DENVER. (AP) - A deep freeze gripping parts of the West and Midwest has forced much of the country to deal with unexpectedly cool temperatures. The cold is expected to remain into next week, with lows dipping to minus 30 in parts of Wyoming. Laramie could see temperatures dip to minus 29 early today. The record low for Dec. 5 at Laramie is 33 below zero, set in 1972.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming would need six years and $4.5 million to take over regulation of the state's uranium industry from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Wyoming legislators requested the analysis from the state Department of Environmental Quality. Lawmakers and uranium producers say federal permitting delays have kept Wyoming from cashing in on high uranium prices.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have charged two men with possession of methamphetamine following arrests in Cheyenne that agents claim yielded several pounds of the drug. Phillip Martin was detained Monday on a felony charge of possession of 500 grams or more of the drug with intent to distribute. Thomas Aflague (AF-la-gew), faces a detention hearing tomorrow. Legal representatives would not comment.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has appointed former Montana state Sen. Kim Gillan to lead a six-state region. The Billings Democrat will be HHS' director of Region VIII, which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Gillan says she will be based in Denver and will start next month.
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