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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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Changes to the Defense Department budget proposed this week by Secretary Robert Gates could affect the 100 or so contractors with a Colorado Springs presence.  Budget reallocatoin also might impact the city’s largest defense contractor landlord, Maryland-based Corporate Office Properties Trust, which controls more than 1 million square feet of office space. A report published in the Washington Post… Continue Reading Defense contractors in wait and see mode

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Voters overwhelmingly rejected ballot initiative 1A, the so-called JOBS NOW initiative, which would have extended a 0.665 general property mill levy tax that was scheduled to expire Dec. 31. The money would have been used for creating, attracting and retaining primary jobs as well as marketing and promoting Colorado Springs. Voters didn’t buy it. The measure failed… Continue Reading Voters reject 1A, approve 1D, keep incumbents

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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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