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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two of the biggest US coal mines have been sold, raising the possibility that miners in Wyoming could return to work after almost four months off the job. Blackjewel closed Friday on the sale of the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines to a subsidiary of Alabama-based FM Coal. Several major U.S. coal firms have gone bankrupt amid competition from natural gas and renewable energy sources and declining demand for coal to fuel power plants.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wind River Reservation in Wyoming is experiencing an increase in buffalo as two Native tribes attempt to re-establish a herd of the animals. The Casper Star-Tribune reported the Northern Arapaho Tribe has brought its first 10 buffalo to the reservation. Officials say the reintroduction of buffalo to Wind River follows an absence of more than 130 years. The Northern Arapaho share the reservation with the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, which has increased its wild buffalo herd to 33 animals.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A new report indicates Wyoming's economic growth has started to show subtle signs of slowing. The quarterly report published by the state's Economic Analysis Division shows coal and natural gas production in the state continues to falter even though statewide employment rates have remained strong. This year, the state produced 9% less coal than it did by this time in 2018.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming is in the initial stages of possibly increasing fees in order to add more student advising services. Associate Director of Academic Advising Richard Miller says the proposal aims to improve student experiences and extend their stay as Laramie residents. The university last year implemented a special $6 per credit hour fee to increase its student advising services.
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