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May 29, 2012 - The Associated Press

Barrasso announces run

CHEYENNE -- Sen. John Barrasso has announces his bid for re-election.

The junior Republican senator from Wyoming made the announcement at noon Tuesday at the State Capitol in Cheyenne.

Gov. Dave Freudenthal appointed Barrasso to office in 2007 following the death of Sen. Craig Thomas. Barrasso won election in 2008 to serve out the remainder of Thomas' term.

So far, Barrasso is being challenged by another Republican, Thomas Bleming, of Lusk.

UW joins China coal conference

LARAMIE -- Researchers from the University of Wyoming will address critical issues of advanced coal use at a conference next week in China.

The 2012 International Advanced Coal Technologies Conference is scheduled for June 3-7.

The conference, which the UW School of Energy Resources is co-sponsoring, also will draw American and Chinese policymakers and coal industry representatives from both countries.

In addition, researchers with a wide range of expertise in advanced coal technology, carbon capture and sequestration, and carbon dioxide use are expected to attend.

UW School of Energy Resources Director Mark Northam says the goal of the conference is to find ways to add value to Wyoming coal through new technology, and to find new markets for its use.

Along with UW staff, 12 UW students will attend the conference.

Citations expected in refinery fire

RAWLINS -- At least three citations are expected to be issued against the Sinclair oil refinery in Wyoming where a flash fire injured four workers.

John Ysebaert, administrator of standards and compliance for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, tells The Rawlins Times that no citations have been issued, but the company can expect to be penalized after the investigation is complete.

The fire occurred May 8 at the Sinclair Oil Corp. refinery, about five miles east of Rawlins, and one worker, Tim Bjork, remains hospitalized in satisfactory condition at a burn center in Salt Lake City.

Ysebaert says Sinclair will have 15 days once the investigation is complete to informally contest the citations. A formal appeals process involving public hearings and administrative hearings would follow.

Livestock convention this week

JACKSON -- The annual Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show is being held this week in Jackson.

The event begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday.

Hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the convention attracts livestock producers from around the state.

Topics from speakers will include regulation, litigation, public lands and estate taxes.

Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis are among the invited speakers.

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