Carbon County news briefs
State shops including Department of Workforce Services start four day week
Starting Aug. 4, the Department of Workforce services along with many state agencies will move to a four day week. The department will now be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
On June 26 Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. announced the "Working for Utah" initiative, extending state government services.
The program will be critically evaluated following a one year period to allow for any necessary adjustments in the future. The next month will be a time to allow state agencies to carefully plan and prepare for this monumental and exciting undertaking, said a governor's office press release.
Hatch, Bennett and Herbert join oil company executives for discussion
On July 1, Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett along with Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert talked with experts from the oil shale and tar sands industries in a news conference at the Utah State Capitol.
The discussion centered around Utah's oil reserves and the advanced technology available to develop more domestic oil product.
The event was used to highlight Utah's potential as a domestic energy leader and explored developing state resources to meet Americas energy demands. President Bush recently touted Utah's role in the new energy market and asked to hear more about unconventional oil resources.
Leading U.S. brewer agrees to stop selling energy drinks containing alcohol
Anheuser-Busch has agreed to stop selling energy drinks containing alcohol in response to an investigation by a group of state attorneys general, as reported by Reuters on June 26.
The brewer also reached a similar settlement with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, in which it pledged to call on other alcohol producers to also stop making pre-packaged caffeinated alcohol beverages, according to a June 26 CSPI press release.
The company also agreed to remove the stimulant guarana from any drinks and pay all the states that participated in the case $200,000 for legal expenses.