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WYOMING GOVERNOR-EFFICIENCY

CHEYENNE _ Wyoming should save money through government efficiency, but state employees deserve a long-awaited raise, newly inaugurated Gov. Mark Gordon said Thursday in his first news conference in the job. Wyoming can improve government efficiency by consolidating and merging certain agency functions, such as programs that involve businesses relocating to the state, Gordon said.

DEVILS TOWER CLIMBER

GILLETTE _ Leigh Lassle doesn't know what he's chasing. He's spoken to a number of groups, large and small, over the last eight years, giving motivational speeches and offering words of encouragement. He's a people person. Throughout those talks, his audiences have asked him questions: What does he likes most about what he does? What drives him to be better? What motivates him to finish what he started?

OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING-LARAMIE _ A grand jury has found that a sheriff's officer was justified in shooting an unarmed man to death in Wyoming.

GUNS-PUBLIC PLACES _ A proposed bill in the Wyoming Legislature would override local gun control laws and allow people to carry concealed guns on school grounds and in other public places in the state.

ELK FEEDGROUNDS _ The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is bringing together citizens, outfitters, activists and experts to develop recommendations on how to deal with elk feedgrounds and chronic wasting disease.

WIFE KILLED-HUSBAND _ A Wyoming judge has set a $10 million, cash only bond for a 76-year-old man accused of killing his wife last year.

INMATE ESCAPES _ Authorities allege that a man who escaped from a Wyoming corrections center was assisted by a staff member and is traveling with her.

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