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SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - A federal restriction imposed on Sheridan in northern Wyoming in the late 1980s has been lifted as the result of decades-long efforts to improve air quality in the city. The Environmental Protection Agency officially recognized Sheridan as an area in attainment with federal air quality standards earlier this month. The action lifts a construction ban on projects that could lead to air pollution.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - One of the Republican Party's top fundraisers is running for governor of Wyoming. Foster Friess is a 78-year-old investor who lives in Jackson Hole. Friess hasn't held major political office before and isn't well-known in Wyoming, but he is widely known as a force in Republican political circles. Friess may have to convince Wyomingites he's one of their own.

DENVER (AP) - Environmentalists are asking an appeals court to reinstate a rule restricting harmful methane emissions on U.S. lands, at least temporarily. Attorneys for 13 groups on Friday asked a federal appeals court in Denver to block an order by a lower court that halted the regulation. The rule required energy companies to capture methane gas instead of burning it or wasting it at drilling sites on public lands.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Republican Party has gathered in Laramie for its convention leading up to this year's elections for governor and other statewide offices. Wyoming GOP Chairman Frank Eathorne says GOP delegates will hear from candidates for various offices, sharpen the party's platform and consider resolutions. Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis will chair the convention.

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