• NEWS BRIEFS for Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

    News in Brief from Wyoming News Exchange newspapers

  • No death penalty in Wapiti shooting death

    As expected, prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for a Wapiti man who allegedly killed his wife last summer.

  • Drilling permit applications climb

    Oil prices hit a 14-month low Monday with Wall Street nervous about oversupply of crude, but the price slide hasn’t yet suppressed the dramatic growth in oil and gas companies seeking permits to drill in Wyoming.

  • Green River councilman pleads guilty to sexual assault

    Green River City Councilman Allan Wilson on Monday pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement to one count of second degree sexual abuse of a minor.

  • Hundreds face furlough in case of shutdown

    Hundreds of federal employees in Wyoming could face furloughs next week.

  • Doctor’s license suspension partially reversed

    District Judge Thomas W. Rumpke has largely reversed the Wyoming Board of Medicine’s decision to suspend a Gillette physician’s license for five years.

  • Oil prices down, but Wyoming gas prices stable

    Wyomingites stopping to fill up their trucks with gas or diesel these days face a predicament that’s not common for the Cowboy State: It’d be cheaper down in Denver.

  • JAC adds money for school security and maintenance

    State lawmakers gave initial support to a supplemental school construction bill that includes additional funding for maintenance, school security and money for a Cheyenne charter school's housing costs.

  • NE Wyoming water dispute cools

    For over a year, the David-versus-Goliath tale of a small group of landowners represented by Senator Ogden Driskill going up against the formidable City of Gillette has dragged on. The Carlile-area landowners, after their wells suddenly ran dry or acidic, hoped to hook on to the Madison Water System, but the city felt it should concentrate on the needs of its own citizens first.

  • Hemp legalization may not affect Wyoming

    An $867 billion farm bill passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 369-47 on Wednesday (the bill passed the Senate on Tuesday by a vote of 87-13) effectively legalized industrial hemp production in the United States, pending President Donald Trump’s signature, although a lack of budget for research in Wyoming may keep the crop from growing in the Cowboy State.

  • JAC questions university’s budget requests

    After the state Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee had already spent three days scrutinizing Gov. Matt Mead’s last supplemental budget this week, it was University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols’s turn to offer her defense Thursday for the school’s $19 million supplemental budget request.

  • Wyoming begins work to replace computer system

    Wyoming is faced with a $68 million price tag to replace an aging computer system used by multiple state agencies including the Wyoming Department of Transportation. This week, lawmakers started the ball rolling on the long journey to replace it.

  • Simpson joins other past senators in warning letter

    In an unusual high-profile cooperative move, 44 former United States senators, including Al Simpson, wrote an open letter to the current 100 members of the U.S. Senate warning them the nation is facing perilous times.

  • Wyoming News Briefs for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

    News in Brief from Wyoming News Exchange newspapers

  • Wyoming News in Brief, Dec. 11, 2018

    News from around the state

  • Priests on abuse list served at St. Stephens  

    The two Jesuit priests who served at St. Stephens Mission and were included on a list last week of Jesuit clergymen who faced credible sexual abuse allegations served in leadership positions at Wyoming and Missouri schools.

  • Dam supporters seek federal funds  

    Water developers are seeking $1.2 million in federal funds to advance a much-debated 280-foot high dam and reservoir proposed in the Little Snake River drainage in Carbon County.

  • Teton commissioners won’t oppose Cheney land bill  

    U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney won’t receive written pushback from Teton County about a bill that would loosen land protection in the Snake River Range and prevent the Bridger-Teton National Forest from inventorying new wilderness.

  • Buffalo chosen for VA facility  

    Lawmakers have named Buffalo as the site for a potential subsidized long-term treatment facility for veterans in Wyoming. The home of the Veterans' Home of Wyoming beat out Sheridan and Casper for the potential new facility after hours of debate Tuesday.

  • Wolf shooting reignites hunting debate  

    The harvest of wolf 926F during the Montana hunting season reignited a firestorm of calls to end hunting of the species — or at least making a wide buffer zone around Yellowstone National Park.

  • UW official urges harsher penalties for booze sales to minors  

    Laramie should significantly increase the penalties leveled to businesses that sell alcohol to minors, University of Wyoming Vice President for Student Affairs Sean Blackburn suggested Monday.

  • Mead presents budget request to lawmakers

    Gov. Matt Mead laid out his last supplemental budget request Monday to members of the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee.

  • Wasting disease adds urgency to Teton Co. disposal issue

    Chronic wasting disease is officially present in Teton County, and the clock is ticking to devise a plan for disposing of infected animal carcasses.

  • Simpson to eulogize Bush

    President George H.W. Bush and former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson shared many personal and touching moments, including a snowball fight on the last night of the elder Bush’s presidency at the White House.

  • Group turns to Legislature for election finance reform

    After failing to collect enough signatures to place a question regarding campaign finance reform on Wyoming’s 2020 ballot, Wyoming Promise is looking to the state Legislature to support its efforts to limit corporate influence in elections.

  • Mead proposes $148 million in additional spending

    In his last supplemental budget request, Gov. Matt Mead’s goal was to address areas that have experienced significant funding cuts, while also leaving almost $300 million to be added to the state’s “rainy-day fund.”

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