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Laramie lawyer accused of assault can see wife

(Information in the following story is from: Laramie (Wyo.) Daily Boomerang,

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A former Laramie city councilor accused of threatening his wife will be allowed to see her again but has been ordered not to talk about the domestic violence case against him.

A judge agreed to the bond changes for Alan Joe Hageman during a hearing on Monday. The Laramie Boomerang reported that Hageman also pleaded not guilty to felonious restraint and aggravated assault and battery.

Police have alleged that Hageman, a lawyer, held a gun to his wife’s head during a fight in May at their home and said “Maybe I should kill you…” However, his wife later said she was manipulated by police during an interview and she wouldn’t testify against him.

Prosecutor Joshua Merseal said it was unrealistic to expect the couple to refrain from discussing the case.


Federal team taking over wildfire near Lander

(Information in the following story is from: KOVE-AM,

LANDER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal management team is taking over the fight against a wildfire burning above Lander in Sinks Canyon State Park.

The leadership transition is being made Tuesday because of the increasing complexity of the Fairfield Fire. It broke out Monday and forced the evacuation of campgrounds in Sinks Canyon and summer homes in Homestead Park.

KOVE-AM reports that the fire has burned over 1,000 acres and was fanned by 20 mph winds that pushed the flames over the canyon rim to the west just after sunset. Air tankers have dropped retardant on the fire.

To the north, a 50-acre wildfire is burning in the Washakie (WASH’-ah-kee) Wilderness in the Shoshone National Forest. Firefighters aren’t trying to suppress the fire because it’s in a remote area with difficult terrain.


Game and Fish wants to know about dead sage grouse

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking people to report any dead sage grouse they find immediately so they can be tested for West Nile virus.

The game department says reporting discoveries of dead sage grouse will help in managing the bird population.

Sage grouse have a low resistance to West Nile virus and it’s usually fatal to them. Testing has turned up the virus in Goshen County so far this year.

Tom Christiansen is sage grouse biologist with the department. He says warmer temperatures apparently help the virus to multiply in the gut of the mosquito. He says that if conditions remain warm through August, the virus could be more prevalent this year.

Christiansen says birds that were obviously killed by vehicles don’t need to be reported.


UW offers first energy MBA courses this fall

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Students entering this fall’s inaugural semester of energy MBA courses at the University of Wyoming College of Business will have two tracks to choose from in the program.

Students can try for a Masters of Business Administration with an energy concentration or an MBA in energy management.

The energy MBA is a collaborative effort among the College of Business, School of Energy Resources and energy industry leaders.

The program requires an additional 24 credit hours beyond the MBA core curriculum and can be completed in 21 months.

The curriculum addresses energy industry concerns on multiple levels to include: traditional hydrocarbon energy businesses, the power generation industry and alternative energy.


Coal-mining Peabody reports lower 2Q earnings

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp. reports a 56 percent profit decline for the second quarter because of lower pricing.

But the results still beat Wall Street’s expectations, and Peabody shares rose almost 8 percent in morning trading.

St. Louis-based Peabody says its net income attributable to common shareholders fell to $90.3 million, or 33 cents per share, for the April-June period. That’s down from $204.7 million, or 75 cents per share, a year earlier.

Revenue fell by 13 percent to $1.73 billion.

Analysts polled by FactSet on average expected an adjusted loss of 5 cents per share on higher revenue of $1.82 billion.

Peabody says it expects adjusted diluted earnings per share of between a loss of 16 cents to a profit of 9 cents for the year. Analysts expect a loss of 33 cents per share for the year.

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