment, receiving… Continue Reading Colorado receives stimulus money for child care, vaccines

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Gov. Bill Ritter signed House Bill 1260, the Designated Beneficiaries Act, into law today. The law provides a mechanism for Coloradoans to choose the person who will care for them in medical emergencies and provide for loved ones in the event of their death. It allows people to designate visitation rights in hospitals and nursing homes; make… Continue Reading Governor signs beneficiaries act

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Plenty of LEAP money left

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Colorado Springs Utilities wants to remind residents that the deadline to apply for LEAP, or low-income energy assistance, is approaching, and that there is still plenty of money for the program. “Some of our customers don’t realize that they qualify for assistance,” said Customer Care Supervisor Karen Walker,. “They assume that they make too much… Continue Reading Plenty of LEAP money left

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First quarter technology job cuts were nearly five times higher than the 17,345 cuts announced last year during the same period. Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. released a report today stating that planned job cuts in the United States tech sector totaled 84,217, up 27 percent from 66,312 during the previous quarter. However, during the dot-com… Continue Reading Despite tech job cuts – it’s not as bad as it used to be

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Beer industry boosts U.S. economy

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Colorado’s beer industry brings $13.7 billion to the state’s economy and accounts for $1.2 million in federal, state and local taxes. That’s the word from the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, which also said that the industry provides 69,518 jobs. Beer distributors, brewer suppliers and retailers all contribute to the economy in… Continue Reading Beer industry boosts U.S. economy

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Health care accidents cost $6.9 billion

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Golden-based Health Grades only awarded one Colorado hospital with its coveted patient safety excellence award. Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins earned the award for 2009 as one of only 242 hospitals nationwide that met patient safety criteria among Medicare paitents among 5,000 hospitals in the United States. The data is important, said spokesman Scott… Continue Reading Health care accidents cost $6.9 billion

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