James Barrett, a federal appeals court judge and former Wyoming Attorney General, died today. He was 89. Barrett was an army veteran, earned his law degree at the University of Wyoming, and was appointed attorney general in 1967. Several years later, President Richard Nixon appointed him to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Gov. Matt Mead knew Barrett personally and described him as “a friend, who with common sense and compassion, set an example as a judge and a citizen. ” A vigil will be held for Barrett at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Cheyenne at 8 p.m. on Friday.
G-E has launched a partnership that is intended to get more Wyoming women screened for breast cancer. It’s called the WY Women First Program, and G-E and its partners hope to increase screening for 25 thousand women in the state. Only 67-percent of Wyoming women currently get mammograms. The effort is being launched by G-E’s Healthy Imagination program. The program Vice President Michael Barber says for starters, they will use social media, notably Facebook to try and encourage women to get their exams.
A convenience store chain has agreed to pay one-hundred-fifteen-thousand dollars to settle a federal lawsuit alleging it improperly fired an HIV-positive bakery clerk in Wyoming.
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year sued Maverik, Inc., a Utah-based company that operates gas stations in Wyoming, Utah and other western states. The lawsuit charged the company fired the clerk two weeks after learning he was HIV-positive.