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Affordable Clean Energy Renews Hope In Coal Country, But Should It?

It's a bright, cloudless day in Gillette, Wyoming as a long train passes by overflowing with coal. Huge, open-pit mines dot the perimeter of a light-blue coal-fired power plant. Inside, a turbine is making the building rumble with its constant hum of producing electricity. It's supplying power to the entire western grid.

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Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming basketball team has enjoyed a lot of success the last three years. But the stars of the team have left and the Pokes will have to try and reestablish themselves. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports on the dawn of a new era of Pokes basketball.

Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming College of Business has plans to eliminate one of its newest programs at the end of this school year

Laramie, WY – When Matthew Shepard died, things could have been tough for gays and lesbians in the state.

Campbell County, WY – A Campbell county rancher has agreed to settle a lawsuit where he accused the state of unlawfully allowing coal bed methane water to damage his property.

Cody, WY – A Cody artist was honored last weekend at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale. James Bama was named the show's first-ever Honored Artist. Art show organizers say awarding Bama made perfect sense.

Evanston, WY – A company is hoping to start operating a large wind farm in the state by the end of the year. The plan is for 80 turbines to produce electricity just outside of Evanston. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports state lawmakers took some credit for the project at a press conference

Laramie, WY – After a three month search, the University of Wyoming has hired a new athletic director. He is Gary Barta, who comes from the University of Washington, where he has been Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations and Sports Programs. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern has more on the man many hope will lead Cowboy and Cowgirl sports back to a position of prominence

Cheyenne, WY – A bottle making plant that would have meant 150 new jobs will not be coming to Cheyenne. Owens-Illinois announced that it has selected Windsor, Colorado as the site to build the plant that will manufacture bottles for Anheuser-Busch. Company officials say Windsor won out because of better existing infrastructure and a larger labor pool. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern has more

Cheyenne, WY – The director of the state game and fish department has decided to leave his position after six months. But, Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports this raises the issue of whether or not the state should look outside its borders for top officials.

Wyoming – The next time you are out hiking in the mountains, you may want to look closer at the rocks under you. You could be passing by some precious or semi-precious stones. Wyoming Public Radio's Jim Morgan did a little "Rock Hounding" recently and came away with a new perspective on this hobby....

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