Wed May 13, 2015
Energy Nation

Wyoming's Oil Rush Sparked A Different Boom, One Of Diversity

Ivan Pettigrew (left) helped his stepson, Ray Stewart (right), get his first job when he moved to Wyoming from Louisiana in 2010.
Leigh Paterson Inside Energy

Over the last few years, Wyoming's African-American population has grown fast. According to U.S. Census data, between 2010 and 2013, the number of black residents more than doubled – from 4,389 to 9,182. In some counties, especially those with a lot of energy development or tourism, that increase was big, anywhere from 300-800 percent. Other rural Western states, all with unemployment rates well below the national average, are experiencing a similar trend.

"Wyoming's population growth and decline, it is mostly driven by employment," said Wenlin Liu, principal economist with Wyoming's Economic Analysis Division. "We are different from Arizona or Florida. People go there to retire. Most people really come to Wyoming for employment purposes. That's why during the boom, they move here."

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Mon April 27, 2015

Opening Statements To Begin Monday In Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 4:39 am

An artist's sketch of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes, from an April 2013 court appearance.
Bill Robles Reuters/Landov

It's been nearly three years since 12 people were killed in Aurora, Colo., at a midnight premier of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises.

James Holmes' legal team admits he was behind the massacre, but there are two key questions: Was he insane, and should he be put to death?

Tom Teves says his son Alex made a split-second decision to shield his girlfriend when the gunman stormed the theater and began firing into the crowd.

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Thu April 23, 2015
Around the Nation

Oklahomans Feel Way More Earthquakes Than Californians; Now They Know Why

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 12:25 pm

Austin Holland, research seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, gestures to a chart of Oklahoma earthquakes in June 2014 as he talks about recent earthquake activity at his offices at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. The state had three times as many earthquakes as California last year.
Sue Ogrocki AP

A magnitude-3.0 earthquake is small, but most people can feel it. Historically, Oklahoma got less than two of those a year, but in 2013 it became two a week.

It's only gotten more active since then — last year, the state had three times as many earthquakes as in the entire seismically active state of California.

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Sun April 19, 2015

'This Is Going To Be Too Hard': Keeping Kids From Using Pot

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

Christopher Furlong Getty Images

Public perceptions of marijuana have come a long way. Once a symbol of the counterculture, pot has become part of the culture.

In Colorado, it's part of everyday culture.

Colorado has allowed medical marijuana since 2001, but voters amended the state constitution in 2012 to allow private marijuana consumption for adults aged 21 or older. The first-ever stores to sell state-regulated recreational pot opened their doors on Jan. 1, 2014.

The law has raised serious concerns for parents and those working with kids to keep young people away from drugs.

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Sun April 12, 2015

Better Than 'Survivor': Wild Drama Hooks Viewers On Nest Web Cams

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 8:37 am

One of the two female ospreys that scuffled over the male on the Boulder County, Colo., nest web cam.
Boulder County

Fans of Boulder County's osprey nest cam saw a bit of drama last season.

Two females and a male were living in the nest, when a third female arrived and kicked the original female out. Observers said she bonded with the male.

"People called it ... the 'home-wrecker osprey,' " says Nik Brockman, Boulder County's web specialist.

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