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  • RAWLINS, Wyo.— Wyoming's plan for improving its highways originally included widening, straightening and rebuilding its more than 7,000 miles of federal roads and maintaining about 2,000 bridges. The Wyoming Transportation Department's goal now is to keep roadways from getting worse. The primary funding for Wyoming highway construction and maintenance...

  • TRUCKEE, Calif.— Once believed to have gone extinct in the Sierra Nevada, scientists believe a wolverine spotted this winter north of Lake Tahoe is the same one that in 2008 became the first documented in the area since the 1920 s. Chris Stermer, a wildlife biologist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, set up remote cameras in the Tahoe National...

  • LARAMIE, Wyo.— Work is underway at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory to add a biohazard facility that will focus on the nasty diseases found in some Wyoming wildlife, like the plague and rabies. Director William Laegreid said the upgraded "biosafety level 3" laboratory will allow veterinarians to keep the main facility open when an animal shows up with a...

  • Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 371 rigs sought oil and 88 explored for natural gas this week. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 15, California was up by two and New Mexico gained one. Arkansas, Colorado, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A panel of Wyoming lawmakers recommends approval of a $219 million guaranteed maximum price for restoration of the state Capitol in Cheyenne. A consultant presented the figure Monday to a subcommittee of the Capitol Building Restoration Oversight Group. Cheyenne Republican Senator Tony Ross is group co-chairman.

  • WASHINGTON— Cleveland, we have a problem. Uncompromising opposition to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul has been a winning issue for Republicans, helping them gain control of Congress. Capturing the White House would finally let them make good on "repeal and replace."

  • Ellen DeGeneres, Chrissy Teigen, Demi Lovato, Steve Aoki and Soulja Boy have posted about the augmented-reality sensation on social media. NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns had to resist the urge to pull out his smartphone at Wednesday night's ESPY Awards to hunt for one of the cutesy pocket monsters. The Detroit News reports that Milford police say the 26-...

  • CHICAGO, JULY 14- You have heard of greedy geezers: that mythical army of militant seniors out to defend their Social Security benefits at any cost, even if it robs their own children and grandchildren of their futures. The greedy geezer trope, invented by now-retired Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming back in 2012, is just the most colorful example of the way that...

  • BELIZE CITY, Belize, July 12- Burdened by chronic back pain, Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow avoids traveling abroad, his colleagues say. But in January, he flew to Washington and visited one government agency after another on a singular mission: reconnecting his country to the U.S. financial system. As banks scrub their books of potentially risky businesses...

  • DETROIT— Federal investigators looking into electric car maker Tesla Motors' Autopilot system after a fatal crash in Florida are zeroing in on the limitations of the system and how it reacts when obstacles cross its path. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday posted a nine-page letter seeking information from Tesla about Autopilot...

  • July 7- The U.S. government agreed to a mine clean-up deal that allows coal producer Alpha Natural Resources to exit bankruptcy, despite concerns that Alpha will be unable to fund $400 million in commitments, a government lawyer told a court on Thursday. Alpha had about $676 million in self-bonded mine clean-up costs, mostly in Wyoming and West Virginia, when weak...

  • Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 254,000 for the week ended July 2, the Labor Department said on Thursday. A Labor Department analyst said there were no special factors influencing last week's claims data. However, claims for Hawaii, Kansas, Nebraska, Puerto Rico, Virginia and Wyoming were estimated...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- The Obama administration on Thursday completed new rules for how energy companies value oil, gas and coal extracted from federal land in a reform meant to protect taxpayers' stake in those sales. The Interior Department updated the valuation rules that were first enacted in the 1980 s and have not been significantly changed in over a decade.

  • NEW YORK, June 28- Three movie financiers were arrested on Tuesday on charges they defrauded investors of $12 million that was provided to produce films starring, among others Harry Connick Jr and Willie Nelson. An indictment filed in Manhattan federal court accused James David Williams, Steven Brown and Gerald Seppala of engaging in a conspiracy to...

  • The ruling, which the White House vowed to appeal, halts the administration's efforts to address what it sees as safety concerns in the industry and reverses what producers had seen as a first step toward full federal regulation of all fracking activity. The U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management lacked Congressional authority to set fracking...

  • June 22- A federal judge in Wyoming has set aside new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on public lands, a victory for oil and gas producers who vehemently opposed the rules. District Judge Scott Skavdahl in Wyoming ruled on Tuesday. Skavdahl said the issue before the court was not whether hydraulic fracturing is good or bad, but whether Congress gave the...

  • June 22- A federal judge in Wyoming has set aside new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on public lands that were vehemently opposed by oil and gas producers. District Judge Scott Skavdahl in Wyoming ruled on Tuesday. "Only Congress can write laws.

  • NEW YORK, June 21- State budgets finally returned to their pre-recession peaks in fiscal 2016 after eight years, once adjusted for inflation, according to a survey published on Tuesday. Aggregate 50- state general fund spending and revenues have now surpassed the peaks they hit in fiscal 2008, the National Association of State Budget Officers reported in the...

  • June 10- Irving Oil's refinery in the Canadian province of New Brunswick spewed an excessive amount of ash-like catalyst into the surrounding city of Saint John at least a dozen times since 2010 as regulators launched and later abandoned a study of its health impacts, according to filings reviewed by Reuters. The previously unreported documents from Irving...

  • WASHINGTON, June 2- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen plans to speak on Aug. 26 at the central bank's annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a Fed official said on Thursday.