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Producers of the game show Wheel of Fortune will be in Cripple Creek this weekend looking for show contestants. Wheelmobile, the show’s promotional vehicle, seeks players who are energetic, enthusiastic and fun. Applicants’ names will be drawn at random to play a simulated version of the game onstage, win unique prizes and be evaluated as… Continue Reading Wheel of Fortune to visit Cripple Creek, seeking contestants

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State health practices held up as national model

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The new Senate health care reform bill, released yesterday by Sen. Max Baucus, contains key provisions from proven success in Colorado. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said he included provisions in the bill that will improve patient care and lower cost using a “proven care transitions model” developed in Colorado. “Colorado has incredible examples of how… Continue Reading State health practices held up as national model

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More than 120,000 people in Colorado will lose their health insurance by Dec. 2010, and the number of people nationwide without insurance is expected to climb by 6.9 million. That’s according to Families USA, which estimated the number of people who have lost – or will lose – health insurance coverage from Jan. 2008 to Dec. 2010.… Continue Reading Thousands of Coloradoans projected to lose health insurance

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The Colorado Department of Local Affairs will oversee the distribution of a record $80.4 million from the Local Government Severance Tax Fund and Federal Mineral Lease Fund. Just over 500 cities, counties and school districts will receive money. Legislation passed last year authorized a new method of distribution, adding factors such as new well and… Continue Reading State distributing $80 million in mining severance taxes

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So far the Pikes Peak region’s residential real estate prices are holding their own, but high-end neighborhoods have begun to reflect a broader downward trend. Overall home prices decreased 8.44 percent during March compared to a year ago, according to First American CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index report. During February 2009, Colorado Springs registered a… Continue Reading High-end housing enters downward price trend

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Colorado ranks sixth for brain health

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Colorado ranks sixth in the nation for “brain healthy” activities, according to the life’sDHA Index of Brain Health. The organization evaluated the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 21 health indicators – diet, physical health, mental health and social well being. Colorado ranked behind the District of Columbia, Maryland, Washington, Vermont and… Continue Reading Colorado ranks sixth for brain health

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Jobs in Colorado’s clean energy economy grew more than twice as fast as overall jobs between 1998 and 2007, according to the Pew Charitable Trust. In its The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs study, Pew conducted national count of the jobs, companies and venture capital investments that supply the demand for environmentally friendly products and… Continue Reading Colorado green jobs growing twice as fast as other jobs

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For the first time in the state’s history, an overnight operation moved 167,000 courses of antiviral medications to fight the H1N1, or swine, flu to 13 different sites throughout the state, including El Paso County, even though there have been no confirmed cases in the county. Shipments were made to Alamosa, Araphahoe, Boulder, Denver, Eagle,… Continue Reading State, El Paso County haul in H1N1 medication

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Colorado had the 10th-highest level of residential mortgage fraud during 2008, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The No. 10 spot is up from the state’s 2007 ranking of No. 17. The state was No. 8 on the list during 2006, No. 6 in 2005 and No. 3 in 2004. Rhode Island was No. 1… Continue Reading Colorado ranks 10th in nation for mortgage fraud

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Colorado healthy, at peace with self

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Colorado ranks fourth in the nation in terms of well being, according to a national analysis of 350,000 interviews conducted in 2008. Only Utah, Hawaii and Wyoming rank higher, with Michigan, Tennessee and Oklahoma having the lowest well-being ratings, according to the Gallup Healthways WEll-Being Index, one of the largest survey of its kind. The… Continue Reading Colorado healthy, at peace with self

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