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Cheyenne, Wyo. (AP)-Action on the supplemental state budget bill will dominate both houses of the Wyoming Legislature this week. Identical budget bills drafted by the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee will get their first readings today in both the full House and Senate. The Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee has recommended against following Gov. Matt Mead’s call to reduce the flow of money into permanent savings to increase the state’s so-called rainy day fund.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s tourism economy posted a banner year in 2012. The Associated Press reports a study prepared for the Wyoming Office of Tourism says travel spending totaled $3.1 billion in 2012, eclipsing the previous mark of $2.9 billion. The spending was driven in part by an increase in the number of visitors to the state, which grew from 8.3 million in 2011 to 8.7 million — an increase of 4 percent.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The state has released its annual “Wyoming Windfall” list, the catch name for the Unclaimed Property Division of the State Treasurer’s Office. The Associated Press reports funds held by a company have not been paid to the owner are placed in protective custody by the state. State Treasurer Mark Gordon says the average claim is less than $100, but some owners have claimed $100,000 or more.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Dorian Green had 15 points to lead five Colorado State players scoring in double figures, and the Rams’ defense clamped down on Wyoming for a 65-46 victory over the weekend. Daniel Bejarano and Wes Eikmeier added 13 points each, and Colton Iverson and Pierce Hornung had 12 apiece for Colorado State on Saturday night.

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