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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A magazine says the University of Wyoming is one of the top institutions in the country when it comes to outdoor adventures. Outside magazine published an article on its online edition on Aug. 14, ranking UW as No. 15 on a list of 25 top colleges and universities for its adventure-seeking readers. It cited the university’s proximity to public lands, its selection of outdoor-oriented educational programs, the programs it offers through the Outdoor Program and the national championships the Nordic ski team.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming exports of soda ash, energy, equipment and other merchandise to customers overseas rose 24 percent in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year. According to the U.S. International Trade Administration, Wyoming’s exports climbed in value from $579 million in the first half of last year to $718 million. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that top destinations for Wyoming products are found on several continents.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming is being recognized again as one of the best places in the United States to do business. The state is ranked third in Pollina’s 2012 edition of its Corporate Real Estate’s Top 10 Pro-Business States report. The annual study of job retention and creation measures a state’s economic development prowess.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A legislative committee has passed a draft bill that would bar “tax zapper” devices and software that skim sales tax money that should have gone to the state. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the state Legislature’s Joint Revenue Interim Committee passed the draft Friday. The piracy involves a computer software program and a plug-in that drops a number of transactions and the sales tax paid on them from the system.

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