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Report: Up to $1.5 billion Wyoming revenue hit amid COVID-19

May. 26, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Collapsing energy prices and the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to cost Wyoming up to $1.5 billion in revenue over the next two years, preliminary estimates released Tuesday show. The nonpartisan state Consensus Revenue Estimating Group predicts sales tax revenue will fall up to 30% in...

Wyoming unemployment more than doubled to 9.2% in April

May. 22, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s unemployment rate more than doubled to 9.2% in April amid an energy-market downturn and measures to control the coronavirus. Wyoming’s unemployment was 3.8% in March. State officials first ordered the shutdown of businesses and schools and restricted public...

Child testing positive for COVID-19 closes Wyoming daycare

May. 21, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Nearly 300 people at a child daycare center and a separate long-term care facility will be tested and quarantined after people tested positive for the coronavirus amid a surge of new cases over the past week. A child testing positive for the coronavirus prompted the closure of the...

University of Wyoming seeks changes to public records law

May. 21, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — University of Wyoming lawyers have requested multiple changes to the state's public records law after losing a legal effort to shield the circumstances surrounding the demotion of the university's former president last year. The university counsel is seeking to implement a number of...

Virus surge blamed on carelessness nixes Wyoming car show

May. 20, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A surge in local cases of the coronavirus blamed on people not following social distancing recommendations or wearing face masks in public has prompted the cancellation of a Memorial Day car show in Wyoming. Yellowstone Garage in Casper previously received verbal approval for a variance...

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Wyoming death-penalty case

May. 19, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of what was Wyoming's lone inmate on death row, possibly clearing the way for his execution. Prosecutors plan to ask that Dale Wayne Eaton, 75, be put to death for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Lisa Marie Kimmell in 1988. The...

Wyoming GOP members plan to contest state leadership vote

May. 15, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Some Wyoming Republican Party members plan to file a complaint with the secretary of state's office after the state GOP upheld a contested vote for top party positions. The dispute stems from a portion of the party's annual state convention held online last weekend due to the...

University of Wyoming discusses reopening campus this fall

May. 15, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming board of trustees has approved a motion to ask the governor for $79 million in federal coronavirus relief aid to pay for testing, upgrades and technology intended to make the campus safer. Board president Neil Theobald said campus committees are discussing...

Wyoming planning commission grants permit to solar project

May. 13, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming planning commission approved a permit to build a utility-scale solar farm, but the project still requires county approval. The Natrona County Planning Commission approved a permit Tuesday for the proposed solar energy project by Dinosolar LLC, a subsidiary of Utah-based Enyo...

Wyoming school district votes to sue Juul Labs over vaping

May. 12, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A school district in Wyoming has voted to sue a manufacturer of vaping products. About 60% of high school students in Natrona County are regularly vaping, school district attorney Craig Silva told the school board Monday. School officials say they've been dealing with disciplinary...