The Casper City Council has moved forward with an ordinance that would prohibit people from openly carrying guns into city meetings.
Councilmembers passed the measure 5-4 Tuesday in the second of three required readings. A final vote will be taken Dec. 20.
The ordinance, which would ban all dangerous weapons from city meetings, passed an initial vote 6-3 last month. On Tuesday, Councilman Bill Brauer changed his previous vote in support of the ordinance, saying "I think we have enough restrictions on people."
Lawmakers have approved plans to redraw Wyoming's legislative districts, allocating more lawmakers to central and western areas of the state that have gained population while drawing them away from some other places.
The plan approved by the Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee on Tuesday would extend one state Senate district from Cheyenne north into the southern Goshen County community of LaGrange, home of Republican Sen. Curt Meier.
Meier says he plans to oppose that change when the committee meets in Cheyenne in January.
The state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association want a federal court in Denver to reconsider a rule prohibiting roads on nearly 50 million acres of land in national forests across the United States.
In a motion filed Monday, the plaintiffs say the U.S. Forest Service's roadless rule was a "sham process" designed to circumvent Congress.
The Fremont County Attorney's Office says 35 people have been indicted in connection with an alleged drug distribution ring in central Wyoming. The Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/rVGjbk ) reported that 22 of the 35 suspects have been arrested as of Friday. The indictments came from a grand jury that met from Nov. 28 through the 30th. They involve the distribution of cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription medication.
Lawmakers charged with redrawing Wyoming's legislative districts say they expect to hash out competing proposals at a two-day meeting early next week.
Republican Sen. Cale Case, of Lander, and Republican Rep. Pete Illoway, of Cheyenne, are co-chairmen of the Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee that meets Monday and Tuesday in Cheyenne. The Legislature will consider the committee's final plan in the session starting in February.
Wyoming has seen an increase in the number of exemptions it grants for required vaccines in children aged 4, 5 and 6 over the last five years.
In 2010, the state granted 168 exemptions, which represents about 2.2 percent of kindergartners that year. In 2006, the state granted 54 exemptions at those ages, or about 0.8 percent of kindergartners. In 2010, Wyoming added vaccinations for chickenpox and a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough to the list of required shots for students.
A former director of the Northern Arapaho tribe's Department of Social Services will serve three years of probation for embezzling tribal funds.
George Moss was sentenced in federal court in Cheyenne on Tuesday. Judge Alan B. Johnson ordered the 65-year-old to serve the first six months of his sentence under house arrest.
Federal prosecutors charged Moss with improperly approving requests by two former employees for over $100,000 in pay advances or loans from 2005 to 2006. Moss pleaded guilty this summer. The other two employees also have been convicted.
Wyoming ranchers and law enforcement officials are trying to work together to crack down on modern-day cattle rustlers.
Some ranchers say they've seen an increase in the number of livestock stolen in recent years. An average of 55 rustling cases are reported every year, but many ranchers don't report the thefts, thinking there's nothing they can do.
A report says Yellowstone National Park's air quality is worsening. The Natural Resource Vital Signs report measures park health based on the condition of 25 natural resources in 2010. It was authored by Yellowstone National Park.
The Wyoming Republican Party paid the Internal Revenue Service $12,490 in penalties and interest for lapses in paperwork. The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/ryZygE ) the amount paid is noted on a GOP account balance sheet dated Nov. 10.
GOP Chairwoman Tammy Hooper says missing paperwork from 2008 included W-2s and forms necessary to maintain the party's status as a nonprofit political organization.
The Wyoming School Boards Association will monitor how school districts handle tougher University of Wyoming admission standards that take effect in 2013. Association executive director Mark Higdon says the university is doing what it thinks best for the students but the devil will be in the details.
The new admission standards were approved last Friday by the UW Board of Trustees. They are aimed at improving the retention and graduation rates of students who attend the state's only public four-year university.
Natrona County authorities say a man was killed when a train hit his pickup truck northwest of Casper.
Lt. Mark Sellers says the man, whose name has not been released, was headed north on County Road 121 when a train struck the vehicle just after 5 a.m. Monday. The man was the only one in the truck, and no other injuries were reported.
Few other details were released, and the sheriff's office continues to investigate the accident.
Top Wyoming lawmakers are directing state agencies to brace for possible budget cuts.
Republican Sen. Phil Nicholas, of Laramie, and Republican Rep. Rosie Berger, of Big Horn, are co-chairmen of the Joint Appropriations Committee. They wrote a letter telling state budget officials that agencies should be prepared for cuts ranging up to 8 percent in the coming two-year budget cycle.
A storm bringing more than 2 feet of snow to parts of Bridger-Teton National Forest last week is raising alarms about the risk of avalanches just as skiers begin entering the backcountry.
Forecasters at Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center elevated the slide danger to "considerable" at upper elevations. Officials say that more than 16 inches fell at Grand Targhee Ski Resort Thursday, with an additional 10 inches expected through the weekend.
Native Americans say they want the ability to compete for money and jobs generated by Internet gambling if Congress legalizes it. But they don't want to lose their sovereignty to get it.
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing Thursday about tribes' concerns over Internet gambling, which has been banned in the U.S. since 2006. Many people have been playing at offshore sites anyway.
Pit bulls are blamed for killing sheep in Riverton.
Farm owner Bill Jennings says he has found over 50 sheep dead in the last few months. He says he's found dogs in with the sheep twice and has put down three dogs.
Capt. Ryan Lee of the Fremont County Sheriff's Office said a lot of people seem to be allowing their dogs to run free. However, he says owners can be criminally and civilly responsible for any damage they cause to livestock.
The Farm Bureau is offering a reward of over $2,000 for information on the sheep attacks.
Authorities are investigating after a 35-year-old man was killed in a car crash in Converse County during a high-speed chase that involved a state trooper.
Brian A. Bonomo of Cheyenne was pulled over for speeding on Wyoming Highway 59 on Saturday evening. Wyoming Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Stephen Townsend says the trooper smelled marijuana on Bonomo as he was handing him the ticket.