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The Wyoming Legislature enters the final week of its 20-day budget session today as all bills passed Friday will have second reading.

House Bill 26, introduced by the Joint Judiciary Committee, would give the Fourth Judicial District, Sheridan and Johnson Counties, a second judge to sit in Buffalo.

State judiciary branch salaries don't measure up to their counterparts in the executive and legislative branches, and Senate File 40 would close the gap.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will be hosting a seminar in Gillette this week entitled “Staying Safe in Bear, Lion and Wolf Country”. The seminar is held every year and typically rotates between Sheridan, Gillette and Buffalo as to where it's held.

Proposed legislation would set aside $950,000 of the two-year budget for the state in order to add an extra judge in Sheridan and Johnson Counties.

Sheridan High School's production of Hello, Dolly will have two more showings, one tonight at 7:30 and a matinée tomorrow at 2 pm. Director Marva Craft tells us more about the play.

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) questioned Defense Secretary Leon Pannetta this week on several issues, one being that of proposed air force base removal under President Barack Obama's FY2013 proposed budget.

A report released this week by the National Park Service showed that 3.64 million visitors to Yellowstone National Park in 2010 had a significant impact on Wyoming's economy.

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