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POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - The sugar beet harvest in northern Wyoming is nearing completion with about 70 percent of the crop in hand on Friday. Western Sugar Cooperative senior agriculturist Mark Bjornestad says tonnage is going to be just under 29 tons per acre. The tonnage is lower than predicted but sugar content is at record highs.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming lawyer who has represented ranchers against conservationists and the federal government has been hired by the U.S. Interior Department as a deputy solicitor. Karen Budd-Falen of Cheyenne will be representing the agency on wildlife issues, endangered species and national parks.

SEATTLE (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers has revived an environmental review of a controversial coal-export project in Washington a year after state environmental regulators denied the project a key permit. Ecology Director Maia Bellon has expressed concerns about Corps' decision to restart work on the permitting process of the terminal to export coal to Asia. But several U.S. senators have urged the federal agency to move forward.

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - State and federal wildlife officials have released 14 endangered black-footed ferrets at a site in northern Wyoming. Powell Tribune reports 13 captive-bred young ferrets and one adult were released last month in the Meeteetse area. Officials are planning to release 19 more ferrets this week in the Shirley Basin south of Casper.

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