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GLOBAL WARMING-WYOMING

Top coal state studying EPA's proposed CO2 rules

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The federal government is now taking comments on proposed rules to cut carbon-dioxide emissions but Wyoming officials aren't rushing ahead to formally weigh in just yet.

Gov. Matt Mead said Wednesday his staff continues to sort through the more than 650 pages of proposed rules the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released earlier this month.

A comment period on the rules began Wednesday and continues through Oct. 16.

Wyoming is the top coal-producing state. Mead says he's concerned the regulations would cost jobs, though so far he's been more reserved than Wyoming's congressional representatives who say they'll try to block the rules.

Mead says rules and regulations are necessary but have to be reasonable. He says state officials will study the EPA's proposal carefully so they're able to submit thoughtful comments.

TEACHER TRAINING

Report: UW flunks teacher training

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A study of teacher preparation programs at colleges around the country gives low marks to Wyoming.

The study by the National Council on Teacher Quality says Wyoming was among the 17 states that did not have a "top-ranked program."

The report says a low score for a program does not mean its graduates don't become good teachers. Rather, it points out that programs could offer them better support.

Leslie Rush is associate dean of the University of Wyoming's teacher education office.

Rush tells the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle that that UW is working to improve its program.

She says all teacher education programs will be examined starting this fall with the goal of making sure all students are fully prepared for classrooms.

DIESEL VEHICLES

Wyoming tops US in diesel vehicle registrations

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A new study of vehicle registrations shows a higher rate of diesel vehicle ownership in Wyoming than in any other state.

Wyoming drivers registered more than 66,000 diesel passenger vehicles last year. The firm R.L. Polk and Company says that accounts for almost 11 percent of all registered vehicles in Wyoming.

Mark Larson with the Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association says diesel fuel is easily accessible in Wyoming and provides good towing power for ranching operations.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the same study shows diesel waning in popularity elsewhere amid rising prices for the fuel.

Modern diesel engines are required to meet federal emissions standards similar to those for gasoline engines. Pickup trucks account for most diesel-fueled vehicles but a growing number of cars are diesel-fueled.

SICK BOY-FRAUD

Fraud case against Casper mom advances

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A judge has advanced the case against a Casper woman accused of exaggerating her son's illness to solicit donations from the community.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen ruled enough evidence exists for the case against Krishelle Layton to move forward to district court for trial.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Layton faces fraud charges after receiving about $7,000 from various fundraisers when word about her son's illness spread in late 2013.

Prosecutors say she gave the impression that 6-year-old Dorian Layton was near death, even as the boy's doctor said he was improving and death was not imminent.

During Tuesday's preliminary hearing, the mother's attorney says the child's condition was misdiagnosed by doctors as cancer.

Testimony revealed that Dorian showed no signs of cancer earlier this month.

SHOSHONI FATAL

29-year-old woman killed in central Wyoming crash

SHOSHONI, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities say a 29-year-old woman was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in central Wyoming.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says Cheryl Rapue, of Wiggins, Colorado, was driving about 25 miles north of Shoshoni when her vehicle left the road and rolled at about 4 a.m. Wednesday. The woman was driving a contract vehicle that was carrying mail for the Postal Service from Douglas to the Big Horn Basin area.

Investigators say it's unclear what caused the crash, but they suspect driver fatigue may have played a role.

REFINERY-POWDER

Oil refinery officials address neighbors' concerns

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Officials with the HollyFrontier oil refinery in Cheyenne will be going door to door in nearby neighborhoods this week to alleviate residents' concerns after the facility released an ash-like powder that clouded the air and settled on their property.

Refinery spokesman Don Finley tells KGWN-TV the smoke released Friday was catalyst dust, which is similar to fine-grained sand. Plant officials have said the powder, which can cause irritation, is used in the refining process and was released inadvertently.

Refinery officials will be handing out car wash vouchers to residents who were affected by the dust.

JACKSON PHONE BOOKS

Jackson holds off on phone book delivery ban

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The Jackson Town Council is backing away from a proposed ban on phone book deliveries.

That's after several phone book publishers promised town officials Monday they would pick up unused phone books from the post office and stop delivering to people who say they don't want phone books.

Some Jackson Town Council members expressed skepticism about the phone book industry's pledge to self-police but agreed to wait and see if the issue continues to be a problem.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that just one household in Jackson can receive up to five phone books from various publishers. The phone books pile up on front porches and at the post office.

Some say the businesses waste tons of low-quality paper that is costly to recycle.

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