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Kathy Green Named Communications Director on Permanent Basis

(DENVER) -- Kathy Green has been permanently given the job as Gov. John Hickenlooper's spokesperson.

After serving as interim communications director since July, Green has been given the job on a permanent basis, the governor announced Tuesday.

"We were fortunate that Kathy Green joined our team as a interim communications director and during that time we realized we’d be fools to let her go," Hickenlooper said in a statement.

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Early-Morning Robbery at Springs Restaurant

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- Police are investigating a robbery at a Colorado Springs restaurant early Monday morning.

Police said a man armed with a handgun entered Albertacos restaurant, located at 4494 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. around 4:30 a.m. He pointed the gun at a victim and demanded money. The victim reportedly gave the gunman an undisclosed amount of money, following which, the robber fled the scene on foot.

There were no reported injuries.

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Unemployment Rate Down in Colorado

(DENVER) -- Colorado saw a drop in its unemployment rate between September and October, according to the latest jobs report released Friday.

The report by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment says that the state's unemployment rate in October was 4.3 percent, which is four tenths of a percentage point lower than it was in September.

"The jobs numbers out today show how far Colorado has come in just the last four years," Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement. "Only four years ago, the unemployment rate was 9.1 percent; it’s now 4.3 percent, and we’re now into our 36th consecutive months of payroll job gains."

The national unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent in October, from 5.9 percent the previous month.

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Cops Locate, Arrest Man Sought in Weekend Murder

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- A man who was being sought in the murder of a Colorado Springs resident over weekend was taken into custody Wednesday evening.

Police said Patrick Orozco, 21, was arrested at a home on the 4800 block of Astrozon Blvd. He's charged with first-degree murder in the death of Eugenio Solorio-Gomez.

Investigators said Solorio-Gomez, 23, was found shot dead on the 1800 block of Monterey Road Sunday night.

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Spirit of the Springs Award for The Vanguard School

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- More honors for The Vanguard School, as Mayor Steve Bach is scheduled to present the school with the Spirit of the Springs Award on Thursday.

The award comes after The Vanguard School was ranked as Colorado's top school, and 16th out of 500 schools nationwide in Newsweek’s 2014 list of "America’s Top High Schools."

Schools are ranked based on their preparation of students for college.

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