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Irina Zhorov of Wyoming Public Radio

Groundwater Contamination Reported At Three WY Pacificorp Plants

Three PacifiCorp coal-fired power plants in Wyoming reported contamination of groundwater earlier this year above state or federal limits. That includes the Dave Johnston, Jim Bridger and Naughton plants. PacifiCorp reported detecting selenium, arsenic, lithium and many more polluting elements. A recent report from Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law firm, drew attention to the information. It highlighted 67 plants across 22 states with the same problem.

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A group of counties in Northeast Wyoming have a new State Senator. Chuck Townsend who works in the minerals industry and who has served in local government, will fill the Seat of Bill Barton who resigned because of health reasons. Townsend is already getting support from Republican Chairman Jim Willox who praised his small business background as an asset. He will represent the largest Senate district in the state, covering five counties in northeast Wyoming.

Wyoming – Citizens of the state had their chance to say what they would do with a billion dollars. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports this wasn't hypothetical they were talking about the state's billion dollar budget surplus.

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

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