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CONSUMER SPENDING-WYOMING

Wyoming has lowest consumer spending growth in '12

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming recorded the lowest growth in consumer spending in the nation between 2011 and 2012.

But state residents don't appear to be cutting back on buying gasoline for their vehicles.

A new federal report shows Wyoming's per-capita spending was $36,891 in 2012.

That was just 1.4 percent more than the previous year, the lowest percentage increase in the nation. The national average was 3.3 percent more.

State economist David Bullard blames slow job growth for keeping spending down in Wyoming.

Despite the tepid consumer spending in Wyoming, per capita spending on gasoline and energy in the state was $3,475 in 2012. That's second only to North Dakota.

Bullard says Wyoming has a widely dispersed population over a large state, so he's not surprised by the spending on gasoline.

TETON AIR TOURS

New air tour owner vows respect for Grand Teton

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The owner of a new business that is re-establishing commercial scenic air tours based out of the Jackson airport says his operation will not disturb Grand Teton National Park visitors.

Fly Jackson Hole owner Peter Lindell says he doesn't need to fly tour routes in the park to give people an amazing aerial tour.

Fly Jackson Hole entered into a three-year contract with Jackson Hole Airport in May. The airport is the only U.S. commercial airstrip located inside a national park.

Lindell tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the contract doesn't allow him to fly over noise sensitive areas except to take off and land.

He says potential scenic routes include the Gros Ventre Range, Teton Pass and the west slope of the Tetons.

INSURED DRIVERS

Wyoming has more insured drivers

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A new study finds that about 35,800 motorists, or 8.7 percent, are uninsured in Wyoming.

The study by the Insurance Research Council says Wyoming has the 13th lowest uninsured rate in the nation.

Nationally, 12.6 percent of U.S. motorists don't have proper liability insurance.

By comparison, neighboring Colorado has the ninth highest rate of uninsured motorists. In fact, uninsured drivers in Colorado outnumber Wyoming's entire population.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that it's not entirely clear why some states like Wyoming see better insurance participation rates than other states.

The study used data collected from 2012.

UW LAW CENTER

BP America Donates $25K to UW's Energy Law Center

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming College of Law's Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies has received a $25,000 gift from BP America to develop the center's summer energy law institute.

Launched in spring 2013, the center serves as the focal point for the many energy and natural resource initiatives at the UW law college. It develops new initiatives and outreach opportunities on the UW campus, in the state and in the Rocky Mountain region.

The summer energy law institute will provide UW students, as well as other students from across the country interested in energy law, an opportunity to gain a specific energy law-focused education.

UW faculty members and other expert law faculty will provide instruction on a variety of key energy law areas during the summer program.

JACKSON CAMPING

Jackson council quashes plan to allow car camping

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The Jackson Town Council has backed off on the idea of allowing people to spend one night in their cars within city limits.

Citing fears that people would abuse the law and that car camping could proliferate throughout town, the council decided earlier this week to reject the idea.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the issue came up as the council discussed changes to the town's camping ordinance.

But councilors who initially supported allowing people to stay in their cars overnight now say police should have discretion to handle such situations.

The council approved a new proposed version of the camping ban and agreed to take out the amendment permitting a person to car camp for one day.

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