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WRESTLER DEATH LAWSUIT

Mother of Wyo. student wrestler sues hospital

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The mother of a paralyzed 16-year-old high school wrestler has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Wyoming hospital that treated him.

The lawsuit from Melissa Plumley alleges Cheyenne Regional Medical Center didn't monitor Isaac Salas properly and discharged him even though he was having difficulty breathing.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the lawsuit filed last week seeks undisclosed damages for Salas' death, and for medical and funeral expenses.

Hospital officials declined to comment to the newspaper, saying they don't comment on pending litigation.

Salas died on September 2011. The lawsuit says he was taken to the hospital because he was having problems with his catheter.

Salas was at wrestling practice November 2010 at Cheyenne South High School when he broke two vertebrae in his neck, leaving him paralyzed.

FIREFIGHTER PAY RAISES

Cheyenne looks for funds for firefighter raises

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Cheyenne city officials are trying to determine where to get funds to pay for salary increases for firefighters in the 2014 fiscal year.

The city is responsible for paying $140,000 in pay increases after the firefighters' union won 4.5 percent raises in arbitration. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that city officials had budgeted for raises of 2.25 percent.

The Cheyenne City Council on Monday voted against using money from its Impact Assistance Fund. It's a one-time payment from the state to help with impacts from the growth at Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power's Cheyenne Prairie Generating Station.

City officials say it's not prudent to use a one-time payment for a recurring expense. Treasurer Lois Huff says city reserves or tax revenue could potentially be used for the raises.

GAY MARRIAGE-WHAT'S NEXT

Gay marriage's latest frontier: state courts

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Advocates on both sides of the gay marriage debate predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned part of a federal gay marriage ban would create a pathway for states to act. They were right.

In the six months since the decision, the number of states allowing gay marriage has jumped from 12 to 18, a trend that started before the high court ruling that's been reinforced since.

Judges in New Mexico, Ohio and, most surprisingly, conservative, Mormon-heavy Utah all ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in just the past week. Both Utah's case and another in Nevada will next be heard by federal appeals courts, putting them on the path toward the high court.

Ohio's case, which recognized same-sex death certificates, also will likely be appealed.

PAVILLION-GROUNDWATER POLLUTION

Funds running short for Pavillion cistern program

PAVILLION, Wyo. (AP) - A state program that provides cisterns to homeowners with polluted groundwater in the Pavillion area could run out of money before everybody who wants a cistern gets one.

The Wyoming Legislature allocated $750,000 to the program in 2012. The funding so far has helped to pay for about 20 cisterns and a water-loading station.

Now, eight more households express interest in getting cisterns but only about $100,000 of the original funding remains. The program manager for the Wyoming Water Development Commission says money could get tight and might need to be supplemented.

The Riverton Ranger reports that enrollment in the cistern program remains open.

State officials continue to investigate how decades of oil and gas development in the area might have played a role in the pollution.

CHEYENNE POLITICAL SIGNS

Cheyenne council votes down political sign changes

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A controversial ordinance that would have loosened restrictions on the display of campaign signs has failed before the Cheyenne City Council.

The measure was defeated by a single vote Monday.

Under current regulations, Cheyenne residents aren't allowed to put up political signs in their yards more than 10 days before the earliest candidate registration date. Those signs have to come down within 10 days after the election.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the proposed ordinance would have removed the time restrictions, while limits on the permissible number of signs would have been replaced by size restrictions for signs.

Proponents said the changes would have protected freedom of speech.

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