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ENERGY RESEARCH

CASPER — Signal Hill Company has owned and operated the Thompson Creek field since the late '90s, slowly improving its 65-barrel-a-day production to about 500 barrels a day currently. While Signal has plans to do additional drilling, some of its historic vertical wells are declining, yielding just about five barrels of oil a day.

SUPREME COURT-URANIUM MINING

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a challenge to Virginia's decades-old ban on uranium mining. The state has had a ban on uranium mining in place since 1982, soon after the discovery of a massive uranium deposit in the state's Pittsylvania County. It's the largest known deposit in the United States and one of the largest in the world.

AUSTRALIA-WILD HORSES

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country's iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region. New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro said Monday that his government had struck a balanced response to ecological concerns about the impact of the horses, known as brumbies, on Kosciuszko National Park. By Rod McGuirk.

GILLETTE KILLING-PLEA — A 46-year-old Wyoming man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his wife last year at their Gillette home.

YELLOWSTONE BISON-EXPERIMENT — Federal officials shut down an experiment on diseased wildlife from Yellowstone National Park after inspectors questioned government protocols for handling infected bison.

TRIBAL BOUNDARY — Attorneys for the state of Wyoming say the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes have not raised any new issues in a boundary dispute with the state that would merit a U.S. Supreme Court review.

JACKSON ANTLER SALE — The annual auction of antlers gathered from the National Elk Refuge in northwest Wyoming has generated nearly $174,000.

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