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Gay issue advocates look to next steps in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Fresh off their victory to legalize same-sex marriages in Wyoming, advocates for gay rights are turning their attention to other state laws they say need to be changed. Jeran Artery, of Wyoming Equality, says the next goal of advocates is amending the state’s anti-discrimination law to add sexual orientation. State law currently prohibits discrimination against someone based on age, race, sex, religion and other factors but not sexual orientation. Artery says a person can be fired for being gay now in Wyoming. Proposals to add sexual orientation to the law have failed in past legislative sessions. Democrat Rep. Cathy Connolly, of Laramie, says she is working to bring a new anti-discrimination bill to the 2015 legislative session and believes the prospects for success are better now. … Read entire article »

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Haynes launches write-in for governor

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Taylor Haynes, of Cheyenne, has launched a write-in campaign for governor. Haynes finished a distant second in the Republican primary in August behind incumbent Matt Mead. Haynes signed a pledge to support the party’s nominee. But on Tuesday, he announced that he felt compelled to run a write-in campaign because many of his supporters said they planned to write his name in on the general election ballot. It’s not the first write-in campaign for governor by Haynes. In 2010, he ran a write-in campaign and finished third behind the two major party candidates for governor, but beat out the Libertarian candidate whose name was on the ballot. … Read entire article »

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More than 12,700 absentee ballots turned in

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office says it has received more than 12,700 completed absentee ballots for the general election. Absentee voting for the Nov. 4. election began on Sept. 25 and ends on Nov. 3. In order to be counted, voted ballots, returned by mail or in person, must be received in the clerk’s office not later than 7 p.m. on the day of the election. Wyoming is one of 27 states that allows any qualified voter to vote absentee without providing an excuse. Registered voters may request an absentee ballot by contacting their county clerk. … Read entire article »

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Man accused of stealing $15K from Mills VFW office

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A 50-year-old Mills man has denied stealing more than $15,000 from the Wyoming Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Associated Press reports George Hall pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of theft. He is accused of using a debit card belonging to the Mills VFW to make personal purchases during his tenure as the organization’s chief financial officer. Court documents say he was one of two people who had access to the card, and his signature was found on multiple credit card receipts. Investigators say he told them he used the card to make purchases for the VFW. He also said he used it by accident to play games on Facebook and had meant to use his personal debit card. … Read entire article »

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4 pronghorn antelope poached south of Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials are investigating the poaching of four pronghorn antelope south of Cheyenne. Wyoming Game and Fish warden David Ellsworth says two bucks, a doe and a fawn pronghorn were shot along Chalk Bluffs Road about 8 miles east of U.S. Highway 85. The back straps were removed from all four animals, and portions of the hind quarters were removed from two of them. The remainder of the meat was left to waste. Hunters are required to take all edible portions of meat from game animals. Edible portions include the meat of the front quarters, hindquarters and the meat along the backbone between the neck and hind quarters, including the loins and tenderloins.   … Read entire article »

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Fremont County Sheriff arrest from 10/22/2014

Brown, Lionel 46 Riverton, WY Pedestrian Under the Influence … Read entire article »

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Bond denied in Riverton stabbing death

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — A 22-year-old Riverton man who is charged with breaking into a house and killing a man who was in bed with his estranged wife will remain jailed without bond. Jeremiah Shull made an initial appearance in District Court on Tuesday. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death early Sunday of Jacob Willenbrecht of Riverton. Shull also was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing his estranged wife, Julie Cordell-Shull, but that charge was not immediately filed. He did not enter a plea. Police say Shull confessed to the killing after being arrested and prosecutors asked that he be jailed without bond. Shull’s attorney says it was a crime of passion, but understood the state’s recommendation. Shull’s preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 29. … Read entire article »

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Judge upholds $28M verdict in carbon monoxide case

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld a jury’s $28.2 million damage award to a woman who suffered a permanent brain injury from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty furnace in the apartment she was renting in Casper. Amber Lompe sued apartment owner Sunridge Partners LLC and Apartment Management Consultants alleging they knew about a previous carbon monoxide leak and failed to repair or replace the furnaces before she was poisoned in February 2011. A federal jury awarded Lompe $2.7 million in compensatory damages and $25.5 million in punitive damages in December 2013. The apartment owners and managers appealed, saying the jury reached a runaway verdict. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson rejected those claims Tuesday, arguing the damages awarded were significant, but not shocking or unconstitutional. … Read entire article »

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Mead touts progress at broadband summit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — About 200 industry professionals and state officials attended a summit highlighting Wyoming’s successes and challenges in expanding Internet speeds and access across the state. The annual Wyoming Broadband Summit was held Tuesday in Cheyenne. Gov. Matt Mead told the summit that the state has seen an incredible growth of its high-speed infrastructure in the past several years. Mead says all 23 counties now have access to Ethernet circuits compared to just two in 2011. But the governor and other state officials said there is work to do to make sure the state is best using and improving the technology. State leaders and private providers also stressed the needs to reduce regulations and to work together to increase speeds to the public. … Read entire article »

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Man charged in slaying deemed unfit for trial

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A 57-year-old man arrested in June for a murder in Sheridan County has been deemed unfit to stand trial. The Wyoming State Hospital has determined that Paul Brookhouse is suffering from a mental illness. But the evaluation says if he is treated, he could become competent for trial in “a reasonable amount of time.” Brookhouse has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 62-year-old James Lee Drake. Circuit Court Judge Shelley Cundiff ordered Brookhouse to the Wyoming State Hospital for 90 days of treatment. … Read entire article »

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