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1 month 2 weeks ago

Budget projections alarm sheriff

PUEBLO - As deputies move into the new Pueblo County Judicial Building this month to secure that facility ahead of an August opening, Sheriff Kirk Taylor is speaking out about suggested budget cuts that could force him to lay off employees next year. Taylor said he has told the County...

2 years 6 months ago

Rep. Lamborn responds to Army announcement

Rep. Doug Lamborn serves on the House Armed Services Committe. Late this afternoon, he released this statement on the Army's plan to reduce brigades by up to 30 percent: "The Obama Administration's plan to dramatically reduce the size of our Army is deeply troubling. It would be unwise and...

2 years 9 months ago

Local jobs at stake in budget stalemate

Thousands of local jobs are in jeopardy after the Congressional "Supercommittee" failed to agree on spending cuts. The stalemate triggered $1 trillion in automatic cuts to Medicare and defense spending. Economist Fred Crowley of Southern Colorado Economic Forum says any cuts in defense spending will have a direct, negative...

2 years 9 months ago

Education cuts hitting home

Classroom in Colorado Springs School District 11 will be empty next week as employees take their two mandatory furlough days this year. Glen Gustafson, D11's chief financial office, says all of the furloughs are happening during Thanksgiving week to minimize the impact on the community. "We know that this...

2 years 11 months ago

Broncos cut seven

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The Denver Broncos have released veteran cornerback Nate Jones and waived six other players. Jones, an eighth-year pro, played in all 16 games for the Broncos last season, including three starts, and had 43 tackles. He played four years in Dallas and two in Miami before...

3 years 2 weeks ago

Latin musicians sue Grammy Academy

NEW YORK (AP) - Some Latin jazz musicians are so angry about cuts in Grammy awards categories that they're suing. It's a class-action lawsuit accusing the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of harming them by eliminating their style of music as a separate category in next year's awards....

3 years 4 months ago

Bigger fights looming over state budget talks

DENVER (AP) - Colorado senators have given preliminary approval to a $7 billion budget plan, but not before Republicans presented amendments to forbid the state from contracting with abortion providers or from withholding funding from departments and universities. Those amendments failed yesterday. The Senate will take a final vote on...

3 years 5 months ago

D11 looks to cut $12.5 million

Colorado Springs School District 11 is bracing for an estimated $12.5 million in budget cuts for the upcoming school year. That dollar amount is based on combination of revenue shortfall from the state ($11.2 million) and increases in operating costs ($1.3 million). Board members were given a packet containing...

3 years 11 months ago

Colorado: $189 million in new cuts

Gov. Bill Ritter may have to slash another $189 million from Colorado's budget because of a sluggish economic recovery and lower-than-expected revenues. In June, Ritter was forced to cut $60 million from this year's $18.2 billion budget, using money from marijuana registrations, cutting funding for the Department of Corrections...

3 years 11 months ago

Kory Sperry among 7 Broncos cuts

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The Denver Broncos have waived seven players and placed injured running back LenDale White on injured reserve. White ruptured his Achilles' tendon Thursday night in a game at Minnesota and will undergo surgery next week, according to his representative. The biggest surprise on the list of...

3 years 11 months ago

Douglas Bruce contempt hearing continues

Government lawyers are continuing to push for Colorado Springs tax-cutting activist Douglas Bruce to give information about his role in three ballot measures before voters this fall. The contempt-of-court hearing against Bruce continues in Denver. Bruce is the father of Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill Of Rights (TABOR), and the...

4 years 1 week ago

New unemployment claims surge to 484,000

New applications for unemployment insurance rose last week to their highest level in almost six months, a sign that employers are still cutting their staffs. The Labor Department says first-time claims for jobless benefits edged up by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 484,000. Analysts had expected a drop....

4 years 1 week ago

Pentagon move imperils Colorado Springs jobs

Thousands of Colorado Springs jobs depend upon the defense industry. No doubt, a shiver went through offices around the city Monday when Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced a ten percent cut in the use of Defense and Homeland Security contractors next year. Secretary Gates also announced the elimination of...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Douglas Bruce due in court today

The father of Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights is headed to a Denver court to answer questions about new tax-cutting proposals. Douglas Bruce of Colorado Springs was scheduled to appear Monday for a deposition in a lawsuit over three tax-cutting ballot measures headed to Colorado voters this fall. ...

4 years 2 months ago

Colorado faces more red ink

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter is going to be getting out the budget ax. State budget forecasters told lawmakers on Monday that there are insufficient funds to pay the bills for this fiscal year and the new fiscal year beginning July 1. According to the governor's budget office, Colorado will...

4 years 5 months ago

City of Pueblo faces hardships in 2010

The City of Pueblo is dealing with money woes, that could impact services. January's sales tax revenues fell -1.1% from the same time a year ago. "Housing starts are down, commercial construction is down, that's the lion's share of that use tax money that comes in," said Jerry Pacheco, City...

4 years 6 months ago

D 70 may move top-ranked school

A big crowd is expected at Tuesday night's school board meeting at Pueblo County High School. Board members will consider the first round of cuts aimed at trimming $5 million from the District 70 budget. That includes moving one school and possibly closing others. One idea D-70 is considering is...

4 years 7 months ago

Parents fight to keep schools in D-70 open

Parents in Pueblo County are fighting to save their childrens' schools. Faced with a smaller budget next year School District 70 is considering closing Vineland Elementary and Middle Schools. Other money-saving options being talked about include going to a 4-day school week, cut some funding for athletics or cut some...

4 years 8 months ago

School District 70 examines major cuts

School District-70 in Pueblo County is considering making major cuts to balance its budget next year. Superintendent Dan Lere tells News First 5 several options are being talked about including closing schools, cutting bus routes and reducing funds for athletic programs. District-70 says it needs to cut about $5 million...

4 years 9 months ago

Gov. Ritter plans decrease for school funding

Gov. Bill Ritter is proposing cutting state education funding because of the Colorado's budget problems. Speaking to education groups on Thursday, Ritter said that the plan would include a "modest decrease" for kindergarten through 12th grade schools. He plans to unveil his complete budget plan for next year late Friday....

4 years 10 months ago

States letting inmates cut even more prison time

Prisoners who behave behind bars and participate in treatment classes are increasingly winning extra time off their sentences. States under pressure to erase budget deficits and ease prison overcrowding are increasing the amount of time inmates can deduct from their terms behind bars when they take classes including job training...

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