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Downtown shuttle stays, bus fares to increase

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City Council decided last night to forego a proposal to cut 14,000 hours of municipal bus service, which means, among other things, that the free downtown shuttle will remain in operation. Officials had planned to cut $1.3 million of expenses from the city’s bus service budget to cover a revenue shortfall. The downtown shuttle service… Continue Reading Downtown shuttle stays, bus fares to increase

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Green gas plant plans on hold

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Xcel Energy Inc. will delay the construction of a Colorado state-of-the-art power plant that uses environmentally-friendly coal converted to gas technology to generate power. Xcel is the state’s largest utility provider, delivering electricity and natural gas to more than two-thirds of Colorado’s residents. Construction of a new “integrated gasification combined cycle,” power plant was anticipated… Continue Reading Green gas plant plans on hold

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CEO shopping tips

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CEO-to-CEO gift giving, a $17 billion industry, can be tricky business; here’s what one gift-giving consultant has to say about the matter. “Gift giving is an important element of an executive’s skill set, particularly on a CEO-to-CEO basis, but most business leaders don’t have the time to learn the intricacies of high-level corporate gift giving… Continue Reading CEO shopping tips

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Police to swarm Broadmooor

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More than 1,000 law enforcement professionals will descend on The Broadmoor Nov. 14-17 for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies’ fall conference. Representatives from agencies throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Barbados, British Virgin Islands and Bermuda are expected to attend. The Commission was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by… Continue Reading Police to swarm Broadmooor

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A key measure of consumer attitude has dropped to its lowest level in two years – and that’s not good news for the upcoming holiday shopping season. The New York-based Conference Board said yesterday that its Consumer Confidence Index fell from a revised 99.5 during September to 95.6, the lowest reading since 85.2 during October… Continue Reading Consumer confidence at two-year low, holiday retailers trembling

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Penrose Hospital’s Ruth Anne Panning Financial Center was the only Springs project that claimed a statewide industry merit award from the Colorado chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ 2007 Design Awards. The project was one of 15 winners selected from 84 entries. The building, which won in the Interiors category, was designed by RTA… Continue Reading Springs design project wins statewide award

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Time running out to book holiday travel plans

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If you rather have fun in the sun rather than head home for the holiday season, you’d better finalize your travel plans soon. National polling results released this month indicate that nearly half of travel agency clients had begun booking holiday travel during July or earlier. All-inclusive resorts packages are the destination of choice this… Continue Reading Time running out to book holiday travel plans

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Study ranks the fastest of fast-food eateries

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Wait time rankings Restaurant chains with no Colorado locations were excluded from the list 1 Quiznos 1:15 100% 2 Starbucks Coffee 2:08 91% 4 Carl’s Jr. 2:20 93% 5 Arby’s 2:21 90% 6 Sonic 2:25 84% 7 Chick-fil-A 2:40 94% 9 Boston Market 2:50 84% 11 McDonald’s 3:08 78% 12 Taco Bell 3:14 83% 13… Continue Reading Study ranks the fastest of fast-food eateries

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County mulling workforce furlough

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El Paso County officials are considering a one-week, non-paid furlough of all non-essential employees to help make up an unanticipated $4.1 million budget shortfall. Such a move could affect about 770 employees who do not work in public safety or health and human services, or 35 percent of the county’s 2,329 full-time workers. The furlough… Continue Reading County mulling workforce furlough

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Prairie dogs in southeast Colorado Springs have tested positive for plague. The El Paso County Department of Health and Environment collected plague-positive fleas from prairie dogs near Fontaine Boulevard and Goldfield Drive, south of the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected… Continue Reading Prairie dogs plague positive

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