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Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News' sister site.

Sarah Bloom Raskin Confirmed as Deputy Secretary Of The Treasury

Sarah Bloom Raskin was confirmed by the United States Senate today to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. Previously, Raskin was confirmed in 2010 by the Senate to serve as a Governor of the Board of the Federal Reserve where she helped conduct the nation’s monetary policy, regulate banking institutions, and implement Wall Street Reform.

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Potestivo & Associates Hires New Director

Potestivo & Associates, P.C. announced the hiring of Nicole Kolhagen as the Director of Human Resources. She will work out of the Rochester Hills office. Kolhagen is an experienced Human Resources professional with over 18 years of experience. She most recently served as a Benefits Administrator for a local public school system where she was responsible for all benefit programs for over 500 employees.

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U.S. Bank Accused of Housing Discrimination

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and four of its member organizations announced new evidence of housing discrimination by U.S. Bank, N.A. The civil rights groups allege that U.S. Bank maintains and markets foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods, in "a much better manner than in African-American and Latino neighborhoods," according to a press release issued by the NFHA.

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Coldwell Banker Appoints New President in D/FW

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Dallas/Fort Worth appointed Frank Obringer as president. Sue Meyer, the brokerage's president since 2007, will transition her responsibilities over the next several months and then retire.

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114 More Jobs Cut by Bank of America

Bank of America filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), alerting the TWC of impending layoffs in three of the bank's North Texas offices. The notice was sent on March 3, detailing layoffs of 114 workers from two offices in Plano, Texas and one in Richardson, Texas.

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California Loses Jobs in January

A report issued by the Wells Fargo Economics Group noted that California lost 31,600 jobs in January—the largest single-month decline in over four years. Non-farm payrolls declined .2 percent during the month of January. The decline from December, 2013 to January, 2014 was the largest one month drop since September, 2009.

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Rising Home Prices Shrink California Distressed Sales

The California Association of Realtors (CAR) released a new report, revealing sales of distressed homes have plummeted in the past five years. In January, 2009, 69.5 percent of all homes sold in California were distressed, which included short sales and real estate-owned properties (REO). The report issued Monday noted that five years later, distressed home sales made up only 15.6 percent of sold homes.

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DocuTech Welcomes New Chief Strategy Officer

DocuTech announced Monday that COO, Scott K. Stucky, has expanded his role within the company, and will now serve as Chief Strategy Officer. In his new role, Stucky will oversee client relations, partnerships, product management and the overall strategic direction of the company.

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CFPB Recovers $1 Million for Veterans

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that servicemembers, veterans, and their families who complained to the bureau about financial products or services have recovered over $1 million. The report covers more than 14,000 complaints filed from July 21, 2011 through February 1, 2014.

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