Computer Problems

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A multi-million-dollar computer system designed to deal with food stamps, Medicare and other state benefits is apparently performing a lot more ``illegal operations'' than actual work.

Governor Owens ordered the 199-(m)-million-dollar system into operation September First, overruling protests from some county officials who said it wasn't ready.

The computer system then crashed in Mesa County on Tuesday, six days after going online. It's also dropped 15-hundred people from Medicaid, and is being blamed for a delay in getting food stamps to recipients.

State officials deny the computer is responsible for food stamp problems, but say they're working to improve speed and efficiency.

A Weld County official says the system is working better this week.