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WYOMING LANDSLIDE

Jackson officials to drill at landslide's crest

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Workers were building a path Sunday to haul a drilling rig up a slow-moving landslide as Jackson officials looked for information to help stop the collapsing earth threatening homes and businesses.

The heavy rig will drill boreholes up to 200 feet deep along the slide's upper crest. Jackson incident command spokeswoman Roxanne Robinson says the samples gathered should tell officials about the composition of the formation, the depth of the slide, the water levels and the location of the slide's scarp.

Workers are using barriers that were initially meant to help stabilize the hillside to construct the temporary emergency path. Additional barriers were being brought in Sunday to guard against falling debris and serve as a guard rail.

The public won't be allowed access to the path, though firetrucks or ambulances could use it to access residents near the part of Budge Drive closed due to the slide.

The slide, which was discovered April 4, has destroyed a house, buckled roadways and parking lots and looms over a cluster of businesses. Jackson officials say the slide moved between 4 to 10 feet in places between Thursday and Friday.

COW KILLING

Another man charged in Gillette cow shooting

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Another man is charged in connection with the shooting of a cow and disposing its remains with a stolen backhoe.

The Gillette News Record reports 36-year-old Randy Ayres was charged last month with aggravated burglary, accessory after the fact and wrongful taking or disposing of property.

Ayres is accused of breaking into a home days before the yearling cow was found Sept. 4 and stealing more than a half-dozen firearms.

Court documents say an AR-15 rifle and a .45 caliber handgun from the robbery were used to shoot the cow.

Documents say Ayres told a cellmate in Nebraska jail that Justin Epley shot the cow with the AR-15 about 50 times.

Epley is accused of cutting the cow's hindquarters for meat, then damaging the backhoe after moving the carcass.

GOP CENSURE-MEAD

GOP official: Mead censure unlikely in convention

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Republican leader for Wyoming's most populated county says Gov. Matt Mead isn't likely to be censured during May's statewide GOP convention.

GOP leaders in Hot Springs and Platte counties this month censured the Republican governor for signing a bill last year replacing the superintendent of public instruction with an appointee as head of the state's Department of Education.

Superintendent Cindy Hill challenged the law and the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional. Hill is challenging Mead in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

MONTANA HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION

Foundation head expects assets to grow to $150M

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The chairman of a foundation funded by the sale of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana says he expects the foundation's assets to grow from $40 million to more than $150 million.

Board chairman Denis Prager says the Montana Healthcare Foundation is still organizing, but plans to hand out $1 million in grants this year to fund health care programs.

The foundation began with $40.2 million from last year's sale of Blue Cross to Health Care Service Corp. of Chicago.

Prager tells Lee Newspapers of Montana those assets could nearly quadruple as portions of Blue Cross that were not part of the sale are liquidated.

That could include property, leftover reserves and deferred tax benefits.

But the company handling those assets also must pay old liabilities not assumed by HCSC.

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