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Jakob Rodgers

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  • El Paso County has one of worst doctor shortages in Colorado, study shows

    Updated: Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    El Paso County has one of Colorado's worst shortages of primary care physicians - a problem that's particularly acute among Medicaid patients, according to a study released Tuesday. Another 120 primary care physicians - or a 54 percent increase - are needed in El Paso County to reach...

  • Judge sides with PERA in Memorial Hospital pension dispute

    Updated: Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    A retired judge sided with the Public Employees' Retirement Association on Tuesday in a $190 million dispute over whether Memorial Hospital employees could leave the pension fund without Colorado Springs paying anything. The ruling means Colorado Springs must pay its pension...

  • Memorial Hospital budget in red because of too few patients, expensive projects

    Updated: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    Memorial Hospital's financial sheets ran red during the first several months of its lease to University of Colorado Health, but few people appear to be sounding alarms. The hospital's expenses fell more than $23 million below revenues during the first nine months of its lease to...

  • Youth organizations could take hit in trade-off for added Colorado Springs homeless funding

    Updated: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    Money for court-appointed child advocates, rides for the disabled and courthouse baby sitters could be cut as part of the mayor's effort to repurpose at least $5 million toward programs for the homeless. The prospect of Colorado Springs officials awarding nearly $142,000 to programs...

  • Concert to raise money for Colorado Springs organ donor now fighting for life

    Updated: Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    Back in 2005, Becky Atencio gave half her liver to a co-worker in the final throes of organ failure. Now, Atencio fears the cost of saving that man's life might be her own. On Sunday, a concert is planned to help raise $25,000 for her upcoming trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,...

  • More El Paso County families eligible for special tax credit, experts say

    Published: Thu, Feb 6, 2014

    El Paso County residents received $103 million last spring through a special tax credit for low-to-moderate income families. The problem? Millions more in rebates were available to county residents, according to the Pikes Peak United Way. A push is on to help people apply for the...

  • Winter shelter open around the clock during Colorado Springs cold snap

    Published: Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    The Springs Rescue Mission plans to keep its winter shelter open during daylight hours this week amid a brutal cold snap. The nonprofit will keep the shelter open around the clock through at least 5 p.m. Friday, Springs Rescue Mission officials announced Tuesday. The facility at 25...

  • Program to stem child abuse coming back to Colorado Springs

    Updated: Fri, Jan 31, 2014

    A program that provides a place for frazzled, angry parents to drop off their kids before the situation turns abusive plans to reopen Monday. The resurrection of the KPC Respite Center ends a nine-month closure that had left the region without a critical means to prevent child abuse....

  • Twin blamed for his brother's sex crimes now facing his own charges

    Updated: Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    A man once labeled as the "evil twin" of a former Fort Carson lieutenant now shares more with his brother than near-identical DNA. Brian Lucas, 32, posted bond after Huntsville, Ala. police arrested him on suspicion of felony sodomy and sexual abuse - specifically, fondling a child,...

  • Colorado Springs mayor announces $5 million plan to address homelessness

    Updated: Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    Colorado Springs officials plan to vastly expand homeless services, shelter beds and affordable housing across the city while furthering the city's influence over how millions of dollars in federal grants are spent to combat homelessness. On Wednesday, Mayor Steve Bach announced...

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