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Wealthy Independent Enters Wyoming U.S. Senate Race

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A businessman who says he's prepared to spend at least $1 million of his own money is entering the race against Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso.

Judge denies sentence reduction for woman who killed husband

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GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Gillette woman imprisoned for fatally shooting her husband in 2016 has had her request for a sentence reduction denied.

The Gillette News Record reports that 55-year-old Deborah L. Johnson's 20- to 35-year sentence was upheld on Tuesday.

Yellowstone fee proposal advances in Wyoming Legislature

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A proposal advocating for the collection of a fee at Yellowstone National Park to fund wildlife conservation efforts in the states surrounding the park is advancing through the Wyoming Legislature.

Wyoming News Update

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XGR-YELLOWSTONE-WILDLIFE FEE

Utility to expand wind development in 4 Wyoming counties

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Utility Rocky Mountain Power intends to expand in four Wyoming counties, growing its wind development in the state by 60 percent.

Stand your ground bill endorsed by Wyoming House panel

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming legislative committee on Tuesday endorsed a bill that would offer protection against both criminal charges and civil lawsuits for people who defend themselves against an attacker.

Wyoming News Update

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STAND YOUR GROUND

State Treasurer Says He Plans to Run for Wyoming Governor

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State Treasurer Mark Gordon says he intends to run for Wyoming governor this year.

Longtime Wyoming legislator dies at 82

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Longtime Wyoming state lawmaker Tom Lockhart of Casper has died. He was 82.

Wyoming House Speaker Steve Harshman on Monday announced Lockhart's death on the floor of the Wyoming House of Representatives.

2 dead in western Wyoming plane crash

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EVANSTON, Wyo. (AP) — Two people have died in a plane crash in western Wyoming.

KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah, reports the plane crashed around 3 p.m. Sunday a mile north of Evanston. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the single-engine plane was a Socata TBM-700.

Wyoming News Update

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INTERIOR DEPARTMENT-TUMULTUOUS YEAR

Agency managing vast US lands experiences year of upheaval

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees.

Bill seeks work requirements for some Medicaid recipients

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A bill before the Wyoming Legislature would impose work requirements on at least 2,500 Medicaid recipients.

Senate File 97 won an introductory vote in the Senate last week.

Wyoming News Update

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NATIVE NATIONS

Montana won't allow Yellowstone grizzly bear hunts in 2018

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana won't hold a grizzly bear hunt in 2018 after state officials said Thursday they want to avoid complicating lawsuits over the animal's legal status.

'Stand Your Ground' bill clears hurdle in Wyoming House

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A so-called "stand your ground" bill has cleared an introductory vote in the Wyoming House of Representatives.

House Bill 168 was approved for introduction Thursday and assigned to the House Judiciary Committee for further review.

'In God We Trust' bill wins introduction in Wyoming House

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A bill that would call for the phrase "In God We Trust" to be displayed in Wyoming public school classrooms and state government buildings has won introduction in the Wyoming House of Representatives.

Wyoming News Update

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HUNTING GRIZZLIES

Wyoming legislative panel endorses computer science classes

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A measure that would require Wyoming K-12 schools to provide all students with computer science instruction has been endorsed by a state Senate committee despite concerns from some that it could be tough for small schools to offer the new course.

Coal bust has Wyoming looking locally to fund new schools

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Now that a more than $1 billion school construction boom funded by coal mining has ended, Wyoming voters could soon be asked if they want to go back to using local tax revenue to pay for building schools.