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The city is hosting a Wednesday lunch and learn discussion on how to make downtown better. The event is scheduled for 12:11 p.m. to 12:49 p.m. at the City Administration Building at 30 S. Nevada Ave.  Sack lunches are welcome, but there won’t be any food served. The event will begin with a rapid-fire five-minute […]
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Eighty people died in work place injuries last year, a slight drop from 2009, reports the Bureau of labor Statistics. It’s the second lower total of deaths since the BLS started collecting data, nearly two decades ago. Nationwide, more than 4,500 people died at work, about the same level as in 2009. However, those totals […]
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It might be a bit like finding Waldo, but visitors to downtown may find a free downtown parking meter beginning today. The City’s Parking System Enterprise will make two parking meters in the downtown area free. The catch is that the special meters will be in new locations each day. Staff will move the free […]
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Here’s an overview of how various markets are reacting to the impasse in Washington over raising the U.S. borrowing limit. The U.S. government could default on its debt after Aug. 2 if the limit isn’t raised. — Stocks: On Wednesday the Dow lost 198.75 points, or 1.6 percent, to close at 12,302.55, its fourth straight […]
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Less than two weeks away from the deadline for an unprecedented government default, President Barack Obama sought Friday to pressure House Republicans to come around to a deal that he insisted must include new taxes as well as unpalatable spending cuts. At the same time, even with no clear end in sight to negotiations that […]
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Construction for new medians on Nevada Ave. between Bijou and Cucharras is underway and expected to be completed by Nov. 20, according to the city of Colorado Springs. The downtown improvement project is part of an action plan created in 1998, the city press release said, and is being paid for by the parking enterprise. […]
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A Colorado commission charged with redrawing state legislative districts will vote on which maps to submit to the state Supreme Court in what has turned into a bitter partisan process. The 11-member panel is considering several maps Tuesday, including Democratic-drawn proposals that Republicans have blasted because they pit several GOP incumbents against each other. Pairing […]
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Mayor Steve Bach has created a pension solutions team. “The city’s current pension plans are not fiscally sustainable and if not changed will lead to General Fund insolvency. It is essential that the plans be modified for long term sustainability,” Bach said in a press release. Accountant Marv Strait will lead the solutions team. Other […]
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U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is unveiling a bill that would help keep foreign students with high-tech skills in the United States. Bennet says the bill being unveiled Tuesday will create a new category of visas for students graduating with specialties in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He says the bill will help fill Colorado’s increasing […]
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A dedicated, “boots-on-the-ground” one-year push to improve the lives of the city’s homeless population is already bearing fruit, with 370 low-barrier shelter beds added at Springs Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army. The city of Colorado Springs’ homelessness response action plan — now known as the 2019 Colorado Springs Homelessness Initiative — identified low-barrier shelter […]
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Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is blasting as “radical” a Republican proposal to open up more than 50 million acres of public lands to logging and other development. Babbitt, who was Interior secretary for eight years under President Bill Clinton, says the GOP bill would virtually repeal the 1964 Wilderness Act and open an area […]
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The U.S. Forest Service says it will form a committee to advise the U.S. agriculture secretary how to implement a new planning rule that is set to be finalized this winter. The new rule would guide how management plans are developed for the 155 national forests around the country, 20 grasslands and a prairie. The […]
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