<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:53:23 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[US business group in China urges more transparency, access]]> http://gazette.com/us-business-group-in-china-urges-more-transparency-access/article/feed/225288?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-business-group-in-china-urges-more-transparency-access/article/feed/225288?custom_click=rss BEIJING (AP) — The American Chamber of Commerce in China is calling for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country's investment climate deteriorates.

The chamber said in its annual white paper Tuesday that its members wanted to see the government apply the rule of law and more fairly enforce business regulations.

The report also called for better enforcement of intellectual property rights and greater access to the Chinese economy for foreign companies.

Chamber Vice Chairman Lester Ross said a more open decision-making process could have helped the government avoid a backlash against proposed rules requiring banks to replace foreign-made technology with domestically-pr

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]]> BEIJING (AP) — The American Chamber of Commerce in China is calling for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country's investment climate deteriorates.

The chamber said in its annual white paper Tuesday that its members wanted to see the government apply the rule of law and more fairly enforce business regulations.

The report also called for better enforcement of intellectual property rights and greater access to the Chinese economy for foreign companies.

Chamber Vice Chairman Lester Ross said a more open decision-making process could have helped the government avoid a backlash against proposed rules requiring banks to replace foreign-made technology with domestically-pr]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:46:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Biden, energy secretary visiting Philadelphia utility]]> http://gazette.com/biden-energy-secretary-visiting-philadelphia-utility/article/feed/225282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/biden-energy-secretary-visiting-philadelphia-utility/article/feed/225282?custom_click=rss PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will travel to Philadelphia to speak at a utility company.

They are visiting the headquarters of Peco Energy Co. in Philadelphia's Center City on Tuesday.

The two will tour the facility and afterward the vice president will discuss the importance of investing in the nation's energy infrastructure.

This is Biden's second visit to Philadelphia this year. In January, he attended a policy retreat for House Democrats.

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]]> PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will travel to Philadelphia to speak at a utility company.

They are visiting the headquarters of Peco Energy Co. in Philadelphia's Center City on Tuesday.

The two will tour the facility and afterward the vice president will discuss the importance of investing in the nation's energy infrastructure.

This is Biden's second visit to Philadelphia this year. In January, he attended a policy retreat for House Democrats.]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:46:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products]]> http://gazette.com/blue-bell-creameries-issues-recall-of-all-products/article/feed/225242?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blue-bell-creameries-issues-recall-of-all-products/article/feed/225242?custom_click=rss

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

The company "cannot say with certainty" how the bacteria was introduced to its facilities, Blue Bell's chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement. Blue Bell issued the recall that includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks distributed in 23 states and international locations because other products "have the potential to be contaminated," according to the statement.

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]]> BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

The company "cannot say with certainty" how the bacteria was introduced to its facilities, Blue Bell's chief executive Paul Kruse said in a statement. Blue Bell issued the recall that includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks distributed in 23 states and international locations because other products "have the potential to be contaminated," according to the statement.]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:46:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Bird flu takes biggest toll yet as virus hits chicken farms]]> http://gazette.com/bird-flu-takes-biggest-toll-yet-as-virus-hits-chicken-farms/article/feed/225276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bird-flu-takes-biggest-toll-yet-as-virus-hits-chicken-farms/article/feed/225276?custom_click=rss MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. Here are some questions and answers about the outbreak:

WHAT'S THE LATEST?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that the deadly H5N2 bird flu virus was found at a farm in northwest Iowa's Osceola County. The confirmation means up to 5.3 million hens there must be destroyed in a state that produces one in every five eggs consumed in the country. Seven other Midwestern states have been hit by the virus, dooming nearly 7.8

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]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. Here are some questions and answers about the outbreak:

WHAT'S THE LATEST?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that the deadly H5N2 bird flu virus was found at a farm in northwest Iowa's Osceola County. The confirmation means up to 5.3 million hens there must be destroyed in a state that produces one in every five eggs consumed in the country. Seven other Midwestern states have been hit by the virus, dooming nearly 7.8 ]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:46:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Why McDonald's is still a powerhouse, despite troubles]]> http://gazette.com/why-mcdonalds-is-still-a-powerhouse-despite-troubles/article/feed/225287?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/why-mcdonalds-is-still-a-powerhouse-despite-troubles/article/feed/225287?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's sales have been sputtering for more than two years and the company seems trapped in a cycle of bad headlines that likely won't end soon.

Its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday aren't expected to be pretty either, and there's a chance its dominance will continue to wane as newer players keep coming onto the scene.

But don't write the obituary just yet. McDonald's has many strengths that the rivals biting at its heels can only envy, including Ronald McDonald's worldwide recognition. The Golden Arches will need to put them to good use to remain the world's largest restaurant chain.

Here are six reasons why McDonald's is nowhere close to death's door for now.

1. MASSIVE REACH

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's sales have been sputtering for more than two years and the company seems trapped in a cycle of bad headlines that likely won't end soon.

Its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday aren't expected to be pretty either, and there's a chance its dominance will continue to wane as newer players keep coming onto the scene.

But don't write the obituary just yet. McDonald's has many strengths that the rivals biting at its heels can only envy, including Ronald McDonald's worldwide recognition. The Golden Arches will need to put them to good use to remain the world's largest restaurant chain.

Here are six reasons why McDonald's is nowhere close to death's door for now.

1. MASSIVE REACH

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TOKYO (AP) — U.S. and Japanese trade officials failed to resolve differences on autos and farm exports that are hindering progress toward a Pacific Rim trade deal but say they believe agreement is within reach.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Japan's economy minister, Akira Amari, held talks that dragged into the pre-dawn hours but were unable to reach an accord on increased exports of U.S. rice to Japan and of Japanese autos and auto parts to the U.S.

"The gap was substantially narrowed but continued work is ultimately required to resolve these issues," Froman told reporters.

The talks between Japan and the U.S. are part of negotiations among 12 nations participating in the U.S.

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]]> TOKYO (AP) — U.S. and Japanese trade officials failed to resolve differences on autos and farm exports that are hindering progress toward a Pacific Rim trade deal but say they believe agreement is within reach.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Japan's economy minister, Akira Amari, held talks that dragged into the pre-dawn hours but were unable to reach an accord on increased exports of U.S. rice to Japan and of Japanese autos and auto parts to the U.S.

"The gap was substantially narrowed but continued work is ultimately required to resolve these issues," Froman told reporters.

The talks between Japan and the U.S. are part of negotiations among 12 nations participating in the U.S.]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:46:30 -0600 <![CDATA[S. Carolina paper's domestic killings series wins Pulitzer]]> http://gazette.com/s.-carolina-papers-domestic-killings-series-wins-pulitzer/article/feed/225271?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/s.-carolina-papers-domestic-killings-series-wins-pulitzer/article/feed/225271?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — When South Carolina was ranked as having the highest rate of women being killed by men, The Post and Courier of Charleston set out to explore why.

The newspaper began an investigation that prompted moves toward reform in South Carolina and on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for public service.

The New York Times collected three Pulitzers, for investigative reporting, international reporting and photography. The Los Angeles Times won two, for feature writing and criticism.

The Seattle Times took the breaking news award for covering a mudslide that killed 43 people and exploring whether the disaster could have been prevented.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — When South Carolina was ranked as having the highest rate of women being killed by men, The Post and Courier of Charleston set out to explore why.

The newspaper began an investigation that prompted moves toward reform in South Carolina and on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for public service.

The New York Times collected three Pulitzers, for investigative reporting, international reporting and photography. The Los Angeles Times won two, for feature writing and criticism.

The Seattle Times took the breaking news award for covering a mudslide that killed 43 people and exploring whether the disaster could have been prevented.]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:46:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Hong Kong rebound leads Asian stocks higher]]> http://gazette.com/hong-kong-rebound-leads-asian-stocks-higher/article/feed/224977?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hong-kong-rebound-leads-asian-stocks-higher/article/feed/224977?custom_click=rss

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong led Asian stocks higher Tuesday as investors shook off initial pessimism over new measures by China's market regulator.

KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng jumped 2.1 percent to 27,669.75 and the Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China added 0.9 percent to 4,253.55. Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 1 percent to 19,825.10 while South Korea's Kospi was practically unchanged at 2,145.98. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.6 percent to 5,866.30.

HONG KONG BOUNCE: Hong Kong stocks have yo-yoed as investors continue to evaluate regulatory changes for stock investors as well as monetary loosening measures, both announced by Chinese authorities over the weekend.

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]]> HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong led Asian stocks higher Tuesday as investors shook off initial pessimism over new measures by China's market regulator.

KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng jumped 2.1 percent to 27,669.75 and the Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China added 0.9 percent to 4,253.55. Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 1 percent to 19,825.10 while South Korea's Kospi was practically unchanged at 2,145.98. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.6 percent to 5,866.30.

HONG KONG BOUNCE: Hong Kong stocks have yo-yoed as investors continue to evaluate regulatory changes for stock investors as well as monetary loosening measures, both announced by Chinese authorities over the weekend.]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:46:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products after samples test positive for listeriosis]]> http://gazette.com/blue-bell-creameries-issues-recall-of-all-products-after-samples-test-positive-for-listeriosis/article/feed/225243?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blue-bell-creameries-issues-recall-of-all-products-after-samples-test-positive-for-listeriosis/article/feed/225243?custom_click=rss BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products after samples test positive for listeriosis.

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BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products after samples test positive for listeriosis.]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:30:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Hormel says bird flu outbreak will hurt turkey sales]]> http://gazette.com/hormel-says-bird-flu-outbreak-will-hurt-turkey-sales/article/feed/225186?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hormel-says-bird-flu-outbreak-will-hurt-turkey-sales/article/feed/225186?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Hormel says it will sell less turkey this year because of a spreading bird flu outbreak.

So far the virus has been found at farms housing 2.3 million turkeys, all of which have died of the disease, or have been killed or soon will be in order to stem the spread of avian flu. Most of the birds were in Minnesota, which is the largest turkey-producing state in the U.S.

Big commercial farms have been hit hard, and Hormel said Monday it is experiencing significant turkey supply-chain problems. It expects outbreaks to decrease as the weather improves.

Both Hormel and its Jennie-O Turkey Store division are based in Minnesota.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Hormel says it will sell less turkey this year because of a spreading bird flu outbreak.

So far the virus has been found at farms housing 2.3 million turkeys, all of which have died of the disease, or have been killed or soon will be in order to stem the spread of avian flu. Most of the birds were in Minnesota, which is the largest turkey-producing state in the U.S.

Big commercial farms have been hit hard, and Hormel said Monday it is experiencing significant turkey supply-chain problems. It expects outbreaks to decrease as the weather improves.

Both Hormel and its Jennie-O Turkey Store division are based in Minnesota.

Hormel Foods Corp.]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:31:35 -0600 <![CDATA[$134M proposed for 10 BP-funded oil spill recovery projects]]> http://gazette.com/134m-proposed-for-10-bp-funded-oil-spill-recovery-projects/article/feed/225207?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/134m-proposed-for-10-bp-funded-oil-spill-recovery-projects/article/feed/225207?custom_click=rss JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State and federal officials overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to spur recovery from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Monday that they're proposing another 10 projects totaling $134 million.

About $700 million to repair environmental damage and enhance recreational access has been allocated previously, although some of that work has yet to begin.

The latest projects announced on the fifth anniversary of the spill are preliminary, with officials planning to reach a final agreement with the oil company later this year. If approved, they would bring total spending so far to $832 million.

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]]> JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State and federal officials overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to spur recovery from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Monday that they're proposing another 10 projects totaling $134 million.

About $700 million to repair environmental damage and enhance recreational access has been allocated previously, although some of that work has yet to begin.

The latest projects announced on the fifth anniversary of the spill are preliminary, with officials planning to reach a final agreement with the oil company later this year. If approved, they would bring total spending so far to $832 million.]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:30:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Order outlines $3.2 million payments in Chinese drywall case]]> http://gazette.com/order-outlines-3.2-million-payments-in-chinese-drywall-case/article/feed/225222?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/order-outlines-3.2-million-payments-in-chinese-drywall-case/article/feed/225222?custom_click=rss NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal court has released $3.2 million to be divided among seven Virginia homeowners and their lawyers from a manufacturer of defective Chinese drywall.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon's Monday order outlines payments ranging from $67,639 to more than $363,000 to the homeowners. Attorneys' fees range from just under $29,000 to more than $155,000.

Headquartered in China's Shandong province, Taishan Gypsum Co. made the $3.2 million payment last month. Fallon had earlier held Taishan and related companies in contempt for failing to show up for earlier proceedings.

To get out of contempt and be allowed to participate in future damage hearings, Taishan agreed to the payment.

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]]> NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal court has released $3.2 million to be divided among seven Virginia homeowners and their lawyers from a manufacturer of defective Chinese drywall.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon's Monday order outlines payments ranging from $67,639 to more than $363,000 to the homeowners. Attorneys' fees range from just under $29,000 to more than $155,000.

Headquartered in China's Shandong province, Taishan Gypsum Co. made the $3.2 million payment last month. Fallon had earlier held Taishan and related companies in contempt for failing to show up for earlier proceedings.

To get out of contempt and be allowed to participate in future damage hearings, Taishan agreed to the payment.]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:16:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Obama plans reception for overhaul of Medicare payment plan]]> http://gazette.com/obama-plans-reception-for-overhaul-of-medicare-payment-plan/article/feed/225215?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-plans-reception-for-overhaul-of-medicare-payment-plan/article/feed/225215?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has invited Democratic and Republican lawmakers to the White House for a reception thanking them for their work on legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors.

The event will be held Tuesday in the Rose Garden. Obama signed the legislation on Friday, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and ending years of last-minute fixes. Obama said then that he wanted to act quickly without ceremony to allow for the new payments. He said he would have lawmakers to the White House this week.

The bill overhauls a 1997 law that aimed to slow Medicare's growth by limiting reimbursements to doctors. Instead, doctors threatened to leave the Medicare program, and that forced Congress rep

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has invited Democratic and Republican lawmakers to the White House for a reception thanking them for their work on legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors.

The event will be held Tuesday in the Rose Garden. Obama signed the legislation on Friday, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and ending years of last-minute fixes. Obama said then that he wanted to act quickly without ceremony to allow for the new payments. He said he would have lawmakers to the White House this week.

The bill overhauls a 1997 law that aimed to slow Medicare's growth by limiting reimbursements to doctors. Instead, doctors threatened to leave the Medicare program, and that forced Congress rep]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:45:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Judge returns ultra-rich club founder Tim Blixseth to jail]]> http://gazette.com/judge-returns-ultra-rich-club-founder-tim-blixseth-to-jail/article/feed/225049?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-returns-ultra-rich-club-founder-tim-blixseth-to-jail/article/feed/225049?custom_click=rss

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge ordered the founder of a luxury Montana mountain resort back to jail Monday, saying he failed to disclose what happened to $13.8 million from the sale of a resort in Mexico.

Former billionaire Tim Blixseth, 64, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service after a contempt hearing in Helena.

U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon found Blixseth had not complied with orders requiring a complete accounting of how the money was spent.

The case stems from the bankruptcy of the Yellowstone Club near Big Sky, a private ski and golf resort, which boasts a $300,000 entry fee.

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]]> HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge ordered the founder of a luxury Montana mountain resort back to jail Monday, saying he failed to disclose what happened to $13.8 million from the sale of a resort in Mexico.

Former billionaire Tim Blixseth, 64, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service after a contempt hearing in Helena.

U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon found Blixseth had not complied with orders requiring a complete accounting of how the money was spent.

The case stems from the bankruptcy of the Yellowstone Club near Big Sky, a private ski and golf resort, which boasts a $300,000 entry fee.]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:45:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Restoration projects in $134 million preliminary agreement]]> http://gazette.com/restoration-projects-in-134-million-preliminary-agreement/article/feed/225206?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/restoration-projects-in-134-million-preliminary-agreement/article/feed/225206?custom_click=rss JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Here's a look at 10 projects given preliminarily approval to share in $134 million in funding from BP PLC's $1 billion set-aside dedicated to recovery from its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:

GULFWIDE

$45 million: Sea turtle restoration mainly in Texas and Mexico, including at Padre Island National Seashore.

$20 million: Pelagic longline bycatch reduction, to reduce number of fish accidentally caught by longline fishermen.

ALABAMA

$8.05 million: Shell Belt and Coden Belt roads living shorelines, with breakwater to prevent erosion and promote marsh growth in Bayou La Batre and Coden.

$2.3 million: Point aux Pins living shoreline, with breakwater to prevent erosion and promo

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GULFWIDE

$45 million: Sea turtle restoration mainly in Texas and Mexico, including at Padre Island National Seashore.

$20 million: Pelagic longline bycatch reduction, to reduce number of fish accidentally caught by longline fishermen.

ALABAMA

$8.05 million: Shell Belt and Coden Belt roads living shorelines, with breakwater to prevent erosion and promote marsh growth in Bayou La Batre and Coden.

$2.3 million: Point aux Pins living shoreline, with breakwater to prevent erosion and promo]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:45:22 -0600 <![CDATA[IT'S YOUR MONEY: Learn from experience of your 2014 taxes]]> By LINDA LEITZ http://gazette.com/its-your-money-learn-from-experience-of-your-2014-taxes/article/1550037?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/its-your-money-learn-from-experience-of-your-2014-taxes/article/1550037?custom_click=rss

You've made it through tax season. Let's see what the experience can teach you.

- You owed a bunch: Owing isn't necessarily bad. What's more important is whether you incurred a penalty and whether you had the money to pay what you owed.

If you owe a penalty, it means you were supposed to pay more in taxes during the year - though there are circumstances where a penalty wouldn't apply. (It's complex, so if you want to learn more, or are consistently having to pay a penalty, talk to a tax professional.)

If you didn't have the money to pay what you owe throughout the year, that may point to a cash flow management issue. Sometimes there is taxable income without cash flow. But generally, if you owed more tax, you had more

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]]> You've made it through tax season. Let's see what the experience can teach you.

- You owed a bunch: Owing isn't necessarily bad. What's more important is whether you incurred a penalty and whether you had the money to pay what you owed.

If you owe a penalty, it means you were supposed to pay more in taxes during the year - though there are circumstances where a penalty wouldn't apply. (It's complex, so if you want to learn more, or are consistently having to pay a penalty, talk to a tax professional.)

If you didn't have the money to pay what you owe throughout the year, that may point to a cash flow management issue. Sometimes there is taxable income without cash flow. But generally, if you owed more tax, you had more]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:45:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ESSENTIALS: Business briefs from the Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/essentials-business-briefs-from-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1550036?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/essentials-business-briefs-from-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1550036?custom_click=rss - University of Colorado Health has expanded into northern El Paso County with the opening of a primary care office in Monument. The office is co-located with Premier Urgent Care, 15854 Jackson Creek Parkway, Suite 120. Dr. Melissa Voutsalath sees primary care patients from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The clinic operates as an urgent care facility from 5 to 10 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. For more information, go to www. memorialprimarycare.org.

- Bob Stovall, regional vice chair of Action 22, has been named interim executive director of the organization while the board searches for someone to replace outgoing President Cathy Garcia. Garcia has served as president of the regional advocacy

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]]> - University of Colorado Health has expanded into northern El Paso County with the opening of a primary care office in Monument. The office is co-located with Premier Urgent Care, 15854 Jackson Creek Parkway, Suite 120. Dr. Melissa Voutsalath sees primary care patients from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The clinic operates as an urgent care facility from 5 to 10 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. For more information, go to www. memorialprimarycare.org.

- Bob Stovall, regional vice chair of Action 22, has been named interim executive director of the organization while the board searches for someone to replace outgoing President Cathy Garcia. Garcia has served as president of the regional advocacy]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:45:02 -0600 <![CDATA[MONEY & THE LAW: Bill could change marriage by proxy in Colorado]]> By jim Flynn - http://gazette.com/money-the-law-bill-could-change-marriage-by-proxy-in-colorado/article/1550035?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/money-the-law-bill-could-change-marriage-by-proxy-in-colorado/article/1550035?custom_click=rss

Here's good news for really busy people or those who travel a lot: In Colorado, you can get married without being present at the wedding.

Under a Colorado statute that's been on the books in one form or another for more than 40 years, someone wanting to get married but who is not available for the ceremony can designate a proxy - an agent - to act on his or her behalf.

The only requirements are that the proxy designation must be in writing, and that the person solemnizing the marriage (judge, minister, etc.) must be "satisfied" that the absent party is unable to be present and has consented to the marriage.

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]]> Here's good news for really busy people or those who travel a lot: In Colorado, you can get married without being present at the wedding.

Under a Colorado statute that's been on the books in one form or another for more than 40 years, someone wanting to get married but who is not available for the ceremony can designate a proxy - an agent - to act on his or her behalf.

The only requirements are that the proxy designation must be in writing, and that the person solemnizing the marriage (judge, minister, etc.) must be "satisfied" that the absent party is unable to be present and has consented to the marriage.]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:40:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs business and civic leaders are Nashville bound]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-business-and-civic-leaders-are-nashville-bound/article/1550022?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-business-and-civic-leaders-are-nashville-bound/article/1550022?custom_click=rss Colorado Springs-area business and civic leaders hope to find more than country music and barbecue when they head to Nashville, Tenn., in June.

The Music City, along with Chattanooga, Tenn., and Huntsville, Ala., have been selected as destinations for an annual trip by local leaders to learn about economic development strategies, business practices and public policy initiatives in other cities.

The trips, which began several years ago, have taken participants to Omaha, Neb., Portland, Ore., Charlotte, N.C., Austin, Texas, Oklahoma City and Salt Lake City. This year's trip takes place June 23-26.



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Colorado Springs-area business and civic leaders hope to find more than country music and barbecue when they head to Nashville, Tenn., in June.

The Music City, along with Chattanooga, Tenn., and Huntsville, Ala., have been selected as destinations for an annual trip by local leaders to learn about economic development strategies, business practices and public policy initiatives in other cities.

The trips, which began several years ago, have taken participants to Omaha, Neb., Portland, Ore., Charlotte, N.C., Austin, Texas, Oklahoma City and Salt Lake City. This year's trip takes place June 23-26.

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<![CDATA[Willie Nelson becomes latest celebrity in marijuana business]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/willie-nelson-becomes-latest-celebrity-in-marijuana-business/article/1550016?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/willie-nelson-becomes-latest-celebrity-in-marijuana-business/article/1550016?custom_click=rss

SPOKANE, Wash. — Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.

The move makes the 81-year-old "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" singer the latest celebrity to jump into the marijuana marketplace.

"Willie's Reserve" will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, where recreational pot is legal. Nelson said in a statement that he's "looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market.



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SPOKANE, Wash. — Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.

The move makes the 81-year-old "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" singer the latest celebrity to jump into the marijuana marketplace.

"Willie's Reserve" will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, where recreational pot is legal. Nelson said in a statement that he's "looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:25:02 -0600
<![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1550009?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1550009?custom_click=rss

Patrick Durkin was recently named Senior Vice President of Technology for Aventa Credit Union in Colorado Springs. He has more than 20 years of experience in information technology, most recently as vice president of Freedom Credit Union in Pennsylvania, where he worked for eight year. Previously, he worked for 13 years at GlaxoSmithKline in various IT roles.

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Before technology could bring the planet to the people, if you wanted to know - and see and experience - what was happening in the world, you went to the fair.

The World's Fair, that is.

Since the first "World Expo" in London in 1851, the often months-long expositions have served as global stages for the advancements of the age, in science, manufacturing, exploration, construction. Electric illumination was demonstrated for the first time on a large scale at the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago, which also saw the introduction of the Ferris Wheel, ragtime music and the hamburger; the Eiffel Tower was built to serve as the grand entrance to the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, and Seattle's iconic Space Needle was



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Before technology could bring the planet to the people, if you wanted to know - and see and experience - what was happening in the world, you went to the fair.

The World's Fair, that is.

Since the first "World Expo" in London in 1851, the often months-long expositions have served as global stages for the advancements of the age, in science, manufacturing, exploration, construction. Electric illumination was demonstrated for the first time on a large scale at the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago, which also saw the introduction of the Ferris Wheel, ragtime music and the hamburger; the Eiffel Tower was built to serve as the grand entrance to the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, and Seattle's iconic Space Needle was

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:53:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Voice of the Consumer: IRS phone scam balloons out of control]]> By BETTY SEXTON KKTV 11 NEWS - http://gazette.com/voice-of-the-consumer-irs-phone-scam-balloons-out-of-control/article/1549968?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/voice-of-the-consumer-irs-phone-scam-balloons-out-of-control/article/1549968?custom_click=rss

New numbers and an update to one of the craziest scams I've ever covered.

Thanks to all of you who have called, telling me this one is still running hot. The crooks continue making millions, frustrating lawmakers with the Internal Revenue Service phone scheme.

Con artists are making 10,000 calls every week and 4,000 people have lost upwards of $17 million. Now some are asking if the U.S. Department of Justice is doing enough to stop the bad guys. The crooks have shown they relentless since I first wrote about this scam last summer.

"It is the largest, most pervasive impersonation scam in the history of the IRS," according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

In most cases they leave two



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New numbers and an update to one of the craziest scams I've ever covered.

Thanks to all of you who have called, telling me this one is still running hot. The crooks continue making millions, frustrating lawmakers with the Internal Revenue Service phone scheme.

Con artists are making 10,000 calls every week and 4,000 people have lost upwards of $17 million. Now some are asking if the U.S. Department of Justice is doing enough to stop the bad guys. The crooks have shown they relentless since I first wrote about this scam last summer.

"It is the largest, most pervasive impersonation scam in the history of the IRS," according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

In most cases they leave two

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:13:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Get a Job Monday: Calling all call center workers]]> BY ERIC SINGER eric.singer@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-calling-all-call-center-workers/article/1549978?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-calling-all-call-center-workers/article/1549978?custom_click=rss Take a few minutes to polish up your interview skills. This Get a Job Monday segment features positions from an outbound call center in northwest Colorado Springs.

Graven Austin & Drake, in business since 1991, is hiring telephone sales representatives. Experience is not necessary because this business provides on-the-job, paid training.

Graven Austin & Drake requires applicants to have strong reading skills and basic computer skills. The company pays weekly on Fridays.

For information on available positions, email jeannecotter@elpasoco.



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Take a few minutes to polish up your interview skills. This Get a Job Monday segment features positions from an outbound call center in northwest Colorado Springs.

Graven Austin & Drake, in business since 1991, is hiring telephone sales representatives. Experience is not necessary because this business provides on-the-job, paid training.

Graven Austin & Drake requires applicants to have strong reading skills and basic computer skills. The company pays weekly on Fridays.

For information on available positions, email jeannecotter@elpasoco.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 05:18:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Increased space defense a key talking point at Space Symposium]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/increased-space-defense-a-key-talking-point-at-space-symposium/article/1549971?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/increased-space-defense-a-key-talking-point-at-space-symposium/article/1549971?custom_click=rss

Record crowds, a galaxy of vendors and talk of new programs put a spring in the step of defense contractors at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.

After tough years of federal belt tightening and a postwar military drawdown that cut more than $1 billion in annual Pentagon space spending, things are looking up for the military aerospace sector. And the new vigor, to some degree, comes courtesy of the Russian bear emerging from its post-Cold War hibernation.

After years of counterinsurgency fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pentagon thinkers have returned their focus to Russia, which has annexed part of neighboring Ukraine and poured billions of rubles into a plan to rebuild its military might.

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After tough years of federal belt tightening and a postwar military drawdown that cut more than $1 billion in annual Pentagon space spending, things are looking up for the military aerospace sector. And the new vigor, to some degree, comes courtesy of the Russian bear emerging from its post-Cold War hibernation.

After years of counterinsurgency fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pentagon thinkers have returned their focus to Russia, which has annexed part of neighboring Ukraine and poured billions of rubles into a plan to rebuild its military might.]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 04:05:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Watch: Boulder's Sphero rolls out in 'Star Wars' preview]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/watch-boulders-sphero-rolls-out-in-star-wars-preview/article/1549961?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-boulders-sphero-rolls-out-in-star-wars-preview/article/1549961?custom_click=rss

BOULDER — "Star Wars" fans were treated to a bit of Boulder-bred robotic wizardry in a split-second shot toward the end of the trailer of the movie seen around the world.

Sphero, the robotic ball manufacturer run by Boulder-based and TechStars alum Orbotix, crafted a rolling droid that was used in the new preview for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," as well as in the highly anticipated film's first trailer.

The bot, dubbed BB-8, appears only briefly in the latest trailer. But in the November release, it's seen rolling around making high-pitched beeping sounds.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/ofjrsef ), President Barack Obama gave the robot a test drive during a 2012 campaign stop in



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BOULDER — "Star Wars" fans were treated to a bit of Boulder-bred robotic wizardry in a split-second shot toward the end of the trailer of the movie seen around the world.

Sphero, the robotic ball manufacturer run by Boulder-based and TechStars alum Orbotix, crafted a rolling droid that was used in the new preview for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," as well as in the highly anticipated film's first trailer.

The bot, dubbed BB-8, appears only briefly in the latest trailer. But in the November release, it's seen rolling around making high-pitched beeping sounds.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/ofjrsef ), President Barack Obama gave the robot a test drive during a 2012 campaign stop in

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:27:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Private marijuana clubs in Colorado Springs largely unregulated]]> By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/private-marijuana-clubs-in-colorado-springs-largely-unregulated/article/1549921?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/private-marijuana-clubs-in-colorado-springs-largely-unregulated/article/1549921?custom_click=rss

Despite the city's ban on sales, you really can get recreational marijuana in Colorado Springs. You just need to join the right club.

Private cannabis clubs got their start in Colorado Springs, which banned recreational marijuana sales after Amendment 64 legalized them in 2012.

Denver doesn't have such clubs; it has recreational pot stores galore.

And Colorado Springs residents can drive a few miles to Manitou Springs and choose their favorite flavors at Emerald Fields or Maggie's Farm retail outlets.

But public consumption of marijuana isn't allowed in Colorado.

So if you want to imbibe out of your children's view, or away from that no-smoking apartment you rented, you can find like-minded people at one of



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Despite the city's ban on sales, you really can get recreational marijuana in Colorado Springs. You just need to join the right club.

Private cannabis clubs got their start in Colorado Springs, which banned recreational marijuana sales after Amendment 64 legalized them in 2012.

Denver doesn't have such clubs; it has recreational pot stores galore.

And Colorado Springs residents can drive a few miles to Manitou Springs and choose their favorite flavors at Emerald Fields or Maggie's Farm retail outlets.

But public consumption of marijuana isn't allowed in Colorado.

So if you want to imbibe out of your children's view, or away from that no-smoking apartment you rented, you can find like-minded people at one of

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:07:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Go figure: Math-challenged Manitou Springs child grows up to lead successful math-education company]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/go-figure-math-challenged-manitou-springs-child-grows-up-to-lead-successful-math-education-company/article/1549958?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/go-figure-math-challenged-manitou-springs-child-grows-up-to-lead-successful-math-education-company/article/1549958?custom_click=rss

As early as first grade, Janet Bullock realized a hard truth: She did not have a head for numbers.

She recalls her first-grade math textbook, which showed a drawing of three butterflies and another of two butterflies, meant to illustrate how to add three and two. She counted them up and got the right answer.

But when asked to solve the next equation, the Manitou Springs native didn't have a clue. She couldn't make the connection between the numeral and the quantity it represented.

"The next problem was four plus four, but there wasn't any picture, so I asked the teacher, four plus four of what?" Bullock says. "She said four plus four of anything. As a first-grader, I didn't have any concept of numbers.



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As early as first grade, Janet Bullock realized a hard truth: She did not have a head for numbers.

She recalls her first-grade math textbook, which showed a drawing of three butterflies and another of two butterflies, meant to illustrate how to add three and two. She counted them up and got the right answer.

But when asked to solve the next equation, the Manitou Springs native didn't have a clue. She couldn't make the connection between the numeral and the quantity it represented.

"The next problem was four plus four, but there wasn't any picture, so I asked the teacher, four plus four of what?" Bullock says. "She said four plus four of anything. As a first-grader, I didn't have any concept of numbers.

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:27:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area business events starting April 19, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-business-events-starting-april-19-2015/article/1549952?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-business-events-starting-april-19-2015/article/1549952?custom_click=rss MONDAY

Colorado Springs Wedding and Event Vendors Networking Group - 9-10:30 a.m., Rocky Mountain Calvary, 4285 N. Academy Blvd., $60 for a year; Annie, 570-0761, tinyurl.com/mynxh83.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center - Intro to PPWFC Orientation, 10 a.m.-noon, Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, free. Registration: ppwfc.org.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center - From Job Loss to Job Search, 2-4 p.m., Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, free. Registration: ppwfc.org.

Colorado Springs Toastmasters Club 555 - 6 p.m., City Hall Building, 212 E. Kiowa St.; tinyurl.com/o6hfahd.

TUESDAY

Toastmasters - 7:30-8:30 a.m., Memorial Hospital, Monarch Room, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave.;

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Colorado Springs Wedding and Event Vendors Networking Group - 9-10:30 a.m., Rocky Mountain Calvary, 4285 N. Academy Blvd., $60 for a year; Annie, 570-0761, tinyurl.com/mynxh83.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center - Intro to PPWFC Orientation, 10 a.m.-noon, Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, free. Registration: ppwfc.org.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center - From Job Loss to Job Search, 2-4 p.m., Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, free. Registration: ppwfc.org.

Colorado Springs Toastmasters Club 555 - 6 p.m., City Hall Building, 212 E. Kiowa St.; tinyurl.com/o6hfahd.

TUESDAY

Toastmasters - 7:30-8:30 a.m., Memorial Hospital, Monarch Room, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave.;]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 04:40:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Atmel sells its XSense product line, but Colorado Springs employees will stay on the job]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/atmel-sells-its-xsense-product-line-but-colorado-springs-employees-will-stay-on-the-job/article/1549881?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/atmel-sells-its-xsense-product-line-but-colorado-springs-employees-will-stay-on-the-job/article/1549881?custom_click=rss

Atmel Corp. said Friday it has sold its XSense product line to a subsidiary of a Texas competitor, which will continue to manufacture the product at Atmel's Colorado Springs plant and retain the roughly 60 employees involved in the operation.

In fact, a spokesman for the buyer - UniPixel Inc. of suburban Houston - said the company is poised for a "significant expansion" of the XSense operation in the Springs that likely will lead to more hiring.

"If you're going to expand manufacturing, it would make sense they'll have to add people," UniPixel spokesman Ron Both said.

However, Both said he doesn't know how much bigger the operation might become or how many more employees could be added.



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Atmel Corp. said Friday it has sold its XSense product line to a subsidiary of a Texas competitor, which will continue to manufacture the product at Atmel's Colorado Springs plant and retain the roughly 60 employees involved in the operation.

In fact, a spokesman for the buyer - UniPixel Inc. of suburban Houston - said the company is poised for a "significant expansion" of the XSense operation in the Springs that likely will lead to more hiring.

"If you're going to expand manufacturing, it would make sense they'll have to add people," UniPixel spokesman Ron Both said.

However, Both said he doesn't know how much bigger the operation might become or how many more employees could be added.

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