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The House Business Affairs and Labor Committee delayed a vote yesterday on a proposed law that would let workers who are “locked out” during labor disputes collect unemployment benefits. House Bill 1170, sponsored by Rep. Edward Casso, D-Commerce City, has drawn opposition from business leaders who said the legislation gives unions the upper hand in… Continue Reading Committee delays vote on ‘locked out’ labor pay

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Sand Creek Library ready to reopen March 21

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The Sand Creek Branch Library will re-open March 21 after a five-month remodeling and expansion project.The $2.4 million renovation project was paid for through the Pikes Peak Library District budget, with $340,000 in fund-raising specifically for the project. The district still needs to raise $274,000 to finish the project. Sand Creek is one of the… Continue Reading Sand Creek Library ready to reopen March 21

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Marian House rechristened

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The new Marian House Self Sufficiency Center will become the Bishop Richard C. Hanifen Center on March 17.Hanifen is bishop emeritus of Colorado Springs. The Hanifen Center at Marian House will house most of Catholic Charities emergency and transition services as well as programs in collaboration with other social service agencies. The Marian House Life… Continue Reading Marian House rechristened

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Hazardous waste collection extending hours

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Beginning this Saturday, the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 3255 Akers Drive, will accept drop offs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month.The facility’s regular hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Last year more than 10,000 residents recycled more than 214,000 pounds of… Continue Reading Hazardous waste collection extending hours

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion today unanimously endorsing Colorado’s position in a decades-old water dispute that Kansas can only be reimbursed $40 per day as compensation for expert witnesses utilized in presenting its case. “The Supreme Court’s decision today marks a bright note for Colorado in this long-running water dispute,” Attorney General John… Continue Reading Supreme Court sides with Colorado in fee dispute

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the agency that insures bank deposits said today that it has plenty of money to cover any failures this year. Sheila Bair, the chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., said the agency has set aside $22 billion to cover any projected losses during the next year, leaving $19… Continue Reading FDIC has funds but would like ‘bigger cushion’

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ATLANTA (AP) — AirTran Airways expects to be profitable in every quarter this year, despite the weak economy and how it has impacted revenue, Chief Executive Robert Fornaro said today. “I think that will be a rarity among carriers,” Fornaro said at the Raymond James Institutional Investors Conference, which was webcast on the Internet. The… Continue Reading AirTran expects profit every quarter this year

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Merck buying Schering-Plough

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Two of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies will merge when Merck and Co. buys Schering-Plough Corp. Under the terms of the agreement, Schering-Plough shareholders will receive $10.50 in cash for each share, and Merck shares will become part of the combined company. Based on Merck’s closing price March 6, the shareholders will receive $41.1 billion… Continue Reading Merck buying Schering-Plough

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Mayor panhandling for USOC cash

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Since the end of January, Mayor Lionel Rivera has been attempting to raise $1.5 million from wealthy, civic-minded individuals to prop up the troubled deal between the U.S. Olympic Committee, LandCo Equity Partners and the City of Colorado Springs. As the Business Journal reported today, the USOC deal is stalled because of LandCo’s apparent inability… Continue Reading Mayor panhandling for USOC cash

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In a letter dated March 2 to Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera, USA Boxing CEO Jim Millman asked the city to provide a $3 million line of credit or unsecured loan that would be payed back over the next 25 years.Millman said that the organization has been approached by an undisclosed city about moving its national… Continue Reading USA Boxing demands $3 million purse

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