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Wyoming recruits unemployed energy workers for prison jobs

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The state of Wyoming is encouraging workers who recently have lost their jobs in the state’s energy industry to consider applying for vacant state positions including prison jobs with the state Department of Corrections. Gov. Matt Mead says more than 2,400 state residents have lost jobs in the state’s energy industries since January. The state has ...

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Federal coal sales moratorium shakes industry stronghold

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 file photo shows the Belle Ayr Mine near Gillette, a northeastern Wyoming coal town where the owner has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and worries about the local economy run high. Coal’s been hit hard by bankruptcies, new pollution rules and the decline of a once-promising export market, and now, the federal government’s blocking of new coal sales has left people in places like Gillette, in a rare mood: Pessimistic. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver, File)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Like a trusty pickup truck, Gillette has bounced through tough times before and pulled through, thanks to coal. Lately the bumps for an industry that’s brought wealth and jobs to this town are getting bigger — bankruptcies of major producers, pollution rules that have made burning coal more expensive and the decline of a once-promising export market. ...

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Judge in climate suit tells feds to re-examine coal mine

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal officials must re-examine a 117 million-ton expansion of an eastern Montana coal mine after a judge sided with environmentalists who sued over the project’s potential to make climate change worse and cause other environmental damage. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters gave the Interior Department nine months to look again at the proposal for the Cloud Peak ...

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