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Supreme Court Puts Clean Power Plan On Hold

The Supreme Court has put the Obama administration’s signature climate change rule on hold while lower courts consider legal challenges. The Clean Power Plan would cut carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030, nationwide. Each state has an individual reduction target though, and Wyoming and North Dakota have some of the highest in the nation because of their dependence on coal-fired power. Both states are among the more than two dozen, including Colorado, suing the federal...
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Wyoming regulators and a bankrupt coal company have reached a resolution on the company's substantial outstanding coal mine cleanup costs. 

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President Obama’s final annual budget, released Tuesday, spends heavily on climate and clean energy, shifting away from fossil fuels. 

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The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has finalized new rules governing the flaring and venting of natural gas from oil wells.

Natural gas is a byproduct of drilling for oil, but when there aren't pipelines or processing facilities nearby to collect the gas, companies sometimes end up burning it off.

The new rules formalize requirements for operators to submit reports so that the state can keep track of how much gas is being flared.

Stephanie Joyce

The Supreme Court has put the Obama administration’s signature climate change rule on hold while lower courts consider legal challenges.

Stephanie Joyce

Bankrupt coal miner Alpha Natural Resources is hoping to put its core assets on the auction block, including its mines in Wyoming. 

A group of the company’s lenders have placed a so-called “stalking horse bid” of $500 million, effectively setting the floor for what the company would accept. Pending approval by a bankruptcy judge, Alpha could start taking bids from other interested buyers later this month.

The company doesn’t have to go through with the sale of the assets, but could if it gets a high enough bid.

Some of Wyoming’s best artists will be recognized this week at the 2016 Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition and Sale. Four works receiving the Purchase Awards join a growing collection of art in the state’s public buildings. This year’s Purchase Awards go to Jackson artists Martin Hagen and Valerie Seaberg and Laramie artists Dan Hayward and Joy Keown. A painting by Cheyenne’s Rachel Ondrak received the Governor’s Choice Award.

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It came as news to Jeff Parsek that state records show there is an abandoned oil and gas well in his driveway. Parsek lives in a large, brown ranch house, right across the street from an elementary school, in a subdivision on the south side of Fort Collins, Colorado. It’s a nice neighborhood, with the new feeling of many Colorado suburbs.

When Parsek bought the house in 2004, he didn’t ask about oil and gas wells on the property.

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Several recent movies have been set in Wyoming. Now, the state stars in a video game, too.

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The Wyoming Department of Education is looking for local sponsors for a federal program that provides free meals to low-income students over the summer.

When school’s out, kids can get meals at 83 different sites across the state. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the sites are run by school districts or community groups like YMCAs.

WDE nutrition programs consultant Amanda Anderson says those sites alone can’t serve all of the state’s students who get free and reduced school lunches during the year.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead told the state legislature that it needs to be proactive during these tough budget times, but not to prioritize savings over people.

During his annual State of the State message Mead expressed disappointment over a number of budget cuts made by the Joint Appropriations Committee in recent weeks.    

Governor Mead asked legislators to support Medicaid expansion in his biennial budget. That request was rejected which led to additional budget cuts. During his state of the state address he expressed concern about that.

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Forum: Women In Wyoming's Legislature

You're invited to a Forum on Women in Wyoming’s Legislature that will take place on Feb. 25th in Cheyenne, as part of the Leap into Leadership Conference. WPM's Caroline Ballard will moderate.

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, February 13th at 11:00am - Il Trovatore on Classical Wyoming.