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SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT

At least 6 leave state education agency

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - At least six employees have left the Wyoming Department of Education in the months since state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill won a state Supreme Court ruling on her powers and duties.

The number is seven if department Director Rich Crandall is included. Crandall took a temporary position with Gov. Matt Mead's office while Hill moves back into the agency.

Hill says she expects some staff changes that normally come with a change in administrators. But she says talk of a mass exodus have proven to be false.

Crandall tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that some employees are remaining for now because Hill's four-year term ends this year.

Hill has said she will not seek re-election to the superintendent's post this year but will instead run for governor.

HOT SPRINGS PARK

Support voiced for Hot Springs State Park pool

THEMOPOLIS, Wyo. (AP) - A rally and meeting concerning a pool concessionaire at Hot Springs State Park attracted about 125 people.

Many of the people attending the event Saturday were supportive of the owners of TePee Pools.

The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources has been at odds with the owners about improving the facility.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that state parks Director Milward Simpson took questions, criticisms, suggestions and concerns for about two hours.

Veterans, Shoshone tribe members and retired citizens stressed the primary importance of the pools as a source of healing. Others bristled at Simpson's suggestion that the TePee Pools facility is not first-class to begin with.

A few conceded TePee Pools could improve its existing equipment and facilities.

Simpson promised monthly visits to Thermopolis on the issue.

HIGHWAY SHOOTING

Troopers wound man after car chase

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A man was wounded in a shooting with state troopers on a highway in southeast Wyoming.

The Highway Patrol says the shooting occurred Saturday night during a chase that began after an earlier shooting in Hawk Springs in southern Goshen County.

The patrol says the chase ended on U.S. 85 north of Cheyenne in Laramie County when authorities used spikes to disable the vehicle.

The patrol says a man exited the vehicle and fired at troopers, who then returned fire.

The man was taken to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center where he remained hospitalized Sunday.

No troopers were injured.

The man's name was not released.

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating.

MISS INDIAN WORLD

Miss Indian World crowned at Albuquerque powwow

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Idaho State University student has earned the title of Miss Indian World.

Pageant officials say 21-year-old Taylor Thomas was crowned Saturday night at the 31st Annual Gathering of Nations at the University of New Mexico Arena in Albuquerque.

Thomas, a member of the Shoshone Bannock tribe, was chosen among 23 Native American women from different tribes and traditions.

As Miss Indian World, Thomas will visit native and indigenous communities around the world and serve as a cultural goodwill ambassador for a year.

The crowning closed three days of festivities at what is considered North America's largest powwow. The event draws hundreds of competitive dancers and tens of thousands of spectators from across the U.S. and parts of Canada and Mexico.

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