<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Sat, 30 May 2015 06:32:49 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Coast Guard: There were boots on the ground after oil spill]]> By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and ALICIA CHANG http://gazette.com/coast-guard-there-were-boots-on-the-ground-after-oil-spill/article/feed/238614?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coast-guard-there-were-boots-on-the-ground-after-oil-spill/article/feed/238614?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were boots on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches.

The first wave of workers deployed booms in the water to corral the oil slick and placed them along the shoreline to protect ecologically sensitive habitats. Others vacuumed up oil from the site of the underground pipeline that ruptured on May 19, sending up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil down a culvert and onto the beach north of Santa Barbara. An estimated 21,000 gallons escaped into the Pacific and quickly spread.

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were boots on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches.

The first wave of workers deployed booms in the water to corral the oil slick and placed them along the shoreline to protect ecologically sensitive habitats. Others vacuumed up oil from the site of the underground pipeline that ruptured on May 19, sending up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil down a culvert and onto the beach north of Santa Barbara. An estimated 21,000 gallons escaped into the Pacific and quickly spread.]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 05:01:00 -0600 <![CDATA[MOVERS &SHAKERS]]> http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1552766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1552766?custom_click=rss

Jon Paukovich has been promoted to chief lending officer for Ent Federal Credit Union. He has more than 25 years of experience in financial services, including more than 11 years leading Ent's mortgage lending business units, and is a past member of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association board of directors, Fannie Mae Western Region Customer Advisory Board and the Colorado Credit Union Real Estate Network board of directors.

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]]> Jon Paukovich has been promoted to chief lending officer for Ent Federal Credit Union. He has more than 25 years of experience in financial services, including more than 11 years leading Ent's mortgage lending business units, and is a past member of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association board of directors, Fannie Mae Western Region Customer Advisory Board and the Colorado Credit Union Real Estate Network board of directors.]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 04:15:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Security guards added to efforts to address panhandling, loitering in downtown Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/security-guards-added-to-efforts-to-address-panhandling-loitering-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1552785?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/security-guards-added-to-efforts-to-address-panhandling-loitering-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1552785?custom_click=rss Despite the addition of police patrolling in the city's core, including a greater effort to address vagrancy, a downtown Colorado Springs advocacy group has said the effort is not enough.

Two security guards now also are patrolling downtown streets looking for aggressive panhandlers, moving along people loitering in alleyways and parking structures and responding to calls for assistance.

The program, paid for by the Downtown Development Authority, an affiliate of the Downtown Partnership, comes after business owners and shoppers complained about vagrants and loiterers.

The city, its police department and the Downtown Partnership, along with its affiliated groups, have tried numerous avenues to address the issue.

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]]> Despite the addition of police patrolling in the city's core, including a greater effort to address vagrancy, a downtown Colorado Springs advocacy group has said the effort is not enough.

Two security guards now also are patrolling downtown streets looking for aggressive panhandlers, moving along people loitering in alleyways and parking structures and responding to calls for assistance.

The program, paid for by the Downtown Development Authority, an affiliate of the Downtown Partnership, comes after business owners and shoppers complained about vagrants and loiterers.

The city, its police department and the Downtown Partnership, along with its affiliated groups, have tried numerous avenues to address the issue.]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 04:15:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Three new DOD contracts help Colorado Springs company diversify]]> http://gazette.com/three-new-dod-contracts-help-colorado-springs-company-diversify/article/1552756?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-new-dod-contracts-help-colorado-springs-company-diversify/article/1552756?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs-based military contractor Vectrus Inc. has won three U.S. Department of Defense contracts in the past two months, helping it to continue its efforts to diversify as its work dwindles in the Middle East.

The company won a $62.2 million, one-year extension of an Air Force contract it holds for maintenance, resource management, communications, information technology and operations at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

Vectrus also was among many bidders awarded contracts under the Army's $1.1 billion Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Strategic Service Solutions maintenance, repair and overhaul program, and the Navy's $5.3 billion-a-year SeaPort Enhanced services procurement program.

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]]> Colorado Springs-based military contractor Vectrus Inc. has won three U.S. Department of Defense contracts in the past two months, helping it to continue its efforts to diversify as its work dwindles in the Middle East.

The company won a $62.2 million, one-year extension of an Air Force contract it holds for maintenance, resource management, communications, information technology and operations at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

Vectrus also was among many bidders awarded contracts under the Army's $1.1 billion Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Strategic Service Solutions maintenance, repair and overhaul program, and the Navy's $5.3 billion-a-year SeaPort Enhanced services procurement program.]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 04:15:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Broadmoor area estate packed with 'jaw dropping' items lures shoppers]]> http://gazette.com/broadmoor-area-estate-packed-with-jaw-dropping-items-lures-shoppers/article/1552773?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broadmoor-area-estate-packed-with-jaw-dropping-items-lures-shoppers/article/1552773?custom_click=rss

Rich Schell had his arms loaded Friday with vintage clothes, including a Bill Blass gown of embossed taffeta.

He was one of many estate sale goers mesmerized by the offerings at 12 El Encanto Drive in the Old Broadmoor area.

The items he chose will be given to a designer friend back east, Michelle Workman, who likes to dress in vintage clothes, and whose clients include Jennifer Lopez.

The dresses were just a tiny taste of the thousands of items being sold at the home by Aether Estate Sales Co.

A 1910 Charles Carmel carousel horse placed inside the front door greeted the crowd. But from there it was hard to know where to look first - walls, tables and floors in the large two-story house were awash in antiques,

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]]> Rich Schell had his arms loaded Friday with vintage clothes, including a Bill Blass gown of embossed taffeta.

He was one of many estate sale goers mesmerized by the offerings at 12 El Encanto Drive in the Old Broadmoor area.

The items he chose will be given to a designer friend back east, Michelle Workman, who likes to dress in vintage clothes, and whose clients include Jennifer Lopez.

The dresses were just a tiny taste of the thousands of items being sold at the home by Aether Estate Sales Co.

A 1910 Charles Carmel carousel horse placed inside the front door greeted the crowd. But from there it was hard to know where to look first - walls, tables and floors in the large two-story house were awash in antiques,]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 04:15:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Man not guilty of murder in killing of unarmed trespasser]]> By SCOTT SONNER http://gazette.com/man-not-guilty-of-murder-in-killing-of-unarmed-trespasser/article/feed/238477?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-not-guilty-of-murder-in-killing-of-unarmed-trespasser/article/feed/238477?custom_click=rss

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada man who was accused of murder after confronting two unarmed trespassers with a deadly barrage of gunfire at a vacant duplex he owns was found not guilty Friday of all charges in the latest case to test the boundaries of stand-your-ground self-defense laws.

Wayne Burgarello, 74, a retired Sparks school teacher, insisted he was acting in self-defense in February 2014 when he shot and killed Cody Devine and seriously wounded Janai Wilson.

A jury in Reno deliberated for six hours before finding him not guilty on a charge of attempted murder as well as four alternative charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

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Wayne Burgarello, 74, a retired Sparks school teacher, insisted he was acting in self-defense in February 2014 when he shot and killed Cody Devine and seriously wounded Janai Wilson.

A jury in Reno deliberated for six hours before finding him not guilty on a charge of attempted murder as well as four alternative charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 01:32:04 -0600 <![CDATA[APNewsBreak: Some telescope protesters' charges to be tossed]]> By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-some-telescope-protesters-charges-to-be-tossed/article/feed/238436?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/apnewsbreak-some-telescope-protesters-charges-to-be-tossed/article/feed/238436?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii County's top prosecutor said Friday he will dismiss charges against about 10 of the 31 protesters who were arrested while blocking construction of a giant telescope on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians.

The Thirty Meter Telescope planned near the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island would be one of the world's largest telescopes.

People are protesting the $1.4 billion project for a range of reasons, including wanting to protect sacred land from desecration, curb development and gain control over local resources.

Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth told The Associated Press he will drop the cases against those charged with trespassing, though his office might decide to re-file them lat

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]]> HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii County's top prosecutor said Friday he will dismiss charges against about 10 of the 31 protesters who were arrested while blocking construction of a giant telescope on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians.

The Thirty Meter Telescope planned near the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island would be one of the world's largest telescopes.

People are protesting the $1.4 billion project for a range of reasons, including wanting to protect sacred land from desecration, curb development and gain control over local resources.

Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth told The Associated Press he will drop the cases against those charged with trespassing, though his office might decide to re-file them lat]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 21:15:29 -0600 <![CDATA[AP source: Hastert paid to conceal claims of sexual abuse]]> By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL TARM http://gazette.com/ap-source-hastert-paid-to-conceal-claims-of-sexual-abuse/article/feed/238258?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-hastert-paid-to-conceal-claims-of-sexual-abuse/article/feed/238258?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and the allegations are not contained in an indictment issued Thursday. The specific nature of the claims was not immediately clear.

The federal indictment accused Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million to keep a person from the suburban Chicago town where he was a longtime high school teacher and wrestling coach silent about "prior misconduct," but the court papers did not detail the wrongdoing.

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]]> CHICAGO (AP) — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and the allegations are not contained in an indictment issued Thursday. The specific nature of the claims was not immediately clear.

The federal indictment accused Hastert of agreeing to pay $3.5 million to keep a person from the suburban Chicago town where he was a longtime high school teacher and wrestling coach silent about "prior misconduct," but the court papers did not detail the wrongdoing.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 20:45:30 -0600 <![CDATA[US fines Wisconsin bar $7,000 for death in dumbwaiter]]> http://gazette.com/us-fines-wisconsin-bar-7000-for-death-in-dumbwaiter/article/feed/238563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-fines-wisconsin-bar-7000-for-death-in-dumbwaiter/article/feed/238563?custom_click=rss FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Wisconsin bar $7,000 for the death of an employee who died when her head got caught in a dumbwaiter.

OSHA says WingDam Saloon and Grill in Fountain City failed to furnish a workplace free from recognized hazards that were likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.

Twenty-one-year-old Brooke Baures died Dec. 1 from severe head trauma after she became trapped in the food service elevator, or dumbwaiter. She was a gymnast at Winona State University in Minnesota who lived in Chetek. She was also a 2011 graduate from Cameron High School.

OSHA says the dumbwaiter lacked safeguards to prevent it from moving when employees w

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]]> FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Wisconsin bar $7,000 for the death of an employee who died when her head got caught in a dumbwaiter.

OSHA says WingDam Saloon and Grill in Fountain City failed to furnish a workplace free from recognized hazards that were likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.

Twenty-one-year-old Brooke Baures died Dec. 1 from severe head trauma after she became trapped in the food service elevator, or dumbwaiter. She was a gymnast at Winona State University in Minnesota who lived in Chetek. She was also a 2011 graduate from Cameron High School.

OSHA says the dumbwaiter lacked safeguards to prevent it from moving when employees w]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 20:30:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Battle over ownership of giant emerald may be over]]> By ROBERT JABLON http://gazette.com/battle-over-ownership-of-giant-emerald-may-be-over/article/feed/238552?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/battle-over-ownership-of-giant-emerald-may-be-over/article/feed/238552?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — The legal battle over ownership of a 752-pound emerald may have been settled after six years and millions of dollars in legal and other costs.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson tentatively ruled on Thursday that FM Holdings Inc. had established clear title to the Brazilian gem, which has been appraised at $372 million. Unless other parties object, the ruling will become final, then a judgment will be submitted and Johnson will sign off on it, said Andrew J. Spielberger, an attorney for FM Holdings.

Nobody was expected to object, he added, because other claimants had either lost in court or settled with the holding company.

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — The legal battle over ownership of a 752-pound emerald may have been settled after six years and millions of dollars in legal and other costs.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson tentatively ruled on Thursday that FM Holdings Inc. had established clear title to the Brazilian gem, which has been appraised at $372 million. Unless other parties object, the ruling will become final, then a judgment will be submitted and Johnson will sign off on it, said Andrew J. Spielberger, an attorney for FM Holdings.

Nobody was expected to object, he added, because other claimants had either lost in court or settled with the holding company.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 20:30:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Family first: Marrison Law fights for legal rights in custody, divorce disputes]]> http://gazette.com/family-first-marrison-law-fights-for-legal-rights-in-custody-divorce-disputes/article/1552779?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/family-first-marrison-law-fights-for-legal-rights-in-custody-divorce-disputes/article/1552779?custom_click=rss

If anyone knows a thing or two about successful relationships, it’s attorney Pat Marrison. After 46 years in a strong marriage and raising three children and two stepchildren, the family law attorney brings decades of experience and sincere empathy for each of her clients to the table.

“I know what it’s like, the pain and the joy that families walk through,” she said. “People who come to me are at some of the lowest points of their lives; I see my role as trying to better the lives of people who are unhappy in their relationships, so they can move on and become productive citizens again.”

Marrison Family Law is the largest local firm in Colorado Springs devoted exclusively to family law.



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If anyone knows a thing or two about successful relationships, it’s attorney Pat Marrison. After 46 years in a strong marriage and raising three children and two stepchildren, the family law attorney brings decades of experience and sincere empathy for each of her clients to the table.

“I know what it’s like, the pain and the joy that families walk through,” she said. “People who come to me are at some of the lowest points of their lives; I see my role as trying to better the lives of people who are unhappy in their relationships, so they can move on and become productive citizens again.”

Marrison Family Law is the largest local firm in Colorado Springs devoted exclusively to family law.

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<![CDATA[Family law attorney experiences first-hand significance of elder law]]> http://gazette.com/family-law-attorney-experiences-first-hand-significance-of-elder-law/article/1552777?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/family-law-attorney-experiences-first-hand-significance-of-elder-law/article/1552777?custom_click=rss

For attorney William “Bill” Moller, elder law hits close to home. “When I meet with clients who are trying to make long-term care decisions for themselves or their elderly relatives, I know exactly what they are going through, because I have been there,” he said.


ELDER LAW EXPERIENCE

Bill’s mother has dementia and his mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s disease, both neurodegenerative conditions that cause memory loss and inability to care for oneself. For several years, he has walked the aging journey with his own family, helping them plan for the future and find the best possible financial provision and care for the now. Navigating elder law encompasses a variety of issues including Medicaid planning,



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For attorney William “Bill” Moller, elder law hits close to home. “When I meet with clients who are trying to make long-term care decisions for themselves or their elderly relatives, I know exactly what they are going through, because I have been there,” he said.


ELDER LAW EXPERIENCE

Bill’s mother has dementia and his mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s disease, both neurodegenerative conditions that cause memory loss and inability to care for oneself. For several years, he has walked the aging journey with his own family, helping them plan for the future and find the best possible financial provision and care for the now. Navigating elder law encompasses a variety of issues including Medicaid planning,

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Fri, 29 May 2015 20:13:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Q&A: Personal injury firm takes collaborative approach to client care, case management]]> http://gazette.com/qa-personal-injury-firm-takes-collaborative-approach-to-client-care-case-management/article/1552776?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/qa-personal-injury-firm-takes-collaborative-approach-to-client-care-case-management/article/1552776?custom_click=rss

What roles do the McDivitt team members play in each client’s case?

We have more than 90 employees working in four different locations to provide our clients with protection and access to the civil justice system. From the intake and marketing departments to the pre-litigation team and helpful client services staff, each person is in place to best aid the clients who need our help and the attorneys who fight the battles for them.

We truly run like a well-oiled machine, each person knows his or her part and takes it very seriously. Whether you are hurt in a car crash, injured on the job or by a bad drug, situations like this can often ruin your life, and you deserve compensation and redress.



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What roles do the McDivitt team members play in each client’s case?

We have more than 90 employees working in four different locations to provide our clients with protection and access to the civil justice system. From the intake and marketing departments to the pre-litigation team and helpful client services staff, each person is in place to best aid the clients who need our help and the attorneys who fight the battles for them.

We truly run like a well-oiled machine, each person knows his or her part and takes it very seriously. Whether you are hurt in a car crash, injured on the job or by a bad drug, situations like this can often ruin your life, and you deserve compensation and redress.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 20:02:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Downtown attorney works to bring legal order, healing to families through estate planning]]> http://gazette.com/downtown-attorney-works-to-bring-legal-order-healing-to-families-through-estate-planning/article/1552775?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/downtown-attorney-works-to-bring-legal-order-healing-to-families-through-estate-planning/article/1552775?custom_click=rss When it comes to family, we are all dealt a different hand. Throw in finances, end-of-life decisions and legal red tape, and for many relatives, it’s the perfect storm. Take Katherine, whose name has been changed to protect her identity. After her father passed away suddenly last year, Katherine’s future and inheritance were left to the mercies of an out-of-date will and irrelevant estate decisions, complicated by uncooperative family members and interstate legal issues.

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<![CDATA[The Latest: Holmes says depression drove him to kill]]> By The Associated Press http://gazette.com/the-latest-holmes-says-depression-drove-him-to-kill/article/feed/238398?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-holmes-says-depression-drove-him-to-kill/article/feed/238398?custom_click=rss

5 p.m. (MDT)

Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting have been sent home for the weekend after spending most of Friday listening to a videotaped interview of James Holmes by a state-appointed psychiatrist.

District Attorney George Brauchler had interspersed about five hours of the recording with questioning of the psychiatrist, helping to frame what jurors heard. The psychiatrist, William Reid, told jurors he thought Holmes was struggling to protect himself from tumultuous emotions during the 22 hours of interviews, all of which jurors are expected to see, not trying to hide anything from prosecutors.

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4:30 p.m. (MDT)

James Holmes says he was driven to plot a mass killing out of depression.

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Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting have been sent home for the weekend after spending most of Friday listening to a videotaped interview of James Holmes by a state-appointed psychiatrist.

District Attorney George Brauchler had interspersed about five hours of the recording with questioning of the psychiatrist, helping to frame what jurors heard. The psychiatrist, William Reid, told jurors he thought Holmes was struggling to protect himself from tumultuous emotions during the 22 hours of interviews, all of which jurors are expected to see, not trying to hide anything from prosecutors.

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4:30 p.m. (MDT)

James Holmes says he was driven to plot a mass killing out of depression.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 19:30:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Amazon ups Ohio jobs to 1,000, begins collecting sales taxes]]> By JULIE CARR SMYTH http://gazette.com/amazon-ups-ohio-jobs-to-1000-begins-collecting-sales-taxes/article/feed/238453?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/amazon-ups-ohio-jobs-to-1000-begins-collecting-sales-taxes/article/feed/238453?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Amazon has announced a Midwest expansion in Ohio that will include 1,000 well-paying jobs over several years.

Ohio's deal with the retailing giant was announced Friday. It adds a third data computing center in the Columbus suburb of New Albany to previously announced centers in Dublin and Hilliard.

Vice President Paul Misener (MEYEZ-nuhr) says Amazon.com will begin collecting Ohio sales taxes from online customers Monday as part of the deal.

Officials couldn't immediately estimate potential sales-tax receipts for Ohio from the change.

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]]> COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Amazon has announced a Midwest expansion in Ohio that will include 1,000 well-paying jobs over several years.

Ohio's deal with the retailing giant was announced Friday. It adds a third data computing center in the Columbus suburb of New Albany to previously announced centers in Dublin and Hilliard.

Vice President Paul Misener (MEYEZ-nuhr) says Amazon.com will begin collecting Ohio sales taxes from online customers Monday as part of the deal.

Officials couldn't immediately estimate potential sales-tax receipts for Ohio from the change.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 19:03:04 -0600 <![CDATA[AmEx president dies suddenly after falling ill on flight]]> By ALEX VEIGA http://gazette.com/amex-president-dies-suddenly-after-falling-ill-on-flight/article/feed/238463?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/amex-president-dies-suddenly-after-falling-ill-on-flight/article/feed/238463?custom_click=rss American Express said company President Ed Gilligan died suddenly Friday after falling ill while flying on a corporate plane to New York.

Gilligan, 55, was coming back from a business trip. The plane made an emergency landing in the U.S., an American Express spokeswoman said. She declined to say where Gilligan had been.

"This is deeply painful and frankly unimaginable for all of us who had the great fortune to work with Ed," said American Express CEO Ken Chenault, in a letter to employees Friday.

Gilligan began working at the New York credit card issuer and global payments company 35 years ago as an intern. He was named president of the company in 2013 and reported to Chenault.

American Express said he is survived

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]]> American Express said company President Ed Gilligan died suddenly Friday after falling ill while flying on a corporate plane to New York.

Gilligan, 55, was coming back from a business trip. The plane made an emergency landing in the U.S., an American Express spokeswoman said. She declined to say where Gilligan had been.

"This is deeply painful and frankly unimaginable for all of us who had the great fortune to work with Ed," said American Express CEO Ken Chenault, in a letter to employees Friday.

Gilligan began working at the New York credit card issuer and global payments company 35 years ago as an intern. He was named president of the company in 2013 and reported to Chenault.

American Express said he is survived]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 19:03:03 -0600 <![CDATA[White House vow to veto fishing law changes sparks fight]]> By PATRICK WHITTLE http://gazette.com/white-house-vow-to-veto-fishing-law-changes-sparks-fight/article/feed/238409?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/white-house-vow-to-veto-fishing-law-changes-sparks-fight/article/feed/238409?custom_click=rss PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A White House pledge to veto proposed changes to federal fishing laws has divided fishermen over whether the rule changes should be saved or scrapped.

U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, has proposed a bill to change the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide fishery managers with more flexibility in rebuilding fish stocks. The bill includes a provision that fishery regulators should be able to consider the "economic needs of the fishing communities" in setting annual catch limits.

The White House has said the administration "strongly opposes" the changes and President Barack Obama's senior advisers would recommend a veto if the bill to authorize them passes.

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U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, has proposed a bill to change the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide fishery managers with more flexibility in rebuilding fish stocks. The bill includes a provision that fishery regulators should be able to consider the "economic needs of the fishing communities" in setting annual catch limits.

The White House has said the administration "strongly opposes" the changes and President Barack Obama's senior advisers would recommend a veto if the bill to authorize them passes.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 19:03:03 -0600 <![CDATA[2 court fights after failed Atlantic City loan program]]> By JOSH CORNFIELD http://gazette.com/2-court-fights-after-failed-atlantic-city-loan-program/article/feed/238259?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-court-fights-after-failed-atlantic-city-loan-program/article/feed/238259?custom_click=rss

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The future of a company that Atlantic City's former mayor gave $3 million to run a loan program that has yet to make a loan is being sorted out in two courts.

After Atlantic City sued ZeMurray Street Capital last year to get back its money, a federal judge on Friday ordered owner W. Wesley Drummon to certify by Monday that he has given all company documentation he has to Atlantic City after he missed previous deadlines.

Federal Magistrate Judge Anne Marie Donio warned Drummon's lawyer, Felix Gonzalez, that his client may be sanctioned if he doesn't deliver all of the relevant information that he has about the operations of the Tennessee Business and Industrial Development Corp.

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]]> CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The future of a company that Atlantic City's former mayor gave $3 million to run a loan program that has yet to make a loan is being sorted out in two courts.

After Atlantic City sued ZeMurray Street Capital last year to get back its money, a federal judge on Friday ordered owner W. Wesley Drummon to certify by Monday that he has given all company documentation he has to Atlantic City after he missed previous deadlines.

Federal Magistrate Judge Anne Marie Donio warned Drummon's lawyer, Felix Gonzalez, that his client may be sanctioned if he doesn't deliver all of the relevant information that he has about the operations of the Tennessee Business and Industrial Development Corp.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:33:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Oklahoma is latest state to prevent local fracking bans]]> By SEAN MURPHY http://gazette.com/oklahoma-is-latest-state-to-prevent-local-fracking-bans/article/feed/238536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oklahoma-is-latest-state-to-prevent-local-fracking-bans/article/feed/238536?custom_click=rss OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma cities and counties would no longer be able to ban hydraulic fracturing — a process commonly called fracking — or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill signed into law on Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Pushed hard by the oil and gas industry, but fiercely opposed by municipalities and environmental groups, the bill specifically prohibits cities or towns from banning operations such as drilling, fracking, water disposal, recovery operations or pipeline infrastructure. Fracking is the practice of high-pressure injection of water, sand and chemicals underground to free deposits of oil and gas, which has led to a boom in U.S. energy production.

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Pushed hard by the oil and gas industry, but fiercely opposed by municipalities and environmental groups, the bill specifically prohibits cities or towns from banning operations such as drilling, fracking, water disposal, recovery operations or pipeline infrastructure. Fracking is the practice of high-pressure injection of water, sand and chemicals underground to free deposits of oil and gas, which has led to a boom in U.S. energy production.

A similar ban was signed ]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:32:56 -0600 <![CDATA[BofA fined $30M for improper debt-collection practices]]> By MARCY GORDON http://gazette.com/bofa-fined-30m-for-improper-debt-collection-practices/article/feed/238512?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bofa-fined-30m-for-improper-debt-collection-practices/article/feed/238512?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America has been fined $30 million for violating consumer protections when collecting debts from military customers.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a Treasury Department division, announced the civil penalty Friday.

The second-largest U.S. bank also agreed to refund excess interest payments and fees to some customers.

The OCC says Bank of America has started taking steps to correct the problems and "is committed to taking all necessary and appropriate steps" to do so.

The regulators say that from 2006 to the present, BofA took improper legal action against military customers for delinquent credit card accounts and overdrafts.

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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a Treasury Department division, announced the civil penalty Friday.

The second-largest U.S. bank also agreed to refund excess interest payments and fees to some customers.

The OCC says Bank of America has started taking steps to correct the problems and "is committed to taking all necessary and appropriate steps" to do so.

The regulators say that from 2006 to the present, BofA took improper legal action against military customers for delinquent credit card accounts and overdrafts.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:32:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Business Highlights]]> By The Associated Press http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/234?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/business-highlights/article/feed/234?custom_click=rss ___

Fuel and potential fires for the US economy ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — The US economy should get better after a sputtering first quarter, but how much better? It's complicated.

Steady hiring and low gas prices should help power solid growth through the rest of 2015. The harsh winter and a labor dispute that slowed trade at West Coast ports are both over. Home sales and construction are rebounding, along with business investment.

But risks remain: A stronger dollar will likely continue to keep the trade deficit wide. And further cutbacks in oil drilling could depress spending in the energy industry.

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Ruble rebound threatens 'Made in Russia' industry revival

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's ruble is

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Fuel and potential fires for the US economy ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — The US economy should get better after a sputtering first quarter, but how much better? It's complicated.

Steady hiring and low gas prices should help power solid growth through the rest of 2015. The harsh winter and a labor dispute that slowed trade at West Coast ports are both over. Home sales and construction are rebounding, along with business investment.

But risks remain: A stronger dollar will likely continue to keep the trade deficit wide. And further cutbacks in oil drilling could depress spending in the energy industry.

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Ruble rebound threatens 'Made in Russia' industry revival

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's ruble is ]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:18:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Mexican mine operated by Colorado Springs company shut down by protest]]> http://gazette.com/mexican-mine-operated-by-colorado-springs-company-shut-down-by-protest/article/1552769?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mexican-mine-operated-by-colorado-springs-company-shut-down-by-protest/article/1552769?custom_click=rss Gold Resource Corp. said Friday that its mining operations in Mexico were shut down Thursday by an "illegal protest and work stoppage" involving 80 to 100 union members.

However, the Colorado Springs-based company said, the stoppage was not condoned or supported by the union.

The company said the protesters - who represented up to a third of the union's membership at the Oaxaca mine and mill - blocked access as a response to the annual bonus amount being less in the than the previous year. Gold Resource said the smaller bonus was "a reflection of the continued weakness in precious and base metal prices." The company said protest ended, and it is working to return the mine and mill to "normal operations.



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Gold Resource Corp. said Friday that its mining operations in Mexico were shut down Thursday by an "illegal protest and work stoppage" involving 80 to 100 union members.

However, the Colorado Springs-based company said, the stoppage was not condoned or supported by the union.

The company said the protesters - who represented up to a third of the union's membership at the Oaxaca mine and mill - blocked access as a response to the annual bonus amount being less in the than the previous year. Gold Resource said the smaller bonus was "a reflection of the continued weakness in precious and base metal prices." The company said protest ended, and it is working to return the mine and mill to "normal operations.

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<![CDATA[House committee chairman subpoenas IRS official for hearing]]> By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER http://gazette.com/house-committee-chairman-subpoenas-irs-official-for-hearing/article/feed/238523?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-committee-chairman-subpoenas-irs-official-for-hearing/article/feed/238523?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight Committee issued a subpoena Friday for an IRS official to testify at a hearing on the Freedom of Information Act.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he issued the subpoena after the IRS declined to provide the official who oversees information requests. Instead, the IRS offered to have IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testify.

In a letter to Koskinen, Chaffetz said he wanted to hear from the agency's expert on responding to information requests. Chaffetz issued the subpoena for Mary Howard, the IRS director of privacy, governmental liaison and disclosure. She reports to a deputy commissioner.

The IRS said Friday it will send Howard to the hearing, which is scheduled f

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight Committee issued a subpoena Friday for an IRS official to testify at a hearing on the Freedom of Information Act.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he issued the subpoena after the IRS declined to provide the official who oversees information requests. Instead, the IRS offered to have IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testify.

In a letter to Koskinen, Chaffetz said he wanted to hear from the agency's expert on responding to information requests. Chaffetz issued the subpoena for Mary Howard, the IRS director of privacy, governmental liaison and disclosure. She reports to a deputy commissioner.

The IRS said Friday it will send Howard to the hearing, which is scheduled f]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:46:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Tenacious Colorado Springs attorney makes a difference in constitutional law]]> http://gazette.com/tenacious-colorado-springs-attorney-makes-a-difference-in-constitutional-law/article/1552757?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tenacious-colorado-springs-attorney-makes-a-difference-in-constitutional-law/article/1552757?custom_click=rss

The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., has earned a reputation for tenacity and professional leadership. The firm's principal, Timothy R. Bussey, is a longtime resident of Colorado Springs and is beginning his third decade of practice.

In his many years spent defending those accused of driving under the influence and charged with felonies, Bussey has watched the legal system impose ever-increasing challenges for criminal defense. Rather than accept diminished returns for his efforts on behalf of the accused, Bussey has responded in kind, bringing enhanced representation that is aggressive and innovative. He has reached prominence within the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and has drawn wider notice among practitioners seeking to stay abreast



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The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., has earned a reputation for tenacity and professional leadership. The firm's principal, Timothy R. Bussey, is a longtime resident of Colorado Springs and is beginning his third decade of practice.

In his many years spent defending those accused of driving under the influence and charged with felonies, Bussey has watched the legal system impose ever-increasing challenges for criminal defense. Rather than accept diminished returns for his efforts on behalf of the accused, Bussey has responded in kind, bringing enhanced representation that is aggressive and innovative. He has reached prominence within the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and has drawn wider notice among practitioners seeking to stay abreast

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Karl Schwinck was recently promoted to senior vice president-investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in Colorado Springs. He has been a financial adviser with Wells Fargo Advisors for more than 15 years and has 20-plus years of experience in the financial services industry. Schwinck also was redesignated a member of the firm's Premier Advisors Program, which recognizes achievements as measured by one or more of the criteria for revenue generation, educational attainment and client-service best practices.

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After hitting an 11-year high for all of last year, the cost of living in Colorado Springs fell in the first quarter to the lowest level in two years when compared with the national average, according to a quarterly survey by the Council for Community and Economic Research.

The local cost of living was 4.6 percent below the national average, compared with 2.6 percent below for all of last year. That's the lowest level since the first quarter of 2013, when costs in the Springs were 4.9 percent below the national average. Local costs were 2.5 percent below the national average in the first quarter of 2014.

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What was bad for the energy industry in the first quarter was good for Colorado Springs.

After hitting an 11-year high for all of last year, the cost of living in Colorado Springs fell in the first quarter to the lowest level in two years when compared with the national average, according to a quarterly survey by the Council for Community and Economic Research.

The local cost of living was 4.6 percent below the national average, compared with 2.6 percent below for all of last year. That's the lowest level since the first quarter of 2013, when costs in the Springs were 4.9 percent below the national average. Local costs were 2.5 percent below the national average in the first quarter of 2014.

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<![CDATA[Oklahoma-based bank's acquisition brings it into Colorado Springs, Denver]]> http://gazette.com/oklahoma-based-banks-acquisition-brings-it-into-colorado-springs-denver/article/1552686?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oklahoma-based-banks-acquisition-brings-it-into-colorado-springs-denver/article/1552686?custom_click=rss

OKLAHOMA CITY - Bank SNB - with locations in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas - will expand its footprint into Colorado with its parent company's $41.7 million acquisition of First Commercial Bank.

Stillwater-based Southwest Bancorp Inc. said Wednesday it entered into a cash and stock transaction with holding company First Commercial Bancshares Inc. of Edmond, Okla. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and expected to close in the fourth quarter.

First Commercial Bank has five branches in the Oklahoma City area, three in Denver and one in downtown Colorado Springs at 115 N. Tejon St. The bank had about $305 million in assets, $215 million in loans and $254 million in deposits at the end of the first quarter.

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Stillwater-based Southwest Bancorp Inc. said Wednesday it entered into a cash and stock transaction with holding company First Commercial Bancshares Inc. of Edmond, Okla. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and expected to close in the fourth quarter.

First Commercial Bank has five branches in the Oklahoma City area, three in Denver and one in downtown Colorado Springs at 115 N. Tejon St. The bank had about $305 million in assets, $215 million in loans and $254 million in deposits at the end of the first quarter.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 04:15:35 -0600 <![CDATA[BBB's document-shredding event in Colorado Springs rescheduled for June 5]]> http://gazette.com/bbbs-document-shredding-event-in-colorado-springs-rescheduled-for-june-5/article/1552704?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bbbs-document-shredding-event-in-colorado-springs-rescheduled-for-june-5/article/1552704?custom_click=rss The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has rescheduled its Letter Rip shredding event for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 5 at the Mortgage Solutions Financial Expos Center (formerly Freedom Financial Services Expo Center), 3650 N. Nevada Ave.

Mobile Record Shredders of Pueblo will shred up to five banker-size boxes of confidential documents free; the cost for each additional box is $5. Donations will be accepted to benefit the BBB Foundation High School Senior Scholarship Program, and American Furniture Warehouse will match donations.

The event was scheduled for May 8, but was postponed because of bad weather.

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]]> The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has rescheduled its Letter Rip shredding event for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 5 at the Mortgage Solutions Financial Expos Center (formerly Freedom Financial Services Expo Center), 3650 N. Nevada Ave.

Mobile Record Shredders of Pueblo will shred up to five banker-size boxes of confidential documents free; the cost for each additional box is $5. Donations will be accepted to benefit the BBB Foundation High School Senior Scholarship Program, and American Furniture Warehouse will match donations.

The event was scheduled for May 8, but was postponed because of bad weather.]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 18:00:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs computer firm broadens its reach with first commercial product]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-computer-firm-broadens-its-reach-with-first-commercial-product/article/1552666?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-computer-firm-broadens-its-reach-with-first-commercial-product/article/1552666?custom_click=rss

After spending most of its 19 years focusing on building high-end computers for military and intelligence use, SRC Computers LLC of Colorado Springs will introduce its first commercial product Thursday: a server component for Hewlett-Packard Co. that's designed to process data more quickly while using less energy.

SRC's Saturn 1 server is designed to be used in HP's Moonshot server chassis for data centers - large complexes housing thousands of computer servers that operate websites, complete transactions and store financial and customer information.

The Saturn 1 is touted as being 100 times faster than a server with standard Intel Corp. microprocessors while using 1 percent of the power.



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After spending most of its 19 years focusing on building high-end computers for military and intelligence use, SRC Computers LLC of Colorado Springs will introduce its first commercial product Thursday: a server component for Hewlett-Packard Co. that's designed to process data more quickly while using less energy.

SRC's Saturn 1 server is designed to be used in HP's Moonshot server chassis for data centers - large complexes housing thousands of computer servers that operate websites, complete transactions and store financial and customer information.

The Saturn 1 is touted as being 100 times faster than a server with standard Intel Corp. microprocessors while using 1 percent of the power.

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