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Some of the nation’s retailers are implementing restrictive return policies. A few have resorted to consulting a “naughty list” of habitual gift returners before issuing a refund, according to Consumer World, an Internet consumer resource guide. Many national retailers – Sports Authority, Express, The Limited and KB Toys – use this database to track customer… Continue Reading Too many gift returns land you on ‘naughty list’

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Fort Carson budget for continued growth

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In view of the 4,800 additional soldiers and new brigade combat team that have been assigned to Fort Carson, an obvious question might be “Will the existing post be able to handle all the new folks?” While it’s still too early to get a reading from the Department of the Army on specific future plans… Continue Reading Fort Carson budget for continued growth

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Form 990 overview, forms on Web

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The 2008 Form 990 is now available on the Internal Revenue Web site. Organizations will begin using the new Form 990 for the 2008 tax year but must continue to use the current form for the 2007 tax year. The new Form 990 consists of an 11-page core form that must be completed by each… Continue Reading Form 990 overview, forms on Web

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Fire department expands with mobile crews

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Colorado Springs Fire Department has created a new approach to combat the rising volume of calls – a mobile two-person squad based outside a fire station. Similar plans have been instituted in places such as Seattle and Miami-Dade County, Fla. The Springs’ first two-man squad responds to the Knob Hill neighborhood, near Platte and Circle.… Continue Reading Fire department expands with mobile crews

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November foreclosures up 68 percent

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The number of November foreclosure filings nationwide surged 68 percent compared with the same month a year ago. Analysts from RealtyTrac say that in all, 201,950 foreclosure filings were reported last month, compared with 120,334 during November 2006. Still, last month’s filings are down 10 percent from October’s 224,451. The decline in filings from October… Continue Reading November foreclosures up 68 percent

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County DHS applies for $492,786 in CSBG grants

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The El Paso County Department of Human Services has applied to receive $492,786 in Community Services Block Grants for 2008 and 2009. The federal CSBG grants are awarded annually to provide county emergency and self-sufficiency services to low-income families. The Pikes Peak Community Action Agency and the Salvation Army’s emergency shelter will provide those services… Continue Reading County DHS applies for $492,786 in CSBG grants

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DHS adds day to closures

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The El Paso County Department of Human Services will be closed an additional day during the week of Dec. 25, when the offices will be closed for Christmas The closures come as a result of El Paso County’s $4.1 million revenue shortfall. Despite the office closures, Child and Adult Protection Services will be available everyday.… Continue Reading DHS adds day to closures

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The U.S. Army has selected Fort Carson to receive an additional brigade combat team of 4,877 soldiers to supplement the four brigades already assigned to the Mountain Post. The expansion is part of the Army “Grow the Force” initiative, under which it is creating six new brigades during the next five years. Democratic Sen. Ken… Continue Reading 4,800 more soldiers coming to Fort Carson

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State Total Spending Rank Texas $6.6 billion 1 Florida $4.8 billion 2 California $3.6 billion 3 Pennsylvania $3.5 billion 4 Minnesota $3.4 billion 5 Michigan $3.4 billion 6 Wisconsin $3.1 billion 7 Missouri $2.4 billion 8 Ohio $1.9 billion 9 New York $1.8 billion 10 Georgia $1.8 billion 11 South Carolina $1.8 billion 12 Alabama… Continue Reading Hunters, fishers generate more revenue than Broncos, Nuggets

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Entrepreneurs, small business grow economy

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Entrepreneurs drove the U.S. economy during 2006, federal reports show. The U.S. Small Business Administration released its comprehensive report about small business’ contributions to the national economy during 2006, and small businesses lead economic growth during the year, the report says. The report reviews the economic environment for small businesses in 2006, including the financial… Continue Reading Entrepreneurs, small business grow economy

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