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Federal transportation authorities hold Springs public hearing

Every four years, the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration holds a public meeting in Colorado Springs to review federal transportation certification review. This year, the meeting is slated for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, 15 S. Seventh Street. The two groups will jointly… Continue Reading Federal transportation authorities hold Springs public hearing

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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The federal government is launching a $26 million challenge to manufacturers to foster innovation and job creation through public-private partnerships. The hope is the challenge will help entice private capital to projects that oculd promote cluster-based development in regions across the United States. The government wants to build on the momentum within the manufacturing sector,… Continue Reading Government launches $26 million innovation challenge

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Two dozen pot shops have to move or close

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It’s moving day for some two dozen marijuana dispensaries warned to move or close by the top federal lawyer in Colorado. U.S. Attorney John Walsh gave 23 marijuana dispensaries near schools a Monday deadline to shut down, move or face federal penalties. Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Industry Groups says the affected dispensaries have complied. MMIG Executive… Continue Reading Two dozen pot shops have to move or close

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Feds plan to spend $50M on carp fight

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The Obama administration will spend about $50 million this year to shield the Great Lakes from greedy Asian carp, including first-time water sampling to determine whether the destructive fish have established a foothold in Lakes Michigan and Erie, officials said Thursday. An updated federal strategy for preventing an invasion also includes stepped-up trapping and netting… Continue Reading Feds plan to spend $50M on carp fight

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Colorado in line for patent office

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Remember those great ideas you had for an invention that could make money and put you on easy street? It might be time to pull them out of the closet and dust them off. Patent lawyers, politicians and scientists are pushing for a U.S. patent bureau in Colorado. Also in the running are New Mexico,… Continue Reading Colorado in line for patent office

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$25B US mortgage deal goes to states

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A draft settlement between the nation’s major banks and U.S. states over deceptive foreclosure practices has been sent to state officials for review. Those who lost their homes to foreclosure are unlikely to get their homes back or benefit much financially from the settlement, which could be as high as $25 billion. About 750,000 Americans… Continue Reading $25B US mortgage deal goes to states

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The federal government may cut millions of dollars a year in direct subsidy payments to Colorado farmers for corn, wheat and soybean crops. The cuts are part of agriculture reform heading to the U.S. Senate in a couple of months. Instead of subsidies, farmers are asking for a government-backed insurance program that would safeguard farmers… Continue Reading Federal government may cut Colorado farm subsidies

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Two years after the economic stimulus plan, a new government audit finds that about one-third of the money authorized for an energy efficiency program has not been spent. The Energy Department’s inspector general says that state and local governments have left as much $879 million unspent from a $2.7 billion program intended to boost energy… Continue Reading Gov’t audit: Stimulus funds for energy go unspent

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Back off Colorado’s oil and gas industry

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I don’t understand why the federal government keeps trying to stick its nose in our business here in Colorado. It seems like every few months or so, Congress or the Environmental Protection Agency keeps trying to take over regulation of our oil and gas industry. The state already does a bang up job but still,… Continue Reading Back off Colorado’s oil and gas industry

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