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Mar 3, 2014 - The Associated Press

Oil tanks catch fire, explode

GILLETTE -- Nobody was hurt when two oil tanks caught fire and exploded northwest of Gillette. One partially full tank and one empty tank exploded between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday. The blast shook buildings and a plume of black smoke rose as onlookers gathered nearby. Damage was estimated at $20,000 and $25,000. The cause has not been determined.

Committee kills forfeiture bill

CHEYENNE -- State lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have made it harder for authorities to seize property related to suspected drug crimes. House Bill 76 died Friday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The proposal would have increased the burden of proof that law enforcement needs to show when it wants to seize vehicles used to transport illegal drugs.

"I think we can all agree that you are innocent until proven guilty," said Rep. Kendell Kroeker, R-Evansville. "And we think the law should reflect that."

State up two in new rig count

HOUSTON -- Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by two this week to 1,769.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska gained three rigs, Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming each gained two, and New Mexico and Ohio each gained one.

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