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Senate passes ‘right to try’ bill for terminal patients

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Senate has passed a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to seek experimental drugs as a last-ditch effort to improve their condition. The Senate approved the bill 29-0 during its third and final reading in the chamber Wednesday. The bill now advances to the state House of Representatives for consideration. The “right to try” bill would allow terminally ill patients to pursue any experimental drug, biological product or device that has passed the first phase of U.S. Food and Drug Administration clinical trials but has not yet been approved by the FDA for general use. The use of any such drug or device would require such patients to have a recommendation from their doctor for treatment. … Read entire article »

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Mills man charged with taking $15K from VFW

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A 50-year-old Mills man has acknowledged misusing more than $15,500 by making unauthorized credit card purchases while serving as quartermaster for the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Mills. George Hall has pleaded guilty to one count of theft. Prosecutors say an audit completed in January 2014 revealed that the money was missing. Court records alleged Hall used a post credit card to make purchases at a convenience store and Walmart and to make cash withdrawals. Hall acknowledged using the card for some personal purchases including food, minutes for his cellphone and Facebook games. Hall is free after posting a $10,000 bond. A sentencing date has not been set. … Read entire article »

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Feds issue new policy for snowmobiles in national forests

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has issued a new policy requiring forest managers to limit where snowmobiles can go by specifically designating what areas are open. The federal agency on Wednesday published the final federal register notice for the new rules that take effect Feb. 27. The change follows a 2013 federal court ruling in Boise that found the Forest Service incorrectly exempted snowmobiles from a 2005 Forest Service plan restricting wheeled cross-country travel to designated routes. An Idaho-based backcountry skier group called Winter Wildlands Alliance filed the lawsuit amid concerns new and more powerful snowmobiles were chewing up remote and pristine powder previously reachable only by skiers. The new policy requires forests to publish over-snow vehicle maps using existing designations or maps to be worked out through a public process. … Read entire article »

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Leading biomedical researcher joins UW faculty

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — One of the foremost experts in the science of how conditions during fetal development shape the lives of humans and animals has joined the University of Wyoming faculty. Peter Nathanielsz has joined UW as the Distinguished Research Professor of Life Course Studies within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Department of Animal Science. He was most recently the director of the Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Research at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. … Read entire article »

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Committee advances Medicaid expansion bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming legislative committee has advanced a bill to expand the federal Medicaid program to extend health insurance coverage to some 17,600 low-income adults. The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee approved the bill Wednesday morning in Cheyenne after amending it to require participants to pay into health savings accounts to help cover the cost of medical services. Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Scott, a Casper Republican, proposed the savings account amendment. He says it would encourage participants keep their health care costs low. Officials in Indiana announced Tuesday that federal regulators have approved a Medicaid expansion plan there that includes a health savings account requirement. Wyoming would negotiate with federal regulators for plan approval if the full Legislature ultimately approves a Medicaid expansion bill with the savings account approach. … Read entire article »

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Bill to allow guns on school campuses passes committee

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee has endorsed a bill that would allow people who hold concealed carry permits to take guns onto school grounds and into most public meetings. The committee voted 8-1 in favor of House Bill 114 after hearing two hours of testimony. The bill now goes to the House floor for debate. The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Allen Jaggi, of Lyman, would allow people with concealed carry permits to take their guns to any public facility or gathering except courtrooms. Supporters say the bill would improve public safety by discouraging or thwarting armed attackers and uphold basic constitutional rights. Opponents say schools should be free of guns and accidents with guns would be more of problem than attackers. … Read entire article »

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Senate looks at concussion liability bill for school sports

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Senate is considering a bill that would afford greater legal protections to school districts and staff against liability for failing to implement concussion-related sports protocols. Senate File 98 is sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Landen, of Casper. It defines concussions and head injuries resulting from school sports and cheerleading participation as “an inherent risk.” As such, it says that no governmental entity or public employee acting on such an entity’s behalf to organize and administer school athletics would be held liable for any “claimed failure” to implement, or inadequacy of, concussion-related protocols. Senators gave their initial approval on Tuesday and Wednesday. It must pass one more Senate vote before moving to the House of Representatives. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming Senate defeats right-to-privacy resolution

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Senate has defeated a resolution that proposed amending the state constitution to guarantee an individual right to privacy. The proposed amendment would have barred the state from infringing upon that right “without the showing of a compelling state interest.” The resolution drafted by the Legislature’s Digital Information Privacy Task Force was defeated Wednesday by a 17-13 vote. Sen. Charles Scott, a Republican from Casper who opposed the resolution, said he was concerned by how broadly the amendment may be interpreted by state courts and that any unintended consequences of the amendment would be difficult to reverse. Meanwhile, Sen. Bruce Burns, a Sheridan Republican, said he didn’t see how a state constitutional amendment would stop the National Security Agency from doing what it wants. … Read entire article »

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Empty Bowls “Soup ‘n More” fundraiser for January 31, 5-7 p.m

Lander, WY - The Lander Care & Share Food Bank has scheduled their Empty Bowls “Soup ‘n More” fundraiser for January 31, 5-7 p.m. at the Lander Senior Center. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople paint or create soup bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for the ticket price, guests are asked to select and keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to the Lander Care and Share Food Bank. Melissa Strickler, Nancy Ebbert, Diane Price, Renee Cook, Rosie Ratigan, Lucille Whisler, Chrys Parr, Shelly Wolfe, Wina Behounek and Audrey Krise … Read entire article »

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Fremont Symphony Orchestra Conductor Rebecca Murdock Announces the Annual Spring Concert Program for Saturday, March 14.

(LANDER) – Fremont Symphony Orchestra Conductor Rebecca Murdock has announced the annual Spring Concert program for Saturday, March 14. She said selections would reflect fantasy, legend, imagination and romance. Murdock said the concert program includes works by a variety of 19th and 20th century American and European composers ranging from Kachaturian and Prokofiev to Schubert. The concert features two instrumental wind solos by Debussy. Central Wyoming College Director of Bands Jason Ogg will perform “Rhapsodie for Saxophone and Orchestra”. Central Wyoming College Adjunct Music Instructor and clarinetist Laura Ogg will perform “Girl with the Flaxen Hair”. Murdock said the mid-March concert concludes the group’s 28th winter season. She also said if area musicians wish to participate in the Fremont Symphony Orchestra, they may contact Assistant Conductor Garold Whisler at (307) 349-9353 to arrange an audition. … Read entire article »

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