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JACKSON-GROUND SLIPPING

Some Wyoming residents allowed back to slide zone

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Several of the 60 or so people evacuated from the area of a slow-moving landslide in Jackson, Wyo., will be allowed to move back home soon.

Town officials say people whose homes aren't at high risk will be allowed back in permanently starting Monday night.

The evacuation began Wednesday. Residents of four homes and two apartment buildings will remain under an evacuation order while town officials look at how to stabilize the hillside.

Town officials say returning homeowners won't be allowed to drive to their homes, but will be able to walk to them.

Officials first noticed a large crack in the hillside April 4. They say the ground continues to move about an inch per day.

BIRTH CONTROL LAWSUIT

ACLU seeks to oppose diocese in birth control suit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to enter a pending federal lawsuit to argue against Roman Catholic organizations in Wyoming that are trying to block the birth-control coverage requirement in the federal health-care overhaul.

The ACLU filed papers Monday in federal court seeking to be allowed to enter a friend of the court brief in support of the federal government's position in the lawsuit.

Federal government lawyers are opposing a request from Catholic organizations in Wyoming for a court order to block the birth-control coverage requirement in the federal health care overhaul.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne and other organizations filed a lawsuit in January objecting to a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that they provide insurance coverage for contraception and abortion services for their non-ministerial workers.

INTERSTATE PILEUP

Investigation continues into 5-injury I-80 pileup

ELK MOUNTAIN, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Highway Patrol officials say they're still counting up the dozens of cars and trucks involved in an Interstate 80 pileup that injured at least five people.

The crash happened around 2 p.m. Sunday about 7 miles east of Elk Mountain. Wintry conditions at the time had reduced the speed limit on the interstate to 45 mph.

The pileup involved at least 47 cars in the westbound lanes. Five crash victims were taken to a hospital in Rawlins and two were sent to a hospital in Laramie. One victim with serious injuries was transferred from Laramie to Fort Collins, Colo.

Westbound I-80 remained closed until mid-morning Monday.

Officials say their count of the vehicles involved the wreck could increase as their investigation continues.

REFUGEE OFFICE

Gov. Mead addresses refugee resettlement criticism

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead is addressing criticism about the possibility of opening a refugee resettlement program in Wyoming.

Mead recently sent a letter to the editor addressing the issue to newspapers across the state. Mead wrote that the state is still learning more about the issue and said that Wyoming is not recruiting refugees.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Mead's challenger for the Republican nomination, Taylor Haynes, is among those who have criticized the move.

Haynes said refugees could strain Wyoming's budget by relying on state and federally funded safety net programs like Medicaid. He is also worried that they may not be screened for ties to violence or for diseases such as HIV and the Ebola virus.

Wyoming is the only state in the country without a refugee office.

SNOW KING EXPANSION

Aerial Adventure Course planned for Snow King

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Officials at the Bridger-Teton National Forest are beginning a public review for an aerial adventure course proposed at Snow King Mountain Resort in Jackson.

The resort wants to build the outdoor recreation facility using its existing Special Use Permit.

The resort wants permission to build and operate zip-lines and ropes courses.

MOUNTAIN CLOSURE

BLM to close Steamboat Mountain to vehicles

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it will temporarily prohibit vehicles on a mountain northeast of Rock Springs this spring.

The idea is to protect elk and deer while they're calving. Steamboat Mountain will be closed to vehicles between May 1 and June 30.

The closure happens every spring and includes both sides of Steamboat Rim as well as Johnson, LaFonte and Box canyons.

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