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Mar 27, 2014 - The Associated Press

UW tuition increase weighed

LARAMIE -- University of Wyoming trustees are considering increases in tuition and fees at the state's only four-year, public university.

Trustees are meeting Thursday and Friday on the Laramie campus.

The trustees have been looking at a proposal to increase tuition by 4 percent in the 2014-15 academic year. If approved, the increase would bring in about another $2 million a year and would mean an increase of $120 for full-time resident students.

In addition, trustees are considering a $91 increase in student fees for a total tuition and fee increase of $211 next year.

Besides tuition and fees, trustees are expected to discuss how to distribute state funding for employee pay raises.

The university often has been ranked by national analysts as one of the nation's best public-education values in the United States.

Fire burned pipe, caused outage

CASPER -- Officials say a fire at an oilfield supply company west of Casper has burned millions of pounds of plastic pipe.

Area fire departments responded to the blaze just after midnight.

Natrona County Fire Chief Richard Ratcliff says the plastic pipe burned in an open lot. It didn't cause any injuries and no structures were damaged. Crews were still mopping up the fire at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Ratcliff says the fire burned about 8 million pounds of plastic pipe at WL Plastics, in Mills off Wyoming Highway 20/26. The company manufactures polyethylene pipe for the oil, gas, mining, industrial and municipal water markets.

The fire knocked out power to nearly 770 Rocky Mountain Power customers but it was restored quickly to most of them.

Teton County 'healthiest' in state

JACKSON -- Teton County again has retained its title as the healthiest place in Wyoming.

A report released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute named Teton County the healthiest of Wyoming's 23 counties. Teton County has earned the ranking for the last few years.

Only 10 percent of adults in Teton County residents are smokers. They also have better access to primary care physicians are less likely than other Wyomingites to be obese.

Despite all of the healthy habits identified in the report, county residents still have a well-documented drinking problem. A fifth of adults in the county report either heavy or binge drinking.

That rate is tied with Sweetwater County as the second-worst in Wyoming.

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