Associated Press http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Legislative Committee Releases Final Cindy Hill Report http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislative-committee-releases-final-cindy-hill-report <div>The special legislative committee investigating Wyoming schools Superintendent Cindy Hill has released a final report sharply criticizing her performance.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report released Wednesday concludes Hill failed to follow legislative budget directives and intentionally violated the law by requiring permanent Education Department employees to certify she could fire them at any time.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:31:10 +0000 Associated Press 61777 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislative Committee Releases Final Cindy Hill Report Hill Report Could Be Fodder For Impeachment http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hill-report-could-be-fodder-impeachment <p>A special legislative committee investigating Wyoming schools Superintendent Cindy Hill released a scathing report Tuesday concluding she failed to follow legislative funding directives and demanded rank-and-file education department staff to demonstrate personal loyalty to her.</p><p>Hill has 15 days to respond before the committee will issue its final report, probably before the end of the month.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:02:54 +0000 Associated Press 60707 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hill Report Could Be Fodder For Impeachment Funnel Cloud Prompts Cheyenne Tornado Warning http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/funnel-cloud-prompts-cheyenne-tornado-warning <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A funnel cloud prompted a brief tornado warning in Cheyenne on Wednesday.</span></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Weather Service sounded the alarm at about 2 p.m., soon after the funnel dropped down from a small thunderstorm in the high country west of town.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Minutes later, the funnel dissipated without touching down - though not before several people snapped photos of the twister and posted the images online.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:48:02 +0000 Associated Press 60411 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Funnel Cloud Prompts Cheyenne Tornado Warning 3 Killed In Wyoming Bus Collision http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/3-killed-wyoming-bus-collision <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A bus crashed into other vehicles stopped for roadwork on a rural Wyoming highway, killing three and sending at least three others to the hospital.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the accident occurred a Thu, 15 May 2014 01:28:53 +0000 Associated Press 58299 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 3 Killed In Wyoming Bus Collision Wyoming Lawyers Support Same Sex Marriage http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-lawyers-support-same-sex-marriage <p>More than 50 Wyoming lawyers are expressing support for a group's effort to change state law to allow same-sex couples to marry.<br />&nbsp;<br />A group called Wyoming Equality is challenging the state prohibition against same-sex marriage in state court. Group Chairman Jeran Artery says he hopes the lawyers' support sparks a statewide debate.<br />&nbsp;<br />Wyoming Equality and four same-sex Wyoming couples filed a lawsuit earlier this year challenging the state law that defines marriage as existing only between a man and a woman.<br />&nbsp; Thu, 01 May 2014 00:49:44 +0000 Associated Press 57640 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Lawyers Support Same Sex Marriage Natural Gas Fire Still Burning http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/natural-gas-fire-still-burning <p>A small fire continues to burn at a western Wyoming natural gas processing plant idled by an explosion since last week.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:36:17 +0000 Associated Press 57527 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Natural Gas Fire Still Burning Davis Will Leaves Money For Y Cross Teaching http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/davis-will-leaves-money-y-cross-teaching <p>The will of a wealthy Denver philanthropist who has died contains an incentive for the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University to use a ranch for agricultural education rather than sell the property.</p><p>Amy Davis died Wednesday. She was 86.<br />&nbsp;<br />Davis' personal representative, Tyson Dines, said Thursday that Davis' will sets aside a considerable amount to support teaching at the Y Cross Ranch. He wouldn't specify the amount.<br />&nbsp;<br />University officials said they were saddened by Davis' death but had no additional comment.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:26:20 +0000 Associated Press 56998 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Davis Will Leaves Money For Y Cross Teaching Hill Rejects Proposal To Return To The Department Of Ed http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hill-rejects-proposal-return-department-ed <p>Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill is rejecting an offer from the state attorney general to narrow the scope of a court case that has to be resolved before she can return to running the state education department.<br />&nbsp;<br />Hill said Tuesday the state constitution is not negotiable.<br />&nbsp;<br />Hill filed suit challenging a state law enacted last year that removed her as head of the state education department. The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled in January the law is unconstitutional.<br />&nbsp; Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:04:15 +0000 Associated Press 56530 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hill Rejects Proposal To Return To The Department Of Ed Cheyenne Republican Will Run For State Superintendent http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cheyenne-republican-will-run-state-superintendent <p>An administrator in the Wyoming Department of Family Services says she is running for state superintendent of public instruction.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:54:30 +0000 Associated Press 55470 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cheyenne Republican Will Run For State Superintendent Wyoming-Based Environmental Group Disbands http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-based-environmental-group-disbands <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">One of Wyoming's most outspoken environmental groups is disbanding.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The board of the Laramie-based Biodiversity Conservation Alliance voted Thursday to call it quits. Board President Ken Driese said Monday the group has been having fundraising difficulties and that four staff members are losing their jobs.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 23:15:13 +0000 Associated Press 54803 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming-Based Environmental Group Disbands Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/taliban-suspends-talks-prisoner-exchange The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.<p>"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.<p>"Therefore, the prisoner exchange process has been delayed until further notice," Mujahid said. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 06:01:00 +0000 Associated Press 54423 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/restaurant-manager-dies-carbon-monoxide-new-york-mall A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.<p>Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.<p>Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.<p>Three officers were among those overcome by carbon monoxide at the mall, which is about 35 miles east of New York City, police said. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 05:40:00 +0000 Associated Press 54422 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org SLIB Grants 13 Million To Gun Related Company http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/slib-grants-13-million-gun-related-company <p>The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board has approved $13 million in grants to help a Colorado producer of ammunition magazines for guns move its manufacturing operations to Wyoming.</p><p>Erie, Colo.-based Magpul Industries is moving its production, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne and its headquarters to Texas. The company is making good on its vow to leave Colorado after that state enacted gun control laws last year.</p><p>Magpul will bring about 90 new jobs to Cheyenne.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:41:41 +0000 Associated Press 53664 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org SLIB Grants 13 Million To Gun Related Company WY Supreme Court Sides With Superintendent Cindy Hill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-supreme-court-sides-superintendent-cindy-hill <p>A divided Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled that a new law stripping many powers and duties from the state superintendent of public instruction is unconstitutional.</p><p>The court's 3-2 ruling Tuesday came in a lawsuit by Republican state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill challenging the law enacted a year ago by the GOP-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Matt Mead.</p><p>The law took effect in the middle of Hill's four-year term. The superintendent remained one of the five statewide elected officials but no longer oversaw the Wyoming Department of Education.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:54:53 +0000 Associated Press 53202 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY Supreme Court Sides With Superintendent Cindy Hill Former Wyoming Hospital CEO Sentenced http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/former-wyoming-hospital-ceo-sentenced <p>A former hospital administrator who pleaded guilty to defrauding hospitals in Wyoming and Indiana has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.<br /><br />U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal on Monday also ordered Paul Cardwell to pay restitution of nearly $1.7 million.</p><p>Cardwell pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.<br /><br />Prosecutors say Cardwell took nearly $850,000 from Powell Valley Healthcare in 2011 and earlier took about the same amount from White County Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Ind.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 01:16:37 +0000 Associated Press 53176 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Former Wyoming Hospital CEO Sentenced Business Council Approves Money For Magpul http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/business-council-approves-money-magpul <p> The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors has unanimously approved $13 million in state grants and loans to help one of the country's largest producers of ammunition magazines for guns relocate to the state.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Erie, Colo.-based Magpul Industries is planning to move its production, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne. The company vowed to leave Colorado after that state enacted gun control laws last year.<br />&nbsp; Fri, 24 Jan 2014 01:41:00 +0000 Associated Press 52999 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Business Council Approves Money For Magpul Northern Arapaho Tribe Blasts Wyoming's Bid To EPA http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/northern-arapaho-tribe-blasts-wyomings-bid-epa <p>The Northern Arapaho Tribe is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject a request from the state of Wyoming to halt implementation of the agency's decision that over 1 million acres around Riverton remains legally Indian Country.<br />&nbsp;<br />Lawyers for the tribe wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy this week urging her to reject the request the state submitted earlier this month.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:45:21 +0000 Associated Press 52944 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Northern Arapaho Tribe Blasts Wyoming's Bid To EPA Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/boeing-machinists-approve-contract-secure-777x-work The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.<p>Washington Gov. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Associated Press 52182 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work Fire burns more than 6 hours at Sinclair refinery http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fire-burns-more-6-hours-sinclair-refinery <p>A fire burned for more than six hours at the Sinclair Oil refinery in south-central Wyoming.</p><p></p><p>Officials with Salt Lake City-based Sinclair say nobody was hurt.</p><p>The fire started around 3:30 a.m. Friday in the plant's alkylation unit. The refinery's fire department extinguished the flames around 10 a.m.</p><p>The company said in a release it had notified Wyoming workplace safety regulators and begun an investigation. The refinery continued to operate at normal rates.</p><p>In 2012, three fires injured seven workers at the refinery in the town of Sinclair.</p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:21:37 +0000 Associated Press 50940 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fire burns more than 6 hours at Sinclair refinery 'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fast-furious-star-dies-car-crash Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.<p>Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.<p>A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.<p>"We ... Sun, 01 Dec 2013 05:52:00 +0000 Associated Press 50635 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash Hydraulic fracturing case to be heard by the Wyoming Supreme Court http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hydraulic-fracturing-case-be-heard-wyoming-supreme-court <p>The Wyoming Supreme Court will hear arguments next month over whether the public has the right to obtain lists of chemicals used in the process of hydraulic fracturing.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Environmental groups are suing to see the lists that companies have submitted to state regulators. The groups say they have a right to see the information under Wyoming's public records law.<br />&nbsp; Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:32:25 +0000 Associated Press 48543 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hydraulic fracturing case to be heard by the Wyoming Supreme Court Three U.S. Economists Win Nobel Prize http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/three-us-economists-win-nobel-prize Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.<p>The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.<p>While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.<p>"These findings, which might seem surprising and contradictory, were made and analyzed by this year's laureates," the ac Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:29:00 +0000 Associated Press 48340 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Barrasso votes no on military force in Syria http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/barrasso-votes-no-military-force-syria <p>Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso is among the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who have voted against the use of U.S. military force in Syria.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The committee approved a use-of-force resolution Wednesday on a 10-7 vote. President Barack Obama seeks to use force to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for a recent chemical attack the administration says killed more than 1,400 people.<br>&nbsp; Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:27:07 +0000 Associated Press 46415 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Barrasso votes no on military force in Syria Teens sentenced for Clark murders http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/teens-sentenced-clark-murders <p>Two teens have been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to killing three members of a Wyoming family.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tanner Vanpelt and Stephen Hammer appeared in court in Cody Tuesday to change their pleas under a deal with prosecutors in the killings of 40-year-old Ildiko Freitas and her parents in the northwestern Wyoming town of Clark.<br>&nbsp; Wed, 04 Sep 2013 00:42:08 +0000 Associated Press 46350 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Teens sentenced for Clark murders NAACP meeting with the Ku Klux Klan said to be a first http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/naacp-meeting-ku-klux-klan-said-be-first <p>A meeting between a Wyoming chapter of the NAACP and an organizer for the Ku Klux Klan is believed to be the first of its kind.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Both the Southern Poverty Law Center and the United Klans of America said Tuesday the meeting is a first. The Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/17BcfVR ) reported that the meeting took place at a hotel in Casper under tight security between Jimmy Simmons, president of the Casper NAACP and John Abarr, a KKK organizer from Great Falls, Mont.<br>&nbsp; Wed, 04 Sep 2013 00:39:11 +0000 Associated Press 46349 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bear Cloud will be eligible for parole in 25 years http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/bear-cloud-will-be-eligible-parole-25-years <p>A district judge on Wednesday ordered that a man who had been serving a life sentence for his role in a 2009 home invasion killing in Sheridan will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 01:54:42 +0000 Associated Press 46066 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Bear Cloud will be eligible for parole in 25 years Superintendent Hill takes her case to the Wyoming Supreme Court http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/superintendent-hill-takes-her-case-wyoming-supreme-court <p>It is now up to the Wyoming Supreme Court to resolve a dispute between the Legislature and schools Superintendent Cindy Hill over statewide management of Wyoming's public school system.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The court heard an hour of arguments Tuesday in Hill's lawsuit challenging a new law stripping the superintendent's office of many of its powers and duties.<br />&nbsp; Wed, 21 Aug 2013 00:49:25 +0000 Associated Press 45649 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Superintendent Hill takes her case to the Wyoming Supreme Court Laramie sues local newspaper and city council member http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-sues-local-newspaper-and-city-council-member <p><br>&nbsp; The city of Laramie is suing the Laramie Boomerang newspaper and a city councilor to get a judge's ruling on whether they're entitled to inspect city personnel records.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tuesday's district court lawsuit follows requests by Laramie Councilor Joe Vitale and the newspaper for information related to former Mayor Jodi Guerin's qualifications to serve as city recreation manager.<br>&nbsp; Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:46:22 +0000 Associated Press 45381 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie sues local newspaper and city council member Eaton case will be reviewed in 2014 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/eaton-case-will-be-reviewed-2014 <p>A federal judge has given lawyers until early next year to submit written arguments about whether Wyoming's lone death row inmate should be put to death.</p><p></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:42:02 +0000 Associated Press 45258 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Eaton case will be reviewed in 2014 Wyo. AG urges court to rule against Supt. Hill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyo-ag-urges-court-rule-against-supt-hill <p>The Wyoming Attorney General's Office is urging the state Supreme Court to rule against Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill's legal challenge to the recent state law that stripped her office of many of its powers.</p><p></p><p>The AG's Office this week filed a lengthy brief with the court laying out the history of the state's education system.</p><p>The AG argues that the state Legislature originally invested the superintendent's job with many of its powers. It says the Legislature had authority to remove those same powers when it passed the law early this year.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 21:32:44 +0000 Associated Press 43253 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyo. AG urges court to rule against Supt. Hill