Associated Press


7:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Appeals court upholds large medical malpractice award

A federal appeals court has ordered Campbell County Memorial Hospital to pay a Nevada woman $2 million for damages she suffered when a doctor there failed to diagnose that her husband had broken his neck in a vehicle accident.

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Department of Education
6:32 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Gov. Mead appoints AZ Sen. Crandall to head Wyoming Ed. Dept.

Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Arizona State Senator Richard Crandall to run the Wyoming Department of Education.

NEW ED DIRECTOR - Gov. Matt Mead has selected an Arizona state senator to run the Wyoming Education Department.

Mead late Wednesday afternoon announced his choice of Richard Crandall, who co-owns two nutritional service companies.

The Education Department has a budget of about $1 billion a year and employs about 150 people.

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Hill Investigation
6:39 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

House speaker calls for investigation of Hill administration

Representative Thomas E. Lubnau, II

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming House Speaker Tom Lubnau is asking for a special committee to be empanelled to investigate state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill's administration of the state Education Department.

Lubnau wants the House Rules Committee to handle the probe. It could be a step toward possible impeachment proceedings against Hill, depending on its findings and recommendation.

Lubnau, a Gillette Republican, made the request Tuesday to Republican Senate President Tony Ross, of Cheyenne.

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7:44 am
Thu May 30, 2013

UW Basketball player faces Civil Lawsuit

A man has filed a civil lawsuit against former University of Wyoming basketball player Luke Martinez over a fight outside a bar last year.
Attorney Steve C.M. Aron filed suit in March on behalf of Parfait Nayigihugu. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Martinez's attorney, Tom Fleener, filed an answer to the lawsuit that asks the court to find in Martinez's favor.  Martinez also has a criminal case pending in which he is charged with aggravated assault and battery. Martinez has pleaded not guilty in the criminal case.

9:33 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Power station fire burns three

Credit Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Three workers were burned in the second fire in a week to break out at the same power plant near Wheatland.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative says the fire broke out early Sunday at the Laramie River Station.
The Bismarck, N.D.-based utility said in a release Monday the fire started in the plant's coal unloading area.
Three workers were taken to Platte County Memorial Hospital. One worker was flown to a burn center in Greeley, Colo., and remains there for treatment.

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7:27 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Construction on a natural gas powered electric facility begins

Construction has begun on a new $237 million power plant near Cheyenne.

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6:11 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Mead says agencies may not need to make budget cuts

Gov. Matt Mead says it appears likely that state agencies won't face more spending cuts in the two-year budget cycle that begins next year.
 Mead says he's informed state lawmakers that state agencies won't honor lawmakers' request to present proposed spending cuts of up to 6 percent at legislative committee hearings this summer.
Most state agencies saw budget cuts averaging 6.5 percent in the supplemental budget that state government approved early this year. Mead says state revenues are improving and that more cuts probably won't be necessary.

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6:33 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Judge dissmisses Y-Cross lawsuit

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that contested how the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University managed and planned to sell a ranch jointly owned by the universities' foundations.
 The attorney for the Denver woman who donated the ranch to the two universities said Thursday that Amy Davis would appeal to the Wyoming Supreme Court.
 The Y Cross Ranch covers 50,000 acres between Cheyenne and Laramie.

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6:13 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Wyoming Supreme Court to consider drunk driving law

The Wyoming Supreme Court is considering a challenge to a recent state law that allows judges to give permission over the phone to police officers to draw blood or perform other tests on people suspected of drunken driving.
Two drivers who submitted to testing after a Teton County judge authorized officers over the phone are contending the tests should be disallowed in their cases because the search warrants don't meet constitutional requirements for written affidavits.

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4:46 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Supreme Court agrees to hear Hill case

The Wyoming Supreme Court has agreed to hear the lawsuit filed by state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill.
 Hill is suing the state and Gov. Matt Mead over a new law that took away many of her powers and duties.
Laramie County District Judge Thomas Campbell last month asked the Supreme Court to take up the lawsuit because it raises constitutional questions.

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12:16 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Judge rules against making fracking ingredients public

A judge in Casper has sided with the state of Wyoming and ruled against environmentalists who sought to make public the lists of ingredients that go into hydraulic fracturing fluids.
     Environmental groups had requested the ingredient lists from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, arguing that the public needs to know what chemicals companies are putting underground.
     Natrona County District Judge Catherine Wilking has ruled that Wyoming's state oil and gas supervisor was correct to withhold the ingredient lists as protected trade secrets.

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6:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Hill loses injunction request

State Superintendent Cindy Hill will take her case to the Wyoming Supreme Court.

Wednesday District Court Judge Thomas Campbell refused to issue a preliminary injunction and restore her powers and duties immediately.  But he did send her case immediately to the Wyoming Supreme Court for further action.   

The Legislature and Gov. Matt Mead approved a law this winter taking away many of the superintendent's powers and duties. It included replacing the superintendent as administrative head of the state Education Department with a director appointed by the governor.

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5:47 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

More groups join the wolf lawsuit

The National Rifle Association and Safari Club International are blaming wolves for bringing down the quality of big-game hunting in northwestern Wyoming.
     The hunting groups are pushing to intervene in lawsuits pending in federal courts in Washington D.C. and Wyoming. The groups want to oppose environmental groups' push to reinstate federal protections for wolves in Wyoming.

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12:11 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Judge will rule on Superintendent Hill case next week

A district judge in Cheyenne says he will rule in a week whether to restore the powers and duties recently taken away from state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill.
  Judge Thomas Campbell heard more than two hours of testimony and arguments Thursday in Hill's lawsuit challenging a new law that removed her as head of the Wyoming Education Department.

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DNA testing
5:15 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

District Judge orders post-conviction DNA test

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - In a first for Wyoming, a court has ordered a post-conviction test of DNA in a 23-year-old sexual assault case.      The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reported Monday ( ) that District Judge Thomas Campbell issued the order in the case of Andrew Johnson.       Johnson was convicted of sexual assault and aggravated burglary in Laramie County in 1989 and was sentenced to life in prison.      Johnson maintains his innocence. Seminal fluid collected in the case has not been tested for DNA.

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5:12 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Enzi supports balanced budget requirement

Sen. Mike Enzi is supporting the idea of a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced U.S. budget.

He's co-sponsoring a bill that would make a balanced budget a constitutional requirement.

Enzi says it's the only solution to solving the nation's fiscal mess.

The Balanced Budget Amendment would restrict Congress from spending more than federal revenue in any fiscal year and would limit spending to 18 percent of the gross national product.

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10:12 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Wyo lawmakers face anti-abortion bills

Wyoming lawmakers are facing bills this session that would restrict access to abortion services.

Meanwhile, a group is capitalizing on the legal victory it won against the state last year that allows it to display an anti-abortion poster in a tunnel leading to the state Capitol.

The anti-abortion bills aren't set for a hearing until late in January. Abortion rights groups say they're gearing up for a fight and similar bills have been defeated in recent legislative sessions.

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4:59 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Wyoming Legislature faces budget talks in 2013 session

Wyoming House Speaker-elect Tom Lubnau says crafting a supplemental state budget will be the "overriding concern" as lawmakers open the 2013 session tomorrow


State financial analysts are warning that Wyoming needs to brace for flat revenues for years to come, given the slumping national demand for coal and increasing natural gas production in other states.

Gov. Matt Mead presented a budget proposal to lawmakers last month calling for cutting state agency budgets by an average of 6.5 percent.

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7:40 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Wolf hunting season ends

Wyoming's wolf hunting season ends today.

Hunters are allowed to kill a total of 52 wolves ... but as of Friday afternoon, they had taken only 43.

It's Wyoming's first wolf hunting season since the federal government reintroduced wolves to the Yellowstone ecosystem in the 1990s.

Besides those taken during hunting season, 25 wolves have been killed around Wyoming this year because they were considered predators.

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6:40 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Still no official word on what caused the Casper Mountain fire

Authorities still haven't determined what started the wildfire that burned 15,000 acres on Casper Mountain this summer.
 Natrona County Fire Inspector Dave Baker told the Casper Star-Tribune  that investigators believe it was human-caused. The leading theories are that the fire was accidentally started by ATV use or discarded smoking material or that it was intentionally set.
 The fire destroyed 37 homes and cabins. Authorities know of only one person who has rebuilt so far.

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5:51 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Charges filed against workers of Wheatland pig farm

An undercover probe of a pig farm near Wheatland by the Humane Society of the United States has resulted in misdemeanor charges against nine former workers.
     The Platte County Attorney's Office filed the charges. Officials are still attempting to serve warrants on some defendants.
     The Humane Society last summer released what it said is an undercover video, shot in April, showing workers abusing pigs at Wyoming Premium Farms in Wheatland. The society also claimed animals at the farm were kept in what it called inhumane conditions.

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6:29 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Feds and Shoshone Tribe oppose Northern Arapaho on eagles

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe are urging a federal judge not to reconsider his recent ruling banning the Northern Arapaho Tribe from killing bald eagles on a central Wyoming reservation.
     The Northern Arapaho Tribe last month asked U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne to change the ruling he entered earlier saying that the tribe couldn't kill the birds on the Wind River Indian Reservation because of objections from the Eastern Shoshone. The two tribes share the reservation.

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6:25 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Citizens' group loses Wyo. wind farm challenge

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld permits issued by the state and Converse County allowing construction of two wind farms in the Laramie Range.

Wasatch Wind of Salt Lake City plans to construct 62 towers at two locations. The Northern Laramie Range Alliance had challenged permits issued to the company by the Converse County Board of County Commissioners and Wyoming Industrial Siting Council.

A statement from the Northern Laramie Range Alliance says it still intends try to block construction of the wind farms.

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7:08 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Study says ecosystems help climate change

Credit Bob Beck

A new study estimates that ecosystems in the western U.S. absorb and contain nearly 100 million tons of atmospheric carbon each year.
     The Interior Department said Thursday that's nearly 5 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. In other words, ecosystems in the West help to offset the air pollution that contributes to climate change.
     The study authored by U.S. Geological Survey scientists is part of a congressionally mandated national assessment of how ecosystems capture and contain carbon from the atmosphere.

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9:22 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Sen. Enzi won't sign Americans for Tax Reform pledge

Conservative activist Grover Norquist says U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi will have to be accountable to the people of Wyoming if he backs off a pledge to not raise taxes.
Enzi said Thursday he will abide by his oath of office but won't sign or be bound by any lawmaker pledges, including the Americans for Tax Reform pledge championed by Norquist.
The pledge calls for opposing increases to marginal income tax rates and to oppose any net cuts to tax deductions or credits unless the moves are offset by reduced tax rates.

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5:46 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Wyoming judge to hear arguments in Y Cross suit

Two university foundations have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that is holding up their plans to sell a ranch.
Laramie County District Judge Thomas Campbell is scheduled to hear arguments in the dismissal request Tuesday.
Amy Davis donated the Y Cross Ranch to the University of Wyoming Foundation and Colorado State University Research Foundation in 1997. She filed suit in September, saying the two foundations haven't honored her intent that they use the ranch as a site for hands-on teaching.

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12:09 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Fundraising For Bridger-Teton Drilling Is Going Slow

An effort to buy oil and gas leases in western Wyoming to protect the land from development is raising funds at about half the speed needed to complete the $8.75 million deal.

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Legislative Headlines
8:06 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Report Is Critical Of Wyoming Department Of Education

A report by consultants hired by the Legislature gives the Wyoming Department of Education poor marks in implementing state education reforms.
The report says the agency has failed in some of its responsibilities and hindered other entities involved in the state's initiative to better prepare its public school students for college and careers.
 The report blames much of the agency's failings on loss of too many key personnel in the last two years.

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4:54 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Sinclair offers reward after apparent sabotage

Sinclair Oil is offering a $25,000 reward for information about an apparent sabotage attempt at its refinery near Rawlins.
Workers discovered damage to a number of valves on Oct. 18 after noticing strange feedback from instruments on a hydro-cracking unit.
A company spokesman says the company concluded the damage was intentional but wouldn't comment on whether there were signs of a break-in.
Sinclair Police Chief Jeff Sanders confirmed Wednesday that his department is investigating.

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12:44 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Video Leads To The Arrest Of Kidnapping Suspect

Wyoming authorities say a 39-year-old Montana man has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl in Wyoming.
Court records filed in Cody identify the suspect as Jesse Paul Speer. He was arrested Saturday in Belgrade, Mont., on a hold for Wyoming. He faces extradition to Wyoming on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and felony use of a weapon.
 Speer's bond is set at $2 million and he faces a court appearance in Bozeman on Monday afternoon.