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Golf enthusiasts say a golf-world milestone has been reached by the 2008 U.S. Senior Open championship because volunteers from all 50 states have signed up to help. The top five states for volunteer recruitment are Colorado (2,355), Texas (81), Kansas (60), Arizona (39) and Nebraska (36). A total of 3,000 volunteers are needed to work… Continue Reading Volunteers from all 50 states helping with Senior Open

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Springs to get MainStay hotel

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Choice Hotels International has finalized a national development agreement with Bell Hospitality Group to build at least 50 extended-stay brand hotels, one of which is planned for Colorado Springs. A Springs location has not been announced, but it will be among the first nine properties built by BHG. Construction is expected to begin within two… Continue Reading Springs to get MainStay hotel

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The Associated Press Consumers increased their spending at the weakest pace in six months while applications for unemployment benefits soared last week, two more signs the economy is weakening. The Commerce Department reported today that consumer spending edged up just 0.2 percent during December – the year’s peak shopping season – down sharply from a… Continue Reading Two ‘clear’ signs of weakening economy emerge

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The Mortgage Banker’s market composite index, which measures the volume of home loans processed throughout the country, was up 7.5 percent last week. The increased activity resulted in a dramatic increase in refinance applications. The index that tracks refinance applications jumped 22.1 percent for mid-January, pushing its share of mortgage activity from 66 percent to… Continue Reading Mortgage bankers report increased refinancing

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Corporations growing more charitable

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Total corporate contributions in the United States and abroad amounted to $10.2 billion during 2006, up from $9.8 billion during 2005. The Conference Board’s annual survey of corporate giving also showed total U.S. giving among the 189 corporations polled was $7.9 billion. Corporate U.S. giving ranged from a low of $72,200 to a high of… Continue Reading Corporations growing more charitable

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Treasury Dept. to sell $22 million in debt

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The Associated Press The Treasury Department said Wednesday it will sell $22 billion in debt at its quarterly auction next week as officials study ways to finance the economic stimulus package, which is expected to boost this year’s deficit by more than $100 billion. The department said it will auction $13 billion in 10-year notes… Continue Reading Treasury Dept. to sell $22 million in debt

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Thredgold on recession odds, long-term forecast

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Vectra Bank Colorado corporate economist Jeff Thredgold said the likelihood of recession is 50 percent, although no one will know whether it’s happened until early next year. Thredgold’s long-term economic forecast includes the following highlights: National unemployment will move modestly higher this year before declining during 2009. Inflation, which has been at its highest level… Continue Reading Thredgold on recession odds, long-term forecast

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Employee compensation to rise this year

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The majority of senior executives and managers expect compensation to their subordinates to increase this year. More than three-quarters (77 percent) of business leaders expect to increase employee compensation, based on responses to a nationwide survey of 251 senior executives and managers conducted by NFI Research. More than half cite business conditions (57 percent) and… Continue Reading Employee compensation to rise this year

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Cable damage cuts Middle East Internet service

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The Associated Press Internet outages disrupted business and personal usage across a wide swath of the Middle East on Wednesday after an undersea cable in the Mediterranean was damaged, government officials and Internet service providers said. In Cairo, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said the cut in the international communications cable had led… Continue Reading Cable damage cuts Middle East Internet service

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The Colorado Department of Corrections’ southern Colorado office expects to begin an official search for a new location by the end of the year. The regional headquarters is at 2862 Janitell Road in Colorado Springs, where the agency leases the entire 65,000-square-foot building. That lease expires during 2010. A request for proposals will be distributed… Continue Reading Department of Corrections seeking expanded facility

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