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10:34 am
Tue September 9, 2008

Wyoming investigates another brucellosis herd

Cheyenne, WY – Livestock officials have launched an investigation into the possibility of a second Wyoming cow testing positive for brucellosis.

State veterinarian Walter Cook said today that officials have preliminarily traced the recent detection of an infected cow at a Nebraska slaughterhouse to a herd in Sublette County of western Wyoming.

Cook says the herd will be tested to determine if other cattle are infected with the disease, which can cause pregnant cows to abort their calves.

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8:43 am
Tue September 9, 2008

UW Sustainable Business Program Amps Up

Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming is ramping up sustainable business instruction. Professor Eric Arnould says the legislature gave new money for the College of Business two years ago to establish the program. Since then, Arnould says businesses have looked for new ways to reduce their waste and repair their relationship with the community and environment: "Business have figured out they are concerned about more than making money and keeping the business in business. Their sphere of responsibility is larger than that."

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8:28 am
Tue September 9, 2008

Hydrocarbons found in Pinedale anticline

Pinedale, Wy – Trace amounts of hydrocarbons have been
found for the first time in a livestock water well bordering a natural gas drilling area in southwest Wyoming.
The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and the Bureau of Land Management say the stock well is on the edge of the
Pinedale Anticline, where gas drilling has been occurring. Officials say the concentrations of hydrocarbons found in the
well were tiny. But Pinedale BLM Office Director Chuck Otto says the presence of

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8:26 am
Tue September 9, 2008

Wyoming people could benefit from takeover

Laramie, Wy – A University of Wyoming economist says people in this state will generally benefit from the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Sherrill Shaffer says the only people in the state who have reason to be worried are those who have stock in the two mortgage giants.
"It should stabilize the financial markets broadly, and especially the mortgage markets, it should have the effect over the next few month of keeping mortgage rates from going as high as they might otherwise. It should make investors somewhat less nervous."

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7:45 am
Tue September 9, 2008

Minerals committee hears uranium idea

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Jackson, Wy – Growing support for nuclear power has a legislative committee looking into a new uranium program at the University of Wyoming. Mark Northam directs U-W's School of Energy Resources. He discussed the uranium proposal with the legislature's minerals committee today (Tuesday). Northam says the new uranium program would hire about four new U-W faculty members, who would focus on improving uranium mining technology and managing groundwater. He says the committee agreed that would be a good start.

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10:54 am
Mon September 8, 2008

Cowboys Lose to Air Force 23-3

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Cowboys will need to find a way to score some points in practice this week, following a 23-3 loss to Air Force on Saturday.

Five turnovers did the Cowboys in on Saturday and it left running back Wynel Seldon frustrated. Seldon, who lost a fumble that led to a touchdown said that the Cowboys did many things well, but lost focus at key times.

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10:40 am
Mon September 8, 2008

Uranium Reps: Next Boom Won't Pollute Groundwater

Laramie, WY – Representatives of the uranium industry say the next wave of uranium mining in Wyoming will not be as environmentally destructive as the last.

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10:35 am
Mon September 8, 2008

Visitation up at Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park, WY – More people visited Yellowstone National Park in June, July and August than during those months last year.

Park spokesman Al Nash says park visitation set a record in June and was strong in July and August. Visitation topped 612,000 in June, 826,000 in July and 735,000 in August.

Overall, visitation for those months was up 1.4 percent compared to last year.

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9:03 am
Mon September 8, 2008

Rancher near Daniel decides to slaughter infected herd

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Laramie, Wyo. – The western Wyoming rancher whose herd tested positive for brucellosis has decided to slaughter the entire herd.

Wyoming state veterinarian Walter Cook says the rancher's only other option was to test the herd three more times in the next year and keep the cattle quarantined.

"And I think remaining under quarantine was pretty untenable for his operation," Cook said.

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9:01 am
Mon September 8, 2008

Business Council seeks to double business loan limit

Laramie, Wyo. – The Wyoming Business Council wants to double the amount it can provide through Challenge Loans.

The Council's Bob Jensen says right now, the program loans Wyoming businesses up to 250-thousand dollars.

Jensen wants the cap to be 500-thousand. He says they'll make a strong case for the increased funding before a legislative committee tomorrow.

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