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AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy tells The Associated Press that at least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the service for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site in South Carolina.

Ten others are under criminal investigation.

Also, 32 other sailors were implicated by investigators but later exonerated.

The number of accused and the duration of cheating are greater than was known when the Navy announced in February that it had discovered cheating by as many as 30 sailors seeking to be certified as staff instructors at the nuclear reactor training site in Charleston, South Carolina.

Investigators found that the cheating began in 2007 or possibly earlier. A copy of the probe was provided to The AP.


Balow campaign moves on after primary win

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Fresh off a Republican primary victory, state schools superintendent candidate Jillian Balow says her campaign will be adjusting its focus for the general election.

Balow beat two opponents Tuesday on a campaign that included blaming current Republican Superintendent Cindy Hill for much of the political turmoil in Wyoming's K-12 education system. One of Balow's primary opponents is a close associate of Hill.

But with her primary win, Balow says she's looking to put that part of the education debate behind and focus on how to move forward.

Balow advanced to the general election against Mike Ceballos, who was unopposed in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Ceballos says the primary results indicate that voters want a break from the past and they're looking for a leader who they can trust.


Reward offered for former billionaire's assets

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The trustee representing Montana's Yellowstone Club creditors is offering a reward to anyone who can help uncover assets the luxury resort's co-founder might have hidden from bankruptcy proceedings.

Attorney Brian Glasser with West Virginia-based Bailey & Glasser LLP says the trust will give 10 percent of the profits of the liquidated assets recovered from Tim Blixseth to anyone with information that leads to their discovery.

He's calling on people with knowledge of the former billionaire's transactions to come forward in what the trust is calling a "reward program."

Blixseth dismissed the program as a sign of desperation ahead of an appellate ruling on the resort's bankruptcy and other appeals that Blixseth says could eliminate the trust's claims.

A bankruptcy judge previously said Blixseth diverted hundreds of millions of dollars from a 2005 loan to the resort for his personal use.


Independent candidates running in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Some independent candidates are pushing to get on the ballot for Wyoming's general election in November.

Don Wills of Pine Bluffs filed a petition Wednesday seeking to run as an independent in the governor's race. He would face incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Mead and Democrat Pete Gosar.

Curt Gottshall of Laramie has filed to run as an independent for U.S. Senate. He would face incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Enzi and Democrat Charlie Hardy.

State election director Peggy Nighswonger says her staff is reviewing the petitions.

Nighswonger says her office already has certified independent candidate Anthony Allen to run in the House District 37 race. Incumbent Casper Republican Steve Harshman was Tuesday's unofficial winner of the GOP nomination in District 37 while no Democrat was on the ballot.


Colorado man arrested after 163-mile Wyoming chase

ELK MOUNTAIN, Wyo. (AP) - A Colorado man is under arrest after leading authorities on a 163-mile chase in a stolen car in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 25-year-old Martin Anderson of Peyton, Colorado, along with a teenage boy were taken into custody Tuesday after a fourth round of stop sticks finally stopped the 2013 Dodge Charger he was driving near Elk Mountain, Wyoming.

Sheriff's deputies and police officers first tried to the stop the car, reported stolen from Colorado Springs on July 30, in Riverton. Speeds reached up to 140 mph during the chase. Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. David Wagener says it was suspended twice - when Anderson swerved at multiple troopers and into oncoming traffic north of Rawlins and again when he entered the city limits.

No one was injured.


Wyoming ACT scores improve slightly

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - New results show that Wyoming students scored slightly higher overall on the ACT college entrance exam but remain below the national average.

Performance results on the ACT for the 2014 graduating class were released Wednesday by the Wyoming Department of Education and the ACT.

Statewide, the average composite score for the graduating class of 2014 rose from a year ago, increasing from 19.8 in 2013 to 20.1 in 2014. Nationally, the average composite score was 21.

Wyoming is one of a few states that require all its high school juniors to take the ACT. More than 6,000 students took the test in 2014.


New video game set in Wyoming wilderness

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Two former Wyoming residents have created a video game that centers around a park ranger stationed in a watchtower in the Shoshone National Forest wilderness.

The game is called Firewatch.

It is the first video game to be released by a small game developer in San Francisco called Campo Santo. The game is the creation of designer and programmer Nels Anderson and designer and writer Sean Vanaman.

Anderson was born and raised in Jackson. Vanaman spent some of his youth growing up in Cody.

Their past experience includes work on big-name video games like The Walking Dead and Mark of The Ninja.

Vanaman says his time in Wyoming inspired the game.


UW extends Burman's contract

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - University of Wyoming President Richard McGinity has extended the contract of UW Athletics Director Tom Burman by one year, through June 2019.

McGinity cited successes in new coach hiring, academics and fundraising for the contract extension.

McGinity also commended Burman's leadership in preparing UW's athletics programs to remain competitive following expected changes in NCAA regulations regarding student-athlete scholarships and benefits.

In a statement, Burman says that it's an honor to serve the university and that he works hard every day to build a program that the people of Wyoming can be proud of.

Burman has been UW athletics director since October 2006.

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