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Nov 8, 2013 - The Associated Press

Group recommends delisting griz

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- A subcommittee of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is recommending lifting federal protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area.

The subcommittee made its conditional recommendation Thursday during a meeting in Bozeman, Mont. The recommendation was based on data from a nearly complete report on whitebark pine. Pine nuts are a key food source for grizzlies.

The recommendation is expected to be presented to the full committee next month in Missoula. The committee can then pass it on to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem lost Endangered Species Act protection in 2007. A federal judge restored their threatened status in 2009, in part over concerns that whitebark pine trees were dying due to pine beetles and a fungus.

Bill could limit UW Foundation fee

LARAMIE -- A legislative committee has endorsed a bill regarding fees the University of Wyoming charges the state to manage an $89 million endowment.

The UW Foundation controls the state-funded endowment. It increased its management fee from 1 percent to 1.25 percent this year.

The Joint Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to support a bill in next year's legislative session. It would require UW to make a request every two years through the state budget process if it wants to increase the management fee above 1 percent.

Rick Miller is vice president and general counsel for UW. He says the endowment provides matching funds for private grants and gifts to UW and funds UW fundraising efforts.

More signing up for insurance online

More Wyoming residents are managing to enroll in health insurance through the federal government's troubled website, HealthCare.gov.

Stephen Goldstone is president of WINhealth, one of two companies offering approved insurance coverage through the Web site.

Goldstone said his company has enrolled nearly 90 customers through the exchange, with almost 40 of those coming in the last week.

Goldstone says the company is now receiving between six and 10 applications a day.

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