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Mar 24, 2014 - The Associated Press

$300K in unclaimed funds returned

CHEYENNE -- State Treasurer Mark Gordon says his office recently helped more than 1,400 people be reunited with more than $300,000 in unclaimed funds.

The Unclaimed Property Division in the treasurer's office oversees money that for one reason or another can't be paid to their rightful owners. The service is free of charge. Gordon said anybody who thinks the state might be holding money that belongs to them can call his office to find out if that's the case.

Powell OKs chickens in town

POWELL -- The city of Powell has a new ordinance allowing people to keep chickens inside the city limits.

The ordinance allows residents to keep up to four chickens but no roosters. The four-chicken limit also applies to businesses. Police Chief Roy Eckerdt says the city needs to revise the new law to provide an exception for businesses.

U.S. rig count down; Wyo. the same

HOUSTON -- Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by six this week to 1,803. A year ago there were 1,746 active rigs. California increased by three and North Dakota and Pennsylvania each rose by two. New Mexico and Utah were up one. Texas declined by 10, Oklahoma by three and Ohio and West Virginia by two. Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming were unchanged.

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