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Mike Landess to Retire From Denver’s KMGH

mike landessAfter 50 years in broadcasting, Mike Landess has announced his retirement from Denver ABC affiliate KMGH. He will officially sign off as the station’s primary anchor later this year.

“7NEWS will miss the warm and wonderful presence Mike has provided each and every night. I am grateful for his service to our newsroom,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said in a statement. “We are all indebted to him, his professionalism, and his credibility.”

Landess has anchored KMGH’s evening newscasts since 2002. He has previously worked at KUSA in Denver, WXIA in Atlanta, WTTG in Washington, D.C., WFAA in Dallas and WKYC in Cleveland.

“The credibility and commitment Mike brings to this newsroom helped 7NEWS develop into one of the most honored and respected TV newsrooms in the country,” KMGH vice president and general manager Byron Grandy said.

Diversified Consultants: Overhaul TCPA to Reduce Inefficiencies

Like many other companies, Diversified Consultants has to operate despite a sometimes-onerous burden of regulation upon their business models.

In response to a public perception that so-called “robo-dialers” had gone too far in removing the human element from contacting prospective voters and debtors, in 1991 President George H.W. Bush signed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) into law, an amendment to the Communications Act of 1934.

The TCPA restricts solicitation via telephone and the use of automated telephone equipment— in particular the use of automatic dialing systems, artificial or prerecorded voice messages, SMS text messages, and fax machines. Several technical requirements for fax machines, autodialers, and voice messaging systems specified by the law principally consist of provisions requiring identification and contact information of the entity using the device to be available to the consumer. Read more

Neumont University Shares 6 Ways to Ensure You Have a Job Right Out of College

As college tuition continues its inexorable rise and young people take on more and more debt to pay for their educations, students are growing more concerned about the Return on Investment (ROI) their college can provide. College ROI scores put a dollar figure on those diplomas by measuring graduate earnings over the 30 years following graduation. The 2013 edition of one popular annual college ROI study, authored by payment and compensation firm PayScale, found tech and engineering schools claiming the top five spots in terms of ROI (earnings are cumulative over 30 years, net of tuition, fees, and financial aid).

Clearly, tech and computer science are the careers young people should consider if ROI is a concern. In fact, Software Developer was listed at the top of US News’ most recent 100 Best Jobs list. Computer Analyst was second.

“Students who choose to major in computer science have a distinctive advantage in the job market, since there are more jobs than qualified candidates coming out of college,” says Aaron Reed, Executive Vice President at Neumont University. Read more

Giving Our Veterans a Brighter Future, Aftermath Inc Comments

The U.S. military is confronting a serious problem regarding their veterans, states Aftermath, Inc. The issue is that a surprisingly large number of America’s veterans are struggling with depression and committing suicide.

As a crime scene and trauma cleaning company, Aftermath, Inc., is involved in the aftermath of many these suicides and has stepped in to share its concerns.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, at least 22 veterans take their own lives each day. To put it another way, that’s a rate of one every 80 minutes. The U.S. Department of Defense reports that a study released by the Center for a New American Security showed that while only one percent of Americans have served during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, veterans make up 20 percent of suicides in the U.S. Read more

Reza Tehrani Advice to Business Owners: Get out of Debt Before Expanding

As a successful business owner, it’s natural to want to grow, but is it the right time? Businessman, and president of Aviron Institute of Technology trade school in Montreal, Canada, Reza Tehrani says, “get out of debt before expanding,”

But in the entrepreneurial world of business, where taking chances is the game, and business and credit risk is part of the gamble one takes for a shot at their dream, when is a business truly successful? And if yours is a successful business, when is a good time to expand?

“The best time to expand a business from my perspective is when the business is financially self-sufficient,” Reza Tehrani said. Read more

Investigative Reporter Glen Meek Joins KLAS

KLAS-304Glen Meek has joined KLAS, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, as an investigative reporter.

Meek has previously worked at an investigative reporter at several local stations, including the ABC and NBC affiliates in Las Vegas. Most recently, he was a criminal defense investigator for the federal public defender in Las Vegas.

“We know what a great investigative reporter Glen is because we competed against him for stories for many years. He is a serious journalist who knows our town, doesn’t back down, and is going to be a formidable addition to our I-Team,” chief investigative reporter George Knapp said in a statement.

Dr. Mark Plunkett Explores Advancements in Congenital Heart Disease Treatment

According to Dr. Mark Plunkett, board-certified pediatric heart surgeon, congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect in not only the United States, but many other countries as well. Although researchers have taken strides in improving care and treatment for this condition, it is still one of the leading causes of infant death in the United States. More research is necessary to continuing the advancement of treatment options and improving survival rates. To raise awareness of this condition and educate the public, the week of February 7th to 14th was recently designated as CHD Awareness Week by the American Heart Association. Read more

ThermoSpas Shares Steamy Ideas for a Hot Tub Date Night

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, ThermoSpas is helping couples rekindle their romance and enjoy more quality time together in their hot tubs. The crisp outdoor air, the swirling water, the romantic lighting, and the ambiance of a spa all create the ideal spot for you and your special someone to curl up and remember why you fell in love.

In fact, a special customer survey showed that a hot tub is just the way to heat up your romance, even if you think it has gone a little cold. Approximately 33%of all couples in the survey said their hot tub improved their love life. Even more, 34%, felt that their hot tub was responsible for improving their intimacy with their partner—and an incredible 61% of hot tub owners were satisfied with their intimate life. Take a break from everyday distractions, and start planning your steamy Valentine’s date night in your spa or hot tub. Read more

Skilled Investor Harmel Rayat Reveals 3 Keys to Success in 2014 and Beyond

Harmel Rayat has swiftly become one of the top performers in the global investment community.
He has proven an ability to spot trends early and develop strategies to maximize the opportunities within those trends. Rayat has been able to develop a varied and immensely profitable portfolio for him, his partners, and investors. Read more

Bible League International Reveals How Prison Programs are Using Faith

The team behind Bible League International explains that more and more U.S. prisons are turning to faith-based programs to help to prevent recidivism and to improve the mental state of prisoners.

A study conducted by Baylor University that was published in the International Journal of Criminology and Sociology found that a faith-based prisoner re-entry program in Minnesota has saved roughly $3M by slashing recidivism rates.

Speaking about the program, Grant Duwe, research director for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, stated, “The InnerChange program is a boon to taxpayers. It doesn’t rely on public funding. Yet, at the same time, it provides a benefit by reducing recidivism, which results in fewer costs associated with crime.”

The study was a cost-benefit analysis that was based off of a 2012 study that looked at recidivism outcomes among 732 inmates released from Minnesota prisons between August 2003 and December 2009. In that study, researchers looked at a group of 366 prisoners, as well as 366 InnerChange program participants. They analyzed recidivism and program participation, and found that InnerChange slashed re-arrest rates by 26 percent, re-conviction rates by 35 percent, and re-imprisonment for a new felony offense by 40 percent. Read more