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May 15, 2013 The Associated Press

Capitol dome being mapped

CHEYENNE -- A team of specialized workers has been rappelling down the gold-plated dome at the Wyoming Capitol this week. They're taking photographs and measurements for a planned renovation of the building.

The three workers are from an Ithaca, N.Y., consulting firm called Vertical Access. They're going to use the data they collect to determine whether the dome needs repairs.

Suzanne Norton is project coordinator with the Wyoming Department of Administration and Information. She says the work is the most detailed assessment of the dome in the Capitol's history.

Workers were on the job Monday and Tuesday and are set to finish on Wednesday.

State officials say renovations are planned in the coming years to the Capitol's electrical, wiring, heating, cooling and fire-suppression systems.

New uranium mine opens

Production began Monday at Cheyenne-based Cameco Resources' North Butte Mine, which is west of Wright in southwestern Campbell County. Cameco Resources is a subsidiary of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Cameco Corp., one of the world's largest uranium producers.

The new mine is part of an aggressive expansion program by Cameco amid a soft uranium market.

Uranium prices are about $40 per pound, down from about $70 just before the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear disaster two years ago revived fears about nuclear energy as a safe power source.

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