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WYOMING ECONOMY

CASPER — The sales of products that can be taxed in Wyoming accelerated to $3.9 billion for the first few months of 2018, thanks largely to a buoyed energy sector. The total income from sales and use taxes increased by 64 percent in Converse County, the center of current oil interest, and 50 percent in Sublette County, home to the state's large gas fields, from the start of 2017 to the beginning of this year, according to an economic summary from state economist Wenlin Liu released Monday. By Heather Richards, Casper Star-Tribune. SENT: 480 words.

WESTERN WILDFIRES

DENVER — Officials say they've ordered more people to evacuate a western Colorado wildfire supposedly started by tracer rounds fired at a shooting range. Authorities told an unknown number of residents of one neighborhood about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Aspen to flee early Thursday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

—UW SCIENCE BUILDING — The University of Wyoming's Science Initiative Building will begin construction in spring 2019 with the goal of being completed by early 2021. The $100 million Science Initiative Building project will contain a 200-seat active-learning classroom, along with state-of-the-art research and laboratory space to support scientific imaging, biological and greenhouse research.

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