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Mental health agencies worry about loss of funds

CASPER, Wyo. — Time is running out for 19 agencies that say they need a repeal of a budget footnote from last year to keep mental health services intact in Wyoming, which has one of the country’s highest suicide rates.

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Liz Byrd, first black woman in Legislature, dies at 88

Liz Byrd, first black woman in Legislature, dies at 88

CASPER, Wyo. — Harriett Elizabeth “Liz” Byrd, the first African-American woman to serve in the state Legislature, died Tuesday night in her Cheyenne, Wyo., home, said her son, Rep. Jim Byrd, D-Cheyenne. She was 88.

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Wyoming bill would groom cosmetologists to become barbers

Wyoming bill would groom cosmetologists to become barbers

CASPER, Wyo. — Mick Fellows plopped in a chair at The Rialto Barber Shop and requested a cleanup.

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Report ranks Wyoming low in highway safety laws

Report ranks Wyoming low in highway safety laws

CASPER, Wyo. — A new report concluded Wyoming falls dangerously behind in adoption of key laws that would make the state’s highways safer.

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Wyoming has a love-hate relationship with feds

Wyoming has a love-hate relationship with feds

CASPER, Wyo. — This year, as with many recent years at the Wyoming Legislature, lawmakers have boldly bemoaned the federal government.

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Senate committee softens language in study of federal lands

CHEYENNE — A legislative committee approved a bill Thursday that funds a $100,000 study about state management of public lands, after words in the measure having to do with the transfer of the title of federal lands were removed.

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Bill for minimum wage increase fails

CHEYENNE — A bill that would have increased the state’s minimum wage to $9 an hour failed in a legislative committee Friday morning.

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Kasich promotes federal balanced budget amendment in Cheyenne stop

Kasich promotes federal balanced budget amendment in Cheyenne stop

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Ohio governor and potential presidential candidate John Kasich said the lack of a federal balanced budget is akin to inviting a friend to lunch and then sticking her with the bill.

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Bill to assess fines for worker deaths passes Wyoming legislative committee

CHEYENNE — A Senate committee Wednesday morning approved a bill that would fine employers who commit violations that result in a worker’s death, although skeptics said it isn’t strong enough to protect workers.

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Bill would require future laws written with gender-neutral words

CASPER, Wyo. — The 12 women in the Wyoming Legislature are sponsoring a bill that would require future legislation be drafted with gender-neutral words.

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3-foot bicycle rule heads to Wyoming House floor

3-foot bicycle rule heads to Wyoming House floor

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A House committee passed a bill Tuesday evening that would require that motorists leave 3 feet of space when passing bicyclists.

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House committee opposes bill allowing ministers to refuse gay marriages

CHEYENNE — A bill that would have reaffirmed the right of religious officials to decline to marry same-sex couples was defeated Tuesday morning in a state legislative committee.

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House committee approves marijuana decriminalization bill

CHEYENNE — A bill that would decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana possession passed a House committee Tuesday morning.

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Wyoming House committee approves marijuana decriminalization bill

Wyoming House committee approves marijuana decriminalization bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bill that would decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana passed a House committee Tuesday morning.

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Medicaid expansion: Wyomingites say they're delaying doctor appointments, making payments to hospitals without coverage

Medicaid expansion: Wyomingites say they're delaying doctor appointments, making payments to hospitals without coverage

CASPER, Wyo. — They walk around with poor vision, pray that a sore throat doesn’t turn into strep and routinely visit emergency rooms.

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Asset forfeiture bill heads to Wyoming Senate floor

CHEYENNE — A bill that would prohibit police from seizing people’s property unless they are charged with a felony drug crime passed out of a legislative committee Monday morning.

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Wyoming bill would ease drug possession penalties

CASPER, Wyo. — A bill before the Legislature would ease penalties on drug possession.

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Mead supports suing feds, not Colorado, over legalization of marijuana

Mead supports suing feds, not Colorado, over legalization of marijuana

CHEYENNE — Gov. Matt Mead believes Wyomingites are likely purchasing legal marijuana in Colorado and taking it home, and he blames the federal government, he said Friday.

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Medicaid expansion advocates will use business tactic this year

CHEYENNE — In the past years of proposed, but failed, Medicaid expansion bills before the Wyoming Legislature, advocates have used arguments of logic and emotion.

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Bill would allow Wyoming county clerks, others to deny marriage licenses to gays

Bill would allow Wyoming county clerks, others to deny marriage licenses to gays

CASPER, Wyo. — On the heels of the court ruling allowing same-sex marriage in Wyoming, a bill before the state Legislature would allow people — including county clerks — to deny services if their religious beliefs conflict with government policy.

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Medicaid expansion supporters, opponents offer mixed reaction to State of State

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — On the Wyoming Hospital Association’s website, a ticker shows, second by second, the amount of federal funding Wyoming has foregone by not expanding Medicaid.

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Some lawmakers shocked at price of UW science initiative

Some lawmakers shocked at price of UW science initiative

CASPER, Wyo. — A team of University of Wyoming science faculty and business leaders showed lawmakers pictures of mice and passed around plants Tuesday afternoon to explain how a $196.2 million initiative would improve research and education in areas such as molecular biology, chemistry and p…

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Wyoming lawmakers sworn in amid questions about rate of savings, oil revenues

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Senate President Phil Nicholas, R-Laramie, said the state needs to examine revenues and spending for the next decade in anticipation of less money in coffers from oil and natural gas.

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Legislative session promises serious policy with some levity

CASPER, Wyo. — For about 40 days beginning Tuesday, the 2015 general session of the Wyoming Legislature will meet in Cheyenne and pass and reject bills that will affect every state resident.

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Lawmaker brings back bill to honor jackalope

Lawmaker brings back bill to honor jackalope

CASPER, Wyo. — Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne, has ambitions for an alleged mammal with the body of a jackrabbit and the horns of an antelope.

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Whiteout causes accidents involving 23 vehicles on I-90 in northern Wyoming

Whiteout causes accidents involving 23 vehicles on I-90 in northern Wyoming

About 18 passenger cars and trucks and five commercial trucks crashed along Interstate 90 on Thursday, closing the road for hours, Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. David Wagener said.

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New coalition pushes anti-discrimination law

New coalition pushes anti-discrimination law

CASPER, Wyo. — A group of business and opinion leaders announced the formation of a coalition to advocate changes in state law to protect gay and transgender people in the workplace.

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With top leaders hailing from Laramie, University of Wyoming eyes key legislative session

CASPER, Wyo. — The coming legislative session, with top leaders hailing from Laramie, could be key to the University of Wyoming.

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Gov. Mead, other Wyoming officials sworn in

Gov. Mead, other Wyoming officials sworn in

In his inaugural address Monday, Gov. Matt Mead said his goals for Wyoming look to the future.

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Mead: Some recapture funds should stay local

Mead: Some recapture funds should stay local

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead believes local governments and boards should be able to keep a portion of the money they receive from lease payments and the sale of property instead of returning it all to the state.

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Governor, other top elected officials to be sworn in Monday

CASPER, Wyo. — The five top elected officials in Wyoming will be inaugurated Monday.

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Legislature considers constitutional amendments for ballot

CASPER, Wyo. — A measure about the superintendent of public instruction is one of three the Wyoming Legislature will consider in 2015 that would amend the Wyoming Constitution.

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Legislature considers Medicaid, firing squads, pot

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Legislature will consider expanding Medicaid to low-income Wyomingites, allowing the execution of death row inmates by firing squad and dozens of other bills in 2015.

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Bill would increase Wyo's minimum wage

CASPER, Wyo. — A bill before the Wyoming Legislature would increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour.

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UW faculty call for more women on board of trustees

UW faculty call for more women on board of trustees

CASPER, Wyo. — A group representing faculty at the University of Wyoming has asked Gov. Matt Mead to appoint more women to the school’s board of trustees.

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State figures: Wyomingites like whiskey: Cases of spirits, wines sold in state jumps 17 percent in 2014

State figures: Wyomingites like whiskey: Cases of spirits, wines sold in state jumps 17 percent in 2014

CASPER, Wyo. — Liquor sales in December are on track to be high, possibly higher than they were in any previous December logged by the state, thanks in large part to an apple-flavored whiskey.

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Wyoming's top-selling wines are sweet, boxed

Wyoming's top-selling wines are sweet, boxed

CASPER, Wyo. — Bottles of champagne and prosecco begin to disappear from shelves at Second Street Discount Liquor and Wine in Casper about two or three days before New Year’s Eve, as people amass bottles for parties.

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Shoshoni man settles lawsuit against police

CASPER, Wyo. — A blind man who sued Shoshoni police after they shot him with a Taser while responding to a complaint about his cats has settled his lawsuit against the city and the officers.

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Blind man shot with Taser settles lawsuit with police

CASPER, Wyo. — A blind man who sued Shoshoni police after they shot him with a stun gun while responding to a complaint about his cats has settled his lawsuit against the city and the officers.

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Mead will watch bill that could lead to appointed schools chief

Mead will watch bill that could lead to appointed schools chief

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said he is watching a proposal that would begin a process to make the elected post of superintendent of public instruction an appointed position.

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Mead supports pilot project negotiated with feds over lands

Mead supports pilot project negotiated with feds over lands

CASPER, Wyo. — Instead of suing the federal government to gain control of public lands, Gov. Matt Mead prefers that the state and federal government agree to a pilot project in which the state would manage a piece of federal ground for a set number of years, he said.

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Lack of riders, funds stopping bus in Big Horn Basin

Lack of riders, funds stopping bus in Big Horn Basin

CASPER, Wyo. — Janet Gammill lives in Basin, but loves her monthly trips to Casper where she visits family, shops, eats at restaurants and takes in the sights of a more populated city.

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Mead hopes his legacy will be economic diversity, quality of life

Mead hopes his legacy will be economic diversity, quality of life

CASPER, Wyo. — In his first four years, Gov. Matt Mead worked to diversify the Wyoming economy and announced an energy strategy for the state.

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Enzi hopeful trade of products, ideas will move Cuba forward

Enzi hopeful trade of products, ideas will move Cuba forward

CASPER, Wyo. — U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, a longtime advocate for changing U.S. policy toward Cuba, believes that efforts to restore diplomatic ties will improve civil society and human rights in the Caribbean nation.

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Enzi likely to head Senate Budget Committee

Enzi likely to head Senate Budget Committee

CASPER, Wyo. — Mike Enzi, Wyoming’s senior senator in Washington, D.C., will likely become chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

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GOP criticizes Mead for not fighting gay marriage

GOP criticizes Mead for not fighting gay marriage

CASPER, Wyo. — GOP leaders in Goshen County signed their names to a letter that rebuked Republican Gov. Matt Mead for not appealing a judge’s order that allowed same-sex marriage in Wyoming.

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Bill would repeal controversial science standard ban in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — A Sheridan Republican plans to sponsor legislation that would allow the Wyoming State Board of Education to adopt science standards that were barred by lawmakers earlier this year.

December 15, 2014 6:07 pmLoading…

Seeing green: Most Wyominigites support medical pot

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyomingites’ long-standing support for medical marijuana may move toward reality, as the Legislature will be awash in cannabis bills next month.

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Bill would tax prepaid cellphones used for 911 calls

CASPER, Wyo. — A bill before the Legislature would tax prepaid cellphones for 911 service.

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Wyoming governor: Time to act on Medicaid expansion is now

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said that while he dislikes the Affordable Care Act, he believes the Legislature needs to act on Medicaid expansion.

December 01, 2014 6:17 pmLoading…

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