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Largest U.S. Coal Company May Sell Assets

Today, the largest coal company in the U.S. announced that it is considering selling assets, including in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, as a way to deal with the depressed coal market. Peabody Energy Corporation posted larger than expected first quarter losses and is exploring ways to cut costs. Options include selling coal reserves and land holdings in both Australia and the U.S. Company CEO, Greg Boyce spoke at an energy conference in Houston. He emphasized that all assets are under review...
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The Wyoming Beef Council—the industry advocacy group for ranchers—says it has cut its budget and will rethink its marketing efforts.

Wyoming cattle numbers have been decreasing since 2001 because of drought, aging beef producers, shrinking grazing lands, and other factors. The Council’s smaller budget means that an administrative assistant position will be cut, and the council will only have one employee.

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On Thursday, at an energy conference in Houston, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency emphasized that under a plan to cut carbon emissions, coal will still be an important part of the nation's energy mix.  

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Yellowstone National Park is partnering with area businesses to throw an Earth Day celebration on Saturday.

April 22nd was the forty-fifth anniversary of Earth Day. Yellowstone Environmental Coordinating Committee representative Rebecca Owens says the park will celebrate with community cleanups, children’s activities, and environmental education. She says this year there will be local vendors too.

Science and environment writer Emma Marris will give a seminar tonight on the University of Wyoming campus.

Emma Marris is the author of Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World. In the book she says, through climate change and other factors, humans have impacted every spot on the globe, so we may need to rethink what wilderness and nature mean.  

She says her latest project is thinking about whether wolves can still be considered wild.

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Today, the largest coal company in the U.S. announced that it is considering selling assets, including in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin,  as a way to deal with the depressed coal market. 

Peabody Energy Corporation posted larger than expected first quarter losses and is exploring ways to cut costs. Options include selling coal reserves and land holdings in both Australia and the U.S. Company CEO, Greg Boyce spoke at an energy conference in Houston. He emphasized that all assets are under review. 

The Wyoming Public Radio News Department was awarded three Regional Edward R. Murrow awards today. WPR competes in region three in the small market category. 

News Director Bob Beck said that everyone is excited about the news. "These are highly sought after awards and are difficult to win. I am extremely proud of our news team for their commitment to excellence. To win three awards in one year is amazing." 

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Wyoming marijuana advocates filed a petition to put an initiative to legalize medical marijuana on the 2016 ballot.

The Wyoming chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws filed the paperwork with the secretary of state’s office on Monday.

The group will have to collect more than 25,000 signatures by February 8th to get the initiative on the ballot. To become law, the initiative would have to be approved by a majority of Wyoming voters.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder discussing his book Strength in What Remains, his journey to writing, becoming an author and the people who have helped him along the way.

A historian, author and educator, Shannon Smith is passionate about the humanities especially Western American, Women's, and American Indian History. She currently serves as the executive director of the Wyoming Humanities Council.

As a consultant specializing in all aspects of land conservation, Story Clark knows the unique history behind the many places in and around Jackson Hole that most travelers just drive by. Using mobile app technology as a portal to connecting people to great places, travelers will be able to hear the stories and connect with the land in a meaningful and unique way.

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Shaken By Student Suicides, University Of Wyoming Works Towards Prevention

One week after the most recent death at UW, Animal Science Professor Dan Rule is in the Student Union with 20 others discussing symptoms of depression and warning signs for suicidal thinking. Rule says he’s here because he cares about his students. “I don’t care if they’re an 18 or 19-year-old, or if they’re a 40-year-old non-traditional student or even if they’re a veteran,” says Rule. “They’re my kids when they’re in my room.” This is a suicide prevention training called ‘Gatekeepers’ put...
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StoryCorps: How One Woman Helped Her Sister Through The Struggle Of Alcoholism

Lynn Carlson and Laura Griffith-Carlson talk about Laura’s problem with alcohol. Laura is now ten years sober, and Lynn recounts the difficulties she had with caring for her sister while they lived in Laramie. This story was recorded by StoryCorps in Cheyenne.
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