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Wyoming Lottery running ads for Aug. 24 opening

(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Lottery has launched an advertising campaign a month before it starts selling tickets.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Monday the campaign includes print, television, radio and digital ads.

Ticket sales begin Aug. 24. The first drawing is Aug. 26.

Wyoming will sell Powerball and Mega Millions tickets at about 400 retailers statewide. Each game has two draws weekly.

Wyoming Lottery Corp. CEO Jon Clontz says the enterprise is expected to earn $13 million to $17 million in its first year.

The 2013 law creating the lottery requires that the first $6 million revenue after payouts and expenses goes to state and local governments.

Clontz says revenues aren't expected to reach $6 million, but if they do, anything over that is required by law to go to education.


League of Women Voters hosting candidate debates

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Candidates running for Wyoming secretary of state and state superintendent of public instruction are set to debate Monday evening in Cheyenne.

Both events are being hosted by the League of Women Voters.

Four people are seeking the Republican nomination in the secretary of state's race in the Aug. 19 primary - Ed Murray, Ed Buchanan, Pete Illoway and Clark Stith.

In the superintendent's race, Bill Winney, Sheryl Lain and Jillian Balow are hoping to replace Cindy Hill, who is running for governor after a rocky three years as state schools chief.


Wyoming's ex-director of education back in Arizona

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The man who headed the Wyoming Education Department during the exile of Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill has returned to Arizona.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Monday Rich Crandall is involved in a number of projects in Arizona including working on political races and serving as chairman of CN Resource, an educational nutrition company he started.

Crandall is a former Arizona state senator. He was appointed director of the Education Department in August 2013 after the Legislature passed a law stripping Superintendent Cindy Hill of her powers. Hill was elected to the job but lawmakers were unhappy with her performance.

The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled in January the law was unconstitutional.

After Hill reclaimed her responsibilities, Crandall served as a consultant in the governor's office until May 2.


Ur-Energy: 8.8M pounds of uranium at Wyoming site

(Information in the following story is from: Rawlins (Wyo.) Daily Times,

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) - A Colorado mining company says it has identified more than 8.8 million pounds of uranium at a site it recently acquired in Wyoming's Shirley Basin.

The Rawlins Daily Times reported Monday Ur (yu-AR')-Energy says the uranium is at an average depth of 312 feet.

Ur-Energy Vice President of Geology Jim Bonner says the uranium is high-grade.

The company got control of several mines including the Shirley Basin site when it acquired Pathfinder Mines Corp. in December.

Shirley Basin had been an open-pit mine until operations were suspended in the 1990s becaue of low uranium prices.

Ur-Energy plans to use a technique that dissolves the ore in place and pumps it to the surface to be refined.


Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Record coal exports in recent years are helping the U.S. appear to be making more progress on global warming than it is. But they may not be helping the planet.

As America gets greener, and produces more energy, it has sent more dirty fuels abroad, saddling other countries with cleaning up the exported pollution.

This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's plans to curb global warming. But the administration doesn't want to figure out how much coal exports are contributing to global warming. It says the impact is small.

U.S. coal consumption declined by 195 million tons from 2008 to 2013. About 20 percent of that coal was exported.

Exports are expected to grow as global demand grows and the U.S. further cleans up its power sector.

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