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Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Colorado residents and business owners affected by this summer’s wildfires, flooding and mudslides. The U.S. Small Business Administration will assist residents primarily in El Paso and Larimer counties affected by summer wildfires. but also will assist those in the neighboring Colorado counties of Boulder, Crowley, Douglas, Elbert, Fremont,… Continue Reading SBA offers disaster assistance to fire-affected residents and businesses

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Colorado could lose as much as $366 million in federal funding for education, clean water, law enforcement and other state or local services if Congress doesn’t stop sequestration efforts, according to the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization. The House of Representatives passed a budget that would cut 22 percent of the… Continue Reading Budget cuts could take millions from state programs

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Aspen hotel trying to lure Chinese tourists

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  An Aspen hotel is counting on Chinese tourists to fill rooms.   The Little Nell hotel recently sent representatives to China, hoping to lure wealthy Chinese tourists looking for a Western mountain town experience.   Hotel officials believe many wealthy Chinese who send their children to U.S. schools could be sold on a North… Continue Reading Aspen hotel trying to lure Chinese tourists

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While the economic index for the mountain states remains higher than the national average, leading economic indicators are slipping, according to the Goss Institute for Economic Research. The overall business conditions index slipped to 56.1. The index is a measure of indices for new orders, production, employment, inventories and delivery lead time. The big problem… Continue Reading Colorado drought conditions lead to slower economic growth

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Colorado will receive a total of $3.5 million in a settlement with the McKesson Corp., the largest pharmaceutical distributor in North America, for allegations that the company violated both the Federal False Claims Act and Colorado’s own false claim act. The drug company, which distributes one-third of the medicines used every day, was accused of… Continue Reading Colorado getting $3.5 million in drug settlement

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Coloradans have donated or pledged more than $2 million through the Community First Foundation to the victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting. Already about $200,0000 has been distributed from the Aurora Victim Relief Fund, a partnership started by Governor Hickenlooper and the Community First Foundation following the July 20 shootings in an Aurora movie… Continue Reading Coloradans donate $2 million to Aurora victims

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Colorado State Fair reports $128,000 profit

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  The Colorado State Fair says it has turned a profit, after receiving money from the state agriculture department.   Finances released Wednesday show the fair posted a $128,000 profit.   Revenues rose and expenses fell, but it also received $375,000 from the state Department of Agriculture, which it had requested after it projected a… Continue Reading Colorado State Fair reports $128,000 profit

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McDonald’s is rolling out a new low-calorie menu in Colorado. The fast food chain will introduce its “Favorites under 400 calories” in Colorado locations and drive-thrus. The menu is planned for a national rollout, but will begin in Colorado, according to a release from McDonald’s. The menu features regular McDonald’s meals that are fewer than… Continue Reading McDonald’s highlights lower-calorie meals on new menu

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  A dispute over mailing ballots to inactive voters in Colorado is headed for a public hearing Monday.   Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler is considering a new rule to ban election clerks from automatically sending mail-in ballots to inactive voters. He says sending ballots to inactive voters invites fraud.   Democrats say voters… Continue Reading Colorado may tighten rules for inactive voters

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Some theaters and police around the U.S. stepped up security at daytime showings of the new Batman movie Friday after the massacre in Colorado, and while many fans were undeterred by the tragedy, others were nervous about going to see the film.   Two police officers were stationed outside the AMC theater in New York’s… Continue Reading Security increased at movies following shootings

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