<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:45:15 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress]]> http://gazette.com/obama-budget-sets-up-battle-with-gop-controlled-congress/article/feed/200820?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-budget-sets-up-battle-with-gop-controlled-congress/article/feed/200820?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care.

The plan, expected to be dismissed by GOP lawmakers now running Capitol Hill, rolls out as the deficit is dropping and Obama's poll numbers inch higher. Though Republicans will march ahead on their own, they ultimately must come to terms with Obama, whose signature is needed on anything that is going to become law.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care.

The plan, expected to be dismissed by GOP lawmakers now running Capitol Hill, rolls out as the deficit is dropping and Obama's poll numbers inch higher. Though Republicans will march ahead on their own, they ultimately must come to terms with Obama, whose signature is needed on anything that is going to become law.]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:45:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Revel sale put on hold while nightclub appeals terms]]> http://gazette.com/revel-sale-put-on-hold-while-nightclub-appeals-terms/article/feed/200789?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/revel-sale-put-on-hold-while-nightclub-appeals-terms/article/feed/200789?custom_click=rss PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The sale of Atlantic City's former Revel casino is on hold while the company that ran its popular nightclub and beach bar appeals.

Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Ambro, based in Philadelphia, ruled late Friday that Revel has until 4 p.m. Tuesday to respond to the appeal from IDEA Boardwalk of a federal judge's decision.

IDEA Boardwalk and other former Revel tenants asked U.S. District Court Judge Jerome Simandle to delay the sale but he denied the request Jan. 21, saying that Revel and Atlantic City would be harmed by a delay.

IDEA Boardwalk and the tenants, including restaurants and an on-site power plant that served Revel, say they could be wiped out if the $95.4 million sale go

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]]> PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The sale of Atlantic City's former Revel casino is on hold while the company that ran its popular nightclub and beach bar appeals.

Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Ambro, based in Philadelphia, ruled late Friday that Revel has until 4 p.m. Tuesday to respond to the appeal from IDEA Boardwalk of a federal judge's decision.

IDEA Boardwalk and other former Revel tenants asked U.S. District Court Judge Jerome Simandle to delay the sale but he denied the request Jan. 21, saying that Revel and Atlantic City would be harmed by a delay.

IDEA Boardwalk and the tenants, including restaurants and an on-site power plant that served Revel, say they could be wiped out if the $95.4 million sale go]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:02:09 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has earthquake plan]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-oil-and-gas-conservation-commission-has-earthquake-plan/article/1545536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-oil-and-gas-conservation-commission-has-earthquake-plan/article/1545536?custom_click=rss GREELEY — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission now has a plan for future earthquakes after two small quakes rattled an area in Weld County that officials later determined were likely caused by a nearby injection well.

The commission said NGL Water Solutions was not in violation of its state permit or any state rules at the time of the earthquakes, which occurred on May 31 and June 23.

Immediately after the second quake, the commission asked the company to shut down the operation while a study was conducted. The solution was a system to monitor wells for seismic activity so injection can be shut down or temporarily halted if the monitors detect inclined seismic activity.



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GREELEY — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission now has a plan for future earthquakes after two small quakes rattled an area in Weld County that officials later determined were likely caused by a nearby injection well.

The commission said NGL Water Solutions was not in violation of its state permit or any state rules at the time of the earthquakes, which occurred on May 31 and June 23.

Immediately after the second quake, the commission asked the company to shut down the operation while a study was conducted. The solution was a system to monitor wells for seismic activity so injection can be shut down or temporarily halted if the monitors detect inclined seismic activity.

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<![CDATA[Drivers: Return to your dealers for a 2nd air bag recall fix]]> http://gazette.com/drivers-return-to-your-dealers-for-a-2nd-air-bag-recall-fix/article/feed/200796?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/drivers-return-to-your-dealers-for-a-2nd-air-bag-recall-fix/article/feed/200796?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Drivers, bring your vehicles back to the shop for more work on faulty air bags.

The government says more than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles need a second fix for air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.

The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avalon models made from 2002 to 2004.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says all of the vehicles covered in Saturday's announcement had already been under a recall for the faulty air bags. Carmakers originally tried to fix the defects by partially replacing the electronic control unit, made by TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Drivers, bring your vehicles back to the shop for more work on faulty air bags.

The government says more than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles need a second fix for air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.

The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avalon models made from 2002 to 2004.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says all of the vehicles covered in Saturday's announcement had already been under a recall for the faulty air bags. Carmakers originally tried to fix the defects by partially replacing the electronic control unit, made by TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. ]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:17:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that]]> http://gazette.com/just-whose-internet-is-it-new-federal-rules-may-answer-that/article/feed/200775?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/just-whose-internet-is-it-new-federal-rules-may-answer-that/article/feed/200775?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whose Internet is it anyway?

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to buy books or check the weather.

Wheeler has not publicly released his plan yet, and might not for a few weeks. But he has suggested that Internet service has become as critical to people in the United States as water, electricity or phone service and should be regulated like any other public utility.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Whose Internet is it anyway?

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to buy books or check the weather.

Wheeler has not publicly released his plan yet, and might not for a few weeks. But he has suggested that Internet service has become as critical to people in the United States as water, electricity or phone service and should be regulated like any other public utility.]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:15:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Drive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress]]> http://gazette.com/drive-to-repeal-medical-device-tax-no-slam-dunk-in-congress/article/feed/200742?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/drive-to-repeal-medical-device-tax-no-slam-dunk-in-congress/article/feed/200742?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress have never had a better chance of repealing the tax on medical devices.

Though they're backed by Democrats from states where that industry provides lots of jobs, abolishing the tax won't be easy.

That's because of a possible veto by President Barack Obama.

In addition, some Democrats say they'd back eliminating the tax only if the estimated $29 billion it would raise over a decade is replaced by money from elsewhere.

No one has yet proposed an alternative source of money that gets widespread support.

The tax was created under Obama's health care overhaul to help finance part of that expansion of medical coverage.

Repeal supporters sa

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress have never had a better chance of repealing the tax on medical devices.

Though they're backed by Democrats from states where that industry provides lots of jobs, abolishing the tax won't be easy.

That's because of a possible veto by President Barack Obama.

In addition, some Democrats say they'd back eliminating the tax only if the estimated $29 billion it would raise over a decade is replaced by money from elsewhere.

No one has yet proposed an alternative source of money that gets widespread support.

The tax was created under Obama's health care overhaul to help finance part of that expansion of medical coverage.

Repeal supporters sa]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:01:49 -0700 <![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1545495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1545495?custom_click=rss

Three people have joined the Vladimir Jones advertising agency in Colorado Springs. Patrick Cannarozzi was hired as a digital coordinator. He previously worked as a content coordinator and community manager for BFG Communications. Kaitlin Cronk joined the agency as an account coordinator. She previously worked in sponsorship and marketing support with Coaches Aid. Melissa Norman, hired as a project manager, formerly worked as a production manager at BFG Communications.

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]]> Three people have joined the Vladimir Jones advertising agency in Colorado Springs. Patrick Cannarozzi was hired as a digital coordinator. He previously worked as a content coordinator and community manager for BFG Communications. Kaitlin Cronk joined the agency as an account coordinator. She previously worked in sponsorship and marketing support with Coaches Aid. Melissa Norman, hired as a project manager, formerly worked as a production manager at BFG Communications.

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The Springs-area vacancy rate stood at 5.3 percent in the fourth quarter - up a full percentage point from the third quarter but down from 7.1 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2013, the report showed. The latest vacancy rate was one of the lowest since early 2001.

Rents, meanwhile, averaged $856.40 a month in the fourth quarter. That's down from the second and third quarters of last year but still up nearly $57 from the fourth

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]]> A continued strong demand for apartments and relatively little construction kept Colorado Springs' apartment vacancy rate low and rents high during the fourth quarter of last year, according to a report from the Colorado Division of Housing and Apartment Association of Southern Colorado.

The Springs-area vacancy rate stood at 5.3 percent in the fourth quarter - up a full percentage point from the third quarter but down from 7.1 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2013, the report showed. The latest vacancy rate was one of the lowest since early 2001.

Rents, meanwhile, averaged $856.40 a month in the fourth quarter. That's down from the second and third quarters of last year but still up nearly $57 from the fourth]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 04:15:09 -0700 <![CDATA[What slowing economy? US consumers are in a mood to spend]]> http://gazette.com/what-slowing-economy-us-consumers-are-in-a-mood-to-spend/article/feed/200596?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/what-slowing-economy-us-consumers-are-in-a-mood-to-spend/article/feed/200596?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.

Companies have been hiring at healthy rates for the past year. Layoffs hover near historic lows. Auto sales are strong. Gas prices have sunk. Congressional budget fights have faded. Americans are increasingly confident.

All that fed a surge of consumer spending last quarter, offsetting weaker business spending caused in part by a pullback by oil drillers and a frail global economy.

The U.S. economy as a whole expanded at a 2.6 percent annual rate, the government said Friday, down from a sizzling 5 percent gain the previous quarter.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.

Companies have been hiring at healthy rates for the past year. Layoffs hover near historic lows. Auto sales are strong. Gas prices have sunk. Congressional budget fights have faded. Americans are increasingly confident.

All that fed a surge of consumer spending last quarter, offsetting weaker business spending caused in part by a pullback by oil drillers and a frail global economy.

The U.S. economy as a whole expanded at a 2.6 percent annual rate, the government said Friday, down from a sizzling 5 percent gain the previous quarter.]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:15:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Uber says outside review shows customer data safe, private]]> http://gazette.com/uber-says-outside-review-shows-customer-data-safe-private/article/feed/200692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uber-says-outside-review-shows-customer-data-safe-private/article/feed/200692?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies says that if you catch a ride with one of its drivers, your personal and financial data are safe — from Uber itself.

The ride-booking company on Friday used a blog post to release the results of what it described as a thorough outside examination of its privacy and personal data policies.

While popular with users and investors, the company has faced criticism that its employees inappropriately accessed customer data. That is just one problem that Uber is trying to overcome — another is that it does not properly screen drivers that connect with passengers through its app to ensure they have clean criminal records.

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]]> SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies says that if you catch a ride with one of its drivers, your personal and financial data are safe — from Uber itself.

The ride-booking company on Friday used a blog post to release the results of what it described as a thorough outside examination of its privacy and personal data policies.

While popular with users and investors, the company has faced criticism that its employees inappropriately accessed customer data. That is just one problem that Uber is trying to overcome — another is that it does not properly screen drivers that connect with passengers through its app to ensure they have clean criminal records.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:45:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Lawsuit: Exploding air bag killed Texas man]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-exploding-air-bag-killed-texas-man/article/feed/200640?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-exploding-air-bag-killed-texas-man/article/feed/200640?custom_click=rss HOUSTON (AP) — The family of a Texas man who died in a minor traffic accident is alleging in a lawsuit that their loved one is the latest person to be killed by shrapnel shooting out of exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

Carlos Solis, 35, died on Jan. 18 in a minor crash in a Houston suburb. A lawsuit filed this week by his family alleges that when an air bag in his 2002 Honda Accord inflated, it sent a piece of metal into his neck. Solis died at the scene.

Takata is under fire for air bag inflators that can explode, shooting out metal and plastic pieces. At least five deaths and dozens of injuries have been linked to the problem worldwide. Ten automakers have recalled about 12 million vehicles in the U.S.

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]]> HOUSTON (AP) — The family of a Texas man who died in a minor traffic accident is alleging in a lawsuit that their loved one is the latest person to be killed by shrapnel shooting out of exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

Carlos Solis, 35, died on Jan. 18 in a minor crash in a Houston suburb. A lawsuit filed this week by his family alleges that when an air bag in his 2002 Honda Accord inflated, it sent a piece of metal into his neck. Solis died at the scene.

Takata is under fire for air bag inflators that can explode, shooting out metal and plastic pieces. At least five deaths and dozens of injuries have been linked to the problem worldwide. Ten automakers have recalled about 12 million vehicles in the U.S.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:18:25 -0700 <![CDATA[IBM boss gets bonus despite company's lackluster year]]> http://gazette.com/ibm-boss-gets-bonus-despite-companys-lackluster-year/article/feed/200679?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ibm-boss-gets-bonus-despite-companys-lackluster-year/article/feed/200679?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — IBM boss Virginia Rometty will get a $3.6 million bonus for her performance last year, even though the company's sales and profits declined in 2014.

Rometty and other top executives did not take bonuses for 2013, after the company turned in disappointing results for that year. But even though IBM is still struggling to catch up with recent shifts in the way corporate customers buy technology, the company disclosed a new pay package that appears to be a vote of confidence in her efforts.

IBM has said it's making progress by selling off less profitable divisions and investing in new businesses including data analytics, cloud computing and mobile software.

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]]> SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — IBM boss Virginia Rometty will get a $3.6 million bonus for her performance last year, even though the company's sales and profits declined in 2014.

Rometty and other top executives did not take bonuses for 2013, after the company turned in disappointing results for that year. But even though IBM is still struggling to catch up with recent shifts in the way corporate customers buy technology, the company disclosed a new pay package that appears to be a vote of confidence in her efforts.

IBM has said it's making progress by selling off less profitable divisions and investing in new businesses including data analytics, cloud computing and mobile software.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:46:23 -0700 <![CDATA[Jury deliberations break for weekend in Toyota Camry case]]> http://gazette.com/jury-deliberations-break-for-weekend-in-toyota-camry-case/article/feed/200525?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jury-deliberations-break-for-weekend-in-toyota-camry-case/article/feed/200525?custom_click=rss MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A jury of six men and six women has gone home for the weekend in a case alleging a 1996 Toyota Camry had a design defect that caused a fatal crash.

Jurors received the case late Wednesday afternoon and deliberated all day Thursday and Friday without reaching a verdict. They're due to resume deliberations at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis on Monday morning.

The jurors must decide whether Toyota's design of the 1996 Camry had a defect that was unreasonably dangerous. If they find there was a defect, they must decide if it directly caused injuries to those hurt or killed when Koua Fong Lee crashed into another car in 2006.

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]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A jury of six men and six women has gone home for the weekend in a case alleging a 1996 Toyota Camry had a design defect that caused a fatal crash.

Jurors received the case late Wednesday afternoon and deliberated all day Thursday and Friday without reaching a verdict. They're due to resume deliberations at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis on Monday morning.

The jurors must decide whether Toyota's design of the 1996 Camry had a defect that was unreasonably dangerous. If they find there was a defect, they must decide if it directly caused injuries to those hurt or killed when Koua Fong Lee crashed into another car in 2006.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:32:52 -0700 <![CDATA[FDA approves ADHD drug for binge-eating disorder]]> http://gazette.com/fda-approves-adhd-drug-for-binge-eating-disorder/article/feed/200654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fda-approves-adhd-drug-for-binge-eating-disorder/article/feed/200654?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved an attention deficit disorder drug for a new use: A first-of-its kind treatment for binge-eating disorder.

About 2 percent of U.S. adults, or about 5 million people, have binge eating disorder, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Standard treatment for binge eating and other eating disorders usually involves counseling and psychotherapy. Some doctors also prescribe antidepressants to try and curb eating disorders, though they are not approved for that use.

The Food and Drug Administration originally approved Vyvanse in 2007 as a once-a-day pill for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. On Friday the agency cleared the drug for adults w

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved an attention deficit disorder drug for a new use: A first-of-its kind treatment for binge-eating disorder.

About 2 percent of U.S. adults, or about 5 million people, have binge eating disorder, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Standard treatment for binge eating and other eating disorders usually involves counseling and psychotherapy. Some doctors also prescribe antidepressants to try and curb eating disorders, though they are not approved for that use.

The Food and Drug Administration originally approved Vyvanse in 2007 as a once-a-day pill for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. On Friday the agency cleared the drug for adults w]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:31:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Business Highlights]]> http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/234?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/234?custom_click=rss ___

Consumers fuel steady US economy as rest of world struggles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low energy prices are bolstering confidence that growth will strengthen this year.

The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December period, the government said Friday. That was down from a sizzling 5 percent gain in the previous quarter.

Though business investment, government spending and trade weakened, consumers signaled rising confidence by stepping up their spending at the fastest rate in nearly nine years.

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Consumers fuel steady US economy as rest of world struggles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low energy prices are bolstering confidence that growth will strengthen this year.

The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December period, the government said Friday. That was down from a sizzling 5 percent gain in the previous quarter.

Though business investment, government spending and trade weakened, consumers signaled rising confidence by stepping up their spending at the fastest rate in nearly nine years.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:31:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Exxon Mobil updates anti-discrimination employment policy]]> http://gazette.com/exxon-mobil-updates-anti-discrimination-employment-policy/article/feed/200668?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/exxon-mobil-updates-anti-discrimination-employment-policy/article/feed/200668?custom_click=rss IRVING, Texas (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. has updated its corporate policies to protect employees from discrimination for sexual orientation or gender identity.

Spokesman Alan Jeffers said Friday that the Irving, Texas-based oil giant added these protections to comply with federal law.

In July, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that expanded protections for gay and transgender employees of federal contractors.

Exxon Mobil, which has federal contracts worth millions of dollars, had said it would comply with the order but wouldn't say if it would formalize that with revised corporate policies.

The company had maintained that its stated zero-tolerance standards ensured protections without having to spec

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]]> IRVING, Texas (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. has updated its corporate policies to protect employees from discrimination for sexual orientation or gender identity.

Spokesman Alan Jeffers said Friday that the Irving, Texas-based oil giant added these protections to comply with federal law.

In July, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that expanded protections for gay and transgender employees of federal contractors.

Exxon Mobil, which has federal contracts worth millions of dollars, had said it would comply with the order but wouldn't say if it would formalize that with revised corporate policies.

The company had maintained that its stated zero-tolerance standards ensured protections without having to spec]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:00:31 -0700 <![CDATA[BBB of Southern Colorado warns businesses of phishing scam]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/bbb-of-southern-colorado-warns-businesses-of-phishing-scam/article/1545506?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bbb-of-southern-colorado-warns-businesses-of-phishing-scam/article/1545506?custom_click=rss The BBB of Southern Colorado warned Friday that scammers are sending bogus emails to business owners, asking them to click on a BBB Standard Business Questionnaire form.

But the link goes to a site that delivers malware to the user's computer.

The Council of Better Business Bureaus Inc. is working with its security vendor to address the issue.

The BBB says that if the email's "from" address contains "bbbl.org," it is not valid. The BBB of Southern Colorado asks that anyone receiving the phishing emails to send them to phishing@council.bbb.org.

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]]> The BBB of Southern Colorado warned Friday that scammers are sending bogus emails to business owners, asking them to click on a BBB Standard Business Questionnaire form.

But the link goes to a site that delivers malware to the user's computer.

The Council of Better Business Bureaus Inc. is working with its security vendor to address the issue.

The BBB says that if the email's "from" address contains "bbbl.org," it is not valid. The BBB of Southern Colorado asks that anyone receiving the phishing emails to send them to phishing@council.bbb.org.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:50:02 -0700 <![CDATA[New York wage board suggests $7.50 wage for tipped workers]]> http://gazette.com/new-york-wage-board-suggests-7.50-wage-for-tipped-workers/article/feed/200609?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-york-wage-board-suggests-7.50-wage-for-tipped-workers/article/feed/200609?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Restaurant servers and other tipped workers in New York state would make $7.50 an hour before tips under a proposal recommended by a state wage board Friday

The proposal from the state Wage Board would go into effect Dec. 31 if approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's labor commissioner. That looks likely to happen after Cuomo signaled his support Friday.

"For far too long, wages for tipped workers in New York State have been too low," Cuomo said in a statement. "Today the Wage Board has recommended a course that begins to rectify that."

State law allows restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage as long as gratuities make up the difference. Servers

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]]> ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Restaurant servers and other tipped workers in New York state would make $7.50 an hour before tips under a proposal recommended by a state wage board Friday

The proposal from the state Wage Board would go into effect Dec. 31 if approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's labor commissioner. That looks likely to happen after Cuomo signaled his support Friday.

"For far too long, wages for tipped workers in New York State have been too low," Cuomo said in a statement. "Today the Wage Board has recommended a course that begins to rectify that."

State law allows restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage as long as gratuities make up the difference. Servers]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:46:53 -0700 <![CDATA[AT&T, Verizon get more airwaves: Expect more mobile capacity]]> http://gazette.com/att-verizon-get-more-airwaves-expect-more-mobile-capacity/article/feed/200650?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/att-verizon-get-more-airwaves-expect-more-mobile-capacity/article/feed/200650?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction.

The additional airwaves, or spectrum, will allow wireless companies to offer more capacity for mobile data services, helping ease congested networks.

The auction, which ended Thursday, will raise $41.3 billion for the U.S. Treasury and various federal programs. AT&T Inc. bid $18.2 billion and Verizon Wireless $10.4 billion. T-Mobile US Inc. had $1.77 billion in winning bids. Sprint Corp. did not participate.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction.

The additional airwaves, or spectrum, will allow wireless companies to offer more capacity for mobile data services, helping ease congested networks.

The auction, which ended Thursday, will raise $41.3 billion for the U.S. Treasury and various federal programs. AT&T Inc. bid $18.2 billion and Verizon Wireless $10.4 billion. T-Mobile US Inc. had $1.77 billion in winning bids. Sprint Corp. did not participate.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:32:34 -0700 <![CDATA[Thousands of high-paying jobs coming to Colorado Springs?]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/thousands-of-high-paying-jobs-coming-to-colorado-springs/article/1545449?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thousands-of-high-paying-jobs-coming-to-colorado-springs/article/1545449?custom_click=rss In one of the more upbeat business forecasts in recent years, a top economic development official said Thursday that Colorado Springs is in the running to snag employers who could bring as many as 2,000 high-paying jobs to town - part of a recent upswing in interest in the Pikes Peak region by companies big and small.

Andy Merritt, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance's chief defense industry officer, said some of the largest employer prospects involve "aerospace-aviation related manufacturing." He declined to be more specific, other than to add that the prospects relate to "advanced manufacturing and advanced industries."

"We'll take jobs," Merritt said. "We'll take any jobs somebody wants to give us because we



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In one of the more upbeat business forecasts in recent years, a top economic development official said Thursday that Colorado Springs is in the running to snag employers who could bring as many as 2,000 high-paying jobs to town - part of a recent upswing in interest in the Pikes Peak region by companies big and small.

Andy Merritt, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance's chief defense industry officer, said some of the largest employer prospects involve "aerospace-aviation related manufacturing." He declined to be more specific, other than to add that the prospects relate to "advanced manufacturing and advanced industries."

"We'll take jobs," Merritt said. "We'll take any jobs somebody wants to give us because we

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<![CDATA[The White House rescinds middle-class tax hike idea]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/the-white-house-rescinds-middle-class-tax-hike-idea/article/1545468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-white-house-rescinds-middle-class-tax-hike-idea/article/1545468?custom_click=rss

The White House announced Tuesday - one week after President Barack Obama's big speech - that it has chickened out on his big proposal to impose a new tax on 529 college savings plans.

The 529 account resembles the Roth IRA. Savers make post-tax contributions and invest them. The gains from those investments are not taxed when they are withdrawn years later to pay for college. Obama wanted to tax those gains, effectively abolishing such savings plans.

But this tax increase proposal - part of a plan to fund universal free community college - threatened to make Obama's State of the Union rhetoric about "middle class economics" look ridiculous. The tax hike would have fallen heavily on middle-class families that use these

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]]> The White House announced Tuesday - one week after President Barack Obama's big speech - that it has chickened out on his big proposal to impose a new tax on 529 college savings plans.

The 529 account resembles the Roth IRA. Savers make post-tax contributions and invest them. The gains from those investments are not taxed when they are withdrawn years later to pay for college. Obama wanted to tax those gains, effectively abolishing such savings plans.

But this tax increase proposal - part of a plan to fund universal free community college - threatened to make Obama's State of the Union rhetoric about "middle class economics" look ridiculous. The tax hike would have fallen heavily on middle-class families that use these]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:25:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs real estate continues its ups and downs]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-real-estate-continues-its-ups-and-downs/article/1545450?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-real-estate-continues-its-ups-and-downs/article/1545450?custom_click=rss Not all Colorado Springs real estate is created equal - at least, in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Area home sales and prices rose last year and seem to be on track for a solid start in 2015. The local apartment market was hot in 2014 and shows no signs of reversing course.

Commercial real estate, however, is a mixed bag; shopping centers have filled up and industrial buildings have found tenants, but the office market continues to be slow going.

Those were some of the highlights from a trio of real estate experts who spoke Thursday during the 24th annual real estate and economic forecast breakfast sponsored by the Southern Colorado chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management. About 250 people attended.

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Area home sales and prices rose last year and seem to be on track for a solid start in 2015. The local apartment market was hot in 2014 and shows no signs of reversing course.

Commercial real estate, however, is a mixed bag; shopping centers have filled up and industrial buildings have found tenants, but the office market continues to be slow going.

Those were some of the highlights from a trio of real estate experts who spoke Thursday during the 24th annual real estate and economic forecast breakfast sponsored by the Southern Colorado chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management. About 250 people attended.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:25:19 -0700 <![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1545443?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1545443?custom_click=rss

Victoria Horne has joined Colorado Springs advertising firm Blakely + Company as an account executive. Horne has more than six years of experience in advertising, marketing, research and media buying, most recently with Omnicon Media Group in New York City.

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The reduction leaves Diamond Wire with about 150 employees who develop and manufacture the wire, which is used in the solar, optical and semiconductor industries, said Werner Buchholz, who heads corporate communications for Diamond Wire's Switzerland-based parent company, Meyer Berger Technology.

"Due to some further capacity adjustments and further cost optimizations, we had to take this personnel measure at the production and technology center in Colorado Springs," Buchholz said in an email.

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The reduction leaves Diamond Wire with about 150 employees who develop and manufacture the wire, which is used in the solar, optical and semiconductor industries, said Werner Buchholz, who heads corporate communications for Diamond Wire's Switzerland-based parent company, Meyer Berger Technology.

"Due to some further capacity adjustments and further cost optimizations, we had to take this personnel measure at the production and technology center in Colorado Springs," Buchholz said in an email.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:25:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs mortgage lender gives up 'Freedom' for new name]]> By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mortgage-lender-gives-up-freedom-for-new-name/article/1545448?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mortgage-lender-gives-up-freedom-for-new-name/article/1545448?custom_click=rss Freedom Financial Services, a Colorado Springs mortgage lender and division of Mortgage Solutions of Colorado, has changed its name to Mortgage Solutions Financial, the company said Thursday.

The change takes effect immediately and will be finalized by April 30 as the company updates its logos and signs.

The company said it chose the Freedom Financial name when it opened in 1997 to reflect a wide variety of mortgage offerings and the freedom that clients had to choose the product they wanted.

But it wanted to switch to a name that it can use in the 44 states where it has offices.

A rural and agricultural division of the company will continue to operate under the name Ag-America.



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Freedom Financial Services, a Colorado Springs mortgage lender and division of Mortgage Solutions of Colorado, has changed its name to Mortgage Solutions Financial, the company said Thursday.

The change takes effect immediately and will be finalized by April 30 as the company updates its logos and signs.

The company said it chose the Freedom Financial name when it opened in 1997 to reflect a wide variety of mortgage offerings and the freedom that clients had to choose the product they wanted.

But it wanted to switch to a name that it can use in the 44 states where it has offices.

A rural and agricultural division of the company will continue to operate under the name Ag-America.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:31:30 -0700
<![CDATA[Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/senate-passes-bill-approving-keystone-xl-oil-pipeline/article/1545442?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-passes-bill-approving-keystone-xl-oil-pipeline/article/1545442?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and marked the first time the Senate passed a bill authorizing the pipeline, despite numerous attempts to force President Barack Obama's hand on the issue. Nine Democrats joined with 53 Republicans to back the measure.

Still the vote was short of the threshold needed to override a veto, and the legislation still must be reconciled with the version the House passed.



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WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and marked the first time the Senate passed a bill authorizing the pipeline, despite numerous attempts to force President Barack Obama's hand on the issue. Nine Democrats joined with 53 Republicans to back the measure.

Still the vote was short of the threshold needed to override a veto, and the legislation still must be reconciled with the version the House passed.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:15:52 -0700
<![CDATA[C.B. & Potts opens its first restaurant, brewery in Colorado Springs]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/c.b.-potts-opens-its-first-restaurant-brewery-in-colorado-springs/article/1545428?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/c.b.-potts-opens-its-first-restaurant-brewery-in-colorado-springs/article/1545428?custom_click=rss

C.B. & Potts Restaurant and Brewery, a Fort Collins-based chain since 1974, opened its first Colorado Springs location at 261 Kaycee Case Place in the Polaris Pointe retail complex Monday.

In addition to seasonal beers the extensive menu offers, steaks, ribs, seafood, burgers, salads, sandwiches, pastas and soups. Details: 351-9144, cbpotts.com.

Another dining note as earlier reported, Coquette's Bistro and Bakery, 321 N. Tejon St., is now open at 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays for breakfast. Previously, they opened at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

In March the plan is to open at 8 a.m. for breakfast daily. Details: 685-2420, coquettecreperie.com.



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C.B. & Potts Restaurant and Brewery, a Fort Collins-based chain since 1974, opened its first Colorado Springs location at 261 Kaycee Case Place in the Polaris Pointe retail complex Monday.

In addition to seasonal beers the extensive menu offers, steaks, ribs, seafood, burgers, salads, sandwiches, pastas and soups. Details: 351-9144, cbpotts.com.

Another dining note as earlier reported, Coquette's Bistro and Bakery, 321 N. Tejon St., is now open at 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays for breakfast. Previously, they opened at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

In March the plan is to open at 8 a.m. for breakfast daily. Details: 685-2420, coquettecreperie.com.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:31:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Governor pledges to help Colorado Springs attract young professionals]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/governor-pledges-to-help-colorado-springs-attract-young-professionals/article/1545380?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/governor-pledges-to-help-colorado-springs-attract-young-professionals/article/1545380?custom_click=rss Gov. John Hickenlooper announced in his State of the State address that courting millennials will be part of his plan to boost Colorado's economy.

In a Wednesday address in front of hundreds of members of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, Hickenlooper made it clear that Colorado Springs - which has been losing high-tech jobs with millennial appeal - will be part of that plan. The governor, in a casual speech that recapped his address, even joked that his staff has come to see him as "obsessed" by including El Paso County in his vision of Colorado as a potential millennial magnet and equal part of Colorado's economic resurgence.



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Gov. John Hickenlooper announced in his State of the State address that courting millennials will be part of his plan to boost Colorado's economy.

In a Wednesday address in front of hundreds of members of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, Hickenlooper made it clear that Colorado Springs - which has been losing high-tech jobs with millennial appeal - will be part of that plan. The governor, in a casual speech that recapped his address, even joked that his staff has come to see him as "obsessed" by including El Paso County in his vision of Colorado as a potential millennial magnet and equal part of Colorado's economic resurgence.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:47:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Solar power firm to develop 5 'garden' projects, including one in Colorado Springs]]> By Steve Raabe, The Denver Post - http://gazette.com/solar-power-firm-to-develop-5-garden-projects-including-one-in-colorado-springs/article/1545373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/solar-power-firm-to-develop-5-garden-projects-including-one-in-colorado-springs/article/1545373?custom_click=rss

Denver-based solar power firm SunShare is looking at brighter prospects with a big financial boost from utility powerhouse NRG Energy.

On Wednesday, the companies announced a deal enabling SunShare to grow its community solar portfolio about eightfold.

Under the transaction, Scottsdale, Ariz.-based NRG Renew, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, will finance the 
$25 million development of five new "solar garden" projects: four in the metro Denver area and a 2-megawatt one in Colorado Springs.

In exchange, NRG will receive what SunShare describes as a "significant" equity position in the projects. The transaction is the second in recent weeks in which a major renewable-energy firm has invested in Colorado solar. Tempe,



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Denver-based solar power firm SunShare is looking at brighter prospects with a big financial boost from utility powerhouse NRG Energy.

On Wednesday, the companies announced a deal enabling SunShare to grow its community solar portfolio about eightfold.

Under the transaction, Scottsdale, Ariz.-based NRG Renew, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, will finance the 
$25 million development of five new "solar garden" projects: four in the metro Denver area and a 2-megawatt one in Colorado Springs.

In exchange, NRG will receive what SunShare describes as a "significant" equity position in the projects. The transaction is the second in recent weeks in which a major renewable-energy firm has invested in Colorado solar. Tempe,

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:46:44 -0700
<![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1545368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1545368?custom_click=rss

Danyel Bilal recently joined Goodwill Staffing, a full-service employment agency, as an account executive.

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