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Colorado officials: Stimulus funds create, save 7,200 jobs

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DENVER (AP) — State officials say federal stimulus spending saved or created the equivalent of about 7,200 full-time jobs in Colorado the final three months of last year.

State officials said Friday that roughly 70 percent of the jobs were positions retained in higher education and state prisons.

“The impact on the state is enormous,” said Don Elliman, chairman of the Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability Board.

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A new state report says that highway and transit projects created the equivalent of about 610 full-time positions. Science and research accounted for 281 jobs and home weatherization created 175 positions.

Elliman said he expects the effects of stimulus spending to accelerate this spring. State agencies have spent only about 40 percent of the $1.6 billion they will eventually get in federal stimulus grants, he said.

“The job impacts should peak this summer as construction ramps up,” Elliman said.

Harold Metz is among the Coloradans helped by the stimulus funds. He said during the news conference with Elliman that he got a job as a supervisor on weatherization projects in the Colorado Springs area after being losing his construction job at age 65.

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“I was a senior out of work looking for a job,” Metz said.

But state Rep. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, said the federal money is just a temporary way to preserve government jobs and avoid hard choices rather than a way to jump-start the economy.

“You can bring in billions of dollars of federal money for government jobs and prop them up, while the rest of the economy and employment is going down,” said Lambert, a member of the Legislature’s budget committee. “It’s not sustainable.”

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Plunging revenue forced Gov. Bill Ritter and lawmakers to cut $2 billion from this year’s state budget. They’ll also have to cut another $1 billion from the budget that begins July 1.


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Final Emmys beckon for TV stars of ‘Thrones’ and ‘Veep’

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TV stars from Westeros to the White House will hit the red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday as "Game of Thrones" and "Veep" take their final tilts at Emmys glory.

The long-running HBO smash hits helped the premium cable network raise the game for the small screen -- with 74 Emmys between them, they are among the most decorated shows ever at television's answer to the Oscars.

Both hope to add to their record hauls before they bow out at the glittering ceremony in downtown LA's Microsoft Theater.

While the divisive final season of "Thrones" enraged many fans, it is the Television Academy's 24,000-plus voters who get to choose the winners.

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WATCH: Trump admits he talked to Ukraine president about Joe Biden and his son

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President Donald Trump Sunday morning admitted he brought up Joe Biden and the former Vice President’s son Hunter Biden while speaking with the President of Ukraine.

“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption,” Trump said, speaking to reporters from the White House lawn.

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BREAKING: President Trump admits that he talked to the Ukrainian president about former Vice President Biden. #MTP #IfItsSunday@kristenwelker: "From the president's perspective, the only way to put this story to bed is to release the transcript." pic.twitter.com/aaJ6DjMN0E

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‘Left wing hack’: Fox News fans lose it after anchor calls Ukraine allegations ‘a problem’ for Trump

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Fox News viewers lashed out at the network on Sunday after host Arthel Neville grilled New York Congressman Peter King (R) about President Donald Trump's alleged effort to get Ukraine to help him defeat Joe Biden.

Neville twice asked King about Trump's Ukraine scandal, and both times he evaded the question by saying that Congress does not have a right to know the details of Trump's conversations with foreign leaders.

On her third attempt, Neville got to the point by noting Trump's alleged actions are "a problem."

"We don’t know that it’s true, we hope it’s not true," the Fox News host said of the allegations against Trump. "But if there is a possibility that our president used his office to put pressure on a foreign government -- president-elect -- to dig into his possible, potential political opponent, then that’s a problem."

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