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8:55 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Arch coal invests in first west coast coal port

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Laramie, Wyo. – Arch Coal, which owns two large mines in Wyoming, has bought a stake in a Washington State port company. And that port company is planning a facility that could ship five million tons of coal per year to markets in Asia.

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8:51 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Verizon considers mega data center in Laramie

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A state economic development official says news that Verizon is interested in locating a multibillion dollar computer center in Laramie puts Wyoming on the digital map.

Robert Jensen, of the Wyoming Business Council, says it elevates the state as far as other companies that may be looking to build such data centers.

Verizon has acquired a two-year option on 160 acres about a mile north of Laramie for possibly locating a data center that would house expensive computer hardware.

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8:51 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Verizon considers mega data center in Laramie

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A state economic development official says news that Verizon is interested in locating a multibillion dollar computer center in Laramie puts Wyoming on the digital map.

Robert Jensen, of the Wyoming Business Council, says it elevates the state as far as other companies that may be looking to build such data centers.

Verizon has acquired a two-year option on 160 acres about a mile north of Laramie for possibly locating a data center that would house expensive computer hardware.

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WPR News
8:47 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Lawmaker proposes wind excise tax

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Two bills are being drafted that would change the way wind energy is taxed and the revenue is distributed in Wyoming.

State Republican Rep. Tim Stubson, of Casper, is drafting a bill that would combine the $1-per-megawatt-hour wind energy tax and the sales tax on wind energy equipment into a single $3-per-megawatt-hour excise tax.

Stubson tells the Casper Star-Tribune that his proposal would bring in slightly more revenue and encourage growth in Wyoming's wind energy industry.

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WPR News
7:12 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Verizon Communications looking at building mega data center near Laramie

Laramie, WY – Verizon Communications confirms that it has secured an option on 160 acres of land about a half a mile north of Laramie. It's the possible site for what's called a mega data center. A lawmaker familiar with the proposal says the center could be a six billion dollar project that would employ as many as 200 people. But Verizon spokeswoman Lynn Staggs says, if Verizon does decide to build the data center, it would not be that big at the start.

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6:44 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Education Week gives Wyoming poor grade

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6:41 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Yellowstone elk herd shrinks again

Laramie, WY – The largest elk herd in Yellowstone National Park continues to see declining numbers. From 2009 to 2010 there was a 24 percent decrease in the herd's population. Since wolves were introduced to the park in 1995 the herd has shrunk by 70 percent. Yellowstone biologist, Doug Smith, says wolves are not the only reason for this change and he points out that the herd spends some time in Montana where officials have increased hunting to get the population down. But, still Smith says the elk numbers should come back up in the future.

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6:39 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Appropriations Committee questions Gov. Mead on budget

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9:02 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Gov. Mead supports funding for local government in first State of the State

Laramie, Wyo. – Wyoming Governor Matt Mead delivered his first State of the State address to a joint session of the Wyoming Legislature this morning. Mead advocated a conservative approach to spending, and focused primarily on the state economy, business development, education, and health care.

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