<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:39:45 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Exxon sees smallest profit in 16 years, Chevron posts loss]]> http://gazette.com/exxon-sees-smallest-profit-in-16-years-chevron-posts-loss/article/feed/343372?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/exxon-sees-smallest-profit-in-16-years-chevron-posts-loss/article/feed/343372?custom_click=rss DALLAS (AP) — Motorists are saving billions on cheaper gasoline, but the long slump in oil prices is taking a heavy toll on companies that find and produce crude.

Exxon Mobil posted its smallest quarterly profit in more than 16 years Friday, while Chevron lost $725 million, its worst showing since 2002, and raised the number of jobs it expects to cut this year from 7,000 to 8,000. Other oil companies are expected to report weak earnings in the next few days.

Oil prices have tumbled from their 2014 highs of over $100 a barrel, bottoming out at under $30 in mid-February, because of a worldwide glut. Giant companies like Exxon and major petroleum-producing countries such as Saudi Arabia have continued to pump more from the gro

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:29:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Grand Forks drone unit cleared to fly nationwide missions]]> http://gazette.com/grand-forks-drone-unit-cleared-to-fly-nationwide-missions/article/feed/343292?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grand-forks-drone-unit-cleared-to-fly-nationwide-missions/article/feed/343292?custom_click=rss

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A county law enforcement unit in North Dakota that has been at the leading edge of unmanned aircraft development is cleared to fly drones throughout the country.

The authorization announced earlier this month by the Federal Aviation Administration makes the Northeast Region Unmanned Aircraft System unit in Grand Forks one of only a handful of law enforcement agencies with the capability of responding to incidents like natural disasters, crime scenes or search-and-rescue missions.

Alan Frazier, the chief pilot and architect of the unmanned aircraft program for the Grand Forks unit, said the group is able and willing to help an agency that might need a drone on loan.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:25:26 -0600 <![CDATA[US rig count drops 11 this week to 420, another all-time low]]> http://gazette.com/us-rig-count-drops-11-this-week-to-420-another-all-time-low/article/feed/343373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-rig-count-drops-11-this-week-to-420-another-all-time-low/article/feed/343373?custom_click=rss HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by 11 this week to 420, again reaching an-time low amid depressed energy industry prices.

A year ago, 905 rigs were active.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 332 rigs sought oil and 87 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico and Oklahoma each lost three rigs. Kansas, Louisiana, Texas and West Virginia were down two apiece. Colorado declined by one.

Alaska, Arkansas, California, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming were all unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:23:59 -0600 <![CDATA[First widely available Zika test OK'd for emergency use]]> http://gazette.com/first-widely-available-zika-test-okd-for-emergency-use/article/feed/343338?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/first-widely-available-zika-test-okd-for-emergency-use/article/feed/343338?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first commercial test for the Zika virus has been cleared for emergency use in the U.S. and could be available by next week.

The Food and Drug Administration granted the authorization Thursday to the test's developer, Quest Diagnostics, which said it would make it widely available to doctors for patient testing.

The company said the test results will initially be processed at a laboratory in San Juan Capistrano, California, which developed and validated the technology.

Eventually the test could be expanded to several dozen other Quest laboratories throughout the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. Previously Zika tests were only available through a handful of government-designated laboratories.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:53:18 -0600 <![CDATA[FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers]]> http://gazette.com/fda-reconsiders-training-requirements-for-painkillers/article/feed/343207?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fda-reconsiders-training-requirements-for-painkillers/article/feed/343207?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents.

The review comes as regulators disclosed that the number of doctors who completed voluntary training programs is less than half that targeted by the agency.

A panel of FDA advisers meets next week to review risk-management plans put in place nearly four years ago to reduce misuse and abuse of long-acting painkillers, powerful opioid drugs at the center of a national wave of abuse and death.

Under the current risk-management programs, drugmakers fund voluntary training for physicians on how to safely prescribe the

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:51:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Jailed Montana resort founder invokes right to silence]]> http://gazette.com/jailed-montana-resort-founder-invokes-right-to-silence/article/feed/343352?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jailed-montana-resort-founder-invokes-right-to-silence/article/feed/343352?custom_click=rss BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The jailed founder of a Montana club for the ultrarich said he won't answer a judge's demands to reveal what happened to hundreds of millions of dollars in assets he drained from the resort prior to its bankruptcy.

Yellowstone Club founder Timothy Blixseth invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination in court documents filed Thursday. Simultaneously, Blixseth declared bankruptcy in federal court in California for a financial trust that his creditors allege was used to hide his assets.

Courts have ruled Blixseth fraudulently transferred $286 million from the Yellowstone Club prior to its 2008 bankruptcy.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:47:51 -0600 <![CDATA[US stocks skid as tech and health care are routed]]> http://gazette.com/us-stocks-skid-as-tech-and-health-care-are-routed/article/feed/343232?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-stocks-skid-as-tech-and-health-care-are-routed/article/feed/343232?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are skidding Friday as technology companies absorb big losses for the second day in a row. Health care companies are falling after weak first-quarter reports from drug and health insurance companies. Markets in Europe also took hefty losses.

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 148 points, or 0.8 percent, to 17,682 as of 2:12 p.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 22 points, or 1.1 percent, to 2,053. The Nasdaq composite index lost 52 points, or 1.1 percent, to 4,753. Losses over the last two days have wiped out the Dow and S&P 500's gains from earlier this month. The Nasdaq is set to fall for the seventh day in a row.

TAKEN ILL: Health care companies fell afte

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:39:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Whole Foods exec: No tattoo shops planned for new chain yet]]> http://gazette.com/whole-foods-exec-no-tattoo-shops-planned-for-new-chain-yet/article/feed/343253?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/whole-foods-exec-no-tattoo-shops-planned-for-new-chain-yet/article/feed/343253?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods is prepping for the launch of its hipster new grocery chain. But shoppers won't be able to get a tattoo with their cheese just yet.

The company says its "365" chain will have a minimalist layout, affordable prices and third-party vendors who set up shop inside the stores. That generated fanfare earlier this year when Bloomberg noted the chain's website said the vendors might include sellers of body care products, record shops and even tattoo parlors.

But Jeff Turnas, president of 365 at Whole Foods, said in an interview this week that there are no plans for tattoo parlors to date, and that he doubts that there will be. He said the example was given to illustrate that 365's partners could include

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:30:16 -0600 <![CDATA[American Airlines apologizes to musician for barring violin]]> http://gazette.com/american-airlines-apologizes-to-musician-for-barring-violin/article/feed/343302?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/american-airlines-apologizes-to-musician-for-barring-violin/article/feed/343302?custom_click=rss

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A concert musician who was not allowed to board a flight with her violin says she hopes the incident will raise awareness of regulations that permit violins and other small instruments as carry-on luggage.

Rachel Barton Pine was told by a flight attendant and captain of an American Eagle flight that she could not bring her 18th century violin on board the plane Thursday from Chicago to Albuquerque, New Mexico. They offered to valet-check the instrument, but Pine declined. The airline, which is based in Texas, later apologized.

"Violins are too delicate to be checked," Pine said in a phone interview Friday. "It's not a question of if it might break. It will break.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:21:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs men's store vandalized again]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mens-store-vandalized-again/article/1575079?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mens-store-vandalized-again/article/1575079?custom_click=rss

For at least the second time this year, a window of Rutledge's men's clothing store downtown has been smashed.

Early Friday, the window on the store's south side had a large jagged hole with broken glass on the sidewalk and inside. The store itself appeared to be undisturbed. Police were on scene Friday morning.

In January, a homeless man used a 3-foot piece of rebar to smash seven windows. At the time, police estimated the damage to be about $13,000. On Friday, just one window appeared to be broken.

Patrick Daily, 29, was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief and reckless endangerment in connection with that incident. Daily reportedly told a witness he smashed the windows that night because he was "tired of being

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:15:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Penny Gettler, Griffis/Blessing]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-penny-gettler-griffisblessing/article/1575019?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-penny-gettler-griffisblessing/article/1575019?custom_click=rss

Griffis/Blessing has announced the hiring of Penny Gettler, CAM (certified apartment manager), as a district manager for the Multifamily Property Services group.

Gettler was originally hired as a property manager, but was quickly promoted to district manager when a position became available. She is responsible for the property management services for nine communities in Colorado Springs.

Previously, Gettler was the Albuquerque-area manager for a property management company in New Mexico.

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:13:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Original power lunch eatery to close and everything must go]]> http://gazette.com/original-power-lunch-eatery-to-close-and-everything-must-go/article/feed/343335?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/original-power-lunch-eatery-to-close-and-everything-must-go/article/feed/343335?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — New York's original power lunch restaurant is closing, and the furniture, tableware and even the pots and pans will be sold.

Items including the wine glass that President John F. Kennedy drank from and Henry Kissinger's favorite banquette will go on the auction block when the Four Seasons closes in July.

The restaurant has been a favorite of celebrities and business titans ever since it opened in the landmark Seagram Building in 1959.

The building's owner announced last year that he was not renewing the lease.

Instead, the space designed by legendary architect Philip Johnson will be leased to a restaurant team that has opened several trendy downtown eateries.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:12:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Recalls this week: Tie-downs, folding bikes]]> http://gazette.com/recalls-this-week-tie-downs-folding-bikes/article/feed/343337?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recalls-this-week-tie-downs-folding-bikes/article/feed/343337?custom_click=rss A line of faulty ratcheting tie-downs that can fail to hold a secured load is among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include faulty folding bikes.

Here's a more detailed look:


DETAILS: Snap-on ratcheting tie downs sold in a package of four exclusively at Sam's Club stores nationwide from May 2015 through September 2015. The 15-foot-long tie downs are straps used to secure heavy items or oversize loads to trailers, trucks and hand trolleys. The product's ratchet mechanism is black and the straps are yellow with "Snap-On" printed in red across the strap. Product number 871343S is printed on the upper right corner of the packaging.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:02:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Study: US oil field source of global uptick in air pollution]]> http://gazette.com/study-us-oil-field-source-of-global-uptick-in-air-pollution/article/feed/343336?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/study-us-oil-field-source-of-global-uptick-in-air-pollution/article/feed/343336?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study has found that a single oil and gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane.

The research team found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation located in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 percent of the ethane detected in the Earth's atmosphere. Ethane reacts with sunlight to form ozone, which triggers respiratory problems.

The study solves what had been a scientific mystery after a mountaintop sensor in Europe registered an increase of ethane in 2010, following decades of declines. Searching for the source, an aircraft from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sampled air from over the Bakke

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:02:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Valeant files overdue financial report, ending debt default]]> http://gazette.com/valeant-files-overdue-financial-report-ending-debt-default/article/feed/343208?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/valeant-files-overdue-financial-report-ending-debt-default/article/feed/343208?custom_click=rss

Valeant Pharmaceuticals resolved its default on some of its $30 billion in debt by finally filing its long-overdue U.S. financial report for 2015 on Friday. The badly tarnished Canadian drugmaker also announced a slate of mostly new nominees for elections to its board in June.

The moves briefly nudged up Valeant's battered shares, but they quickly headed south amid a broader market sell-off and the realization that the former Wall Street darling's future is still in question.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:57:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Ashley Perry, Pikes Peak United Way]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-ashley-perry-pikes-peak-united-way/article/1575093?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-ashley-perry-pikes-peak-united-way/article/1575093?custom_click=rss

Ashley Perry, manager of campaign engagement for Pikes Peak United Way, has been selected for the 2016-17 United Way Worldwide Fellowship Program. The yearlong training is highly competitive, selecting only 25 United Way managers worldwide.

Established in 2008, the Global Resident Fellows Program was created to identify, engage, and develop the next generation of United Way leaders.

The fellowship begins on April 6 and includes three training sessions, completing in March 2017.

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:46:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Week of celebration for small business]]> http://gazette.com/week-of-celebration-for-small-business/article/1575094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/week-of-celebration-for-small-business/article/1575094?custom_click=rss Organizers are hoping to attract more small business owners from a broader array of industries to this year's Small Business Week celebration, which begins Monday with a food truck cook-off and continues through Thursday with an awards celebration and networking event.

"We have changed the schedule to be more flexible for small-business owners to attract more of them from more industries," said Akita Marcoulier, executive director of the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, co-host of the four-day series of events with the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.The events include:

Food truck cook-off

4-5:30 p.m. Monday at Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road. Cost: $5 in advance or $10 at

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:40:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Appeals court: Amtrak can't have regulatory role]]> http://gazette.com/appeals-court-amtrak-cant-have-regulatory-role/article/feed/343268?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/appeals-court-amtrak-cant-have-regulatory-role/article/feed/343268?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has once again ruled that Congress can't give Amtrak power to impose rail standards on other private railroads.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Friday it is unconstitutional to give a "self-interested" company regulatory power over competitors — even if Amtrak is a public-private hybrid.

A 2008 law directed the passenger rail company to work with federal regulators to create standards that help keep trains running on time. Those standards give Amtrak priority over freight trains along common tracks. The freight railroad industry objected and filed a lawsuit challenging Amtrak's authority.

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:33:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Are you ready to replace your moisturizer with a pill?]]> http://gazette.com/are-you-ready-to-replace-your-moisturizer-with-a-pill/article/feed/343269?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/are-you-ready-to-replace-your-moisturizer-with-a-pill/article/feed/343269?custom_click=rss

MIAMI (AP) — The makeup industry is trying to convince women that looking good on the outside starts from within — but it's unclear whether the products they're trying to hawk are safe and effective.

Big-name beauty companies and retailers including Sephora and Urban Outfitters are rolling out pills and drinkable liquids loaded with exotic herbs, vitamins, seeds, berries and substances such as collagen. The products promise to do things such as firm up skin and improve its natural glow.

The trend is picking up steam. Although a small portion of the $16 billion beauty products market, sales of beauty supplements targeting the face have grown from less than $1 million in 2013 to over $4 million in 2015, according to market

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:24:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs getting closer to landing southside corporate data center]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-getting-closer-to-landing-southside-corporate-data-center/article/1575023?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-getting-closer-to-landing-southside-corporate-data-center/article/1575023?custom_click=rss

A nearly 100,000-square-foot corporate data center is being proposed for Colorado Springs' south side, which could signal a major step forward for a long-planned business park envisioned as a home for similar projects.

Documents submitted this week to the city's Land Use Review Division detail a data center totaling 99,873 square feet, with 40 parking spaces and a loading area on 8.5 acres.

The project would be part of T5@Colorado - formerly the Vineyard Data Center Park - that's being developed southeast of Interstate 25 and Circle Drive on property the City Council has designated as an urban renewal site. The project includes 65 acres for development and 35 acres for trails and open space.

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:22:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Marriott celebrates renovation]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-marriott-celebrates-renovation/article/1575080?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-marriott-celebrates-renovation/article/1575080?custom_click=rss The Colorado Springs Marriott hotel has completed its first major renovation in nearly 10 years, highlighted by a "Great Room" in the lobby for working or socializing and rebranding of its restaurant as "The Ascent," featuring local and seasonal cuisine and craft beers from the Springs and around the state.

The hotel's owner, Providence, R.I.-based The Procaccianti Group, declined to reveal the total value of the project, saying only that it was a "multimillion-dollar property-wide renovation."

However, Marriott Colorado Springs General Manager Mike Giamundo said the project completed last month was "similar in nature," but smaller in scope, than a $15 million renovation completed in 2007 that also included replacing

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]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:55:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Workers strike at Colorado Springs-area distribution center for King Soopers, other stores]]> http://gazette.com/workers-strike-at-colorado-springs-area-distribution-center-for-king-soopers-other-stores/article/1575024?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/workers-strike-at-colorado-springs-area-distribution-center-for-king-soopers-other-stores/article/1575024?custom_click=rss

About 270 members of Teamsters union Local 455 launched a strike Thursday against Advantage Logistics South, which operates a distribution center in Fountain for more than 329 City Market, King Soopers and Kroger stores in Colorado and five other states.

Local 455 members voted overwhelmingly April 21 to authorize an unfair labor practice strike against Advantage Logistics South, but continued negotiating with the Aurora-based subsidiary of Supervalu Inc. after the union's contract expired Saturday, Steven Vairma, the local's secretary-treasurer, said Monday in an email.

Union members were seeking parity with a contract that covers workers at Advantage Logistics Colorado's North distribution center in Aurora and a reduction

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:11:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Spectranetics reports reduced losses in first quarter]]> http://gazette.com/spectranetics-reports-reduced-losses-in-first-quarter/article/1575028?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spectranetics-reports-reduced-losses-in-first-quarter/article/1575028?custom_click=rss Spectranetics Corp. cut its losses in the first quarter by more than a third, though nearly all of the larger loss during the first quarter of 2015 resulted from costs related to an acquisition.

The Colorado Springs-based medical device manufacturer lost $17.3 million, or 40 cents a share, in the January-to-March quarter, down from $27.3 million, or 65 cents a share, during the same period a year ago. Spectranetics spent $10.4 million in costs acquiring its Stellarex line of drug-coated balloons from Covidien plc. Revenue grew 9.5 percent to $62.9 million in a period during which the company's sales typically slow.

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:26:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Tech, energy stocks lead a broad decline]]> http://gazette.com/tech-energy-stocks-lead-a-broad-decline/article/1575022?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tech-energy-stocks-lead-a-broad-decline/article/1575022?custom_click=rss NEW YORK - Stocks lost ground on Wall Street as a rout in tech stocks deepened as the day went on.

Apple sank 3 percent Thursday, its second big loss in a row, after billionaire investor Carl Icahn told CNBC he had sold his stake in the company. A day earlier Apple reported its first revenue decline in over a decade as iPhone sales fell.

Energy stocks also fell despite another gain in the price of oil.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 210 points, or 1.2 percent, to 17,830.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 19 points, or 0.9 percent, to 2,075. The Nasdaq composite gave up 57 points, or 1.2 percent, to 4,805.

Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 1.83 percent.

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]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:40:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Economist's persuasive principles on show in Britain]]> http://gazette.com/economists-persuasive-principles-on-show-in-britain/article/1575017?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/economists-persuasive-principles-on-show-in-britain/article/1575017?custom_click=rss

If you want people to do something, make it easy for them, economist Richard Thaler told a crowd of economics students and others Wednesday at Colorado College.

Best known as the "father" of behavioral economics, Thaler's theories about combining psychology and economics to persuade consumers to make better decisions have drawn followers worldwide, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Barack Obama and leaders of about 50 other states, provinces or countries.

"If you read enough psychology journal articles, you'll know how to fix the economy," Thaler said during a question-and-answer session that followed his 55-minute speech.

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]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:45:02 -0600 <![CDATA[SpaceX lands huge Air Force satellite contract; could hurt Colorado firm]]> http://gazette.com/spacex-lands-huge-air-force-satellite-contract-could-hurt-colorado-firm/article/1574955?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spacex-lands-huge-air-force-satellite-contract-could-hurt-colorado-firm/article/1574955?custom_click=rss

Upstart rocket firm SpaceX scored a huge victory Wednesday with an Air Force Contract to launch one of the Air Force's newest Global Positioning System satellites.

The $82.7 million contact to launch the GPS-III spacecraft was snatched by SpaceX, owned by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk. That could be a low for Colorado rocket-builder United Launch Alliance, which has had a hammerlock on military launches for more than a decade.

"This GPS III Launch Services contract award achieves a balance between mission success, meeting operational needs, lowering launch costs, and reintroducing competition for National Security Space missions," said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, who runs Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:19:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Stress, mental illness are leading causes of lost days at work]]> http://gazette.com/stress-mental-illness-are-leading-causes-of-lost-days-at-work/article/1574979?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stress-mental-illness-are-leading-causes-of-lost-days-at-work/article/1574979?custom_click=rss Heavy lifting, slippery floors and chronic pain no longer dominate the causes of lost days in the workplace.

Behavioral health problems do.

With that in mind, the Colorado Culture of Health Conference focused its wellness sessions on mental health this year.

About 550 people — business owners, public health officials, community leaders — came to the Colorado Convention Center on Wednesday to hear jarring statistics and reassuring suggestions about helping employees with treatable mental illnesses.

One in every four people struggle with mental health challenges each year, they were told. Antidepressants are now the third most prescribed drugs in the country.

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:32:00 -0600
<![CDATA[UCCS, Air Force Academy entrepreneurs dream their way to competition success]]> http://gazette.com/uccs-air-force-academy-entrepreneurs-dream-their-way-to-competition-success/article/1574929?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uccs-air-force-academy-entrepreneurs-dream-their-way-to-competition-success/article/1574929?custom_click=rss

Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition over teams from 28 other schools, including Purdue University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California. Viper Irrigation Technology, a team of two Air Force Academy cadets that developed a way to inject water and nutrients directly into the vascular system of plants, finished second.

Lot Spot will receive a $75,000 investment from IOC Ventures, an Orange County, Calif., venture capital fund, plus a $7,000 scholarship to an entrepreneur boot camp in California for one team member and $5,000 in cash. Viper Irrigation will get a $50,000 investment from IOC Ventures and $5,000 in cash.

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:20:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs unemployment rises as more people enter job market]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-unemployment-rises-as-more-people-enter-job-market/article/1574945?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-unemployment-rises-as-more-people-enter-job-market/article/1574945?custom_click=rss

The unemployment rate for the Colorado Springs area rose for the first time in nearly three years last month as more than 2,400 people jumped back into the job market, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The increase to 3.6 percent in March from 3.4 percent in February is the first since the area's jobless rate rose to 8.1 percent in May 2013 from 8 percent in the previous month.

The unemployment rate rose because 2,428 people joined the area's labor force in March and about a third did not find immediately find jobs, though nearly 1,600 more area residents were employed in March than held jobs in February.

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:53:27 -0600
<![CDATA[BriefcaseessentialsEssentials]]> http://gazette.com/briefcaseessentialsessentials/article/1574724?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/briefcaseessentialsessentials/article/1574724?custom_click=rss - The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado (BBB) is teaming up with El Paso County, KKTV, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and Mobile Record Shredders to hold its annual shredding event, LETTER RIP, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Vermijo Street between Cascade Avenue and Sahwatch Street.

Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders. X-rays, compact discs and floppy disks can be shredded but need to be separated from paper. Paper clips and staples may be left on documents.

Donations and funds collected from LETTER RIP go to the BBB of Southern Colorado's Foundation, which provides free resources and education to students, a part of our community often

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