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Checkout 51's award winning coupon app

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App allows users to redeem coupons after purchase by scanning their receipts.

PRNewswire/ -- News America Marketing announced that Checkout 51, their newly acquired mobile savings app has won Juniper Research's Future Digital Award for Best Platform for Mobile Coupons, beating out a number of influential industry players for the title. Checkout 51 enables consumers to browse weekly discount offers on a wide range of grocery items and then redeem the offers post-purchase by taking a photo of their receipt.

The Future Digital Awards are awarded annually by Juniper Research – a company that specializes in identifying and appraising high growth market sectors within the digital ecosystem – to companies that have an unrivaled position in their sector, and are poised to make considerable industry impact. Checkout 51 was recognized for its unique cross-retailer, SKU-level grocery purchase data which is tied to individual consumers via their grocery receipts. The data allows Checkout 51 to provide consumers with offers that are relevant to them based on their shopping history, and gives brands actionable insights to maximize performance and budget; something Juniper Research recognized as unparalleled in the current mobile savings space.

"It's a thrill to be recognized for innovation in the online and mobile space by a globally respected organization like Juniper Research," said Noah Godfrey, Founder of Checkout 51. "We will continue to be on the cutting edge of savings technology, offering consumers new, easy ways to stretch their budgets, and providing our CPG clients with data to provide consumers engaging offers while delivering real-time insights into their products."

Dave Curtis, Digital Marketing Specialist at Juniper Research, stated, "we judged nominees on a number of criteria, including user benefits, innovation, commercial partnerships, and potential for future business development, and found that Checkout 51 was outstanding across the board. We feel strongly that the app has a unique, industry-elevating product, and one that will continue to grow and develop in the near future and beyond."

Checkout 51, which was acquired by News America Marketing in July, reinvents couponing in the mobile era, giving shoppers cash back for taking photos of their grocery receipts, and offering brands real-time insights and consumer segmentation. Since its launch, the app has saved shoppers $15 million. You can download Checkout 51, at checkout51.com.

About News America Marketing®

News America Marketing, a subsidiary of News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV] is the premier marketing partner of some of the world's most well-known brands. From our iconic Sunday coupon insert, SmartSource Magazine®, to our innovative digital savings platforms, News America Marketing's SmartSource®-branded advertising and promotion programs are an integral part of America's shopping routine. We reach millions of consumers each day through our network of 1,900+ publications1, 56,700+ retail stores2, and 500 online partner sites including our own SmartSource.com3.  Since 1988, we have delivered advertising and promotions that are proven to help brands succeed.

For more information, please visit newsamerica.com or smartsource.com.

1 NAM market list effective August, 2015

2 Based on an aggregate of NAM cycle 8, 2015 Coupon Machine for all classes of trade with the exception of specialty stores that accept only Carts or Shelftalk

3 As of December 2014

About Checkout 51

Checkout 51 operates the mobile app that helps consumers save money on their groceries simply by taking a photo of their receipt. Launched in Canada in 2012 and the US in 2014, Checkout 51 is now one of the most popular savings apps in North America1. Over four million members have already saved a total of $15 million. Checkout 51 works with many of the largest packaged goods companies in the world, allowing them to deliver exactly the right offer to the right person at the right time via their unique mobile platform.

The Checkout 51 app is available for free in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and at checkout51.com.

1 Based on ranking in the US & Canadian Apple App Stores, Lifestyle section

2 From Checkout 51 offer redemption database

 

SOURCE News America Marketing

Now Open - Bubba's 33, Colorado Springs

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By Ed Duffy

Bubba’s 33, American style sports bar and pizza place, opened for business in Colorado Springs Monday, August 24, at 5807 Constitution Ave.

Bubba’s 33 burgers feature beef that’s fresh ground, in-house every day, including a 33% bacon grind burger. There’s hand-tossed pizza, cold beer and wall to wall flat screen TV’s throughout. They have a variety of craft beers, imports as well as domestic favorites, all served “dang near freezin’” in a frosted mug. There’s even a corn hole play area outside and plenty of friendly staff to help you find everything.

The Bubba’s 33 Restaurants are a new concept restaurant being developed by Texas Roadhouse. The Colorado Springs location is one of up to 5 that they’ll build this year, bringing the total to 8.

You can reach Bubba’s 33 in Colorado Springs at 719-576-1223. You’ll find them at the southeast corner of Powers and Constitution. Visit them on web at www.bubbas33.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Bubbas33ColoradoSpringsCO

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The Struggle for Economic Liberty

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        Here's my taxi question. If a person is law-abiding, has a driver's license, has a car or van that has passed safety inspection, and has adequate liability insurance, is there any consumer-oriented reason he should not be able to become a taxicab owner/operator? Put another way: If you wish to hire the services of such a person, what right does a third party have to prevent that exchange?

        Many cities have granted monopoly power to taxi companies -- the right to prevent entry by others. Sometimes this monopoly takes the form of exclusive government-granted rights to particular individuals to provide taxi services. In other cases, the number of licenses is fixed, and a prospective taxi owner must purchase a license from an existing owner. In New York City, such a license is called a taxi medallion. Individual medallions have sold for as high as $700,000 and corporate medallions as high as $1 million. In other cities -- such as Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston -- taxi licenses have sold for anywhere between $300,000 and $700,000. These are prices for a license to own and operate a single vehicle as a taxi.

        Where public utility commissions decide who will have the right to go into the taxi business, a prospective entrant must apply for a "certificate of public convenience and necessity." Lawyers for the incumbent taxi owners, most often corporate owners or owner associations, appear at the hearing to argue that there is no necessity or public convenience that would be served by permitting a new entrant. Where medallions are sold, the person must have cash or the credit standing to be able to get a loan from a lender, such as the Medallion Financial Corp., that specializes in taxi medallion purchases. Medallion Financial Corp. has held as much as $520 million in loans for taxi medallions.

         So what are the effects of taxi regulation? When a person must make the case for his entry before a public utility commission, who is likelier to win, a single individual with limited resources or incumbent taxi companies with corporate lawyers representing them? I'd put my money on the incumbent taxi companies being able to use the public utility commission to keep the wannabes out. Who is handicapped in the cases in which one has to purchase a $700,000 medallion in order to own and operate a taxi? If you answered "a person who doesn't have $700,000 lying around or doesn't have the credit to get a loan for $700,000," go to the head of the class.

        A natural question is: Who are the people least likely to be able to compete with corporate lawyers or have $700,000 lying around or have good enough credit to get such a loan? They are low- and moderate-income people and minorities. Many own cars and have the means to get into the taxi business and earn between $40,000 and $50,000 annually, but they can't overcome the regulatory hurdle.

        Enter Uber and Lyft, two ride-hailing services. Both companies use freelance contractors who provide rides with their own cars. The companies operate mobile applications that allow customers with smartphones to submit trip requests, which are then routed to Uber or Lyft drivers, who provide taxi-like services with their own cars. The legality of these companies has been challenged by taxi companies and politicians who do the bidding of established taxi companies. They allege that the use of drivers who are not licensed to drive taxicabs is unsafe and illegal.

        Uber and Lyft drivers like the idea of working when they want to. Some have full-time jobs. Picking up passengers is an easy way to earn extra money. Everyone is happy about the arrangement except existing taxi companies and government officials who do their bidding. Taxi companies retain much of their monopoly because Uber and Lyft are prohibited from cruising. They are also prohibited from picking up passengers at most train stations and airports. But that monopoly may not last much longer. Let's hope not.

        Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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Urban farm and garden radio show coming to Colorado Springs

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Press Release

Local organic food advocates Larry Stebbins and Craig McHugh are bringing their popular weekly podcast, The Urban Farm and Garden Show, to the airwaves of Southern Colorado. The show is an entertaining mix of how to grow food on the Front Range, interviews with food experts from around the country as well as listeners’ questions. Listeners of the show often liken it to Car Talk for the backyard gardener.

Having a weekly radio show is the culmination of their desire to teach people who live along the arid Front Range that they can and should grow food right where they live. The show is designed to inspire people to start a garden, or if they are already gardening, to expand their efforts or add some kind of micro-livestock such as chickens, goats, ducks, bees or rabbits.

Larry Stebbins, a former educator and administrator has spent the past 8 years as the Director of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens. Under his leadership PPUG has constructed 12 urban gardens around the Colorado Springs area. He also oversees a one acre demonstration garden in the Ivywild area of the city at the Harlan Wolfe Ranch. “We are so excited about this wonderful opportunity to teach people that the Front Range is an amazing place to grow all kinds of produce”, Stebbins said.

Craig McHugh, is a former IT executive who sold his successful business and moved to Black Forest, CO to start a farm. “My wife and I had no idea what we were up against when we began farming. We really just wanted to see how much food we could grow on our 10 acres”, said McHugh. After only 2 years their Farm, A Joyful Noise Farm, operated year-round and produced an abundance of quality locally grown organic produce, milk, meats and eggs.

The show begins August 22nd and will air every Saturday morning from 6 to 7am on KRDO News Radio 105.5FM and 1240AM. The show can also be streamed live on a computer at www.urbanfarmandgarden.com or at a later date via iTunes and Stitcher. Listeners can call-in live at 719-473-1240 or ask question via email, Facebook or Twitter.

K.W. Schramek adds concrete to their mix

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K.W. Schramek Trucking and Landscaping Materials now offers short load concrete in the Security-Widefield, Fountain and southern Colorado Springs areas.

Their mixer trucks can haul the Schram-Mix branded ready mix concrete in quantities from 1/2 yard, up to 4 yards. Call for pricing.

K.W. Schramek is located at 7395 Southmoor Drive, near the intersection of why 85/87 and Mesa Ridge Parkway in Fountain, Colorado. You can reach them at 719-392-2712. Visit them on the web at www.Schramrock.com.

A new home for the world’s largest aerial firefighting tanker

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Press Release (FlyCos.ColoradoSprings.gov)

Global SuperTanker Services, LLC, who announced last week their project to build the world’s largest aerial firefighting tanker on a 747-400 platform, also announced plans to make Colorado Springs the operating base for the SuperTanker.


Global SuperTankers President Jim Wheeler stated, “The Colorado Springs airport is centrally located and has the ideal support infrastructure to allow immediate response to virtually any national or global emergency.” He further noted that “The principal factor in our decision has been the exceptional support of Mayor John Suthers, Airport Director Dan Gallagher and their teams, who have worked closely with us in finalizing our search for the SuperTanker base. We look forward to being an active part of the Colorado Spring’s community. We also believe Colorado Springs will benefit by not only having the SuperTanker firefighting presence, but will gain new jobs and services as a result.”


Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers stated, “Our community has seen, firsthand, the importance of aerial firefighting during the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires. We are fortunate to welcome Global SuperTanker employees and services to our city and our airport.”


“The selection of Colorado Springs Airport as Global SuperTanker's operating base further demonstrates the Airport's potential for job creation and community benefit. The entire Airport community welcomes them and we look forward to growing our partnership,” stated Airport Aviation Director, Dan Gallagher.

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