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Environmentalists File Coal Lease Lawsuit [AUDIO]

Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the U-S government to halt four coal leases in the Powder River Basin. Amy Richards has a report. It looks like food bills this year will be higher than last, but the increase will likely be smaller, according to USDA Economist Ricky Volpe. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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U-W International Program Wants Input [AUDIO]

Members of the University of Wyoming International program are looking for input on the future of the program. Amy Richards has a report. The USDA's Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Economic Development says the agency is stressing a more regional approach to economic development these days. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Corn Acerage Exceeds Predictions [AUDIO]

The USDA's prospective plantings report shows a jump in the acres planted with corn exceeding the expected increase. Wyoming's high school graduation rate dropped slightly in 2010-2011 compared to the year before. Amy Richards has a report. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Natrona County Jail (Courtesy of Natrona County Sheriff Department)
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Casper Inmate Dies in Jail [AUDIO]

USDA officials are warning people about fraudulent letters and at least one such phone call claiming to be from the ag department. Amy Richards has a report. A Casper man accused of vehicular homicide has died in jail. Kevin Koile has the story. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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USDA Warns of Fraud

USDA officials have been notified that additional fraudulent letters and at least one fraudulent phone call have been received by individuals in a number of states.

The phone call was received by an individual in Indiana, and letters are being sent by FAX to individuals and businesses in a growing number of states.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (USDA)
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (USDA)
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USDA Warns of Letter Scam In Several States [AUDIO]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is warning of a potential scam. Doug Randall has the details. The Daniels Fund donated more than $347,000 to Wyoming non-profits serving seniors and youth. That number is expected to rise before the end of the year. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Lack of Snowfall a Fire Concern [AUDIO]

A USDA Meteorologist says the lack of snowfall most of the west has received this winter could lead to increased fire danger when the weather warms up. Authorities say a fatal crash near Pinedale last week was a suicide. Amy Richards has a report. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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USDA Releases New School Meal Guidelines [AUDIO]

Special Prosecutor Mike Blonigen says several factors support his decision to seek the death penalty against a Cheyenne man accused of gunning down two people and critically wounding a third. Doug Randall reports. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday released new nutrition guidelines for school meals. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Gov. Matt Mead (R-WY)
Gov. Matt Mead (R-WY)
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Mead asks for EPA Info on Pavillion Wells (AUDIO)

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to respond to the state's questions on Pavillion's test wells. Amy Richards has a report. A USDA meteorologist says the northern plains wheat crop could suffer some winter kill damage this week from a severe blast of arctic air. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Cutting-Edge Microscope Aids U-W Researchers (AUDIO)

University of Wyoming researchers will be able to better understand details about underground oil and gas deposits, thanks to a new high-resolution 3-d x-ray microscope. Amy Richards has a report. USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber says that while that agency's final production estimate for most 2011 crops does include some changes from earlier estimates, there aren't as many surprises as some might have expected. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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