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Oct 12, 2012 - The Associated Press

Plane wreckage to be removed

CHEYENNE -- Albany County Undersheriff Rob DeBree says crews plan to recover the wreckage Friday of a plane that was found in pieces on the south face of Laramie Peak.

Searchers in southeast Wyoming found the wreckage on Thursday after the plane failed to arrive at the Casper airport. There were no survivors. Their names weren't immediately released.

The search for the Piper PA-32 single-engine plane was led by the Wyoming Civil Air Patrol, a U.S. Air Force helicopter and ground crews.

The plane had been scheduled to land Tuesday evening at the Casper airport after taking off from Marshall, Texas, and stopping for fuel in Dodge City, Kan.

EPA fines Sinclair $378,000

CASPER -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Sinclair Oil has agreed to pay a $378,000 fine for violating the Clean Air Act at its refinery in south-central Wyoming.

The EPA says a 2010 inspection revealed that Sinclair didn't take steps to control releases of a range of toxic substances and gases.

The Sinclair Refinery has had several accidents and releases over the past several years. The EPA said Thursday the settlement will help ensure compliance with industry standards.

Salt Lake City-based Sinclair has agreed to update operating procedures and implement other measures to lessen the possibility of hazardous releases from the refinery.

Wyoming's workplace safety agency recently fined Sinclair more than $200,000 for alleged violations related to two fires at the refinery in May.

McMurrys give $6 million to UW

LARAMIE -- Philanthropists and entrepreneurs Mick and Susie McMurry have contributed a $6 million to the University of Wyoming's new Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

The gift was made through the McMurry Foundation.

It will support the McMurry Family UW Legacy Hall and the Grand Atrium in the Gateway Center.

It is the second multimillion-dollar gift received in the last five weeks for the project. The first was a $10 million commitment from Marian H. Rochelle to name the center.

The center will serve as a gathering place and event space for students, alumni and others.

It will feature dynamic displays that tell the story of the UW.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late spring 2013, with the facility planned to open in the fall of 2014.

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