<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:23:27 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[JetBlue computer outage causes delays for passengers]]> http://gazette.com/jetblue-computer-outage-causes-delays-for-passengers/article/feed/218543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jetblue-computer-outage-causes-delays-for-passengers/article/feed/218543?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — A computer outage that caused delays for thousands of JetBlue Airways passengers early Monday morning has been resolved, the company said.

JetBlue Airways said it had fixed a systemwide computer problem by 6:15 a.m. Eastern that has caused delays because the airline had to manually check in passengers.

NBC News reported that the airline had to issue handwritten boarding passes to passengers at many airports.

The company said in an email that passengers might experience delays throughout the day. It did not specify how long it would take to work through delays and get operations back to normal.

The airline did not immediately respond to inquiries on how many flights were affected, but passengers a

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — A computer outage that caused delays for thousands of JetBlue Airways passengers early Monday morning has been resolved, the company said.

JetBlue Airways said it had fixed a systemwide computer problem by 6:15 a.m. Eastern that has caused delays because the airline had to manually check in passengers.

NBC News reported that the airline had to issue handwritten boarding passes to passengers at many airports.

The company said in an email that passengers might experience delays throughout the day. It did not specify how long it would take to work through delays and get operations back to normal.

The airline did not immediately respond to inquiries on how many flights were affected, but passengers a]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:16:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Lincoln Continental, the car of presidents, is returning]]> http://gazette.com/lincoln-continental-the-car-of-presidents-is-returning/article/feed/218465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lincoln-continental-the-car-of-presidents-is-returning/article/feed/218465?custom_click=rss

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Elvis Presley had one; so did Clark Gable. It was even the sedan of presidents. Then the name vanished amid an invasion of newer luxury cars from Europe and Asia.

Now, the Lincoln Continental is back.

Thirteen years after the last Continental rolled off the assembly line, Ford Motor Co. is resurrecting its storied nameplate. The new Continental debuts in concept form at this week's New York auto show. The production version of the full-size sedan goes on sale next year.

After more than a decade of toying with alphabetical names like LS and MKS to be more like its foreign rivals, Ford's 98-year-old Lincoln brand is embracing its heritage.

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]]> DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Elvis Presley had one; so did Clark Gable. It was even the sedan of presidents. Then the name vanished amid an invasion of newer luxury cars from Europe and Asia.

Now, the Lincoln Continental is back.

Thirteen years after the last Continental rolled off the assembly line, Ford Motor Co. is resurrecting its storied nameplate. The new Continental debuts in concept form at this week's New York auto show. The production version of the full-size sedan goes on sale next year.

After more than a decade of toying with alphabetical names like LS and MKS to be more like its foreign rivals, Ford's 98-year-old Lincoln brand is embracing its heritage.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:16:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Toyota cuts price of automatic braking safety devices]]> http://gazette.com/toyota-cuts-price-of-automatic-braking-safety-devices/article/feed/218593?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/toyota-cuts-price-of-automatic-braking-safety-devices/article/feed/218593?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — Those high-tech systems that automatically stop or slow your car if it's about to run into something are getting a lot cheaper.

Toyota says it will offer lower-cost versions of the safety features in new Lexus and Toyota SUVs it's introducing this week at the New York auto show. The cheaper devices will spread across most of the company's models by the end of 2017.

Currently, the systems cost $2,000 or more and are found mainly on luxury cars or high-end versions of mainstream vehicles.

Often to get the equipment, buyers have to pay for a package including items like a sunroof or leather seats. But Toyota says that on the 2016 RAV4, Lexus RX and some other models, the equipment will be available at abou

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]]> DETROIT (AP) — Those high-tech systems that automatically stop or slow your car if it's about to run into something are getting a lot cheaper.

Toyota says it will offer lower-cost versions of the safety features in new Lexus and Toyota SUVs it's introducing this week at the New York auto show. The cheaper devices will spread across most of the company's models by the end of 2017.

Currently, the systems cost $2,000 or more and are found mainly on luxury cars or high-end versions of mainstream vehicles.

Often to get the equipment, buyers have to pay for a package including items like a sunroof or leather seats. But Toyota says that on the 2016 RAV4, Lexus RX and some other models, the equipment will be available at abou]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:16:12 -0600 <![CDATA[US stocks open higher, led by gains in energy companies]]> http://gazette.com/us-stocks-open-higher-led-by-gains-in-energy-companies/article/feed/218573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-stocks-open-higher-led-by-gains-in-energy-companies/article/feed/218573?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are starting the week sharply higher, led by energy companies.

UnitedHealth Group jumped 4 percent early Monday after the nation's largest health insurer said it would buy pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp.

The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 212 points, or 1.2 percent, to 17,923 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 15 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,077. The Nasdaq composite climbed 37 points, or 0.8 percent, to 4,929.

The price of oil rose 12 cents to $49 a barrel in New York.

Government bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.95 percent from 1.97 percent late Friday.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are starting the week sharply higher, led by energy companies.

UnitedHealth Group jumped 4 percent early Monday after the nation's largest health insurer said it would buy pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp.

The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 212 points, or 1.2 percent, to 17,923 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 15 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,077. The Nasdaq composite climbed 37 points, or 0.8 percent, to 4,929.

The price of oil rose 12 cents to $49 a barrel in New York.

Government bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.95 percent from 1.97 percent late Friday.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:15:53 -0600 <![CDATA[US stocks open higher, led by gains in energy companies]]> http://gazette.com/us-stocks-open-higher-led-by-gains-in-energy-companies/article/feed/218595?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-stocks-open-higher-led-by-gains-in-energy-companies/article/feed/218595?custom_click=rss U.S. stocks moved sharply higher in early trading Monday, as investors welcomed encouraging economic data on consumer spending in the U.S. The market also got a lift from a report suggesting that the economic recovery in the 19-country eurozone is gaining traction. Energy stocks were among the biggest gainers.

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 256 points, or 1.5 percent, to 17,968 as of 10:02 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 20 points, or 1 percent, to 2,081. The Nasdaq composite gained 45 points, or 0.9 percent, to 4,936.

CONSUMER REBOUND: The Commerce Department said that consumer spending edged up 0.1 percent in February following two straight monthly declines. The report also showed

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]]> U.S. stocks moved sharply higher in early trading Monday, as investors welcomed encouraging economic data on consumer spending in the U.S. The market also got a lift from a report suggesting that the economic recovery in the 19-country eurozone is gaining traction. Energy stocks were among the biggest gainers.

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 256 points, or 1.5 percent, to 17,968 as of 10:02 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 20 points, or 1 percent, to 2,081. The Nasdaq composite gained 45 points, or 0.9 percent, to 4,936.

CONSUMER REBOUND: The Commerce Department said that consumer spending edged up 0.1 percent in February following two straight monthly declines. The report also showed]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:15:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Fortune Brands buying Norcraft for about $600 million]]> http://gazette.com/fortune-brands-buying-norcraft-for-about-600-million/article/feed/218564?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fortune-brands-buying-norcraft-for-about-600-million/article/feed/218564?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Home and security products company Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. will buy the cabinet maker Norcraft Companies Inc. for about $600 million.

Deerfield, Illinois-based Fortune Brands will pay $25.50 per share, marking a 14.7 percent premium to Eagan, Minnesota-based Norcraft's closing price on Friday.

The deal will help Fortune Brands strengthen its cabinet offerings and expand its market area, the company said.

Fortune Brands will launch a tender offer for all outstanding Norcraft shares in about 15 days and expects the deal to close in the second quarter.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Home and security products company Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. will buy the cabinet maker Norcraft Companies Inc. for about $600 million.

Deerfield, Illinois-based Fortune Brands will pay $25.50 per share, marking a 14.7 percent premium to Eagan, Minnesota-based Norcraft's closing price on Friday.

The deal will help Fortune Brands strengthen its cabinet offerings and expand its market area, the company said.

Fortune Brands will launch a tender offer for all outstanding Norcraft shares in about 15 days and expects the deal to close in the second quarter.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:15:47 -0600 <![CDATA[US consumer spending edges up 0.1 percent in February]]> http://gazette.com/us-consumer-spending-edges-up-0.1-percent-in-february/article/feed/218557?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-consumer-spending-edges-up-0.1-percent-in-february/article/feed/218557?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers spent just slightly more in February even though their income rose by a healthy amount. But economists hope bigger paychecks will give spending a bigger boost in the coming months.

Consumer spending edged up a tiny 0.1 percent following declines of 0.2 percent in both January and December, the Commerce Department reported Monday. The result reflected a 0.4 percent increase in nondurable goods such as food and energy coupled with a 0.1 percent fall in durable goods such as automobiles.

Income grew a solid 0.4 percent in February, matching January's rise. With income growing faster than spending, the saving rate jumped to 5.8 percent of after-tax income — the highest level since December 201

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers spent just slightly more in February even though their income rose by a healthy amount. But economists hope bigger paychecks will give spending a bigger boost in the coming months.

Consumer spending edged up a tiny 0.1 percent following declines of 0.2 percent in both January and December, the Commerce Department reported Monday. The result reflected a 0.4 percent increase in nondurable goods such as food and energy coupled with a 0.1 percent fall in durable goods such as automobiles.

Income grew a solid 0.4 percent in February, matching January's rise. With income growing faster than spending, the saving rate jumped to 5.8 percent of after-tax income — the highest level since December 201]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:15:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Signed contracts to buy US homes rise 3.1 percent in February, point to stronger spring sales]]> http://gazette.com/signed-contracts-to-buy-us-homes-rise-3.1-percent-in-february-point-to-stronger-spring-sales/article/feed/218594?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/signed-contracts-to-buy-us-homes-rise-3.1-percent-in-february-point-to-stronger-spring-sales/article/feed/218594?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Signed contracts to buy US homes rise 3.1 percent in February, point to stronger spring sales.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Signed contracts to buy US homes rise 3.1 percent in February, point to stronger spring sales.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:15:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Signed contracts to buy US homes climb to 20-month high]]> http://gazette.com/signed-contracts-to-buy-us-homes-climb-to-20-month-high/article/feed/218592?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/signed-contracts-to-buy-us-homes-climb-to-20-month-high/article/feed/218592?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, evidence that the spring buying season could open strong after sluggish sales for much of the winter.

The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index climbed 3.1 percent to 106.9 last month, the highest reading since June 2013.

Buying activity jumped in the Midwest and West, while dipping slightly in the Northeast and South. The gains suggest that housing should overcome the recent hurdles of freezing weather and blistering snowstorms, as both buyers and potential sellers return to the market.

Pending sales are a barometer of future purchases.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in February, evidence that the spring buying season could open strong after sluggish sales for much of the winter.

The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index climbed 3.1 percent to 106.9 last month, the highest reading since June 2013.

Buying activity jumped in the Midwest and West, while dipping slightly in the Northeast and South. The gains suggest that housing should overcome the recent hurdles of freezing weather and blistering snowstorms, as both buyers and potential sellers return to the market.

Pending sales are a barometer of future purchases.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:15:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Business forecasters boost 2-year outlook for US economy]]> http://gazette.com/business-forecasters-boost-2-year-outlook-for-us-economy/article/feed/218582?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/business-forecasters-boost-2-year-outlook-for-us-economy/article/feed/218582?custom_click=rss A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

The March report from the National Association for Business Economics forecasts more hiring, a lower unemployment rate, a lower inflation rate and more growth in consumer spending in 2015, compared to the group's forecast December 2014.

The report, released early Monday, also predicts more investment by businesses in both equipment and intellectual property, as well as modest growth in stock prices.

"Healthier consumer spending, housing investment and government spending growth are expected to make outsized contributions to the projected acceleration in overall economic activity.

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]]> A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

The March report from the National Association for Business Economics forecasts more hiring, a lower unemployment rate, a lower inflation rate and more growth in consumer spending in 2015, compared to the group's forecast December 2014.

The report, released early Monday, also predicts more investment by businesses in both equipment and intellectual property, as well as modest growth in stock prices.

"Healthier consumer spending, housing investment and government spending growth are expected to make outsized contributions to the projected acceleration in overall economic activity.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:15:43 -0600 <![CDATA[GNC reaches deal with NY AG over Herbal Plus products]]> http://gazette.com/gnc-reaches-deal-with-ny-ag-over-herbal-plus-products/article/feed/218561?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gnc-reaches-deal-with-ny-ag-over-herbal-plus-products/article/feed/218561?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — GNC Holdings Inc. said Monday that it has reached a deal with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over its Herbal Plus products.

In February, Schneiderman's office sent letters to GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens for allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products in New York that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance or were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels.

The company said its agreement affirms the relevant products were in full compliance with federal Food and Drug Administration "Current Good Manufacturing Practices." The agreement also recognizes GNC's full cooperation with the attorney general's inquiries.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — GNC Holdings Inc. said Monday that it has reached a deal with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over its Herbal Plus products.

In February, Schneiderman's office sent letters to GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens for allegedly selling store brand herbal supplement products in New York that either could not be verified to contain the labeled substance or were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels.

The company said its agreement affirms the relevant products were in full compliance with federal Food and Drug Administration "Current Good Manufacturing Practices." The agreement also recognizes GNC's full cooperation with the attorney general's inquiries.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:00:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Former Fed chairman starting 'Ben Bernanke's Blog']]> http://gazette.com/former-fed-chairman-starting-ben-bernankes-blog/article/feed/218528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-fed-chairman-starting-ben-bernankes-blog/article/feed/218528?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is getting a new title — blogger.

The man who spent eight years as the head of the nation's central bank carefully watching his every comment is writing "Ben Bernanke's Blog," where he'll be free to air his opinions on matters of economics and finance.

Bernanke is now a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, which made the announcement on Monday, coinciding with the publishing of the former fed chief's first blog. Brookings said that Bernanke will use the blog to share his observations and opinions about current economic events, while welcoming questions and comments from readers.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is getting a new title — blogger.

The man who spent eight years as the head of the nation's central bank carefully watching his every comment is writing "Ben Bernanke's Blog," where he'll be free to air his opinions on matters of economics and finance.

Bernanke is now a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, which made the announcement on Monday, coinciding with the publishing of the former fed chief's first blog. Brookings said that Bernanke will use the blog to share his observations and opinions about current economic events, while welcoming questions and comments from readers.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:45:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Cook calls 'religious objection' laws dangerous]]> http://gazette.com/cook-calls-religious-objection-laws-dangerous/article/feed/218542?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cook-calls-religious-objection-laws-dangerous/article/feed/218542?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business.

The bills, like the one enacted last week in Indiana, create a legal framework for individuals, mostly business owners, to claim that a law or regulation mandated by the government infringes on their religious beliefs.

In an op-ed piece for The Washington Post, the leader of the nation's largest corporation said that the bills under consideration "have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality."

He cited actions taken by lawmakers in Texas, Indiana and Arkansas, but said that a "wave of legislation" has been introduced in more than tw

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business.

The bills, like the one enacted last week in Indiana, create a legal framework for individuals, mostly business owners, to claim that a law or regulation mandated by the government infringes on their religious beliefs.

In an op-ed piece for The Washington Post, the leader of the nation's largest corporation said that the bills under consideration "have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality."

He cited actions taken by lawmakers in Texas, Indiana and Arkansas, but said that a "wave of legislation" has been introduced in more than tw]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:45:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Healthways decides against selling company after review]]> http://gazette.com/healthways-decides-against-selling-company-after-review/article/feed/218556?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/healthways-decides-against-selling-company-after-review/article/feed/218556?custom_click=rss NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Healthways' board has decided against selling the company after reviewing its strategic options to boost shareholder value.

Healthways Inc. announced the review in January.

The company said Monday that its board unanimously decided that continuing to execute its strategic plan as a stand-alone public company is in the best interest of stockholders.

Chairman Donato Tramuto said in a statement that even though the formal review process has ended, the board will continue to evaluate all opportunities to enhance shareholder value.

Nashville, Tennessee-based Healthways advises customers including employers, health systems and health plans on behavioral changes that can be made to improve healt

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]]> NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Healthways' board has decided against selling the company after reviewing its strategic options to boost shareholder value.

Healthways Inc. announced the review in January.

The company said Monday that its board unanimously decided that continuing to execute its strategic plan as a stand-alone public company is in the best interest of stockholders.

Chairman Donato Tramuto said in a statement that even though the formal review process has ended, the board will continue to evaluate all opportunities to enhance shareholder value.

Nashville, Tennessee-based Healthways advises customers including employers, health systems and health plans on behavioral changes that can be made to improve healt]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:45:39 -0600 <![CDATA[US treasury secretary presses Beijing on technology curbs]]> http://gazette.com/us-treasury-secretary-presses-beijing-on-technology-curbs/article/feed/218509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-treasury-secretary-presses-beijing-on-technology-curbs/article/feed/218509?custom_click=rss

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew pressed Chinese leaders on Monday to suspend proposed curbs on foreign security technology and said a Beijing-led regional bank should work in partnership with existing institutions, an American official said.

The United States and Europe say Beijing is improperly blocking access to its market with the curbs in proposed anti-terrorism and banking security measures. The measures have prompted an unusually high-level response, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other Cabinet officials writing to Beijing opposing them.

Lew emphasized the seriousness of the issue for Washington and urged Chinese officials to suspend enforcement, said the senior Treasury official, who bri

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]]> BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew pressed Chinese leaders on Monday to suspend proposed curbs on foreign security technology and said a Beijing-led regional bank should work in partnership with existing institutions, an American official said.

The United States and Europe say Beijing is improperly blocking access to its market with the curbs in proposed anti-terrorism and banking security measures. The measures have prompted an unusually high-level response, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other Cabinet officials writing to Beijing opposing them.

Lew emphasized the seriousness of the issue for Washington and urged Chinese officials to suspend enforcement, said the senior Treasury official, who bri]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:30:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Voice of the Consumer: Be careful using prescription discount cards]]> BY BETTY SEXTON KKTV11 News - http://gazette.com/voice-of-the-consumer-be-careful-using-prescription-discount-cards/article/1548756?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/voice-of-the-consumer-be-careful-using-prescription-discount-cards/article/1548756?custom_click=rss

We all like to save money, so cards that come in the mail that claim you can save up to 75 percent off prescriptions may sound appealing. But be careful.

Thanks to 11News producer Adriane, who told me about an official-looking set of coupon cards she got in the mail. But don't expect huge discounts with American Prescription Savings Alliance.

The company is in New York and also uses the names Healthcare Alliance, U.S. Prescription Discounts, and Script Relief, LLC. The Better Business Bureau gives the group a C- and says more than 40 complaints have been filed against the business. Some people have said the discount card can't be used along with their normal prescription card because it cancels their savings.

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]]> We all like to save money, so cards that come in the mail that claim you can save up to 75 percent off prescriptions may sound appealing. But be careful.

Thanks to 11News producer Adriane, who told me about an official-looking set of coupon cards she got in the mail. But don't expect huge discounts with American Prescription Savings Alliance.

The company is in New York and also uses the names Healthcare Alliance, U.S. Prescription Discounts, and Script Relief, LLC. The Better Business Bureau gives the group a C- and says more than 40 complaints have been filed against the business. Some people have said the discount card can't be used along with their normal prescription card because it cancels their savings.]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:05:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Get a Job Monday: Mile High Youth Corps in Colorado Springs]]> BY ERIC SINGER eric.singer@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-mile-high-youth-corps-in-colorado-springs/article/1548765?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/get-a-job-monday-mile-high-youth-corps-in-colorado-springs/article/1548765?custom_click=rss Mile High Youth Corps in Colorado Springs is hiring for the summer, and is looking for 18-to-24 year olds with a high school diploma or G.E.D to work on land conservation, fire mitigation, trail building and restoration projects. It's a job, a work-out and a chance to be outside, all wrapped up neatly in a summer position.

There is a $320 weekly stipend, plus an educational award at the end of the season. For information, email jeannecotter@elpasoco.com or apply online at www.milehighyouthcorps.org.



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Mile High Youth Corps in Colorado Springs is hiring for the summer, and is looking for 18-to-24 year olds with a high school diploma or G.E.D to work on land conservation, fire mitigation, trail building and restoration projects. It's a job, a work-out and a chance to be outside, all wrapped up neatly in a summer position.

There is a $320 weekly stipend, plus an educational award at the end of the season. For information, email jeannecotter@elpasoco.com or apply online at www.milehighyouthcorps.org.

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<![CDATA[Dirk Draper, the new CEO of the Colorado Springs RBA, brings skills to get things accomplished]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/dirk-draper-the-new-ceo-of-the-colorado-springs-rba-brings-skills-to-get-things-accomplished/article/1548751?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dirk-draper-the-new-ceo-of-the-colorado-springs-rba-brings-skills-to-get-things-accomplished/article/1548751?custom_click=rss

Dirk Draper rarely backs away from a challenge, but if he hadn't done so when he was in college, he might be writing this story instead of being its subject.

Draper was a sophomore majoring in journalism at the University of Missouri when he went to the student newspaper to get experience. He was told to find a story to write about, and the then-introverted 19-year-old decided on the spot that journalism wasn't for him.

"I didn't want to be one who inserted myself into a situation where I may not be welcome," the Missouri native said. "So I became the typical college student that changes their major.



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Dirk Draper rarely backs away from a challenge, but if he hadn't done so when he was in college, he might be writing this story instead of being its subject.

Draper was a sophomore majoring in journalism at the University of Missouri when he went to the student newspaper to get experience. He was told to find a story to write about, and the then-introverted 19-year-old decided on the spot that journalism wasn't for him.

"I didn't want to be one who inserted myself into a situation where I may not be welcome," the Missouri native said. "So I became the typical college student that changes their major.

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<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area business events starting March 29, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-business-events-starting-march-29-2015/article/1548734?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-business-events-starting-march-29-2015/article/1548734?custom_click=rss MONDAY

Pikes Peak Workforce Center - How to Make the Job Fair Work for You, 10 a.m.-noon, Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, free. Registration: ppwfc.org.

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

TUESDAY

Toastmasters - 7:30-8:30 a.m., Memorial Hospital, Monarch Room, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave.; Jon, 510-9831.

Tri-Lakes Business Accelerators - 8-9:15 a.m., call for location; 210-0668.

PBX (Premier Business Exchange) - 8-9:30 a.m., LegalShield Success Center, 1120 N. Circle Drive, Suite 10; 243-3174, mbrshow.com/pbx.htm.

BRAIN Business Networking - 8:30-10 a.m., MCM Elegante, 6450 N. Academy Blvd., free.

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Pikes Peak Workforce Center - How to Make the Job Fair Work for You, 10 a.m.-noon, Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, free. Registration: ppwfc.org.

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

TUESDAY

Toastmasters - 7:30-8:30 a.m., Memorial Hospital, Monarch Room, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave.; Jon, 510-9831.

Tri-Lakes Business Accelerators - 8-9:15 a.m., call for location; 210-0668.

PBX (Premier Business Exchange) - 8-9:30 a.m., LegalShield Success Center, 1120 N. Circle Drive, Suite 10; 243-3174, mbrshow.com/pbx.htm.

BRAIN Business Networking - 8:30-10 a.m., MCM Elegante, 6450 N. Academy Blvd., free.]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:40:03 -0600 <![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1548665?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1548665?custom_click=rss

Teresa Cantwell recently was hired as programs manager for the Foundation for Pikes Peak Community College. She worked for six years with Peak Vista Community Health Centers as a foundation development associate, clinical team manager, contract specialist and most recently as grants coordinator. In her new job, she'll administer college scholarship activities and focus on database management, scholarship opportunity awareness and scholarship donor stewardship.

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]]> Teresa Cantwell recently was hired as programs manager for the Foundation for Pikes Peak Community College. She worked for six years with Peak Vista Community Health Centers as a foundation development associate, clinical team manager, contract specialist and most recently as grants coordinator. In her new job, she'll administer college scholarship activities and focus on database management, scholarship opportunity awareness and scholarship donor stewardship.

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Headed by CC senior Fredrik Lindseth, the food-app company has been a finalist in all three of the previous competitions, winning the third-place prize of $2,000 in 2013 under the name CityRoots.

The company failed to finish in the top three in last year's event, but won the Colorado University Startup Challenge on March 16 at the Angel Capital Summit in Denver.

IDro and four other companies were selected Thursday as finalists from among 12 teams vying for a post in the April 7 contest, which carries $50,000 in prizes.

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]]> A fledgling Colorado Springs company, iDro, hopes that the third time will be the charm for winning Colorado College's Big Idea business plan competition.

Headed by CC senior Fredrik Lindseth, the food-app company has been a finalist in all three of the previous competitions, winning the third-place prize of $2,000 in 2013 under the name CityRoots.

The company failed to finish in the top three in last year's event, but won the Colorado University Startup Challenge on March 16 at the Angel Capital Summit in Denver.

IDro and four other companies were selected Thursday as finalists from among 12 teams vying for a post in the April 7 contest, which carries $50,000 in prizes.]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:10:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs cybersecurity firm forms partnership]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-cybersecurity-firm-forms-partnership/article/1548670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-cybersecurity-firm-forms-partnership/article/1548670?custom_click=rss CertainSafe, a Colorado Springs-based cybersecurity firm, has formed a partnership with MicroTech, a Virginia-based technology and government contractor, that could produce more than $10 million in revenue for the two buisnesses.

The partnership aims to incorporate CertainSafe's technology into MicroTech's products and sell CertainSafe's products to MicroTech's customers, according to Steven Russo, executive vice president of Secure Cloud Systems LLC. Secure Cloud operates as CertainSafe with a staff of 26 employees and two consultants.

The company has developed a technology called MicroTokenization, that replaces sensitive information with placeholders to make large data breaches much less likely.

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]]> CertainSafe, a Colorado Springs-based cybersecurity firm, has formed a partnership with MicroTech, a Virginia-based technology and government contractor, that could produce more than $10 million in revenue for the two buisnesses.

The partnership aims to incorporate CertainSafe's technology into MicroTech's products and sell CertainSafe's products to MicroTech's customers, according to Steven Russo, executive vice president of Secure Cloud Systems LLC. Secure Cloud operates as CertainSafe with a staff of 26 employees and two consultants.

The company has developed a technology called MicroTokenization, that replaces sensitive information with placeholders to make large data breaches much less likely.]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:40:01 -0600 <![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1548602?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1548602?custom_click=rss Charlie Huebner, Juli Williams, Stephanie Willis and Robert Worrall II have joined the board of directors of Homeward Pikes Peak, which works to address homelessness in the Colorado Springs area. Luke Travins remains as president, Pete Frech as vice president and Colorado Springs police Cmdr. Pat Rigdon as secretary.

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]]> Charlie Huebner, Juli Williams, Stephanie Willis and Robert Worrall II have joined the board of directors of Homeward Pikes Peak, which works to address homelessness in the Colorado Springs area. Luke Travins remains as president, Pete Frech as vice president and Colorado Springs police Cmdr. Pat Rigdon as secretary.

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DENVER — The longtime owner of Denver's beloved Tattered Cover bookstores is retiring and her successors are two prominent industry figures.

According to a Tattered Cover statement Thursday, Len Vlahos and his wife Kristen Gilligan are moving to Denver from Stamford, Conn. and over the next two years will take control of the business Joyce Meskis has owned since 1974.

Under Meskis, Tattered Cover grew from one outlet to four. It has hosted such authors as Joyce Carol Oates and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Vlahos is an author, executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, a national non-profit that supports the book publishing industry, and former chief operating officer of the American Booksellers



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DENVER — The longtime owner of Denver's beloved Tattered Cover bookstores is retiring and her successors are two prominent industry figures.

According to a Tattered Cover statement Thursday, Len Vlahos and his wife Kristen Gilligan are moving to Denver from Stamford, Conn. and over the next two years will take control of the business Joyce Meskis has owned since 1974.

Under Meskis, Tattered Cover grew from one outlet to four. It has hosted such authors as Joyce Carol Oates and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Vlahos is an author, executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, a national non-profit that supports the book publishing industry, and former chief operating officer of the American Booksellers

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:30:14 -0600
<![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1548539?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1548539?custom_click=rss

Elizabeth "Liz" Bowen has been appointed employing broker for Top Realty Group. Bowen, a licensed Colorado real estate broker since 2004, most recently owned and served as employing broker for Red Bow Realty. Before that, she was manager of education and productivity coach for several local real estate brokerages and also taught prelicensing classes.

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]]> Elizabeth "Liz" Bowen has been appointed employing broker for Top Realty Group. Bowen, a licensed Colorado real estate broker since 2004, most recently owned and served as employing broker for Red Bow Realty. Before that, she was manager of education and productivity coach for several local real estate brokerages and also taught prelicensing classes.

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Board members of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado didn't have to look far to find an interim CEO: They reached across the table and hired one of their own until they can find a permanent replacement for Matt Barrett, who resigned more than two months ago.

Matt Colligan, a member of the nonprofit's board since 2006, will start Monday as interim CEO and serve until the board hires a permanent CEO, which is expected in the next two months, the bureau said Wednesday in a news release.

Colligan has been CEO and owner of a home improvement contracting firm, Colorado Living, since January 2014. He had been president of American Water Damage for three years, but resigned in December to spend more time on Colorado

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]]> Board members of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado didn't have to look far to find an interim CEO: They reached across the table and hired one of their own until they can find a permanent replacement for Matt Barrett, who resigned more than two months ago.

Matt Colligan, a member of the nonprofit's board since 2006, will start Monday as interim CEO and serve until the board hires a permanent CEO, which is expected in the next two months, the bureau said Wednesday in a news release.

Colligan has been CEO and owner of a home improvement contracting firm, Colorado Living, since January 2014. He had been president of American Water Damage for three years, but resigned in December to spend more time on Colorado]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:10:35 -0600 <![CDATA[CDOT's interstate highway bus service delayed]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/cdots-interstate-highway-bus-service-delayed/article/1548522?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cdots-interstate-highway-bus-service-delayed/article/1548522?custom_click=rss GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Colorado Department of Transportation has delayed the launch of its interstate highway bus service.

The service was expected to begin in April, but CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford tells the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (http://bit.ly/1xfELOw ) it's now on track to begin in late spring or early summer. CDOT is concentrating on hiring drivers, installing technology to allow riders to track bus locations and refining timetables.

The Interstate 70 route will stop in Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Vail, Frisco, Lakewood and Denver. The Interregional Express bus service also will include routes from Fort Collins and Colorado Springs to Denver.



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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Colorado Department of Transportation has delayed the launch of its interstate highway bus service.

The service was expected to begin in April, but CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford tells the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (http://bit.ly/1xfELOw ) it's now on track to begin in late spring or early summer. CDOT is concentrating on hiring drivers, installing technology to allow riders to track bus locations and refining timetables.

The Interstate 70 route will stop in Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Vail, Frisco, Lakewood and Denver. The Interregional Express bus service also will include routes from Fort Collins and Colorado Springs to Denver.

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:11:18 -0600
<![CDATA[MOVERS & SHAKERS]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1548490?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/movers-shakers/article/1548490?custom_click=rss

Aimee Woolley- Randall was promoted to director of medical staff services for the Centura Health South State Operating Group in January. She joined Centura's Penrose- St. Francis Health Services in 2012 as manager of medical staff services and became director in 2013. She also was recently elected to serve as director-at-large of the National Association of Medical Staff Services.

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A Colorado Springs park-and-ride could be expanded to accommodate an increase in users expected with the start of an interregional bus service, according to the city's transit director.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit is eying 6 acres southwest of the South Tejon Street and Interstate 25 park-and-ride to possibly add, a transit services manager said at a City Council work session Monday. The land is owned by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The Tejon park-and-ride, which has 90 spaces, was used by the city's Front Range Express service that ended in 2012. Commuters in carpools and vanpools also use the meeting facility.

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]]> A Colorado Springs park-and-ride could be expanded to accommodate an increase in users expected with the start of an interregional bus service, according to the city's transit director.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit is eying 6 acres southwest of the South Tejon Street and Interstate 25 park-and-ride to possibly add, a transit services manager said at a City Council work session Monday. The land is owned by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The Tejon park-and-ride, which has 90 spaces, was used by the city's Front Range Express service that ended in 2012. Commuters in carpools and vanpools also use the meeting facility.]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:10:11 -0600 <![CDATA[ESSENTIALS: Business briefs from the Pikes Peak region]]> By name newspaper - http://gazette.com/essentials-business-briefs-from-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1548502?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/essentials-business-briefs-from-the-pikes-peak-region/article/1548502?custom_click=rss - Phil Long Ford of Chapel Hills has been recognized with the 2014 President's Award by Ford Motor Co. The award honors dealerships that have excelled in automotive retailing in 2014, by providing exceptional customer service and satisfaction.

Out of more than 3,000 Ford and Lincoln dealers nationwide, 376 were named winners of the President's Award in 2014.

The President's Award was established in 1998. Dealers become eligible through survey responses from customers related to their sales and service satisfaction.

"To achieve the President's Award, dealers must exceed customer expectations every day in every department," said Todd Rabourn, Denver Regional Manager for Ford Motor Co.

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]]> - Phil Long Ford of Chapel Hills has been recognized with the 2014 President's Award by Ford Motor Co. The award honors dealerships that have excelled in automotive retailing in 2014, by providing exceptional customer service and satisfaction.

Out of more than 3,000 Ford and Lincoln dealers nationwide, 376 were named winners of the President's Award in 2014.

The President's Award was established in 1998. Dealers become eligible through survey responses from customers related to their sales and service satisfaction.

"To achieve the President's Award, dealers must exceed customer expectations every day in every department," said Todd Rabourn, Denver Regional Manager for Ford Motor Co.]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:25:01 -0600