<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:17:37 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Yahoo chief Mayer says she's pregnant with twins]]> http://gazette.com/yahoo-chief-mayer-says-shes-pregnant-with-twins/article/feed/266980?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yahoo-chief-mayer-says-shes-pregnant-with-twins/article/feed/266980?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is pregnant with identical twins.

Mayer said on her blog that she and her husband are expecting twin girls in December.

"I have some exciting news to share — I'm pregnant!" wrote on Tumblr late Monday.

She says that she will take some limited time away but work during the pregnancy as she did with her son's birth three years ago. Yahoo Inc. executives are aware of her pregnancy.

The news comes at a busy time at the Sunnyvale, California, company.

Mayer has been trying to engineer a turnaround since Yahoo hired her away from Google, but has made limited progress. Yahoo's net revenue has decreased or been unchanged from the previous year in eight of the previous

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:03:12 -0600 <![CDATA[US construction spending reaches highest level in 7 years]]> http://gazette.com/us-construction-spending-reaches-highest-level-in-7-years/article/feed/267046?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-construction-spending-reaches-highest-level-in-7-years/article/feed/267046?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending in July climbed to its highest level in more than seven years, boosted by an increase in the building of houses, factories and power plants.

The Commerce Department says construction spending rose 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.08 trillion, the highest level since May 2008. The report also revised up the June increase in construction spending to 0.7 percent from 0.1 percent previously.

Construction of single-family houses advanced 2.1 percent in July. Factories rose 4.7 percent, and power facilities increased 2.1 percent. Spending on government building projects slipped 1 percent.

Total construction spending has risen 13.7 percent over the past 12 mo

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:01:34 -0600 <![CDATA[US construction spending rises 0.7 percent in July to highest level in more than 7 years]]> http://gazette.com/us-construction-spending-rises-0.7-percent-in-july-to-highest-level-in-more-than-7-years/article/feed/267047?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-construction-spending-rises-0.7-percent-in-july-to-highest-level-in-more-than-7-years/article/feed/267047?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — US construction spending rises 0.7 percent in July to highest level in more than 7 years.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:00:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Facility being built at Rhode Island university collapses]]> http://gazette.com/facility-being-built-at-rhode-island-university-collapses/article/feed/267048?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/facility-being-built-at-rhode-island-university-collapses/article/feed/267048?custom_click=rss SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — An athletic building under construction at a private Rhode Island university has collapsed, injuring six construction workers.

Bryant University spokeswoman Elizabeth O'Neil says it happened at around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday when the workers were installing steel beams on a new indoor practice facility in Smithfield and the beams collapsed.

All six workers were taken to Rhode Island Hospital. O'Neil says none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

AZ Corp. Construction Management is listed as managing the construction. A woman who answered the phone says the company was "not aware of any building collapse" and was not taking any calls.

Construction began on the 78,000-square-foot b

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:59:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Hilton dips toe in 'sharing economy' with Uber partnership]]> http://gazette.com/hilton-dips-toe-in-sharing-economy-with-uber-partnership/article/feed/267049?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hilton-dips-toe-in-sharing-economy-with-uber-partnership/article/feed/267049?custom_click=rss Hilton is hailing the ride sharing service Uber to help guests reach its hotels and then explore the city where they are staying.

The companies said Tuesday that Hilton guests will be able to set up automatic notifications to request Uber rides to and from the chain's hotels worldwide. Members of the company's HHonors program also will be to use a digital guide of restaurants and nightlife spots most frequented by Uber riders.

The companies plan to launch this option later this month in 20 U.S. cities as a feature within the Hilton HHonors mobile app.

Uber connects riders and drivers through a smartphone application and has launched in more than 300 cities.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:56:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Amazon to let Prime members download videos]]> http://gazette.com/amazon-to-let-prime-members-download-videos/article/feed/267043?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/amazon-to-let-prime-members-download-videos/article/feed/267043?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is upping the ante in the streaming-video competition with downloadable videos.

The e-commerce powerhouse will now let members of its $99 annual Prime loyalty program download some shows and movies on its streaming video service to watch offline, or when there is no Internet connection available, for free.

To watch the content users can download the Amazon Video app for iOS or Android.

Users will now be able to download shows like "Downton Abbey" and "The Good Wife," HBO shows including "Girls" and "Veep" and movies including "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Shows will be downloadable to Apple and Android phones and tablets, including Amazon's Fire devices

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:46:50 -0600 <![CDATA[World markets drop after bleak Chinese industry report]]> http://gazette.com/world-markets-drop-after-bleak-chinese-industry-report/article/feed/266733?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/world-markets-drop-after-bleak-chinese-industry-report/article/feed/266733?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — More signs of weakness in China's economy are sending global stock markets sharply lower.

The early swoon Tuesday comes a day after U.S. stocks closed out their worst month in more than three years.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 335 points, or 2 percent, to 16,200 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.

The Standard & Poor's 500 fell 37 points, or 1.9 percent, to 1,935. The Nasdaq slid 82 points, or 1.7 percent, to 4,695.

Benchmark indexes were down 2.6 percent in Germany and 3 percent in Britain. Japan's Nikkei fell 4 percent.

An official index of Chinese manufacturing fell to a three-year low last month.

The signs of weakness in China, a major importer of oil, sent the price of crude

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:38:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Dow Jones average sinks 300 points in early trading following weak China manufacturing data]]> http://gazette.com/dow-jones-average-sinks-300-points-in-early-trading-following-weak-china-manufacturing-data/article/feed/267041?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dow-jones-average-sinks-300-points-in-early-trading-following-weak-china-manufacturing-data/article/feed/267041?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Dow Jones average sinks 300 points in early trading following weak China manufacturing data.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:35:12 -0600
<![CDATA[US auto sales expected to drop in August]]> http://gazette.com/us-auto-sales-expected-to-drop-in-august/article/feed/267032?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-auto-sales-expected-to-drop-in-august/article/feed/267032?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales rose 2 percent in August thanks to strong demand for Jeep SUVs.

Jeep brand sales were up 18 percent, making up for double-digit declines for the Chrysler and Dodge brands. Fiat Chrysler sold 201,672 vehicles overall.

Other automakers report sales later Tuesday.

Industry sales were expected to drop 3 percent from last August, according to car buying site TrueCar.com. It was the first year-over-year monthly sales decline since January 2014. But industry analysts say a quirk in the calendar — not a lack of demand — was to blame.

Labor Day is typically one of the biggest sales weekends of the year as dealers hold model year-end clearance sales. Last year, Labor Day weeke

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:37:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Expansion set for Colorado Springs Airport]]> http://gazette.com/expansion-set-for-colorado-springs-airport/article/1558431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/expansion-set-for-colorado-springs-airport/article/1558431?custom_click=rss

Owners of a hangar condominium complex at the Colorado Springs Airport will start construction Tuesday on a $2.5 million expansion that will make room for up to 14 more privately operated non-airline aircraft or aviation-related businesses.

The 21,000-square-foot expansion is scheduled to be completed by year's end and is the latest of several projects underway as a result of a series of tax breaks put in place at the airport last year, including three other hangar projects either underway or about to start construction.

"We haven't built more space since 2013 and have been sold out since 2010.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:25:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Southwest flight diverted after passengers become disorderly]]> http://gazette.com/southwest-flight-diverted-after-passengers-become-disorderly/article/feed/267014?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/southwest-flight-diverted-after-passengers-become-disorderly/article/feed/267014?custom_click=rss CHICAGO (AP) — Southwest Airlines says a Chicago-bound flight has been diverted to Texas after a group of passengers became disorderly.

The airline says Flight No. 1522 from San Diego was diverted Monday night to Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport in Amarillo, Texas.

Southwest says in a statement that several passengers traveling together "became disorderly and, subsequently, refused to follow instructions from the crew."

It says law enforcement officials met the aircraft and detained six people. The flight then continued on to Chicago's Midway International Airport and landed without further incident.

Amarillo police did not immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday morning.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:48:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Dollar Tree reports 2Q loss]]> http://gazette.com/dollar-tree-reports-2q-loss/article/feed/267015?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dollar-tree-reports-2q-loss/article/feed/267015?custom_click=rss CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Dollar Tree Inc. (DLTR) on Tuesday reported a fiscal second-quarter loss of $98 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.

On a per-share basis, the Chesapeake, Virginia-based company said it had a loss of 46 cents. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions, were 25 cents per share.

The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 67 cents per share.

The discount retailer posted revenue of $3.01 billion in the period, beating Street forecasts. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.67 billion.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:45:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Tech Tips: Windows 10 privacy settings worth checking]]> http://gazette.com/tech-tips-windows-10-privacy-settings-worth-checking/article/feed/266967?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tech-tips-windows-10-privacy-settings-worth-checking/article/feed/266967?custom_click=rss SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's new Windows 10 system offers more personalization than before, but it also collects more data than people might be used to on PCs, from contacts and appointments to their physical location and even Wi-Fi passwords.

The information is used by Cortana, Microsoft's voice-activated digital assistant, and other new features that try to be helpful by remembering a user's likes and habits. Apple and Google have developed similar services for smartphones in recent years. Microsoft's new features are a big part of its strategy to make Windows more relevant in a world where people use multiple devices throughout the day.

Most of these features get turned on when you set up Windows 10 with the "Get goi

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:01:58 -0600 <![CDATA[In Alaska, Obama depicts stark future without climate action]]> http://gazette.com/in-alaska-obama-depicts-stark-future-without-climate-action/article/feed/266663?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-alaska-obama-depicts-stark-future-without-climate-action/article/feed/266663?custom_click=rss

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska.

In a bid to further his environmental legacy, Obama brought the power of the presidential pulpit to Anchorage and called on other nations to take swift action as negotiations for a global climate treaty near a close. His speech to an Arctic climate summit set the tone for a three-day tour of Alaska that will put the state's liquefying glaciers and sinking villages on graphic display.

"On this issue — of all issues —there is such a thing as being too late," Obama said. "And

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:22:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Harvard launches 'virtual classroom' for students anywhere]]> http://gazette.com/harvard-launches-virtual-classroom-for-students-anywhere/article/feed/266946?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/harvard-launches-virtual-classroom-for-students-anywhere/article/feed/266946?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — The newest classroom at Harvard's business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to 60 students tuned in from their computers.

In the futuristic classroom, housed in a television studio 2 miles from campus, class plays out like a giant video conference.

Students can jump in to ask questions or respond to their classmates. The professor can stop a lecture to quiz individual students, or send the group a quick online poll.

The project, called HBX Live, is a departure from the genre of online courses that are recorded in advance to be taken later.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:20:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Shell resumes operations after storm force Arctic stop]]> http://gazette.com/shell-resumes-operations-after-storm-force-arctic-stop/article/feed/266922?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shell-resumes-operations-after-storm-force-arctic-stop/article/feed/266922?custom_click=rss ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC has resumed operations after high winds and rough seas north of Alaska's northern coast put a temporary stop to exploratory drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

But Shell spokesman Curtis Smith says in a Monday email to The Associated Press that full operations, including drilling, will start again once a systems check is complete and the company is satisfied it's safe to start drilling again.

He says there's no timeline for that to be completed.

Shell has resumed drilling in the Arctic Ocean for the first time since 2012.

Bad weather has postponed previous drilling operations, and Shell has said it plans for it. Bad weather affected previous drilling in both the Chukchi a

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]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:31:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Raytheon cleared to take over $700M Lockheed contract, despite protest]]> http://gazette.com/raytheon-cleared-to-take-over-700m-lockheed-contract-despite-protest/article/1558440?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raytheon-cleared-to-take-over-700m-lockheed-contract-despite-protest/article/1558440?custom_click=rss

Raytheon Co. will begin taking over a North American Aerospace Defense Command contract from Lockheed Martin Corp. Tuesday after the Government Accountability Office last week denied Lockheed's protest of the $700 million award to Raytheon.

The Integrated Space Command and Control contract will move from Lockheed to Raytheon between Tuesday and year's end, which Raytheon said would accelerate its plans to add up to 700 employees to its 100-person staff in Colorado Springs by the end of 2016. As part of ramping up its operations, Raytheon said in a news release that it is planning recruiting events in Colorado Springs and is acquiring and building out additional office space to accommodate the employees it plans to hire.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:48:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Voice of the Consumer: A package waiting for you]]> http://gazette.com/voice-of-the-consumer-a-package-waiting-for-you/article/1558425?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/voice-of-the-consumer-a-package-waiting-for-you/article/1558425?custom_click=rss

Most of us enjoy getting surprise gifts delivered to our doors, but don't be fooled by a phone call claiming a package is waiting for you in Denver. Thanks to Eileen and others in Colorado Springs who have alerted me to this scam. When the phone rings, a man with an accent claims a package is in Denver and it needs to be delivered to you. Caller ID reads out: "Private name, Private Number." Eileen had her grandson investigate. He learned the number was not in Denver or even the U.S. The call appeared to be coming from New Jersey with an 856 area code, but it originated in Kingston, Jamaica.

What's even stranger is that Eileen was asked to call a man named Jimmy at a phone number with a 717 Pennsylvania area code. When I dialed

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:58:54 -0600
<![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1558421?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1558421?custom_click=rss Kayleen Jackson and Frank Rondon have joined Colorado Springs Health Partners as director of business services and director of technical services, respectively. Jackson oversees revenue generation for the medical practice, including patient services, international classification of diseases coding, billing and insurance follow-up. She previously was a director at Colorado Choice Health Plan in Alamosa. Rondon manages CSHP's information technology department, including coordination information systems and telecommunications services for clinics, corporate business and management operations. He mostly recent worked for McKesson Corp. at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.

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]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Smaller Colorado Springs apartment projects offer a big lifestyle alternative]]> http://gazette.com/smaller-colorado-springs-apartment-projects-offer-a-big-lifestyle-alternative/article/1558373?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smaller-colorado-springs-apartment-projects-offer-a-big-lifestyle-alternative/article/1558373?custom_click=rss

Bigger might be better, but smaller has its advantages, too.

While sprawling apartment complexes with several hundred units are taking shape in fast-growing parts of the Pikes Peak region, a handful of smaller apartment projects are popping up in older areas. They offer opportunities for mom-and-pop developers, an alternative lifestyle for renters and a chance for the city to encourage development of infill sites - tiny, vacant parcels.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:45:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Judge upholds annexation agreement for Colorado Springs' Banning Lewis Ranch]]> http://gazette.com/judge-upholds-annexation-agreement-for-colorado-springs-banning-lewis-ranch/article/1558288?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-upholds-annexation-agreement-for-colorado-springs-banning-lewis-ranch/article/1558288?custom_click=rss

A federal judge has rejected an attempt by the owner of the Banning Lewis Ranch to get out from under an annexation agreement that governs the property's development, handing Colorado Springs a victory in its efforts to maintain regulatory control over the sprawling ranch that makes up most of the city's east side.

Even so, some City Council members now say the agreement - approved in 1988 when the Springs annexed the roughly 24,000-acre ranch - is outdated, and the city should work with the land's current owner and the public to map out the best ways to develop the property.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:44:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Get a Job Monday: Durable Life Skills has openings in Colorado Springs, Pueblo]]> http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-durable-life-skills-has-openings-in-colorado-springs-pueblo/article/1558408?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-durable-life-skills-has-openings-in-colorado-springs-pueblo/article/1558408?custom_click=rss

You could be getting in on the ground floor of a new career. There are positions open to work with people with disabilities in a variety of areas such as supported living services and supported employment.

Durable Life Skills was founded in southern Colorado more than four years ago. It has offices in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The Gazette's Eric Singer talks with a Durable Life Skills representative on our exclusive Get a Job Monday segment on gazette.com.

If you would like more information on other jobs in the Pikes Peak area, email the Pikes Peaks Workforce Center representative at jeannecotter@elpasoco.

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Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:37:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Struggling McDonald's tests fast-casual concept in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/struggling-mcdonalds-tests-fast-casual-concept-in-colorado/article/1558377?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/struggling-mcdonalds-tests-fast-casual-concept-in-colorado/article/1558377?custom_click=rss

AURORA — A McDonald's near Cherry Creek State Park is taking a page from the fast-casual handbook with a new test concept — a fully customizable burger.

The restaurant at 4000 S. Parker Road is the first in Colorado — arguably the center of fast-casual dining in the U.S. — to test the chain's "Create Your Taste" platform, which is quickly expanding nationwide.

"Right now, we're switching people. They're walking in the door, and they want a Big Mac. We have to try to convince them to try this new product," said owner-operator Jeff Heidrick. "It's working, but we want to become a destination."

Walk inside , and you see touch-screen kiosks for ordering.

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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:30:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Passenger numbers at Colorado Springs Airport decline for fourth consecutive month]]> http://gazette.com/passenger-numbers-at-colorado-springs-airport-decline-for-fourth-consecutive-month/article/1558280?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/passenger-numbers-at-colorado-springs-airport-decline-for-fourth-consecutive-month/article/1558280?custom_click=rss

Passenger traffic at the Colorado Springs Airport in June fell from the same month a year earlier to 54,102. The drop is the fourth consecutive monthly decline and the seventh in the past eight months. The number of departing passengers in June declined from June 2014 on all five airlines serving Colorado Springs. Traffic for the first half of the year is off 5.2 percent from a year ago to 284,157.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:51:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs-based Spectranetics hired medical device industry veteran as CFO]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-based-spectranetics-hired-medical-device-industry-veteran-as-cfo/article/1558228?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-based-spectranetics-hired-medical-device-industry-veteran-as-cfo/article/1558228?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs-based medical device manufacturer Spectranetics Corp. on Thursday named a medical device industry veteran as its chief financial officer, replacing longtime executive Guy Childs.

Stacy McMahan will become the company's CFO on Sept. 28. She is now senior vice president and chief financial officer of MSA Safety Inc., a Pennsylvania-based company that produces safety gear used in energy, firefighting, construction, mining and defense industries.

"Stacy is a proven executive with world-class finance, operations, and business development experience," Spectranetics CEO Scott Drake said Thursday in a news release.

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:00:13 -0600 <![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1558265?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1558265?custom_click=rss

Michael Schuneman has joined IBMC College as an instructor in the personal fitness training program at its Colorado Springs campus, 6805 Corporate Drive. He previously was at Life Symmetry Chiropractic, which he founded in 2012 in Colorado Springs. Schuneman has a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University and doctoral degree in chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropratic.

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:45:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs foreclosure picture continues to improve, report shows]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-foreclosure-picture-continues-to-improve-report-shows/article/1558213?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-foreclosure-picture-continues-to-improve-report-shows/article/1558213?custom_click=rss Foreclosure activity in Colorado Springs continues to decline from its recessionary highs, according to a report Thursday by CoreLogic, a California-based national housing data firm.

The Springs' foreclosure rate - measured by the percentage of local loans in some stage of foreclosure - dropped to 0.64 percent in June, down from 0.82 percent during the same month last year, CoreLogic's report showed.

That rate has been falling steadily since the end of the recession; in June 2010, the Springs' foreclosure rate was about 2½ times higher at 1.65 percent, according to CoreLogic.

At the same time, the percentage of Springs-area mortgage holders who were delinquent on loan payments by at least 90 days declined to 2.04

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:04:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Proposed Woodland Park hotel will need a redesign before construction begins]]> http://gazette.com/proposed-woodland-park-hotel-will-need-a-redesign-before-construction-begins/article/1558237?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/proposed-woodland-park-hotel-will-need-a-redesign-before-construction-begins/article/1558237?custom_click=rss

The city of Woodland Park and the residents speaking out at Thursday's meeting of the Planning Commission agreed that a Best Western hotel could be good for the Teller County town, but the five-story structure proposed by developer Bill Page needs to be redesigned.

"I'm not opposed to the hotel," said Tammy Converse, who has lived in Teller County since 1986. "I'm opposed to ugly."

The commission voted 6-1 to continue Thursday's public discussion to Oct. 22. The delay will allow Page to redesign his plans in order to lower the proposed height, add a more pleasing roof design and, as the Woodland Park Planning Director Sally Riley said, "use some other materials" than the bland stucco in Page's proposal.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:04:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Warehouse chef and partners to reopen restaurant this fall]]> http://gazette.com/former-warehouse-chef-and-partners-to-reopen-restaurant-this-fall/article/1557992?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-warehouse-chef-and-partners-to-reopen-restaurant-this-fall/article/1557992?custom_click=rss

James Africano, former longtime chef of The Warehouse Restaurant, has leased the restaurant's downtown building and plans to reopen the shuttered eatery by late October.

The popular restaurant at 25 W. Cimarron St. closed in June after the former owner and executive chef, Lawrence "Chip" Johnson, retired, prompting building owner and Warehouse Restaurant founder Raphael Sassower to begin looking for a new owner to reopen the business.

Africano had been chef at The Warehouse for nine years before becoming executive chef at Ted Turner's Vermejo Ranch in northern New Mexico nine years ago. Africano, his wife, Shaundy, and Sassower will be partners in the reopened Warehouse through companies they own.

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:32:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Contact lens makers take fight over price law to court]]> http://gazette.com/contact-lens-makers-take-fight-over-price-law-to-court/article/1558224?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/contact-lens-makers-take-fight-over-price-law-to-court/article/1558224?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Contact lens makers struggled Thursday to defend their pricing policies in a federal appeals case that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry.

At issue is a Utah law banning minimum prices for contact lenses.

The nation's largest contact lens companies — Alcon Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson and Bausch & Lomb — asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to strike down the measure. They said the law was crafted to help a homegrown discounter, 1 800 Contacts, but has the effect of changing lens pricing nationwide.

"It says to 1 800 Contacts, you can sell to a consumer in Florida, and you can utterly disregard what the manufacturer says the price should be,"

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:25:00 -0600