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Court: Wyoming DEQ must release coal mine bond documents

Aug. 23, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A state judge has ruled that the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality must release land appraisal documents related to the bond renewal for the Belle Ayr coal mine in Campbell County. KTWO-AM reports that District Judge Steven Sharpe issued his ruling this week in a public...

Wyoming DA seeks death penalty in Montana woman's killing

Aug. 21, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming prosecutor plans to seek the death penalty for the rape and killing of a Montana woman more than 30 years ago. KTWO-AM reported Tuesday that Natrona County District Attorney Dan Itzen will seek capital punishment for 74-year-old Dale Wayne Eaton. Eaton was convicted in 2004...

Wyoming officials propose tribal voter registration bill

Aug. 20, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A draft bill has been passed in Wyoming that would make it easier for indigenous people to vote if the proposed legislation becomes law. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the state's Select Committee on Tribal Relations passed draft bill language Monday, and asked the Corporations,...

Casper man pleads guilty to sex crimes

Aug. 20, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A 26-year-old Wyoming man has pleaded guilty to molesting two mentally disabled women at a Casper group home where he once worked. Trae D. Smith made the admissions Monday as part of a deal with prosecutors which recommends that he serve between five and 60 years in prison. Judge...

Wyoming casino new management plans to

Aug. 19, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — New leaders at a Wyoming tribe's gambling enterprise say their goal is to return the greatest amount of money possible to the tribe. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the new leadership team from the Northern Arapaho Tribe announced several changes during a tribal citizens meeting...

Hope for crops fades in Wyoming, Nebraska irrigation failure

Aug. 17, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Farmers in Wyoming and Nebraska affected by an irrigation tunnel collapse are losing hope their crops will be salvageable. Over 100,000 acres (40,000 hectares) of crops on hundreds of farms in both states have been without irrigation water since the tunnel collapse July 17. The tunnel...

Former Catholic Bishop faces Wyoming sex abuse allegations

Aug. 15, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A former Catholic bishop is facing multiple allegations of sexual abuse of boys during his career, including 25 years in Wyoming. The Casper Star-Tribune reports at least three Wyoming men say former Bishop Joseph Hart abused them while he worked in the Diocese of Cheyenne. A spokesman...

Improved Josh Harshman can be 'great weapon' for Wyoming

Aug. 15, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Josh Harshman felt like he was all the way back. But if he wanted proof, it was in the numbers. Harshman was cleared to return to full football activities this summer after being limited this spring as he continued to rehab his right knee. That meant Wyoming's senior tight end could...

ACLU says Wyoming can cut its prison population in half

Aug. 14, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says Wyoming could cut its prison population in half by 2025 with a series of reforms that includes reducing prison sentences for drug crimes and ending prison terms for drug possession convictions. The advocacy organization says in a report Tuesday...

Groundwater contamination high near Wyoming coal ash ponds

Aug. 13, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — PacifiCorp is proposing corrective measures at two of its coal-fired power plants in southwest Wyoming after tests showed excessive groundwater contamination from coal ash ponds. Tests that the company conducted found that groundwater on the Jim Bridger and Naughton power plants...