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Bill would set out-of-state tuition minimums LARAMIE (WNE) — For the second consecutive year, Rep. Bill Henderson, R-Cheyenne, is bringing a bill to the legislative session that would statutorily prescribe a difference between the tuition rates...

 

Changes to Hathaway would open eligibility

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Legislature will take another crack at changing the requirements for the Hathaway Scholarship for high school students looking to focus on career and technical education.  The bill, Senate File 43, would change requirements...

 

Legislature gears up for general session

CASPER — Over the next 40 days, members of the Wyoming Legislature will consider between 400 and 500 bills.  Some of those bills will have been talked about, poked and prodded for months, originating in committees comprised of seasoned lawmakers...

 

Boy's murder results in prison sentence

CHEYENNE - John Barrett will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for killing and abusing his ex-girlfriend’s two-year-old son.  In a Laramie County courtroom Friday, there was a lot of crying and anger, and at least some reckoning over...

 

Man to get three years in prison for GOP fire

LARAMIE — The 27-year-old who set fire to the Albany County Republican Party headquarters in September agreed to a plea agreement that will put him in prison for at least 44 months. In Judge Scott Skavdahl’s Casper court, Kellen Sorber pleaded...

 

Brand renewal reminder

All Wyoming Brands due in the 2019 brand renewal period are now considered expired and will enter a grace period for renewal. A second notice will be sent to all persons who did not get their brands renewed in the 60 days preceding the expiration dat...

 

Legislators study bill to raise taxes to fund schools

CASPER — Lawmakers will consider a bill that would increase taxes for all property in Wyoming and send tens of millions of dollars to public schools here over the coming years.  The education-funding deficit has been a dominant topic for Wyoming...

 

Gordon sworn in as Wyoming's 33rd governor

CHEYENNE - Wyoming's new governor, Mark Gordon, was sworn into office Monday, officially becoming the state's 33rd leader. The newly minted chief executive used his inaugural address at the Cheyenne C...

 

Public's right to inspect public records without charge upheld

NEWCASTLE — The small claims court in Newcastle upheld the public’s right to inspect public documents without charge when the court ruled in favor of Wayne Chittim on Dec. 5.  According to attorney William Curley, who represented Chittim, his...

 

"Skill game" operators: AG is wrong about us

CHEYENNE — Companies operating bar games that resemble video slot machines are challenging the Wyoming attorney general’s position that they’re enabling illegal gambling.  In a lawsuit filed recently in Natrona County District Court, a group...

 

Cloud Peak faces delisting from Stock Exchange

CASPER — The New York Stock Exchange has warned one of Wyoming’s largest coal producers that it could be delisted, following consistent weak performance of the company’s stock.  Gillette-based Cloud Peak Energy’s common stock has been...

 

Wyoming near top of nation for workplace fatality rate

CHEYENNE — Wyoming has consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous states for workers. And in 2017, Wyoming once again more than doubled the national average for workplace fatalities. According to the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services,...

 

Wyoming News Briefs

Man sentenced to prison in fatal DUI wreck RIVERTON (WNE) — Winter Hawk Goodman, who killed three people while driving drunk in 2016, was sentenced Friday to 12 years imprisonment. After a four-day federal trial, Goodman was in convicted in...

 

JAC adds money for school security and maintenance

CHEYENNE — State lawmakers gave initial support to a supplemental school construction bill that includes additional funding for maintenance, school security and money for a Cheyenne charter school’s housing costs. The Joint Appropriations... Full story

 

Wyoming News Briefs

Beet growers back farm bill POWELL (WNE) — At first blush, the farm bill recently passed by Congress is being welcomed by sugar beet growers.  Most in agriculture are happy to have a new five-year ag policy framework they can work with, said...

 

Supreme Court rejects Gillette murder appeal

GILLETTE — A Gillette man’s appeal of his murder conviction has failed. In September 2017, Joseph Nielsen was convicted of abusing and killing his girlfriend’s three-year-old son, Caiden Fedora. In January, District Judge Michael N. “Nick...

 

Wyoming Arts Council announces public art call

The Wyoming Arts Council announces that a new call for entry for public art is now open. The State of Wyoming is constructing a new office building in Casper that will house eight state agencies. Through the State of Wyoming’s Art in Public Buildin... Full story

 

Formal legal opinion on gambling devices issued

On Tuesday, Attorney General Peter K. Michael issued a formal opinion on the legality of the “Wyoming Skill Games,” which are electronic terminals that have become increasingly common in businesses throughout Wyoming. “At the request of law...

 

Legislature to review several tax bills in 2019

CHEYENNE — Start a conversation about Wyoming state government’s finances with lawmakers or outside observers, and inevitably the talk will move to the need for the state to diversify where it gets its money.  Currently, just less than 50...

 

Wyoming News Briefs

Man fined $25,000 in grizzly shooting CODY (WNE) — While hunting for elk in October 2017 a Casper man encountered a much larger animal, in that of a sow grizzly bear. He will now pay a steep price for illegally shooting the bear – he was...

 

Governor announces supplemental budget recommendations

Governor Matt Mead’s final budget recommendations place an emphasis on higher education, local governments, state employees and public infrastructure. The supplemental budget recommends expenditure of approximately 1.5 percent of the increased reve...

 

Wyoming News Briefs

Man arrested with 65 pounds of pot LARAMIE (WNE) — A Texas man has been charged with multiple felonies after he was arrested last week with 65 pounds of marijuana at a Laramie truck stop. Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper Michael Petruso noticed a...

 

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