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Gazette Premium Content SUNRISE: Breakfast marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day

JAKOB RODGERS Updated: January 16, 2012 at 12:00 am

Several events are planned on Monday to honor the man who led the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Festivities to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day will begin at 8 a.m. with the All People’s Breakfast at the Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College, near the intersection of Cache la Poudre Street and Cascade Avenue.

The event, which costs $7, will feature a speech by Rosemary Harris Lytle, president of the Colorado Springs branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

It is one of several events to honor King, who led the civil rights movement and gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. He was assassinated five years later in Memphis, Tenn.

Two presentations — one titled “Martin Luther King’s Vision” and another called “Race: The Power of an Illusion Episode Three: The House We Live In” — will be held beginning at 2 p.m. at the Butler Center, 1001 N. Nevada Ave.

An art exhibit titled “Gandi, King and Ikeda” will run through Friday at Colorado College’s Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Nevada Ave.

Government offices and libraries are closed Monday, as are many schools, banks and credit unions.

WEATHER

Expect partly sunny skies Monday in Colorado Springs, with temperatures forecast to reach a high of 49 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures should drop to a low of 10 degrees overnight before warming slightly to the low- to mid-30s on Tuesday.

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AROUND COLORADO


Colorado draws 31,000 residents from other states

DENVER (AP) — The Census Bureau says Colorado had a net gain of more than 31,000 people moving to the state from elsewhere in the U.S. last year, fifth-highest in the nation.

The Denver Post reported Sunday that Colorado was the most popular state among 25- to 44-year-olds who moved.

State demographer Elizabeth Garner says Colorado's unemployment hasn't deterred people, given that times are tough almost everywhere. Colorado's November rate was 8 percent.

Garner says Colorado has a bulge of people in the 45-to-65 age range, many who moved here in the 1970s and '80s. They are retiring out of the labor force and being replaced by younger workers.

Colorado's in-migration is much lower than it was in the '90s and hasn't been strong enough to lift the construction industry.

Colorado caucus clout may dwindle as Romney rolls on

DENVER (AP) — Colorado advanced its caucuses by a month in hopes of having a bigger say in the presidential nomination, but analysts say Mitt Romney may have unstoppable momentum in the GOP race by the time Feb. 7 rolls around.

The Denver Post reported Sunday that some of Romney's opponents may have dropped out by then.

Former Colorado GOP chairman Dick Wadhams says Romney will be in a strong position if he wins the South Carolina primary on Saturday.

Eric Sondermann, chairman of a Denver media consulting firm, says the Colorado caucuses will matter only if something dramatic happens in South Carolina or Florida.

State Republican Chairman Ryan call insists Colorado will have a say because only about 5 percent of the GOP delegates will have been allotted by Feb. 7.

Harsh immigration tone pushing Hispanics from GOP

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican Party is beefing up its minority outreach nationwide and preparing to put its rising Latino stars on the campaign trail amid concerns that tough immigration rhetoric in the presidential primary is taking on an increasingly anti-Hispanic tone.

But immigrant-rights groups and some political watchers say the damage may be irreversible. They say the GOP has severely hampered itself as it looks to woo the critical Latino voting bloc that could decide who wins key states like New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and Florida next fall.

The government projects Hispanics will account for roughly 30 percent of the population by 2050. Overall, Hispanics traditionally tilt Democrat, meaning the Republican Party is looking at a future threat to their power if they don't make inroads with this politically pivotal group now.

Prosecutors seize cash, cars, house in fraud case

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors are taking steps to confiscate a home, vehicles, precious metals and hundreds of thousands of dollars after a western Colorado man pleaded guilty to swindling $3.4 million from a government program for ailing nuclear workers.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Sunday that federal prosecutors filed documents to seize the property in the case of Anthony Breaux, 33, of Palisade.

Breaux pleaded guilty in November to health care fraud and money laundering. He was accused of forging doctors' orders and overbilling the government program for home care by relatives of ailing workers. He faces up to 20 years in prison at his March 16 sentencing.

Prosecutors want to seize more than $766,000 in cash or accounts, three ounces of gold and 110 ounces of silver.

Pueblo starts new year with rash of robberies

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say Pueblo businesses and individuals have already been hit 12 times by robbers this year, and four of the victims were banks.

The Pueblo Chieftain reported Sunday that the other victims were three convenience stores, two fast-foot restaurants, a music store and two individuals.

Three men have been arrested on charges stemming from one convenience store robbery, and police say they might be linked to other robberies.

Police believe one person is behind three of the bank robberies, but no one's been arrested.

Investigators say they don't know the reasons for the rash of robberies but suspect the robbers might owe money or want drugs.

Third of firms that got job money failed or merged

DENVER (AP) — Records show one-third of the companies that got state aid to create Colorado jobs between 2000 and 2007 went out of business or merged.

The Denver Post reported Sunday that economic incentives arranged through the Colorado Economic Development Commission have a mixed record.

The newspaper says 50 companies negotiated with the commission for state aid during that period, and 18 got far enough along in the process to get money.

Six of those went out of business or merged. All but one of the firms that merged cut jobs.

State officials say Colorado law requires a company to maintain the jobs it promised for at least a year before it gets any money from the commission's strategic fund.

Officials say they regularly review jobs data provided by the companies.

HAPPENINGS

-- “Paws to Read,”:, children can practice reading and build fluency by reading to a Paws to Read dog, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Old Colorado City Library Branch, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., free.

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