NEWS, NOVEMBER 21ST

A pro-life group that sponsored an unsuccessful constitutional amendment in Mississippi says it will try again next year in Colorado. Personhood
USA is unveiling its 2012 campaign today. Mississippi voters
rejected a personhood amendment this year that sought to ban
abortion, and many physicians said it could have made some birth
control illegal. Personhood amendments have failed twice in
Colorado.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Police have dismantled an
anti-Wall Street protest site in downtown Colorado Spring. Police
Cmdr. Skip Arms said police moved in after 1 a.m. today in Acacia
(Ah-case-EE’-ah) Park and removed several tent-like structures. He
says 50 to 75 protesters were at the scene but moved out of the
park.

BURLINGTON, Colo. (AP) – Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia is wrapping up his
childhood literacy tour on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. Garcia is
meeting with teachers, parents and community leaders in Burlington,
Limon and Bennett today. Garcia says he wants to find ways to
foster literacy from birth through age 8. Garcia was president of
Colorado State University in Pueblo before becoming John
Hickenlooper’s running mate.

AURORA, Colo. (AP) – Colorado congressman Ed Perlmutter and
Denver-area veterans are celebrating the start of construction on a
new veterans hospital.
They’re gathering in Aurora Monday at the site of the new
hospital that will serve veterans from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska
and Wyoming. A groundbreaking was held there over two years ago but a
construction contract wasn’t signed until this month.
The Veterans Affairs Department has said negotiations were
lengthy and difficult but offered no details. The $580.2 million hospital will replace a 59-year-old facility in southeast Denver. It will have a dedicated spinal cord injury unit, nursing home and comprehensive in and out-patient services.
It’s scheduled to be completed by early 2015.

REPAYMENT-PONZI SCHEME
Bookkeeper lined up to explain Ponzi scheme
(Information in the following story is from: Albuquerque
Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A bookkeeper who kept the financial
records for an alleged Ponzi scheme is lined up as a key witness in
the criminal prosecution of a disgraced former real estate
executive. Martha Runkle says the allegations against Doug Vaughan are true and that Vaughan ran an investment swindle in which money put up by later investors was used to pay false profits to earlier ones.
Federal prosecutors allege Runkle was the last point of contact
for many investors as Vaughan’s scheme collapsed in late 2009.
Runkle admits to her role as Vaughan’s chief assistant for 17
years. Vaughan faces a 30-count criminal indictment on charges ranging
from wire and mail fraud to money laundering related to the alleged
scheme in which 600 investors stand to lose $74 million. He is
scheduled to go to trial in May in U.S. District Court.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – The kickoff for the Denver-Minnesota
game on Dec. 4 has been moved up from 3 p.m. Central time to noon.
The NFL also said today that the broadcast would switch from CBS to
Fox, as part of the league’s flexible scheduling plan over the last
two months of the season.

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