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Panel vote endorses protecting employee privacy

LARAMIE, Wyo. — A panel led by state lawmakers has endorsed a series of bills designed to better protect employees' personal Internet accounts from their employers.

September 19, 2014 1:36 pmLoading…
Democrat Gosar wants debates even without Mead

Democrat Gosar wants debates even without Mead

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Pete Gosar says he plans to hold more debates before the November general election even if incumbent Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead won't participate.

September 18, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Wyoming panel endorses firing squad for death penalty

Wyoming panel endorses firing squad for death penalty

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Corrections should be able to employ a firing squad to execute condemned inmates if the state can’t find the drugs to carry out lethal injections, a legislative committee voted Friday.

September 12, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Wyoming high court again overturns Sheridan murder sentence

Wyoming high court again overturns Sheridan murder sentence

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For the second time, the Wyoming Supreme Court has ordered a Sheridan judge to resentence one of three men convicted of murder in a 2009 home-invasion killing.

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Court upholds prison for man who bit officer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A district judge acted properly last year when he sentenced a man to serve three to six years in prison because the judge was concerned the man would continue to drive drunk, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled Monday.

September 08, 2014 4:15 pmLoading…
GOP committee sues to close Montana primaries

GOP committee sues to close Montana primaries

HELENA — Ravalli County Republicans sued the state Monday in an attempt to require voters to register with the GOP in order to participate in the party’s primary elections.

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Wyoming considers restricting police use of drones

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming lawmakers are considering a bill to ban law enforcement use of drones without a warrant.

September 07, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…
Judge rejects Montana Senate leader's conspiracy claims

Judge rejects Montana Senate leader's conspiracy claims

HELENA — A Helena judge has dismissed claims by the Montana Senate majority leader that the governor, a state senator and two commissioners of political practices conspired to drive him out of office.

August 27, 2014 1:53 pmLoading…
Wyoming governor wants Medicaid proposal for Legislature

Wyoming governor wants Medicaid proposal for Legislature

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said he expects to be ready to brief state lawmakers early next year about the best deal Wyoming could get from the federal government if the state agrees to expand Medicaid coverage to thousands of low-income workers.

August 21, 2014 6:15 pmLoading…

George F. Will: Americans fed up with cupcake cops

WASHINGTON — In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans' comprehensive withdrawal of confidence f…

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Tea party leaders don't fare so well in primary

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two top tea party organizers in Wyoming lost their bids for legislative seats as most state Senate and House incumbents fended off challengers in Tuesday's primary.

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5 things to know about Wyoming's primary elections

5 things to know about Wyoming's primary elections

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming voters overwhelmingly chose incumbents in the top races in Tuesday's Republican primary election. Here are five things to know about the election:

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Montana candidates for U.S. House offer ideas for veterans

Montana candidates for U.S. House offer ideas for veterans

HELENA — Montana’s two major U.S. House candidates, Republican Ryan Zinke and Democrat John Lewis, have offered ideas on how to make good on the nation’s promises to veterans and how to give veterans a better voice.

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Target signs legal brief backing gay marriage

Target Corp. has for the first time come out publicly in support of gay marriage, as a growing number of high-profile businesses take positions on the divisive issue.

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Mitt Romney endorses incumbent Wyoming governor

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Mitt Romney has endorsed Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's re-election campaign.

July 29, 2014 4:22 pmLoading…
War College to investigate Walsh plagiarism allegations

War College to investigate Walsh plagiarism allegations

HELENA — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.

July 24, 2014 6:18 pmLoading…
Walsh case shows how candidates risk 'oppo-research' revelations

Walsh case shows how candidates risk 'oppo-research' revelations

WASHINGTON — It’s one thing to be Montana’s lieutenant governor. It’s another to be a U.S. Senate candidate in one of the states that will determine which party controls that 100-member chamber.

July 24, 2014 3:31 pmLoading…

George F. Will: Immigrants' son is California's new Goldwater

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 m…

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Montana Supreme Court: Sentencing enhancement justified in sex crime

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled a Havre man convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl should face a sentencing enhancement due to the girl's age, even if the ages of the defendant and the victim were not on the verdict form.

July 23, 2014 1:55 pmLoading…

Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

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