<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:38:55 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Meeting set about parking issues near Colorado Springs community market in former school]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/meeting-set-about-parking-issues-near-colorado-springs-community-market-in-former-school/article/1541865?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/meeting-set-about-parking-issues-near-colorado-springs-community-market-in-former-school/article/1541865?custom_click=rss A public meeting to discuss the future of parking near Ivywild School is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday.

The meeting will focus on two potential options for Cascade Avenue between Cheyenne Boulevard and Brookside Road.

City officials want to add to the 49 parking spaces on the street in that area.

One option would convert Cascade Avenue into a one-way street, which could expand the number of available parking spaces to 106. Another option would keep two-direction traffic and could increase the number of parking spaces to 78.

"That neighborhood is growing and we need to keep up with the growth," said Kim Melchor, a city spokeswoman.

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]]> A public meeting to discuss the future of parking near Ivywild School is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday.

The meeting will focus on two potential options for Cascade Avenue between Cheyenne Boulevard and Brookside Road.

City officials want to add to the 49 parking spaces on the street in that area.

One option would convert Cascade Avenue into a one-way street, which could expand the number of available parking spaces to 106. Another option would keep two-direction traffic and could increase the number of parking spaces to 78.

"That neighborhood is growing and we need to keep up with the growth," said Kim Melchor, a city spokeswoman.]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:15:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Holiday travelers choose Colorado Springs airport for one main reason; some not aware of another perk]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/holiday-travelers-choose-colorado-springs-airport-for-one-main-reason-some-not-aware-of-another-perk/article/1541862?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/holiday-travelers-choose-colorado-springs-airport-for-one-main-reason-some-not-aware-of-another-perk/article/1541862?custom_click=rss

Scott and Connie Kumpf and their three sons were exactly the type of passenger the Colorado Springs Airport hoped to attract during the traditionally busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week.

The Castle Rock family was traveling Saturday from the Springs to Guatemala to visit their son Joshua, who recently finished his mission work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was the first time they used the Colorado Springs Airport.

"We could have booked the same flight through Houston from Denver, but it was at least $100 per person cheaper to fly from Colorado Springs," Scott Kumpf said. "It is convenient and about the same distance to either airport. It is quiet and the parking lot shuttle bus was right there to



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Scott and Connie Kumpf and their three sons were exactly the type of passenger the Colorado Springs Airport hoped to attract during the traditionally busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week.

The Castle Rock family was traveling Saturday from the Springs to Guatemala to visit their son Joshua, who recently finished his mission work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was the first time they used the Colorado Springs Airport.

"We could have booked the same flight through Houston from Denver, but it was at least $100 per person cheaper to fly from Colorado Springs," Scott Kumpf said. "It is convenient and about the same distance to either airport. It is quiet and the parking lot shuttle bus was right there to

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:09:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Obama immigration plan good, not great for economy]]> http://gazette.com/obama-immigration-plan-good-not-great-for-economy/article/feed/181483?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-immigration-plan-good-not-great-for-economy/article/feed/181483?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's expansive executive action on immigration is good for the U.S. economy — just not as good as partnering with Congress on broader reforms.

The executive order signed Friday would prevent the deportation of about 4 million parents and guardians who lack the same legal status as their children. By gaining work permits, they will likely command higher wages, move more easily between jobs and boost government tax revenues, according to multiple economic analyses.

"This is focused on people who are already in the economy today, who are contributing mightily but are basically operating in the shadows," said Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. "

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The executive order signed Friday would prevent the deportation of about 4 million parents and guardians who lack the same legal status as their children. By gaining work permits, they will likely command higher wages, move more easily between jobs and boost government tax revenues, according to multiple economic analyses.

"This is focused on people who are already in the economy today, who are contributing mightily but are basically operating in the shadows," said Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. "]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:45:18 -0700 <![CDATA[New Jersey racetrack plans fantasy sports betting]]> http://gazette.com/new-jersey-racetrack-plans-fantasy-sports-betting/article/feed/181549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-jersey-racetrack-plans-fantasy-sports-betting/article/feed/181549?custom_click=rss OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey racetrack says it will soon offer fantasy sports betting.

Monmouth Park officials announced their plans in a statement Saturday. It came one day after a federal judge ruled the state can't partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost its struggling horse racing and casino industries.

Track officials haven't set a date for when they will start offering fantasy sports betting but indicated it will happen "in the near future."

Dennis Drazin, an adviser to the racetrack's operators, says their legal team is still reviewing the ruling issued late Friday. But he says that "on its face," the ruling doesn't block the track's plans.

State officials already filed

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]]> OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey racetrack says it will soon offer fantasy sports betting.

Monmouth Park officials announced their plans in a statement Saturday. It came one day after a federal judge ruled the state can't partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost its struggling horse racing and casino industries.

Track officials haven't set a date for when they will start offering fantasy sports betting but indicated it will happen "in the near future."

Dennis Drazin, an adviser to the racetrack's operators, says their legal team is still reviewing the ruling issued late Friday. But he says that "on its face," the ruling doesn't block the track's plans.

State officials already filed]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:01:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Black Friday vs. Small Business Saturday: Colorado Springs' mom-and-pops prepare for battle]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/black-friday-vs.-small-business-saturday-colorado-springs-mom-and-pops-prepare-for-battle/article/1541857?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/black-friday-vs.-small-business-saturday-colorado-springs-mom-and-pops-prepare-for-battle/article/1541857?custom_click=rss

Will Black Friday creep cast a shadow on Small Business Saturday?

Last year, Stein Mart opened its doors to shoppers at 7 a.m. on the day after Thanksgiving - the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season known as Black Friday. This year, and for the first time in its history, the clothier and accessories retailer will open on Thanksgiving Day, starting at 5 p.m.

Dick's Sporting Goods, which has opened on past Thanksgivings, will move up this year's opening by three hours to 5 p.m. Kohl's, Macy's and Target will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday, a two-hour jump on last year.



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Will Black Friday creep cast a shadow on Small Business Saturday?

Last year, Stein Mart opened its doors to shoppers at 7 a.m. on the day after Thanksgiving - the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season known as Black Friday. This year, and for the first time in its history, the clothier and accessories retailer will open on Thanksgiving Day, starting at 5 p.m.

Dick's Sporting Goods, which has opened on past Thanksgivings, will move up this year's opening by three hours to 5 p.m. Kohl's, Macy's and Target will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday, a two-hour jump on last year.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:33:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Locavore movement takes to deer hunting across US]]> http://gazette.com/locavore-movement-takes-to-deer-hunting-across-us/article/feed/181506?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/locavore-movement-takes-to-deer-hunting-across-us/article/feed/181506?custom_click=rss

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters — people who demand locally produced food, but don't know the first thing about bagging a deer.

Books and blogs on the topic are numerous, and state wildlife departments are offering introductory deer hunting classes in urban areas to recruit newbies who want to kill their own local, sustainable and wild meat in what some say is an ecologically friendly way.

"It's not easy and it's not a surefire way to fill a freezer every year but it's certainly more rewarding than even raising a cow behind your house and butchering it," said Chris Saunders, hunter education coordinator for the Vermont D

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]]> MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters — people who demand locally produced food, but don't know the first thing about bagging a deer.

Books and blogs on the topic are numerous, and state wildlife departments are offering introductory deer hunting classes in urban areas to recruit newbies who want to kill their own local, sustainable and wild meat in what some say is an ecologically friendly way.

"It's not easy and it's not a surefire way to fill a freezer every year but it's certainly more rewarding than even raising a cow behind your house and butchering it," said Chris Saunders, hunter education coordinator for the Vermont D]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:02:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Taj Mahal offers to restore workers' health care]]> http://gazette.com/taj-mahal-offers-to-restore-workers-health-care/article/feed/181534?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/taj-mahal-offers-to-restore-workers-health-care/article/feed/181534?custom_click=rss

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Trump Taj Mahal casino is offering to restore health insurance to its workers as part of a last-ditch effort to keep the struggling Atlantic City casino open.

Trump Entertainment Resorts said Saturday it has offered to restore health insurance to its 3,000 workers for at least two years if the union will drop its appeal of a court order that canceled the health insurance and pension plan for casino workers. It made the offer in a letter to Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE casino workers union.

Company president Robert Griffin told McDevitt the casino plans to close Dec. 12 and that the shutdown process will accelerate next week. But he says if the union withdraws its appea

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]]> ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Trump Taj Mahal casino is offering to restore health insurance to its workers as part of a last-ditch effort to keep the struggling Atlantic City casino open.

Trump Entertainment Resorts said Saturday it has offered to restore health insurance to its 3,000 workers for at least two years if the union will drop its appeal of a court order that canceled the health insurance and pension plan for casino workers. It made the offer in a letter to Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE casino workers union.

Company president Robert Griffin told McDevitt the casino plans to close Dec. 12 and that the shutdown process will accelerate next week. But he says if the union withdraws its appea]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:45:34 -0700 <![CDATA[Flights resume at Detroit airport after ice delays]]> http://gazette.com/flights-resume-at-detroit-airport-after-ice-delays/article/feed/181502?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flights-resume-at-detroit-airport-after-ice-delays/article/feed/181502?custom_click=rss

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Flights have resumed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after icy runways kept planes from arriving and departing.

Airport spokesman Michael Conway said all four parallel runways have reopened but flights stopped for a couple of hours Saturday morning when the entire airfield "iced over at once." Overnight crews applied de-icing fluid and sand, but he says freezing rain "overwhelmed our work."

Conway says a Delta Air Lines plane arriving from Portland, Oregon, landed around 7 a.m. but skidded off a taxiway into grass. All passengers were safely removed and bused to the terminal.

A Delta spokesman said that none of the 160 passengers or six crew members were injured.

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]]> ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Flights have resumed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after icy runways kept planes from arriving and departing.

Airport spokesman Michael Conway said all four parallel runways have reopened but flights stopped for a couple of hours Saturday morning when the entire airfield "iced over at once." Overnight crews applied de-icing fluid and sand, but he says freezing rain "overwhelmed our work."

Conway says a Delta Air Lines plane arriving from Portland, Oregon, landed around 7 a.m. but skidded off a taxiway into grass. All passengers were safely removed and bused to the terminal.

A Delta spokesman said that none of the 160 passengers or six crew members were injured.]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:32:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat]]> http://gazette.com/kohler-introduces-odor-eating-toilet-seat/article/feed/181510?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kohler-introduces-odor-eating-toilet-seat/article/feed/181510?custom_click=rss MILWAUKEE (AP) — Put down that aerosol spray can.

The Kohler Co. is introducing a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom smells — and the need for sprays to cover them up.

The battery-operated seat includes a fan that sucks in air, pushing it through an odor-eating carbon filter and over an optional scent pack. Product manager Jerry Bougher says the idea is to attack smells "where the action is."

The seat costs about $90 and is part of a high-tech trend that includes heated seats and seats with nightlights.

Kohler isn't the first to sell a smell-free seat.

Brondell introduced one in 2006, but took it off the market about three years ago because demand wasn't strong.

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The Kohler Co. is introducing a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom smells — and the need for sprays to cover them up.

The battery-operated seat includes a fan that sucks in air, pushing it through an odor-eating carbon filter and over an optional scent pack. Product manager Jerry Bougher says the idea is to attack smells "where the action is."

The seat costs about $90 and is part of a high-tech trend that includes heated seats and seats with nightlights.

Kohler isn't the first to sell a smell-free seat.

Brondell introduced one in 2006, but took it off the market about three years ago because demand wasn't strong.]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:30:42 -0700 <![CDATA[California Indian casinos embroiled in turmoil]]> http://gazette.com/california-indian-casinos-embroiled-in-turmoil/article/feed/181497?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-indian-casinos-embroiled-in-turmoil/article/feed/181497?custom_click=rss

COARSEGOLD, Calif. (AP) — When it comes to controlling California's flashy Las Vegas-style casinos, the stakes are enormous for tribes who own the gambling operations that collectively generate billions of dollars a year to sustain Native Americans up and down the state.

With this backdrop, several tribes in the past two years have fallen into nasty, sometimes violent, power struggles pitting factions and families against one another.

The most recent case, involving the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians near Yosemite National Park, climaxed in an armed raid on Oct. 9 by one faction that caused gamblers to flee, leaving their chips on the table.

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With this backdrop, several tribes in the past two years have fallen into nasty, sometimes violent, power struggles pitting factions and families against one another.

The most recent case, involving the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians near Yosemite National Park, climaxed in an armed raid on Oct. 9 by one faction that caused gamblers to flee, leaving their chips on the table.]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:45:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Analysis: Veto gives Obama edge on immigration]]> http://gazette.com/analysis-veto-gives-obama-edge-on-immigration/article/feed/181452?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/analysis-veto-gives-obama-edge-on-immigration/article/feed/181452?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has the upper hand in the fierce struggle over immigration now taking shape, with a veto pen ready to kill any Republican move to reverse his executive order, Democrats united behind him and GOP congressional leaders desperate to squelch talk of a government shutdown or even impeachment.

With the public favoring changes in the current immigration system, the Republicans' best short-term response appears to be purely rhetorical: that the president is granting amnesty to millions, and exceeding his constitutional authority in the process. Beyond that, their hopes of reversing his policies appear to be either a years-long lawsuit or the 2016 presidential election.

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With the public favoring changes in the current immigration system, the Republicans' best short-term response appears to be purely rhetorical: that the president is granting amnesty to millions, and exceeding his constitutional authority in the process. Beyond that, their hopes of reversing his policies appear to be either a years-long lawsuit or the 2016 presidential election.]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:15:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Retailers and restaurants open, and others coming soon, to downtown Colorado Springs]]> Stephen Hobbs http://gazette.com/retailers-and-restaurants-open-and-others-coming-soon-to-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1541721?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/retailers-and-restaurants-open-and-others-coming-soon-to-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1541721?custom_click=rss

Here's a roundup of what's happening in downtown Colorado Springs with restaurants and retail:

Restaurants:

Odyssey Gastropub

The bar and grill had a soft opening Wednesday and is now officially open for business. The restaurant is slated to stay open until 11 p.m. Thursday and possibly later if business is good. It is at 311 N. Tejon St., the former location of Tony’s bar.

Togo’s

The California-based sandwich shop will open Friday, Dec. 5 at 27 S. Tejon St. The eatery is in the former location of Buttercup’s Frozen Yogurt, next to the entrance of the United States Olympic Committee building.

Retail:

Far Out Factory

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Here's a roundup of what's happening in downtown Colorado Springs with restaurants and retail:

Restaurants:

Odyssey Gastropub

The bar and grill had a soft opening Wednesday and is now officially open for business. The restaurant is slated to stay open until 11 p.m. Thursday and possibly later if business is good. It is at 311 N. Tejon St., the former location of Tony’s bar.

Togo’s

The California-based sandwich shop will open Friday, Dec. 5 at 27 S. Tejon St. The eatery is in the former location of Buttercup’s Frozen Yogurt, next to the entrance of the United States Olympic Committee building.

Retail:

Far Out Factory

The custom t-shirt and design store, officially

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:54:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Christy Sports is on the move in Colorado Springs]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/christy-sports-is-on-the-move-in-colorado-springs/article/1541796?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/christy-sports-is-on-the-move-in-colorado-springs/article/1541796?custom_click=rss

Christy Sports, a ski equipment fixture on Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs for almost a quarter-century, will schuss across town next year when it relocates to the University Village Colorado shopping center.

Christy expects to open in mid-April in University Village, northwest of North Nevada Avenue and Garden of the Gods Road, said store manager Mike Lloyd.

The store has operated for 221/2 years at 1808 N. Academy Blvd., between Constitution Avenue and Palmer Park Boulevard. But the Lakewood-based chain wants a higher-profile location with better access for customers, said Lloyd, who has run the store for the entire time it has been on Academy.

"There's not as much traffic coming by on Academy as there used to

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]]> Christy Sports, a ski equipment fixture on Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs for almost a quarter-century, will schuss across town next year when it relocates to the University Village Colorado shopping center.

Christy expects to open in mid-April in University Village, northwest of North Nevada Avenue and Garden of the Gods Road, said store manager Mike Lloyd.

The store has operated for 221/2 years at 1808 N. Academy Blvd., between Constitution Avenue and Palmer Park Boulevard. But the Lakewood-based chain wants a higher-profile location with better access for customers, said Lloyd, who has run the store for the entire time it has been on Academy.

"There's not as much traffic coming by on Academy as there used to]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:15:09 -0700 <![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1541793?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1541793?custom_click=rss

Brian Rowedder has been promoted to director of marketing at Ent Federal Credit Union. He has been in Ent's marketing department since 1998 and has a 22-year background in financial services, including marketing and research experience. He previously held member service and process analysis positions in Bank One's western regional call center.

GET MORE, SUBMIT ITEM: See Sunday's Business section for more Movers & Shakers. To submit an item, go to the press release form at gazette.com/business.

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]]> Brian Rowedder has been promoted to director of marketing at Ent Federal Credit Union. He has been in Ent's marketing department since 1998 and has a 22-year background in financial services, including marketing and research experience. He previously held member service and process analysis positions in Bank One's western regional call center.

GET MORE, SUBMIT ITEM: See Sunday's Business section for more Movers & Shakers. To submit an item, go to the press release form at gazette.com/business.]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:15:09 -0700 <![CDATA[Man pleads guilty in New York cybercrime case]]> http://gazette.com/man-pleads-guilty-in-new-york-cybercrime-case/article/feed/181419?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-pleads-guilty-in-new-york-cybercrime-case/article/feed/181419?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — A California man has pleaded guilty in New York City for his role marketing malware that federal authorities say infected more than a half-million computers worldwide.

Brendan Johnston entered his plea to a charge of conspiracy to commit computer hacking before a Manhattan federal judge on Friday.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) says the 24-year-old Thousand Oaks, California, resident helped market and sell a remote access tool for the BlackShades malware. He says Johnston also provided technical assistance.

Johnston's attorney says he helped customers for less than a year and has accepted responsibility for his involvement.

Authorities say the computer program allowed cybercriminals t

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — A California man has pleaded guilty in New York City for his role marketing malware that federal authorities say infected more than a half-million computers worldwide.

Brendan Johnston entered his plea to a charge of conspiracy to commit computer hacking before a Manhattan federal judge on Friday.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) says the 24-year-old Thousand Oaks, California, resident helped market and sell a remote access tool for the BlackShades malware. He says Johnston also provided technical assistance.

Johnston's attorney says he helped customers for less than a year and has accepted responsibility for his involvement.

Authorities say the computer program allowed cybercriminals t]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:45:56 -0700 <![CDATA[AP NewsAlert]]> http://gazette.com/ap-newsalert/article/feed/85722?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-newsalert/article/feed/85722?custom_click=rss TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — US judge nixes plan to allow sports betting at New Jersey casinos, tracks ; appeal expected.

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — US judge nixes plan to allow sports betting at New Jersey casinos, tracks ; appeal expected.]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:16:46 -0700
<![CDATA[Investigators may have recovered lost IRS emails]]> http://gazette.com/investigators-may-have-recovered-lost-irs-emails/article/feed/181397?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/investigators-may-have-recovered-lost-irs-emails/article/feed/181397?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have told Congress that they have recovered data that may include lost emails from one of the pivotal figures in the controversy over the IRS's treatment of tea party groups, congressional aides said Friday.

Frederick Hill, spokesman for Republicans who run the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the investigators told congressional staff at a briefing Friday that they have recovered up to 30,000 emails to and from Lois Lerner.

"They didn't indicate any doubt that they'll be able to recover emails," Hill said.

A statement from Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee was more measured.

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Frederick Hill, spokesman for Republicans who run the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the investigators told congressional staff at a briefing Friday that they have recovered up to 30,000 emails to and from Lois Lerner.

"They didn't indicate any doubt that they'll be able to recover emails," Hill said.

A statement from Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee was more measured.]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:32:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Report: Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling]]> http://gazette.com/report-grouse-needs-3-mile-buffer-from-drilling/article/feed/181220?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-grouse-needs-3-mile-buffer-from-drilling/article/feed/181220?custom_click=rss

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3-mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.

The study comes as the Obama administration weighs new protections for the greater sage grouse. The ground-dwelling, chicken-sized birds range across 11 western states and two Canadian provinces.

A 3-mile buffer for the birds represents a much larger area than the no-occupancy zones where drilling and other activity is prohibited under some state and federal land management plans.

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]]> BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3-mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.

The study comes as the Obama administration weighs new protections for the greater sage grouse. The ground-dwelling, chicken-sized birds range across 11 western states and two Canadian provinces.

A 3-mile buffer for the birds represents a much larger area than the no-occupancy zones where drilling and other activity is prohibited under some state and federal land management plans.]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:31:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Worker in deadly Gulf blast was cleaning equipment]]> http://gazette.com/worker-in-deadly-gulf-blast-was-cleaning-equipment/article/feed/181257?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/worker-in-deadly-gulf-blast-was-cleaning-equipment/article/feed/181257?custom_click=rss NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said Friday.

Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC said another worker suffered "visible injury" and two others reported ringing in their ears after the explosion, which was reported just before 3 p.m. Thursday. The company said the three injured workers have been released from the hospital.

Fieldwood said the worker who was killed Thursday was cleaning a piece of equipment that separates oil from water liquids when an "isolated pressure event" occurred.

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]]> NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said Friday.

Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC said another worker suffered "visible injury" and two others reported ringing in their ears after the explosion, which was reported just before 3 p.m. Thursday. The company said the three injured workers have been released from the hospital.

Fieldwood said the worker who was killed Thursday was cleaning a piece of equipment that separates oil from water liquids when an "isolated pressure event" occurred.]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:47:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Bin Laden son-in-law's lawyer is heading to prison]]> http://gazette.com/bin-laden-son-in-laws-lawyer-is-heading-to-prison/article/feed/181388?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bin-laden-son-in-laws-lawyer-is-heading-to-prison/article/feed/181388?custom_click=rss SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — An attorney for Osama bin Laden's son-in-law has been sentenced to 18 months in prison on tax charges.

Stanley Cohen was sentenced Friday in federal court in Syracuse, New York, after pleading guilty to impeding the U.S. tax agency and failing to file tax returns.

He has said a trial and any appeals would have been a "tremendous" financial burden and called the prosecution a witch hunt.

Prosecutors say Cohen filed no tax returns for six years, requested a filing extension each year and made modest payments toward taxes due.

In September, Cohen's client Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo gayth) received life in prison for acting as the voice of al-Qaida after the Sept. 11 terror atta

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Stanley Cohen was sentenced Friday in federal court in Syracuse, New York, after pleading guilty to impeding the U.S. tax agency and failing to file tax returns.

He has said a trial and any appeals would have been a "tremendous" financial burden and called the prosecution a witch hunt.

Prosecutors say Cohen filed no tax returns for six years, requested a filing extension each year and made modest payments toward taxes due.

In September, Cohen's client Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo gayth) received life in prison for acting as the voice of al-Qaida after the Sept. 11 terror atta]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:17:06 -0700 <![CDATA[House GOP sues Obama administration on health law]]> http://gazette.com/house-gop-sues-obama-administration-on-health-law/article/feed/181221?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-gop-sues-obama-administration-on-health-law/article/feed/181221?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing the Obama administration of exceeding its constitutional powers in carrying out President Barack Obama's prized health care law, giving legal voice to conservatives who have long protested that he has abused his office's authority.

Democrats said Obama had acted legally and mocked the case as an unwinnable, politically motivated attack. Legal experts expressed doubts that the GOP would prevail or that the case could be concluded during Obama's presidency.

The suit echoed Republican complaints over Obama's Thursday night announcement of executive actions preventing the deportation of 5 million people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally.

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Democrats said Obama had acted legally and mocked the case as an unwinnable, politically motivated attack. Legal experts expressed doubts that the GOP would prevail or that the case could be concluded during Obama's presidency.

The suit echoed Republican complaints over Obama's Thursday night announcement of executive actions preventing the deportation of 5 million people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally.]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:03:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Report: Struggling bird needs 3-mile buffer from drilling]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/report-struggling-bird-needs-3-mile-buffer-from-drilling/article/1541800?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-struggling-bird-needs-3-mile-buffer-from-drilling/article/1541800?custom_click=rss

BILLINGS, Mont. — A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3-mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.

The study comes as the Obama administration weighs new protections for the greater sage grouse. The ground-dwelling, chicken-sized birds range across 11 western states and two Canadian provinces.

A 3-mile buffer for the birds represents a much larger area than the no-occupancy zones where drilling and other activity is prohibited under some state and federal land management plans.



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BILLINGS, Mont. — A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3-mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects.

The study comes as the Obama administration weighs new protections for the greater sage grouse. The ground-dwelling, chicken-sized birds range across 11 western states and two Canadian provinces.

A 3-mile buffer for the birds represents a much larger area than the no-occupancy zones where drilling and other activity is prohibited under some state and federal land management plans.

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<![CDATA[Settlement announced on Colorado's Roan Plateau]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/settlement-announced-on-colorados-roan-plateau/article/1541791?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/settlement-announced-on-colorados-roan-plateau/article/1541791?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Federal and state officials say they have reached an agreement they believe will help protect the Roan Plateau while also encouraging natural gas development.

Officials said Friday the settlement helps protect wildlife and supports opportunities for outdoor recreation and energy development.

The settlement agreement between conservation groups and oil and gas leaseholders cancels 17 of the 19 leases issued on the plateau in 2008. It also refunds about $48 million in bonus bids and annual rental payments to the Bill Barrett company that owned the leases.

The remaining two leases on top of the plateau and 12 leases located at the base of the plateau will remain in place.



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DENVER — Federal and state officials say they have reached an agreement they believe will help protect the Roan Plateau while also encouraging natural gas development.

Officials said Friday the settlement helps protect wildlife and supports opportunities for outdoor recreation and energy development.

The settlement agreement between conservation groups and oil and gas leaseholders cancels 17 of the 19 leases issued on the plateau in 2008. It also refunds about $48 million in bonus bids and annual rental payments to the Bill Barrett company that owned the leases.

The remaining two leases on top of the plateau and 12 leases located at the base of the plateau will remain in place.

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<![CDATA[Colorado jobless rate hits 6½-year low]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-jobless-rate-hits-6-year-low/article/1541777?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-jobless-rate-hits-6-year-low/article/1541777?custom_click=rss DENVER — Colorado's unemployment rate has dropped by 0.4 percentage point to 4.3 percent in October, the lowest level in more than 6½ years.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday that private-sector jobs decreased by 2,100 and government jobs increased by 2,400 in October, for a net gain of 300 positions.

Officials say the state has had three years of uninterrupted job growth. The last time Colorado's unemployment rate was this low was in March 2008.

The national unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in October.

State officials say employment statistics are gathered from separate surveys of households and businesses, which sometimes produce conflicting results.



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DENVER — Colorado's unemployment rate has dropped by 0.4 percentage point to 4.3 percent in October, the lowest level in more than 6½ years.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday that private-sector jobs decreased by 2,100 and government jobs increased by 2,400 in October, for a net gain of 300 positions.

Officials say the state has had three years of uninterrupted job growth. The last time Colorado's unemployment rate was this low was in March 2008.

The national unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in October.

State officials say employment statistics are gathered from separate surveys of households and businesses, which sometimes produce conflicting results.

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<![CDATA[Report: 2013 furloughs took big bite out of Colorado Springs' per-person incomes]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/report-2013-furloughs-took-big-bite-out-of-colorado-springs-per-person-incomes/article/1541747?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-2013-furloughs-took-big-bite-out-of-colorado-springs-per-person-incomes/article/1541747?custom_click=rss

Did your wallet feel lighter in 2013? It wasn't an illusion.

Per-person income in the Colorado Springs area last year grew at the slowest rate since 2009, and was at the lowest level compared with the national average in the 44 years the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis has compiled the data.

The area's income per person rose just 0.2 percent, or $81, from 2012 to $41,250, according to a report released Thursday by the agency. In 2012, per-person income rose 2.1 percent from 2011.

The national average for 2013 was $44,785; the Colorado Springs number is $3,535, or 7.9 percent, lower - the biggest gap between local incomes and the national average in data since 1969.

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Did your wallet feel lighter in 2013? It wasn't an illusion.

Per-person income in the Colorado Springs area last year grew at the slowest rate since 2009, and was at the lowest level compared with the national average in the 44 years the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis has compiled the data.

The area's income per person rose just 0.2 percent, or $81, from 2012 to $41,250, according to a report released Thursday by the agency. In 2012, per-person income rose 2.1 percent from 2011.

The national average for 2013 was $44,785; the Colorado Springs number is $3,535, or 7.9 percent, lower - the biggest gap between local incomes and the national average in data since 1969.

The prime reason for the area's poor showing: a

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<![CDATA[Everest College in Colorado Springs part of Corinthian College's sell-off of 56 campuses]]> Gazette and news services - http://gazette.com/everest-college-in-colorado-springs-part-of-corinthian-colleges-sell-off-of-56-campuses/article/1541743?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/everest-college-in-colorado-springs-part-of-corinthian-colleges-sell-off-of-56-campuses/article/1541743?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES - Everest College in Colorado Springs and a related 350-person call center on Garden of the Gods Road are being sold to a nonprofit entity as part of an agreement by their parent company, Corinthian Colleges Inc., to sell off 56 of its campuses for $24 million.

The deal between Santa Ana, Calif.-based Corinthian and Minnesota-based Educational Credit Management Corp., which collects student loan debt on behalf of the federal government, represents a large share of Corinthian's campuses. In July, Corinthian agreed to sell off 85 campuses and wind down operations at 12 others as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education.

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The deal between Santa Ana, Calif.-based Corinthian and Minnesota-based Educational Credit Management Corp., which collects student loan debt on behalf of the federal government, represents a large share of Corinthian's campuses. In July, Corinthian agreed to sell off 85 campuses and wind down operations at 12 others as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Education.]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:15:08 -0700 <![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1541736?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1541736?custom_click=rss

Richard Lary has been promoted to chief technical officer at X-IO Technologies in Colorado Springs. Lary has been in the computer industry for more than 40 years, and has been awarded more than 30 patents. He joined X-IO in 2009.

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See Sunday's Business section for more Movers & Shakers. To submit an item, go to the press release form at gazette.com/business.]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:15:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Los Angeles company buys a third major commercial property in Colorado Springs]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/los-angeles-company-buys-a-third-major-commercial-property-in-colorado-springs/article/1541745?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/los-angeles-company-buys-a-third-major-commercial-property-in-colorado-springs/article/1541745?custom_click=rss

Industrial Realty Group of Los Angeles has paid $9 million to buy an office and manufacturing campus on Colorado Springs' north side, marking its third major acquisition in the Pikes Peak region in the last five years.

IRG, a privately owned real estate development and investment firm, completed a deal Thursday to buy a two-story, 244,495-square-foot building and nearly 49 acres at 8145 and 8245 N. Union Blvd.

The building was constructed 30 years ago as a Hewlett-Packard manufacturing plant, although HP never occupied it. Direct Checks Unlimited, a subsidiary of Deluxe Corp., bought the building in 2007 and operates a call center on the 115,000-square-foot second floor.

IRG's purchase includes a restaurant, a service

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IRG, a privately owned real estate development and investment firm, completed a deal Thursday to buy a two-story, 244,495-square-foot building and nearly 49 acres at 8145 and 8245 N. Union Blvd.

The building was constructed 30 years ago as a Hewlett-Packard manufacturing plant, although HP never occupied it. Direct Checks Unlimited, a subsidiary of Deluxe Corp., bought the building in 2007 and operates a call center on the 115,000-square-foot second floor.

IRG's purchase includes a restaurant, a service]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:15:07 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs bank ranked 4th in U.S. in commercial, industrial lending growth]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-bank-ranked-4th-in-u.s.-in-commercial-industrial-lending-growth/article/1541751?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-bank-ranked-4th-in-u.s.-in-commercial-industrial-lending-growth/article/1541751?custom_click=rss Academy Bank in Colorado Springs ranked in the top 15 among U.S. community banks for its growth in commercial and industrial lending over the last year, according to Sageworks Bank Information, a financial information company.

In a news release Thursday, Sageworks showed Academy Bank at No. 4 on the list, with a 761 percent growth in commercial/industrial lending from Sept. 30, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014.

Most of 15 banks with the highest percentage increases in commercial loan growth were in the South. Citizen Community Federal National Association in Altoona, Wis., topped the list, with 2,727 percent year-over-year growth.

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]]> Academy Bank in Colorado Springs ranked in the top 15 among U.S. community banks for its growth in commercial and industrial lending over the last year, according to Sageworks Bank Information, a financial information company.

In a news release Thursday, Sageworks showed Academy Bank at No. 4 on the list, with a 761 percent growth in commercial/industrial lending from Sept. 30, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014.

Most of 15 banks with the highest percentage increases in commercial loan growth were in the South. Citizen Community Federal National Association in Altoona, Wis., topped the list, with 2,727 percent year-over-year growth.]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:35:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Can you top this? Colorado Springs doughnut shop hits sweet spot with customers]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/can-you-top-this-colorado-springs-doughnut-shop-hits-sweet-spot-with-customers/article/1541680?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/can-you-top-this-colorado-springs-doughnut-shop-hits-sweet-spot-with-customers/article/1541680?custom_click=rss

Amy's Donuts is a mom-and-pop business that's finding success by offering more than just your father's doughnuts.

When it opened almost a year ago on Colorado Springs' south side, Amy's gained a following with traditional glazed doughnuts. But the shop started attracting more customers as husband-and-wife owners Amy and Chin Kim began topping their doughnuts with more than just glaze.

"The simple glazed doughnut that was bringing in the crowds at first, we're now topping it and making that experience even better by doing some fun toppings that people aren't normally used to," Chin Kim said.

Such as? How about a doughnut with cheesecake crushed on top of vanilla icing. Or a s'mores doughnut with chocolate, marshmallow



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Amy's Donuts is a mom-and-pop business that's finding success by offering more than just your father's doughnuts.

When it opened almost a year ago on Colorado Springs' south side, Amy's gained a following with traditional glazed doughnuts. But the shop started attracting more customers as husband-and-wife owners Amy and Chin Kim began topping their doughnuts with more than just glaze.

"The simple glazed doughnut that was bringing in the crowds at first, we're now topping it and making that experience even better by doing some fun toppings that people aren't normally used to," Chin Kim said.

Such as? How about a doughnut with cheesecake crushed on top of vanilla icing. Or a s'mores doughnut with chocolate, marshmallow

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