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The list of states eligible for an extension of emergency unemployment benefits was released today – and Colorado did not make the cut. To qualify for the extension the state’s unemployment needed to average 6 percent for the three-month period between November and January. Colorado’s unemployment averaged 5.9 percent during that time. “We couldn’t believe… Continue Reading Colo. misses unemployment extension by two-tenths of 1 percent

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FASB to review mark-to-market

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Economists and financial analysts vehemently disagree about bailouts and which sort of regulations work or don’t. But now many agree – from investor Warren Buffett to Republican Steve Forbes to Democratic economic adviser Mark Zandi, to name a few – that mark-to-market accounting “exaggerates losses and results in tighter lending when it is used to… Continue Reading FASB to review mark-to-market

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So many people wanted to attend a meeting about changing medical marijuana registry rules that the state’s board of health had to postpone the March hearing to find a bigger location. The meeting is now tentatively scheduled for sometime during June, but once officials find a venue, the new meeting information will be posted at http://www.cdphe.state.co.us. The… Continue Reading Masses miss out on March medical marijuana meeting

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The State of Colorado has launched a Web site that list all the state’s road projects being paid for through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Web site, www.dot.state.co.us/arra/, includes project descriptions, amount of ARRA funds dedicated to the project, project status and photos. The site will be updated biweekly. Colorado will receive more than… Continue Reading State’s stimulus projects listed on new Web site

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In its fourth quarter recap of the Colorado Springs residential real estate market published this month, the Denver-based Genesis Group provided a forecast for the remainder of 2009. Acknowledging current “bleak conditions,” Genesis reporter Sue Selle said Colorado Springs is better positioned to improve once the national economy begins to recover.  She also cited the… Continue Reading Springs real estate market better-poised for recovery

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Just what has the IRS been up to?

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During fiscal year 2008, the Internal Revenue Service collected more than $2.3 trillion in taxes and processed more than 250 million returns and filed more than 101 million returns. Want to know what else the IRS is up to? It’s all in the annual IRS Data Book, which was posted on the Web today. The… Continue Reading Just what has the IRS been up to?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that Colorado’s cigarette smoking rate significantly declined from 1998 through 2007. The CDC analyzed data from the 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey and found that smoking prevalence decreased in 44 states including Colorado – which decreased from 22.8 percent in 1998 to 18.7 percent in… Continue Reading Coloradoans butting out: 10-year smoking trend declining

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Police bust local I.D. theft ring

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Colorado Springs Police have arrested three local people accused of running a small identity theft ring. Fox 21 News is reporting that police arrested 24-year-old Corey Barnett Skinner, 32-year-old Mark Nielsen, and 22-year-old Amanda Stillwell. All three are accused of stealing and using credit card information from at least 48 people. They’re also accused of charging… Continue Reading Police bust local I.D. theft ring

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Eleven debt management and credit counseling companies have settled investigations with the Colorado Attorney General office under credit and consumer laws that went into effect last year. The companies will refund a total of $923,370 in program fees to 912 Colorado consumers. Debt management companies generally work with unsecured debt such as credit cards and… Continue Reading Eleven debt management companies settle with A.G.

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Colorado’s share of weatherization stimulus money could mean some jobs for the state. The federal government will give Colorado more than $128 million for the state’s weatherization and energy programs as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet said Colorado will get $79.5 million for the weatherization program… Continue Reading Weatherization money could blow a few jobs into town

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