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Unemployment assistance available to Black Forest fire residents

Unemployment assistance available to Black Forest fire residents

  People who lost their jobs because of the Black Forest fire might be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance, a federal program that provides temporary financial assistance to workers. The benefits are available to people who have lost their jobs because of a disaster and do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits, according to a… Continue Reading Unemployment assistance available to Black Forest fire residents

Colorado has received a $2.9 million grant from the federal government’s “Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge.” The money will be used during the next four years to accelerate the state’s plan to improve school readiness. The money will increase access to high-quality early learning programs and help develop the capacity of those people,… Continue Reading Colorado receives $29.9 million ‘Race to Top’ grant

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Colorado officials take sides in fracking dispute

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Some 60 mayors and city council members from 17 communities have asked Gov. John Hickenlooper to have the state drop a lawsuit over fracking that challenges oil and gas drilling rules adopted by the city of Longmont. The signers include the entire boards of Carbondale, Crested Butte, Lyons, Westminster and Bennett. At issue is whether… Continue Reading Colorado officials take sides in fracking dispute

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Governor to sign Colo. state employee bill

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  Colorado state employees could see revised job protections under a measure headed to ballots this fall.   Gov. John Hickenlooper says he plans to sign the proposal to revise personnel regulations on Wednesday. The governor’s signature is the last step before the changes go to voters.   Many of the protections are in the… Continue Reading Governor to sign Colo. state employee bill

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Colorado economy continues to improve

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The state’s economy continues to improve, according to the latest release from the Mountain States Index. The three states that make up the region – Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, saw their economy grow for the 29th straight month, and at levels higher than the national index, which has grown more slowly, said the report from… Continue Reading Colorado economy continues to improve

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A bill to create a smartphone app that shows Colorado locally owned businesses will face its toughest test yet in the Republican-controlled House. Senate Democrats approved the proposal earlier this month, saying the bill is a way to promote and boost local businesses. But Republicans are skeptical. They question whether the bill is necessary and… Continue Reading Bill to create local business app faces tough vote

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After reports that few Colorado Springs people were being appointed to state boards and committees, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC decided to do something about it. The group is gathering a list of people to apply for more than 300 empty seats in state-level boards and committees. “We’re working with the governor… Continue Reading Chamber leading effort for Springs representatives on state boards

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The Colorado unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percent from January 2011 to January 2012 to 7.8 percent, according to the Colorado Bureau of Labor and Employment. The national unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of one percent to 8.3 percent. The largest monthly private sector job gains were in construction, professional and business services, leisure and… Continue Reading State unemployment rate dropped slightly last year

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CO employees nervously await employment changes

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Kim Bodin works nights and weekends as a state prison nurse, and she hasn’t had a raise in years. Now the 54-year-old is watching nervously as Democrats and Republicans talk about changing how state employees can be hired and fired. “There is a big move in this country to make people who work for government… Continue Reading CO employees nervously await employment changes

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Abortion, immigration changes among new 2012 laws

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Girls seeking abortions in New Hampshire must first tell their parents or a judge, some employers in Alabama must verify new workers’ U.S. residency, and California students will be the first in the country to receive mandatory lessons about the contributions of gays and lesbians under state laws set to take effect at the start… Continue Reading Abortion, immigration changes among new 2012 laws

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