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School District Coalition begins cost of living adjustment discussion

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming School District Coalition asked legislators Thursday to bring school funding in line with inflation, which they say has eroded the purchasing power of the state’s schools by more than $150 million.

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State questions cleanup methods at second missile site

State questions cleanup methods at second missile site

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality officials said pollution concentrations have increased at a second retired Atlas missile site, on Camp Stool Road 20 miles east of Cheyenne.

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Health facilities task force releases final recommendations

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Task Force on Department of Health Facilities released its final recommendations on Wednesday for the future of the state’s five state-run safety net medical facilities.

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Wyoming producers brace for change in Beef Checkoff

Wyoming producers brace for change in Beef Checkoff

CASPER, Wyo. — Cowboy State cattle producers are bracing for an overhaul of the national Beef Checkoff Program after the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed the creation of a separate program amid failed administrative reforms of the current system.

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Ceballos says Balow 'waffling' on Common Core

Ceballos says Balow 'waffling' on Common Core

CASPER, Wyo. — A debate over the role of Common Core state standards for English and math in Wyoming schools took center stage in the schools chief portion of the Wyoming PBS debates in Riverton on Thursday.

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Wyoming voters prefer to elect schools chief

Wyoming voters prefer to elect schools chief

CAPSER, Wyo. — Wyoming voters prefer to elect their top education official, according to polling commissioned by the Casper Star-Tribune.

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Wyoming voters prefer to elect schools chief

Wyoming voters prefer to elect schools chief

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming voters prefer to elect their top education official, according to polling commissioned by the Casper Star-Tribune.

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Wyoming legislators voice opposition to proposed EPA water rule

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming water regulators are preparing for what they say will be a vague regulatory climate upon the passage of the Environmental Protection Agency’s "Waters of the U.S." rule.

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Balow leads Ceballos by 19 percent in Star-Tribune schools chief poll

Balow leads Ceballos by 19 percent in Star-Tribune schools chief poll

CASPER, Wyo. — Republican Jillian Balow leads the race for Wyoming superintendent of public instruction, according to polling commissioned by the Casper Star-Tribune.

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Federal wildlife regulators unlikely to participate in wolf management appeal

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Attorney General’s office does not expect the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to join in any appeals to the recent federal district court ruling that returned wolf management in Wyoming to federal control.

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Legislators say wild horse plan isn't working

Legislators say wild horse plan isn't working

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming lawmakers on Monday critiqued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s recent wild horse roundup, insisting the agency's strategy isn't working.

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USDA programs provide $28M to Wyoming agriculture

CASPER, Wyo. — Britt Wilson, owner of the Wilson Ranch near Glendo, knows the effect of drought well.

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Schools chief candidates attempt to distinguish values at debate

Schools chief candidates attempt to distinguish values at debate

CASPER, Wyo. — Candidates for Wyoming superintendent of public instruction disagreed over the role of the federal government in an effort to separate themselves from their opponent on the debate stage Thursday at Casper College.

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Northern Arapaho granted 20-year gaming extension

CASPER, Wyo. — The U.S. Department of Interior extended the Northern Arapaho tribe’s authority to operate a casino on the Wind River Reservation by an additional 20 years early last week.

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BIA confirms dissolution of joint business council

CASPER, Wyo. — Federal officials on Wednesday acknowledged the Northern Arapaho Tribe’s authority to dissolve the joint business council on the Wind River Reservation.

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Health facilities task force postpones decision

CASPER, Wyo. — Members of the Wyoming Task Force on Department of Health Facilities are taking an extra month to draft their final recommendation for the future of Wyoming’s five safety net medical centers.

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Report: Cleanup method at missile site is inadequate

Report: Cleanup method at missile site is inadequate

CASPER, Wyo. — A recently released study commissioned by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality found that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ process for mitigating groundwater contamination at an Atlas missile site west of Cheyenne is inadequate.

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Wyoming hospitals prepare for Ebola

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming hospitals are preparing for the spread of Ebola after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed the diagnosis of the virus in a person traveling through Texas.

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Northern Arapaho continue management reform without Eastern Shoshone

CASPER, Wyo. — Northern Arapaho Business Council members are standing behind their decision to dissolve the Joint Business Council, which the Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes had used as a forum to manage joint assets.

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Eastern Shoshone reject Northern Arapaho dissolution of Joint Business Council

CASPER, Wyo. — Members of the Eastern Shoshone business council are rejecting the Northern Arapaho tribe’s attempt to dissolve the Joint Business Council that oversees the two tribes’ shared resources on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

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Wyoming employers consider health care claims database

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming employers discussed the benefit of pooling their private health plan data into a database that would allow them to research the costs of health care to the state’s employers Thursday in Casper.

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Wyoming Medical Center prepares to open McMurry Tower

Wyoming Medical Center prepares to open McMurry Tower

CASPER, Wyo. — Construction workers hustled through hallways and lobbies Tuesday, putting the finishing touches on Wyoming Medical Center’s new $42.5 million crown jewel.

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Casper group nears deadline to raise funds for Alzheimer's nursing home

CASPER, Wyo. — A group seeking to build an Alzheimer’s nursing home is running out of time to begin construction at a 17-acre site in east Casper.

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Northern Arapaho appoint management team in absence of Joint Business Council

CASPER, Wyo. — Northern Arapaho Business Council members announced the launch of a management team to oversee the tribe’s portion of cooperative programs on the Wind River Reservation.

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Teen birth rates in Wyoming fall for 5th straight year

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming teen birth rates continued a five-year decline, according to a report released by the Wyoming Department of Health.

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Feds announce $600K in grants to Wyoming navigators

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming citizens searching for health insurance in the federal marketplace will continue to receive assistance from the state’s two navigator organizations, after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced renewed grant funding for the Cowboy State.

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Northern Arapaho tribe dissolves joint business council

CASPER, Wyo. —  The Northern Arapaho Business Council on Wednesday announced its decision to dissolve the Shoshone and Arapaho Joint Business Council.

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School district does not plan to release NCHS skit investigation

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County School District officials on Monday night said they would release some details from the ongoing investigation — but not the full investigation — into several Natrona County High School administrators and staff members who were involved with a back-to-school welc…

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Big Horn Basin water rights review closes after 37 years

CASPER, Wyo. — After more than 37 years of ongoing water rights cases in the Big Horn River Basin, the case’s final decree was signed Friday.

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Wyoming adult obesity rate jumps 3.2 percent in new study

Wyoming adult obesity rate jumps 3.2 percent in new study

CASPER, Wyo. — After two years of decline, adult obesity rates in the Cowboy State increased 3.2 percent, according to a new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Governor hosts Wyoming broadband summit

Governor hosts Wyoming broadband summit

CASPER, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead is hosting the third annual Wyoming Broadband Summit next month to bring industry leaders and local officials together with the aim of improving broadband access in the state.

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Gun club officials say they took initiative in dealing with safety concerns

CASPER, Wyo. — After two years of hearings, the Natrona County Board of Commissioners anticipates the passage of a new lease for the Platte River Rod and Gun Club at its next meeting.

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WMC charity care, unpaid bills higher than average

CASPER, Wyo. — Twelve cents of every dollar paid to the Wyoming Medical Center goes toward charity care or unpaid medical bills at the hospital.

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BLM delays wild horse removal in checkerboard lands

CASPER, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management is delaying the removal of wild horses from checkerboard lands in south central Wyoming.

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Secretary of state race highlights counties' differing election equipment

Secretary of state race highlights counties' differing election equipment

CASPER, Wyo. — As primary election results poured in late Tuesday night, the seesaw battle in the secretary of state race became the main event.

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Natrona County moves forward with recount despite loser's request

CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County Clerk’s Office is recounting votes in the all of the county’s primary races after the Republican race for the County Commission was decided by 0.3 percent.

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Fact check: Secretary of state candidates fight with transparency

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming secretary of state candidate Ed Murray worked to separate himself from his fellow candidates Wednesday night during the PBS debate in the Little Theater on the campus of Central Wyoming College in Riverton.

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State says PACs missed filing deadlines

CASPER, Wyo. — Issue advocacy groups are not only filling mailboxes in Wyoming, they also largely aren’t filing reports with the Secretary of State’s Office as required by law.

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U.S. Senate candidates debate health care, immigration

U.S. Senate candidates debate health care, immigration

CASPER, Wyo. — Candidates for the U.S. Senate tangled over federal budget issues, the legalization of marijuana and the Affordable Care Act in the final of four nights of PBS debates at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.

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Secretary of state hopefuls discuss recapture of SLIB funds

Secretary of state hopefuls discuss recapture of SLIB funds

CASPER, Wyo. -- Wyoming secretaries of state fulfill a broad range of roles, from chief elections officer to securities commissioner. But one of their most important duties is serving on the State Loan and Investment Board.

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Wyoming firefighting agencies yet to tap fund for wild land fires

Wyoming firefighting agencies yet to tap fund for wild land fires

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming firefighting agencies have yet to tap the approximately $16 million fund allocated for fire suppression in the state.

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Four days of debates feature contested statewide offices

CASPER, Wyo., — Wyoming Public Broadcasting Service will host a series of debates in Riverton this week featuring candidates for the contested statewide primary races in the state.

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Magpul deal a center of dispute in Wyoming GOP treasurer primary

CASPER — Retired U.S. patent agent Ron Redo is challenging incumbent Mark Gordon in the GOP primary for Wyoming treasurer.

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Federal court rules in favor of third-party fundraising

CASPER, Wyo. — Independent and minor party candidates in Wyoming can start fundraising after a ruling in the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming issued an order to halt enforcement of a Wyoming election law and approving a settlement in the lawsuit.

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Department of Health focuses on Whooping Cough prevention

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming health officials are finding an abnormally high number of whooping cough cases in the Cowboy State this year.

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Regulators investigate Casper airport for WWII-era contamination

CASPER, Wyo. — The four-engine drone of the B-24 Liberator has long since faded at Casper/Natrona County International Airport.

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Wyoming Liberty Group challenges campaign contribution cap in federal court

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Liberty Group is suing Secretary of State Max Maxfield in federal district court for the removal of two-year campaign contribution limits in the Cowboy State.

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Campaign: Staffer sent obscene sketch to ex-aide

CASPER, Wyo. — The campaign for Wyoming secretary of state candidate Ed Murray acknowledges that one of its staff members sent an obscene sketch to a former campaign assistant but insists the matter was a joke among friends.

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OSHA cites Western Sugar for 39 violations

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Workforce Service’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the Denver-based Western Sugar Cooperative $194,000 for 39 violations at its Torrington and Lovell facilities.

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Wyoming will not oppose 3rd-party fundraising in federal case

Wyoming will not oppose 3rd-party fundraising in federal case

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Attorney General’s office filed a motion Wednesday to move forward unopposed to a motion that would change campaign finance laws giving third-party candidates the opportunity to raise funds during primary elections.

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