<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:46:34 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Michigan inmates get job training in 'vocational village']]> http://gazette.com/michigan-inmates-get-job-training-in-vocational-village/article/feed/402861?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/michigan-inmates-get-job-training-in-vocational-village/article/feed/402861?custom_click=rss

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — Few states have been more aggressive in releasing inmates and diverting offenders than Michigan, where a decade ago, 1 out of every 200 people was in prison, and penal costs were beginning to crowd out basic government services.

After easing parole policies, the state managed to cut its 51,000-plus prison population by about 18 percent. But costs kept surpassing $2 billion a year, in part because too many freed inmates came back after committing new crimes or violating parole or probation rules.

Now Michigan is trying to stop the boomerang effect with a new program that removes soon-to-be-released inmates from the general population and assigns them to an exclusive "vocational village" for job training.

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:30:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Democrats poised to block stopgap funding bill over Flint]]> http://gazette.com/democrats-poised-to-block-stopgap-funding-bill-over-flint/article/feed/402894?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/democrats-poised-to-block-stopgap-funding-bill-over-flint/article/feed/402894?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday threatened to block must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down Friday at midnight, battle the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild.

The aim is to pressure Republicans to add money to the stopgap spending bill to give Flint, Michigan, immediate help with its water crisis instead of settling for promises from top Republicans that the city will receive aid after the election.

Without progress on the Flint water issue, Democrats are poised to block the funding bill Tuesday afternoon, a step that could increase the chances of a shutdown at midnight Friday.

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:27:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Password breach could have ripple effects well beyond Yahoo]]> http://gazette.com/password-breach-could-have-ripple-effects-well-beyond-yahoo/article/feed/402901?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/password-breach-could-have-ripple-effects-well-beyond-yahoo/article/feed/402901?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — As investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo's massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web.

While it's unknown to what extent the stolen data has been or will be circulating, giant breaches can send ripples of insecurity across the internet.

"Data breaches on the scale of Yahoo are the security equivalent of ecological disasters," said Matt Blaze, a security researcher who directs the Distributed Systems Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, in a message posted to Twitter .

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:59:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Unhappy Target customers send strong message on pill bottles]]> http://gazette.com/unhappy-target-customers-send-strong-message-on-pill-bottles/article/feed/402997?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unhappy-target-customers-send-strong-message-on-pill-bottles/article/feed/402997?custom_click=rss

Longtime customers of Target's pharmacies are finding a change in pill bottle design hard to swallow.

After CVS began operating Target's drugstores earlier this year, distraught customers have been asking — in some cases begging — the drugstore chain to bring back the retailer's unique red bottles, which came with color-coded rings, labeling on the top and prescription information that was easier to read. CVS replaced them with the amber, white-capped bottles that fill most medicine cabinets.

Customers say the Target bottles were easier to use and safer because the rings helped prevent medicine mix ups.

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:55:26 -0600 <![CDATA[New Jeep Compass SUV looks like shrunken Grand Cherokee]]> http://gazette.com/new-jeep-compass-suv-looks-like-shrunken-grand-cherokee/article/feed/402994?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-jeep-compass-suv-looks-like-shrunken-grand-cherokee/article/feed/402994?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — The fastest-growing part of the U.S. auto market is getting another new vehicle.

Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand unveiled a redesigned Jeep Compass compact SUV at a factory in Brazil.

The new Compass replaces a model that was introduced about a decade ago and had fallen far behind rivals.

Few details were released, but FCA says the new Compass will come with 17 different fuel-efficient engine and transmission combinations when it goes on sale in 100 countries around the world. More information will be released at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

The new Compass looks like a shrunken version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It goes on sale in the U.S. early next year.

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:34:08 -0600 <![CDATA[US consumer confidence jumped in September]]> http://gazette.com/us-consumer-confidence-jumped-in-september/article/feed/402995?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-consumer-confidence-jumped-in-september/article/feed/402995?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence rose in September to the highest level in nine years.

The Conference Board says that its consumer confidence index rose to 104.1, up from 101.8 in August. It was the strongest reading since the index stood at 105.6 in August 2007, four months before the beginning of the Great Recession of 2007-2009.

The increase was a better-than-expected performance. Private economists had been forecasting the index would drop in September after a strong August reading.

The September gain was propelled by an improvement of consumers' views about the labor market.

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:32:18 -0600 <![CDATA[US stocks open higher, led by tech and consumer companies]]> http://gazette.com/us-stocks-open-higher-led-by-tech-and-consumer-companies/article/feed/402996?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-stocks-open-higher-led-by-tech-and-consumer-companies/article/feed/402996?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising in Tuesday morning trading as technology and consumer companies move higher. Energy companies are falling as the price of oil returns some of Monday's gains. Bond prices continue to rise and yields continue to slip.

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average gained 72 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,167 as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index picked up 7 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,152. The Nasdaq composite rose 30 points, or 0.6 percent, to 5,287.

EARLY RISERS: Consumer and technology stocks were off to a strong start. Netflix, which has slumped 16 percent this year, rose $2.21, or 2.3 percent, to $96.77. Car parts retailer AutoZone added $16.85, or 2.2 perc

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:27:21 -0600 <![CDATA[DC appeals court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case]]> http://gazette.com/dc-appeals-court-hears-arguments-in-clean-power-plan-case/article/feed/402893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dc-appeals-court-hears-arguments-in-clean-power-plan-case/article/feed/402893?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal appeals court in Washington began hearing oral arguments Tuesday in the legal fight over President Barack Obama's plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.

The Clean Power Plan, which aims to slow climate change by reducing power-plant emissions by one-third, has been challenged by more than two dozen mostly Republican-led states, including Texas, and allied business and industry groups tied to fossil fuels. The states deride the carbon-cutting plan unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency as an "unlawful power grab" that will kill coal-mining jobs and drive up electricity costs.

The Supreme Court has delayed implementation until the legal challenges are resolved.

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:09:19 -0600 <![CDATA[US home prices climbed again in July]]> http://gazette.com/us-home-prices-climbed-again-in-july/article/feed/402966?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-home-prices-climbed-again-in-july/article/feed/402966?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose again in July, pulled up by strong gains in Portland, Seattle and Denver.

The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, rose 5 percent in July from a year earlier after increasing 5.1 percent in June.

The latest report is further evidence that prices are being pushed higher by the limited inventory of homes on the market. That is hurting sales of both new and existing homes, despite buyer enthusiasm and historically low mortgage rates.

"With inventory still very tight, the pressure on home prices is all to the upside," Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, wrote in a research note.

The Commerce Department re

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:54:24 -0600 <![CDATA[European stocks falter amid Deutsche Bank, trade worries]]> http://gazette.com/european-stocks-falter-amid-deutsche-bank-trade-worries/article/feed/402863?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/european-stocks-falter-amid-deutsche-bank-trade-worries/article/feed/402863?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — European stocks faltered Tuesday as investors worried over Deutsche Bank's outlook, a big decline in oil prices and a sharp downgrade in global trade predictions. The reaction in markets to the first U.S. presidential debate of this campaign was fairly minimal.

KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France's CAC-40 rose 0.6 percent to 4,381 while Germany's DAX fell 0.9 percent to 10,305. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.3 percent lower at 6,796. Wall Street was poised for a fairly steady opening with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up 0.2 percent.

DEBATE WATCH: Investors around the world kept a close watch on the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:32:31 -0600 <![CDATA[WHY IT MATTERS: Social Security]]> http://gazette.com/why-it-matters-social-security/article/feed/402888?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/why-it-matters-social-security/article/feed/402888?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: More than 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children rely on monthly Social Security benefits. That's nearly one in five Americans. The trustees who oversee Social Security say the program has enough money to pay full benefits until 2034. But at that point, Social Security will collect only enough taxes to pay 79 percent of benefits. Unless Congress acts, millions of people on fixed incomes would get an automatic 21 percent cut in benefits.

Most older Americans rely on Social Security for a majority of their income. Monthly benefits average $1,237.



The candidates have said little to acknowledge the issue, even though it's a main driver of the gov

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:41:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Cranberries at 200: Market changes, drought create a crisis]]> http://gazette.com/cranberries-at-200-market-changes-drought-create-a-crisis/article/feed/402856?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cranberries-at-200-market-changes-drought-create-a-crisis/article/feed/402856?custom_click=rss

ROCHESTER, Mass. (AP) — All is not well in cranberry country this harvesting season, the 200th anniversary of the world's first known commercial cultivation.

In the birthplace of the industry, many Massachusetts growers whose families have tended bogs for generations are in "dire straits," facing challenges that include rising production costs, decreasing crop values, changing consumer habits and increasing competition from other states and Canada, a recent task force report found.

In addition, one of the region's worst droughts in decades threatens to leave farms without enough water to flood bogs for harvest.

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:52:27 -0600 <![CDATA[APNewsBreak: Firm hopes to be 1st with skill-based slots]]> http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-firm-hopes-to-be-1st-with-skill-based-slots/article/feed/402855?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-firm-hopes-to-be-1st-with-skill-based-slots/article/feed/402855?custom_click=rss ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New York firm hopes to be the first in the world to install skill-based slot machines on casino floors in which the main determining factor in how much a player can win is his or her ability to play the game.

GameCo tells The Associated Press it is ready to put machines in the three Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment as soon as the first week in October. That is pending approval by New Jersey gambling regulators.

But it is in a race with rival firm Gamblit, which earlier this month announced plans to put similar machines in California and Nevada in October, also at Caesars-owned casinos.

The machines have an element of randomness common to regular slot machines in terms o

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]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:07:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Asian stocks mixed as traders follow US debate]]> http://gazette.com/asian-stocks-mixed-as-traders-follow-us-debate/article/feed/402478?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asian-stocks-mixed-as-traders-follow-us-debate/article/feed/402478?custom_click=rss

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Tuesday as traders followed the U.S. presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng index advanced 0.4 percent to 23,409.97 and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 shed 0.3 percent to 16,490.41. Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 added 0.4 percent to 5,497.40 and the Shanghai Composite Index was unchanged at 2,981.10. South Korea's Kospi gained 0.9 percent to 2,017.94 and New Zealand also advanced. Southeast Asian markets declined.

DEBATE WATCH: Investors were watching the Clinton-Trump debate in a tight race that has unnerved markets seeking certainty about the future of U.S. policy. Trump has called for controls on trade and immigration, while C

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]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:03:01 -0600 <![CDATA[AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Federal Reserve]]> http://gazette.com/ap-fact-check-trump-on-federal-reserve/article/feed/402780?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-fact-check-trump-on-federal-reserve/article/feed/402780?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — A claim from the presidential debate and how it stacks up with the facts:

TRUMP: "The Fed, by keeping interest rates at this level, the Fed is doing political things. ... The Fed is being more political than Secretary Clinton."

THE FACTS: This is a recurrent claim by Trump with no evidence to back it up. It's the Federal Reserve's job to help improve the economy and to the extent that happens, political leaders and their party may benefit. But presidents can't make the Fed, an independent agency, do anything.

Under former chairman Ben Bernanke and current chairwoman Janet Yellen, the Fed has attracted controversy by pegging the short-term interest rate it controls to nearly zero for seven years.

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]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:43:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Hispanic Business Council fills void left by former Hispanic chamber]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-hispanic-business-council-fills-void-left-by-former-hispanic-chamber/article/1586417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-hispanic-business-council-fills-void-left-by-former-hispanic-chamber/article/1586417?custom_click=rss

Five years after the Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce disbanded, another group has formed to represent businesses owned by the largest minority group in the Colorado Springs area.

The Colorado Springs Hispanic Business Council, called Concilio Hispano de Empresas de Colorado Springs in Spanish, was formed in January, but didn't hold its first public event until Aug. 17, a mixer and networking event in the courtyard of the Palmer Center in downtown Colorado Springs that attracted more than 100 business owners, business and civic leaders that included Mayor John Suthers.

The council plans a Hispanic Heritage Celebration Oct. 14, also in the Palmer Center courtyard and professional development workshops later in

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:08:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Vectrus subsidiary wins Navy contract]]> http://gazette.com/vectrus-subsidiary-wins-navy-contract/article/1586418?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vectrus-subsidiary-wins-navy-contract/article/1586418?custom_click=rss

A Vectrus Inc. subsidiary was among five winners of a Navy contract of up to $900 million to provide facility support services and small construction projects for natural disasters, military operations and humanitarian support for military units and other federal agencies.

The Colorado Springs-based defense contractor will compete against the other four winning contractors - Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., IAP-ECC LLC, Fluor Intercontinental Inc. and AECOM Technical Services Inc. - on short notice for task orders under the eight-year Global Contingency Services Multiple Award Contract. A company spokesman said no additional hiring is planned until the company is awarded task orders under the contract. Vectrus won a similar Air

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:53:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Get a Job Monday: Front Range Staffing needs you]]> http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-front-range-staffing-needs-you/article/1586328?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-front-range-staffing-needs-you/article/1586328?custom_click=rss

Excellent reading, writing and math skills, plus a knack for working in a fast-paced environment, could mean you are among the many this organization needs right now in manufacturing and packaging in the Pikes Peak area.

In our exclusive Get a Job Monday segment, Eric Singer introduces you to a representative from Front Range Staffing. Front Range needs to fill those manufacturing positions with employees who have more than six months of experience in this field. If you would like to get your career goals met with Front Range Staffing, apply online at www.frontrangestaffing.com.

If you would like information about other jobs in the Pikes Peak area, email deanmiller@elpasoco.com. Dean is with the Pikes Peak Workforce

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:47:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Short sighted? Urban planner blasts Pueblo West-style sprawl]]> http://gazette.com/short-sighted-urban-planner-blasts-pueblo-west-style-sprawl/article/1586416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/short-sighted-urban-planner-blasts-pueblo-west-style-sprawl/article/1586416?custom_click=rss

"I'm absolutely blown away by Pueblo West," urban planning expert and architect Joe Minicozzi declared in an address before about 150 people at the Downtown Colorado Inc. conference at the Pueblo Convention Center.

And he didn't mean it in a good way.

On a per-acre basis, Pueblo West's high infrastructure costs and relatively low property valuations and tax contributions hurt the economic health of the entire Pueblo area, particularly the city of Pueblo, he said on Thursday.

"It's just going to drag the whole county down in the process," said Minicozzi, known nationally for his work on analyzing the economic impact of land use.

"You see the moonscape of empty space. ... It's just not going to ever achieve the

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:46:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Ted Rayburn: Startup Week gives Colorado Springs an edge]]> http://gazette.com/ted-rayburn-startup-week-gives-colorado-springs-an-edge/article/1586287?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ted-rayburn-startup-week-gives-colorado-springs-an-edge/article/1586287?custom_click=rss

January may be the beginning of the calendar year, but I've always felt that fall is when most interesting things get started.

On the heels of the slow, sleepy summer, this time of year is when things get interesting: school, football and thinking about the holidays.

It's also a great time to think about starting a new enterprise. This week, about 1,000 people in the Pikes Peak region will focus on this by attending Peak Startup Week. In sessions scheduled at key sites including Catalyst Campus, Ivywild School and Epicentral Coworking, participants will hear from entrepreneurs about their business experiences, as well as have the opportunity to pitch ideas.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:38:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Jamie Slaughter, Strasbaugh Financial]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-jamie-slaughter-strasbaugh-financial/article/1586413?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-jamie-slaughter-strasbaugh-financial/article/1586413?custom_click=rss

Jamie Slaughter, a financial planning adviser at Strasbaugh Financial Advisory Inc. in Colorado Springs, has earned her certified financial planner designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

She has worked at Strasbaugh since 2012.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:37:11 -0600
<![CDATA[It's Your Money: Tallying the financial impacts of addiction]]> http://gazette.com/its-your-money-tallying-the-financial-impacts-of-addiction/article/1586285?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/its-your-money-tallying-the-financial-impacts-of-addiction/article/1586285?custom_click=rss

The understanding of addiction as a health care crisis is growing in society. For purposes of this article, we'll define addiction as a compulsion to use a habit-forming chemical, such as alcohol, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or prescription drugs, and drugs will be considered to include alcohol.

In addition to the emotional trauma that addiction can bring to an individual and family, monetary impacts can be huge.

Chemical habits can be expensive. Money intended for household expenses might be diverted to buy alcohol or drugs. With intensive drug use, assets might be sold, accounts deleted and credit cards charged to the limit. If someone other than the addict isn't monitoring finances, financial repercussions can be

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:22:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Deb Lemke and Lori Kapu]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-deb-lemke-and-lori-kapu/article/1586234?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-deb-lemke-and-lori-kapu/article/1586234?custom_click=rss

Deb Lemke and Lori Kapu are new board members for the Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce.

Lemke is the area administrator for patient services in Southern Colorado for Kaiser Permanente.

Kapu is chief operating officer, Care and Share Food Bank, Colorado Springs.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:14:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Jessica McCoy]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-jessica-mccoy/article/1586139?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-jessica-mccoy/article/1586139?custom_click=rss

Mortgage Solutions Financial (MSF) has announced the hiring of Jessica McCoy as director of human resources.

She has more than 20 years of experience in the human resources sector.

She has a bachelor's degree in human resources and a master's in organizational management.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:11:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers/article/1586033?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers/article/1586033?custom_click=rss Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced these Boards and Commissions appointments:

James John Ungvarsky, PsyD, MPA, LMFT, of Colorado Springs, to serve as a marriage and family therapist, reappointed to the State Board of Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners. Term expires Aug. 12, 2020.

John Charles Monteith of Monument, to serve as a representative of people with disabilities, to the Colorado Disability Funding Committee for a term expiring Aug. 12, 2018.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:09:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Start it up: Week of entrepreneurial events kicks off in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/start-it-up-week-of-entrepreneurial-events-kicks-off-in-colorado-springs/article/1586284?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/start-it-up-week-of-entrepreneurial-events-kicks-off-in-colorado-springs/article/1586284?custom_click=rss

If you're looking for an education on startup businesses, this year's Startup Week will be a great learning opportunity.

The five-day event organized by Peak Startup includes more than 60 free events - expected to draw more than 500 participants - that begin with a presentation on how entrepreneurs can use grittiness to sustain interest and effort toward long-term goals and end with Artini, an annual event that kicks off the Arts Month campaign. The events include presentations, panel discussions, keynote addresses and several investment pitch opportunities. A complete schedule is available at coloradosprings.startup.co.

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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:24:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Questions remain on use of rain barrels]]> http://gazette.com/questions-remain-on-use-of-rain-barrels/article/1586286?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/questions-remain-on-use-of-rain-barrels/article/1586286?custom_click=rss

Setting aside an occasional flash flood, water is a scarce and valuable resource in Colorado, and there is a complex legal system in place in our state dealing with it.

This system includes specialized courts, a powerful government administrator known as the state engineer and a small number of lawyers who specialize in water law.

At the heart of this system, and protected by a section of the Colorado Constitution, is a concept called "prior appropriation." The way this works is that some water users have priority over other water users, with the effect that, in times of scarcity, holders of senior water rights receive their water and holders of junior water rights do not.

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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:35:23 -0600
<![CDATA[What Social Security isn't telling you about your money]]> http://gazette.com/what-social-security-isnt-telling-you-about-your-money/article/1586325?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/what-social-security-isnt-telling-you-about-your-money/article/1586325?custom_click=rss Americans getting ready to claim their Social Security benefits may not be getting crucial information they need to make the best decisions for their retirement, according to a new study by the Government Accountability Office. That could mean tens of thousands of lost dollars.

Many people are in dire need of any extra bit of retirement money they can get. The report notes that for those 65 and older, Social Security benefits made up an average of 52 percent of household income in 2013. It made up at least half of income for 62 percent of retirees 70 and older. For almost a quarter of these older retirees, it made up at least 90 percent of household income.

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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:49:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Battered U.S. music industry is reviving, thanks to streaming]]> http://gazette.com/battered-u.s.-music-industry-is-reviving-thanks-to-streaming/article/1586327?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/battered-u.s.-music-industry-is-reviving-thanks-to-streaming/article/1586327?custom_click=rss

After almost two decades of relentless decline caused by piracy and falling prices, the music business is enjoying a fragile recovery thanks to the growth of paid streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.

The U.S. industry is on pace to expand for the second straight year - the first time that has happened since CD sales peaked in 1998 and 1999. Retail spending on recorded music grew 8.1 percent to $3.4 billion in the first half of 2016, according to a midyear report from the Recording Industry Association of America that was obtained by Bloomberg News.

The credit goes to streaming - Internet services that give listeners commercial-free access to millions of songs for a monthly fee or for free if they're willing to

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]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:40:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Briefcase]]> http://gazette.com/briefcase/article/1586326?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/briefcase/article/1586326?custom_click=rss

- Summit Technical Solutions LLC (STS) has announced its 15th year as a leading federal technology and engineering services provider.

Commemorating the anniversary, the company's headquarters office in Colorado Springs will close its doors for a day to volunteer. STS has teamed up with the organization Cool Science to sponsor a full day of STEM education and hands-on experiments for more than 400 students at Will Rogers Elementary School.

As an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, STS prides itself on being a provider of leading-edge technical solutions in four core areas: systems engineering, testing and training, software engineering and data management.

More information about STS is available at sts-llc.com.

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