<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - health]]> http://gazette.com/rss/health Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:59:27 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Report: Hostile workplace at university Alzheimer's center]]> http://gazette.com/report-hostile-workplace-at-university-alzheimers-center/article/feed/224806?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-hostile-workplace-at-university-alzheimers-center/article/feed/224806?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — An investigation found that female faculty at the Alzheimer's disease research center at the University of California, Los Angeles, worked under hostile conditions, according to a newspaper report.

In a letter to research center staff, a UCLA administrator wrote that an outside investigator concluded some men discriminated against three women, including retaliation for reporting problems with research protocol. The work environment at the center that specializes in the neurological disorder "compromises our research, teaching and patient care," wrote Jonathan Hiatt, vice dean for faculty at the university, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/1DtPjsT ).

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]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) — An investigation found that female faculty at the Alzheimer's disease research center at the University of California, Los Angeles, worked under hostile conditions, according to a newspaper report.

In a letter to research center staff, a UCLA administrator wrote that an outside investigator concluded some men discriminated against three women, including retaliation for reporting problems with research protocol. The work environment at the center that specializes in the neurological disorder "compromises our research, teaching and patient care," wrote Jonathan Hiatt, vice dean for faculty at the university, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/1DtPjsT ).]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:45:56 -0600 <![CDATA[MSU tobacco-free task force hosts public sessions this week]]> http://gazette.com/msu-tobacco-free-task-force-hosts-public-sessions-this-week/article/feed/224783?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/msu-tobacco-free-task-force-hosts-public-sessions-this-week/article/feed/224783?custom_click=rss EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is taking more steps this week toward ending all smoking and tobacco use at the East Lansing school.

The 50,000-student school announced Feb. 3 that it was forming a task force to implement a "tobacco-free environment." At the time, the university said it expected a proposal to go to its Board of Trustees later in 2015 and said the new rules "likely would not go into effect for another year to give the community time to adjust."

The task force will hold three 40-minute information sessions this week, the university said. They are at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday at the MSU International Center, Spartan Room B; 5:15 p.m. Thursday at Brody Hall, Room 134; and 8 a.m. Friday at the co

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]]> EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is taking more steps this week toward ending all smoking and tobacco use at the East Lansing school.

The 50,000-student school announced Feb. 3 that it was forming a task force to implement a "tobacco-free environment." At the time, the university said it expected a proposal to go to its Board of Trustees later in 2015 and said the new rules "likely would not go into effect for another year to give the community time to adjust."

The task force will hold three 40-minute information sessions this week, the university said. They are at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday at the MSU International Center, Spartan Room B; 5:15 p.m. Thursday at Brody Hall, Room 134; and 8 a.m. Friday at the co]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:00:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Florida confirms measles in 2 unvaccinated adults]]> http://gazette.com/florida-confirms-measles-in-2-unvaccinated-adults/article/feed/224779?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/florida-confirms-measles-in-2-unvaccinated-adults/article/feed/224779?custom_click=rss VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Department of Health has confirmed two cases of measles in two unvaccinated adults in Indian River County.

Officials said Sunday that both patients live in the same household. One acquired measles internationally, and the second acquired the case at home on central Florida's Atlantic coast.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It can spread through the air, and the virus can survive up to two hours on surfaces or in a room where an infected person was coughing or sneezing. Symptoms including a rash, fever and coughing generally begin roughly seven to 14 days after a person is exposed to someone with measles.

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]]> VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Department of Health has confirmed two cases of measles in two unvaccinated adults in Indian River County.

Officials said Sunday that both patients live in the same household. One acquired measles internationally, and the second acquired the case at home on central Florida's Atlantic coast.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It can spread through the air, and the virus can survive up to two hours on surfaces or in a room where an infected person was coughing or sneezing. Symptoms including a rash, fever and coughing generally begin roughly seven to 14 days after a person is exposed to someone with measles.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:30:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Sperm bank sued after donor details emerge 7 years later]]> http://gazette.com/sperm-bank-sued-after-donor-details-emerge-7-years-later/article/feed/224741?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sperm-bank-sued-after-donor-details-emerge-7-years-later/article/feed/224741?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — He was good on paper: Eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot.

That's why Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child.

Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with his sperm, they got a batch of emails from the sperm bank that unexpectedly — and perhaps mistakenly — included the donor's name. That set them on a sleuthing mission that quickly revealed he is schizophrenic, dropped out of college and had been arrested for burglary, they said in a lawsuit filed March 31 in Atlanta.

On top of that, the photo of him they'd seen when deciding on a donor had been altered to remove a large mole on

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — He was good on paper: Eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot.

That's why Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child.

Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with his sperm, they got a batch of emails from the sperm bank that unexpectedly — and perhaps mistakenly — included the donor's name. That set them on a sleuthing mission that quickly revealed he is schizophrenic, dropped out of college and had been arrested for burglary, they said in a lawsuit filed March 31 in Atlanta.

On top of that, the photo of him they'd seen when deciding on a donor had been altered to remove a large mole on]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:30:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Things to know about the sperm bank industry]]> http://gazette.com/things-to-know-about-the-sperm-bank-industry/article/feed/224745?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/things-to-know-about-the-sperm-bank-industry/article/feed/224745?custom_click=rss Sperm banking is a huge industry that has been around for decades but one that is relatively loosely regulated in the U.S.

Here are some things to know about the industry:

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HOW MANY BABIES COME FROM DONATED SPERM?

While anecdotal evidence might suggest that the use of sperm donors to conceive a baby is rising because of improvements in technology and its popularity among lesbian couples and single women, there is no way to know for sure. No federal agency or professional organization tracks the number of children born from sperm donations.

The last time a count was done was in 1988 by the now-defunct U.S.

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]]> Sperm banking is a huge industry that has been around for decades but one that is relatively loosely regulated in the U.S.

Here are some things to know about the industry:

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HOW MANY BABIES COME FROM DONATED SPERM?

While anecdotal evidence might suggest that the use of sperm donors to conceive a baby is rising because of improvements in technology and its popularity among lesbian couples and single women, there is no way to know for sure. No federal agency or professional organization tracks the number of children born from sperm donations.

The last time a count was done was in 1988 by the now-defunct U.S.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:30:53 -0600 <![CDATA[2 escape serious injury when car is struck by train]]> http://gazette.com/2-escape-serious-injury-when-car-is-struck-by-train/article/feed/224744?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-escape-serious-injury-when-car-is-struck-by-train/article/feed/224744?custom_click=rss ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (AP) — Two people escaped serious injury when the car they were in was struck by a train in northern New Jersey.

Authorities tell The Record (http://bit.ly/1D2zUMr) that the accident occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday. They say the car's driver tried to go around the lowered warning gates blocking the Midland Avenue crossing in Elmwood Park.

The driver, a 55-year-old woman from Yonkers, New York, and her passenger were both treated at hospitals for injuries that were not considered life-threatening. But further details on their conditions were not disclosed.

No other injuries were reported in the accident, which involved a New Jersey Transit train that had departed from Hoboken and was headed for Port Je

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]]> ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (AP) — Two people escaped serious injury when the car they were in was struck by a train in northern New Jersey.

Authorities tell The Record (http://bit.ly/1D2zUMr) that the accident occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday. They say the car's driver tried to go around the lowered warning gates blocking the Midland Avenue crossing in Elmwood Park.

The driver, a 55-year-old woman from Yonkers, New York, and her passenger were both treated at hospitals for injuries that were not considered life-threatening. But further details on their conditions were not disclosed.

No other injuries were reported in the accident, which involved a New Jersey Transit train that had departed from Hoboken and was headed for Port Je]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:30:53 -0600 <![CDATA[New Nebraska law could help put medical marijuana on ballot]]> http://gazette.com/new-nebraska-law-could-help-put-medical-marijuana-on-ballot/article/feed/224716?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-nebraska-law-could-help-put-medical-marijuana-on-ballot/article/feed/224716?custom_click=rss

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Worried that lawmakers may not act, advocates for medical marijuana could take their campaign to Nebraska voters next year, and a new state law could make their job easier.

Supporters said they've started gathering signatures to place the issue on the November 2016 ballot. Despite significant hurdles, activists from the Omaha chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws said the new petitioning law will make a difference.

"It's still a mighty task, but this helps us tremendously," said Bryan Boganowski, the founder of Omaha NORML.

The law signed last week by Gov. Pete Ricketts allows petition organizers to pay circulators by the signature, instead of by the hour.

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]]> LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Worried that lawmakers may not act, advocates for medical marijuana could take their campaign to Nebraska voters next year, and a new state law could make their job easier.

Supporters said they've started gathering signatures to place the issue on the November 2016 ballot. Despite significant hurdles, activists from the Omaha chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws said the new petitioning law will make a difference.

"It's still a mighty task, but this helps us tremendously," said Bryan Boganowski, the founder of Omaha NORML.

The law signed last week by Gov. Pete Ricketts allows petition organizers to pay circulators by the signature, instead of by the hour.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:00:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Iowa's Medicaid privatization draws scrutiny]]> http://gazette.com/iowas-medicaid-privatization-draws-scrutiny/article/feed/224717?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iowas-medicaid-privatization-draws-scrutiny/article/feed/224717?custom_click=rss DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad's plan to privatize the state's Medicaid program is moving forward, though critics are raising questions about how the shift will impact patients.

Earlier this year, the state began an effort to shift Medicaid administration to two or more managed care organizations, to which Iowa will pay a fixed amount per enrollee to provide health coverage. State officials predict cost savings and say patients will still have access to quality health care. But Democratic Senate President Pam Jochum, of Dubuque, said this week that she is not convinced.

"I am not confident it is going to work well," said Jochum, whose adult daughter has severe intellectual disabilities and receives Medicaid.

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]]> DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad's plan to privatize the state's Medicaid program is moving forward, though critics are raising questions about how the shift will impact patients.

Earlier this year, the state began an effort to shift Medicaid administration to two or more managed care organizations, to which Iowa will pay a fixed amount per enrollee to provide health coverage. State officials predict cost savings and say patients will still have access to quality health care. But Democratic Senate President Pam Jochum, of Dubuque, said this week that she is not convinced.

"I am not confident it is going to work well," said Jochum, whose adult daughter has severe intellectual disabilities and receives Medicaid.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:31:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Cancer diagnosis prompts sisters to have preventive surgery]]> http://gazette.com/cancer-diagnosis-prompts-sisters-to-have-preventive-surgery/article/feed/224711?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cancer-diagnosis-prompts-sisters-to-have-preventive-surgery/article/feed/224711?custom_click=rss

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Dulce Noonan's cancer diagnosis may have saved her sister's life.

When Noonan was told she had Stage 3A breast cancer, the news, naturally, frightened her. But the experience was also eerily familiar: Every woman on her father's side of the family had been diagnosed with cancer.

This family history prompted her doctors to recommend genetic testing for her two sisters. One sister's results showed no concerns.

But for her other sister, Susane Nunes of Fairhaven, the tests showed she had, like Noonan, genetic mutations to the BRCA2 gene. That significantly increased her chances of having breast and ovarian cancer.

For Nunes, the news resembled a "time bomb" ticking away in the background a

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]]> NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Dulce Noonan's cancer diagnosis may have saved her sister's life.

When Noonan was told she had Stage 3A breast cancer, the news, naturally, frightened her. But the experience was also eerily familiar: Every woman on her father's side of the family had been diagnosed with cancer.

This family history prompted her doctors to recommend genetic testing for her two sisters. One sister's results showed no concerns.

But for her other sister, Susane Nunes of Fairhaven, the tests showed she had, like Noonan, genetic mutations to the BRCA2 gene. That significantly increased her chances of having breast and ovarian cancer.

For Nunes, the news resembled a "time bomb" ticking away in the background a]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:00:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Ohio hospitals conduct statewide colon cancer screening]]> http://gazette.com/ohio-hospitals-conduct-statewide-colon-cancer-screening/article/feed/224710?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ohio-hospitals-conduct-statewide-colon-cancer-screening/article/feed/224710?custom_click=rss COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio cancer center is leading a statewide colon cancer screening in a study aimed at preventing the disease.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center says the project involving 42 hospitals around the state hopes to screen all Ohioans diagnosed with colon cancer since January 2013 for Lynch syndrome. The inherited genetic mutation is known to significantly increase the risk and recurrence of colon cancer.

Officials say the syndrome also predisposes people to develop other cancers. They say knowledge that a person has syndrome can encourage that person and family members to get screened. Another goal is to create a statewide database for future research about colon cancer in Ohio.

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]]> COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio cancer center is leading a statewide colon cancer screening in a study aimed at preventing the disease.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center says the project involving 42 hospitals around the state hopes to screen all Ohioans diagnosed with colon cancer since January 2013 for Lynch syndrome. The inherited genetic mutation is known to significantly increase the risk and recurrence of colon cancer.

Officials say the syndrome also predisposes people to develop other cancers. They say knowledge that a person has syndrome can encourage that person and family members to get screened. Another goal is to create a statewide database for future research about colon cancer in Ohio.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:45:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Mental health funding cuts stir outcry in Connecticut]]> http://gazette.com/mental-health-funding-cuts-stir-outcry-in-connecticut/article/feed/224709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mental-health-funding-cuts-stir-outcry-in-connecticut/article/feed/224709?custom_click=rss HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to cut state grants to community mental health and substance abuse providers is prompting an outcry from advocates and some families of Newtown massacre victims in Connecticut.

Advocates say the Democratic governor's spending plan for next fiscal year reduces the grants by $25.5 million.

That money is used by private agencies to help cover patients without medical insurance and the gap between how much it costs to provide mental health services and the state's reimbursement for Medicaid patients. They're predicting layoffs and program closures.

One Newtown parent wrote a letter to Malloy and legislators, asking if the deaths "mean nothing" to them now.

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]]> HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposal to cut state grants to community mental health and substance abuse providers is prompting an outcry from advocates and some families of Newtown massacre victims in Connecticut.

Advocates say the Democratic governor's spending plan for next fiscal year reduces the grants by $25.5 million.

That money is used by private agencies to help cover patients without medical insurance and the gap between how much it costs to provide mental health services and the state's reimbursement for Medicaid patients. They're predicting layoffs and program closures.

One Newtown parent wrote a letter to Malloy and legislators, asking if the deaths "mean nothing" to them now.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:30:48 -0600 <![CDATA[For next president, a way out of the health care fights?]]> http://gazette.com/for-next-president-a-way-out-of-the-health-care-fights/article/feed/224700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-next-president-a-way-out-of-the-health-care-fights/article/feed/224700?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress.

The law signed by President Barack Obama includes a waiver that, starting in 2017, would let states take federal dollars now invested in the overhaul and use them to redesign their own health care systems.

States could not repeal some things, such as the requirement that insurance companies cover people with health problems. But they could replace the law's unpopular mandate that virtually everyone in the country has health insurance, provided the alternative worked reasonably well.

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]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress.

The law signed by President Barack Obama includes a waiver that, starting in 2017, would let states take federal dollars now invested in the overhaul and use them to redesign their own health care systems.

States could not repeal some things, such as the requirement that insurance companies cover people with health problems. But they could replace the law's unpopular mandate that virtually everyone in the country has health insurance, provided the alternative worked reasonably well.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:15:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Morehouse receives $1.2M grant to serve East Point area]]> http://gazette.com/morehouse-receives-1.2m-grant-to-serve-east-point-area/article/feed/224679?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/morehouse-receives-1.2m-grant-to-serve-east-point-area/article/feed/224679?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — The Morehouse School of Medicine will receive a $1.2 million grant to improve health in Atlanta's East Point neighborhood.

The program will deliver primary care to participants. Follow-up care and appointments will be carefully tracked.

Morehouse officials said the approach will help improve patients' care.

Clinicians will have access to all patient lab results, medical orders and health data to streamline treatment.

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]]> ATLANTA (AP) — The Morehouse School of Medicine will receive a $1.2 million grant to improve health in Atlanta's East Point neighborhood.

The program will deliver primary care to participants. Follow-up care and appointments will be carefully tracked.

Morehouse officials said the approach will help improve patients' care.

Clinicians will have access to all patient lab results, medical orders and health data to streamline treatment.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 06:00:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Bethune-Cookman partnering offer free sickle cell screenings]]> http://gazette.com/bethune-cookman-partnering-offer-free-sickle-cell-screenings/article/feed/224672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bethune-cookman-partnering-offer-free-sickle-cell-screenings/article/feed/224672?custom_click=rss DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bethune-Cookman University is partnering with a Daytona Beach hospital to hold free sickle cell screenings.

B-CU announced this week that its Petrock College of Health Sciences is joining with Halifax Heath to offer the bi-monthly screenings at Odessa Chambliss Health Center. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The school says it is offering the screenings in an effort to increase awareness of sickle cell and improve health care options for those at risk. The school says research indicates that more than 60 percent of Volusia County residents could be at risk of carrying the sickle cell gene.

Screenings will be held the second Thursday and third Friday of each month.

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]]> DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bethune-Cookman University is partnering with a Daytona Beach hospital to hold free sickle cell screenings.

B-CU announced this week that its Petrock College of Health Sciences is joining with Halifax Heath to offer the bi-monthly screenings at Odessa Chambliss Health Center. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The school says it is offering the screenings in an effort to increase awareness of sickle cell and improve health care options for those at risk. The school says research indicates that more than 60 percent of Volusia County residents could be at risk of carrying the sickle cell gene.

Screenings will be held the second Thursday and third Friday of each month.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:03:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Doctors, nurses deliver flip-flops to Gov. Scott]]> http://gazette.com/doctors-nurses-deliver-flip-flops-to-gov.-scott/article/feed/224671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doctors-nurses-deliver-flip-flops-to-gov.-scott/article/feed/224671?custom_click=rss TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's doctors and nurses are weighing in on the fight over Medicaid expansion.

A group of health professional from Miami's Jackson Health System traveled to Tallahassee last week to deliver flip-flops to Gov. Rick Scott and worn-out shoes to House leaders, who have claimed that only "Gucci loafer-wearing lobbyists" want Medicaid expansion.

The House and Senate budgets remain gridlocked in the final weeks of Florida's legislative session over $1 billion in federal hospital funds. Scott and the House also oppose the Senate plan to expand Medicaid to more than 800,000 low-income Floridians.

Scott once supported Medicaid expansion but recently said that he's against it.

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]]> TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's doctors and nurses are weighing in on the fight over Medicaid expansion.

A group of health professional from Miami's Jackson Health System traveled to Tallahassee last week to deliver flip-flops to Gov. Rick Scott and worn-out shoes to House leaders, who have claimed that only "Gucci loafer-wearing lobbyists" want Medicaid expansion.

The House and Senate budgets remain gridlocked in the final weeks of Florida's legislative session over $1 billion in federal hospital funds. Scott and the House also oppose the Senate plan to expand Medicaid to more than 800,000 low-income Floridians.

Scott once supported Medicaid expansion but recently said that he's against it.]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:03:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Construction still underway amid Denver VA hospital storm]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/construction-still-underway-amid-denver-va-hospital-storm/article/1549914?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/construction-still-underway-amid-denver-va-hospital-storm/article/1549914?custom_click=rss

AURORA — Plumbers, electricians and drywall installers are still at work on the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, even as the Veterans Affairs Department tries to coax another $830 million from an angry Congress to finish the project, officials said Saturday.

About 650 construction workers and 180 managers are busy at the site in suburban Aurora on most weekdays, said Chris Bantner, managing partner for the project for contractor Kiewit-Turner. That's down from about 1,200 last year, before exploding costs brought work to a halt in December and Congress began demanding explanations.

Work resumed under an interim contract.



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AURORA — Plumbers, electricians and drywall installers are still at work on the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, even as the Veterans Affairs Department tries to coax another $830 million from an angry Congress to finish the project, officials said Saturday.

About 650 construction workers and 180 managers are busy at the site in suburban Aurora on most weekdays, said Chris Bantner, managing partner for the project for contractor Kiewit-Turner. That's down from about 1,200 last year, before exploding costs brought work to a halt in December and Congress began demanding explanations.

Work resumed under an interim contract.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:17:21 -0600
<![CDATA[US Senate veterans panel to review pricey Denver hospital]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/us-senate-veterans-panel-to-review-pricey-denver-hospital/article/1549831?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-senate-veterans-panel-to-review-pricey-denver-hospital/article/1549831?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing in Colorado next week to scrutinize the bungled VA hospital project and visit the construction site.

The hearing will be held April 24 in suburban Aurora, where the hospital is being built, the committee announced Thursday.

The House Veterans Affairs Committee grilled the Department of Veterans Affairs at its own hearing in Washington on Wednesday.

The hospital is expected to cost $1.73 billion, about $1 billion more than budgeted. The VA has blamed problems in the planning process, extravagant design elements and other factors. An internal investigation is underway.



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DENVER — The U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing in Colorado next week to scrutinize the bungled VA hospital project and visit the construction site.

The hearing will be held April 24 in suburban Aurora, where the hospital is being built, the committee announced Thursday.

The House Veterans Affairs Committee grilled the Department of Veterans Affairs at its own hearing in Washington on Wednesday.

The hospital is expected to cost $1.73 billion, about $1 billion more than budgeted. The VA has blamed problems in the planning process, extravagant design elements and other factors. An internal investigation is underway.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:50:41 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Memorial Hospital Gala honors cardiologist Dr. David Greenberg]]> By Linda Navarro, The Gazette, linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-memorial-hospital-gala-honors-cardiologist-dr.-david-greenberg/article/1549807?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-memorial-hospital-gala-honors-cardiologist-dr.-david-greenberg/article/1549807?custom_click=rss

It was an impossible feat for Dr. David Greenberg to walk through the West Ballroom at The Broadmoor.

Well-wisher after well-wisher wanted a private moment to congratulate the cardiologist as the Memorial Hospital Foundation Gala's special honoree April 11, a tribute to practicing for almost 40 years in Colorado Springs.

For 18 of those years, Greenberg was Memorial Hospital's chief of cardiology.

It was a family night for the nattily dressed doctor, whose medical focus is heart disease prevention and community wellness. Sharing his moment were wife Paulette and sons Dr. H.L. Greenberg, a dermatologist in Las Vegas, and Darren Greenberg, an attorney with Barclays Investment Bank in London.



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It was an impossible feat for Dr. David Greenberg to walk through the West Ballroom at The Broadmoor.

Well-wisher after well-wisher wanted a private moment to congratulate the cardiologist as the Memorial Hospital Foundation Gala's special honoree April 11, a tribute to practicing for almost 40 years in Colorado Springs.

For 18 of those years, Greenberg was Memorial Hospital's chief of cardiology.

It was a family night for the nattily dressed doctor, whose medical focus is heart disease prevention and community wellness. Sharing his moment were wife Paulette and sons Dr. H.L. Greenberg, a dermatologist in Las Vegas, and Darren Greenberg, an attorney with Barclays Investment Bank in London.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:30:02 -0600
<![CDATA[VA appoints interim director for Denver veterans hospital]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/va-appoints-interim-director-for-denver-veterans-hospital/article/1549681?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-appoints-interim-director-for-denver-veterans-hospital/article/1549681?custom_click=rss DENVER — The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed an interim director for its Denver-based Eastern Colorado Health Care System.

Carolyn L. Adams replaces Lynette Roff, who retired. Adams' appointment was effective Tuesday.

She previously served as director or interim director of VA hospitals in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina.

Roff retired in February after allegations that a Denver VA sleep clinic kept a secret waiting list. The VA denied having a secret list but said the clinic at one point kept an "unofficial" one.

About 81,000 veterans get care in the eastern Colorado system. The system has a hospital in Denver and 10 clinics around the state.



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DENVER — The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed an interim director for its Denver-based Eastern Colorado Health Care System.

Carolyn L. Adams replaces Lynette Roff, who retired. Adams' appointment was effective Tuesday.

She previously served as director or interim director of VA hospitals in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina.

Roff retired in February after allegations that a Denver VA sleep clinic kept a secret waiting list. The VA denied having a secret list but said the clinic at one point kept an "unofficial" one.

About 81,000 veterans get care in the eastern Colorado system. The system has a hospital in Denver and 10 clinics around the state.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:54:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Live well: Pushing arm balances to the back burner]]> By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/live-well-pushing-arm-balances-to-the-back-burner/article/1549653?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-well-pushing-arm-balances-to-the-back-burner/article/1549653?custom_click=rss

I don't particularly adore - nor am I all that good at - arm balances in yoga.

There, I said it. I'm feeling some shame. Where's Brene Brown when I need her?

(If you haven't listened to Brown's TED talks, "The Power of Vulnerability" and "Listening to Shame," I recommend them. She's a research professor who's extensively studied vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame.)

I'm probably supposed to love arm balances because I'm a yoga teacher, but I can't make myself care about them at this point in my journey.

When I first started taking classes, I watched with awe all the yogis who could do unbelievable things with their bodies. They balanced their torsos on the backs of their arms while scissoring their legs



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I don't particularly adore - nor am I all that good at - arm balances in yoga.

There, I said it. I'm feeling some shame. Where's Brene Brown when I need her?

(If you haven't listened to Brown's TED talks, "The Power of Vulnerability" and "Listening to Shame," I recommend them. She's a research professor who's extensively studied vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame.)

I'm probably supposed to love arm balances because I'm a yoga teacher, but I can't make myself care about them at this point in my journey.

When I first started taking classes, I watched with awe all the yogis who could do unbelievable things with their bodies. They balanced their torsos on the backs of their arms while scissoring their legs

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:31:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area wellness events starting April 14, 2015]]> By Carlotta Olson - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-14-2015/article/1549652?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-wellness-events-starting-april-14-2015/article/1549652?custom_click=rss HEALTH NOTES

Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Alpine Autism Center 5K Walk/Run - 8:30 a.m. April 25, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $20 or $40 for family of four. Registration: tinyurl.com/mbhvn5p.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday and April 21, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

Colorado Springs Senior Center -

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Health Notes appears on a space-available basis, free for nonprofits. Listings appear at the discretion of The Gazette. Send information at least two weeks in advance: email carlotta.olson@gazette.com or fax 636-0202.

Alpine Autism Center 5K Walk/Run - 8:30 a.m. April 25, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $20 or $40 for family of four. Registration: tinyurl.com/mbhvn5p.

Bonfils community blood drive - Appointments: 1-800-365-0006, ext. 2, bonfils.org. - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Ruth Holley Library Branch, 685 N. Murray Blvd. - 10-11:40 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday and April 21, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

Colorado Springs Senior Center -]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:10:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Air Force tennis coach Dan Oosterhous maintains positive outlook while adjusting to life after strokes]]> By BRENT BRIGGEMAN brent.briggeman@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/air-force-tennis-coach-dan-oosterhous-maintains-positive-outlook-while-adjusting-to-life-after-strokes/article/1549568?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-tennis-coach-dan-oosterhous-maintains-positive-outlook-while-adjusting-to-life-after-strokes/article/1549568?custom_click=rss

It was a Google search that first revealed the diagnosis that would forever change Dan Oosterhous' life.

The Air Force men's tennis coach was 42, a pilot with 20 years of active duty service to his credit and capable of beating half the players on his roster. But when he awoke at 2 a.m. in early March 2013, the lingering discomfort he'd felt in his neck for a few weeks had escalated into a throbbing cramp.

He thought he'd sleep it off, but when he awoke five hours later the symptoms had worsened. It didn't feel like the flu, or any headache he had experienced, so he began typing the symptoms into his computer.

He had weakness, vomiting, nausea, dizziness and had lost the feeling in his right side to the point where he

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The Air Force men's tennis coach was 42, a pilot with 20 years of active duty service to his credit and capable of beating half the players on his roster. But when he awoke at 2 a.m. in early March 2013, the lingering discomfort he'd felt in his neck for a few weeks had escalated into a throbbing cramp.

He thought he'd sleep it off, but when he awoke five hours later the symptoms had worsened. It didn't feel like the flu, or any headache he had experienced, so he began typing the symptoms into his computer.

He had weakness, vomiting, nausea, dizziness and had lost the feeling in his right side to the point where he]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:11:29 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: The Arc's Disability Awareness Month film festival]]> By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-the-arcs-disability-awareness-month-film-festival/article/1549332?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-the-arcs-disability-awareness-month-film-festival/article/1549332?custom_click=rss

The Arc Pikes Peak Region took to the big screen for a new way of celebrating National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Several hundred enthusiastic moviegoers visited Stargazers Theatre on March 18 for three Achieve With Us Colorado Film Festival showings of 16 film shorts.

In touching fashion, movie makers showed what it is that makes someone with Asperger syndrome so special, why it's OK that a little brother spends all his time looking at the moon, and how a popular little girl uncovers the secret to making a child with cerebral palsy smile and play.

The award-winning film "Guang" was a brother's intimate look into his autistic brother's world.

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Several hundred enthusiastic moviegoers visited Stargazers Theatre on March 18 for three Achieve With Us Colorado Film Festival showings of 16 film shorts.

In touching fashion, movie makers showed what it is that makes someone with Asperger syndrome so special, why it's OK that a little brother spends all his time looking at the moon, and how a popular little girl uncovers the secret to making a child with cerebral palsy smile and play.

The award-winning film "Guang" was a brother's intimate look into his autistic brother's world.]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 04:26:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Lauren Hill, who made inspirational layup, dies of tumor]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/lauren-hill-who-made-inspirational-layup-dies-of-tumor/article/1549459?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lauren-hill-who-made-inspirational-layup-dies-of-tumor/article/1549459?custom_click=rss

CINCINNATI — Lauren Hill's teammates and coaches are remembering the 19-year-old college basketball player with her own inspiring words: "Never give up."

An example she lived by as she fought a brain tumor and rallied those around her to help her achieve her dream of playing in a game.

Several hundred students gathered on the grassy quad at Mount St. Joseph on Friday, spelling out Hill's No. 22 with blue plastic cups on a chain-link fence a few hours after she died at a local hospital. Her death was confirmed Friday morning by the co-founder of her nonprofit foundation, The Cure Starts Now.

Hill attended the Division III school and played after being diagnosed with the inoperable tumor.



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CINCINNATI — Lauren Hill's teammates and coaches are remembering the 19-year-old college basketball player with her own inspiring words: "Never give up."

An example she lived by as she fought a brain tumor and rallied those around her to help her achieve her dream of playing in a game.

Several hundred students gathered on the grassy quad at Mount St. Joseph on Friday, spelling out Hill's No. 22 with blue plastic cups on a chain-link fence a few hours after she died at a local hospital. Her death was confirmed Friday morning by the co-founder of her nonprofit foundation, The Cure Starts Now.

Hill attended the Division III school and played after being diagnosed with the inoperable tumor.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:20:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado moving to allow marijuana use by people on probation]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-moving-to-allow-marijuana-use-by-people-on-probation/article/1549428?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-moving-to-allow-marijuana-use-by-people-on-probation/article/1549428?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A Colorado proposal to allow people on probation or parole to use medical marijuana won unanimous approval Thursday in its first test in the state Legislature.

The state has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years — but not for people on probation or parole.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-0 to change that policy by saying that pot use doesn't amount to a probation violation for people with medical clearance to use the drug.

"If it's in the constitution, you should have the right to use it on probation," said Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton and sponsor of the bill.

The change wouldn't apply to probationers whose crime was related to marijuana.



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DENVER — A Colorado proposal to allow people on probation or parole to use medical marijuana won unanimous approval Thursday in its first test in the state Legislature.

The state has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years — but not for people on probation or parole.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-0 to change that policy by saying that pot use doesn't amount to a probation violation for people with medical clearance to use the drug.

"If it's in the constitution, you should have the right to use it on probation," said Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton and sponsor of the bill.

The change wouldn't apply to probationers whose crime was related to marijuana.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:27:45 -0600
<![CDATA[VA's mess remains: Sick veterans still facing delays, data shows]]> By David B. Caruso, The Associated Press http://gazette.com/vas-mess-remains-sick-veterans-still-facing-delays-data-shows/article/1549372?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vas-mess-remains-sick-veterans-still-facing-delays-data-shows/article/1549372?custom_click=rss

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists - and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms - government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all.

No one expected that the VA mess could be fixed overnight. But The Associated Press has found that since the summer, the number of medical appointments delayed 30 to 90 days has largely stayed flat. The number of appointments that take longer than 90 days to complete has nearly doubled.

Nearly 894,000 appointments completed at VA medical facilities from Aug. 1 to Feb.



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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists - and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms - government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all.

No one expected that the VA mess could be fixed overnight. But The Associated Press has found that since the summer, the number of medical appointments delayed 30 to 90 days has largely stayed flat. The number of appointments that take longer than 90 days to complete has nearly doubled.

Nearly 894,000 appointments completed at VA medical facilities from Aug. 1 to Feb.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:25:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Number of people sickened by listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream grows]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/number-of-people-sickened-by-listeria-linked-to-blue-bell-ice-cream-grows/article/1549384?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/number-of-people-sickened-by-listeria-linked-to-blue-bell-ice-cream-grows/article/1549384?custom_click=rss

DALLAS — An outbreak of a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities.

Carol Crawford, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed Thursday that the number of people sickened by listeriosis has increased.

Tests confirmed that three people in Texas had the same strain of listeria previously found in five others at a Wichita, Kansas, hospital. Three of the five in Kansas died and health officials there have said listeriosis, also known as listeria, might have been a contributing factor in the deaths.

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DALLAS — An outbreak of a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities.

Carol Crawford, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirmed Thursday that the number of people sickened by listeriosis has increased.

Tests confirmed that three people in Texas had the same strain of listeria previously found in five others at a Wichita, Kansas, hospital. Three of the five in Kansas died and health officials there have said listeriosis, also known as listeria, might have been a contributing factor in the deaths.

The three in Texas also were hospitalized for unrelated problems

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 08:34:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Sabra recalls 30,000 cases of hummus over listeria concerns]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/sabra-recalls-30000-cases-of-hummus-over-listeria-concerns/article/1549385?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sabra-recalls-30000-cases-of-hummus-over-listeria-concerns/article/1549385?custom_click=rss NEW YORK — About 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus sold nationwide is being recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination.

Listeria is a food-borne illness that can cause high fevers and nausea in minor cases, but the infections can be fatal to people with weakened immune systems and young children, along with causing miscarriages in pregnant women.

It is the second listeria-related recall this week. Blue Bell Creameries on Tuesday recalled banana pudding ice cream that tested positive for listeria, expanding an earlier ice cream recall. Eight people in Texas and Kansas have been afflicted by tainted products and three have died.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the hummus recall. The



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NEW YORK — About 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus sold nationwide is being recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination.

Listeria is a food-borne illness that can cause high fevers and nausea in minor cases, but the infections can be fatal to people with weakened immune systems and young children, along with causing miscarriages in pregnant women.

It is the second listeria-related recall this week. Blue Bell Creameries on Tuesday recalled banana pudding ice cream that tested positive for listeria, expanding an earlier ice cream recall. Eight people in Texas and Kansas have been afflicted by tainted products and three have died.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the hummus recall. The

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 08:29:51 -0600
<![CDATA[6 regions where vets wait longest for VA care]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/6-regions-where-vets-wait-longest-for-va-care/article/1549382?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/6-regions-where-vets-wait-longest-for-va-care/article/1549382?custom_click=rss The Veterans Affairs system operates more than 1,000 facilities. A look at some regions where waits were longest over a six-month period beginning on Sept. 1 and ending Feb. 28:

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Northern Florida:

It's a long drive from the tip of Florida's panhandle to Jacksonville, on the Atlantic coast, but with some detours you can hit four of the most delay-prone VA outpatient clinics in the country. The VA clinics in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Panama City and Pensacola collectively completed 250,000 appointments during the six-month period. Nearly 13 percent of those visits involved a wait of longer than 30 days, well above the national average of 2.8 percent.



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The Veterans Affairs system operates more than 1,000 facilities. A look at some regions where waits were longest over a six-month period beginning on Sept. 1 and ending Feb. 28:

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Northern Florida:

It's a long drive from the tip of Florida's panhandle to Jacksonville, on the Atlantic coast, but with some detours you can hit four of the most delay-prone VA outpatient clinics in the country. The VA clinics in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Panama City and Pensacola collectively completed 250,000 appointments during the six-month period. Nearly 13 percent of those visits involved a wait of longer than 30 days, well above the national average of 2.8 percent.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:11:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Jeb Bush touts voucher-like system for veterans' care during Colorado Springs visit]]> Tom Roeder http://gazette.com/jeb-bush-touts-voucher-like-system-for-veterans-care-during-colorado-springs-visit/article/1549249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jeb-bush-touts-voucher-like-system-for-veterans-care-during-colorado-springs-visit/article/1549249?custom_click=rss

Potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is visiting swing state Colorado on Tuesday, and he started the morning by stopping in Colorado Springs for breakfast with military veterans.

Bush will later host a town hall in Denver about energy development.

Bush is in the state for his Right to Rise political action committees, which he's using to make contributions to Republican Party leaders in presidential battlegrounds.

Bush's first stop was at an International House of Pancakes in Colorado Springs, where he's having breakfast with a group of veterans.

He's then going to Focus on the Family and later to downtown Denver hotel in the afternoon to speak to employees from energy companies.



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Potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is visiting swing state Colorado on Tuesday, and he started the morning by stopping in Colorado Springs for breakfast with military veterans.

Bush will later host a town hall in Denver about energy development.

Bush is in the state for his Right to Rise political action committees, which he's using to make contributions to Republican Party leaders in presidential battlegrounds.

Bush's first stop was at an International House of Pancakes in Colorado Springs, where he's having breakfast with a group of veterans.

He's then going to Focus on the Family and later to downtown Denver hotel in the afternoon to speak to employees from energy companies.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:47:18 -0600