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Wyo. approves new horse racing law

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s only licensed horse racing operator says a new state law that allows regulators to issue three-year permits to horse racing businesses will bring stability to the industry.

The law was signed by Gov. Matt Mead earlier this month. It gives the state commission that oversees horse racing the power to issue permits of up to three years for live and simulcast racing.

The Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission had been limited to one-year permits.

Eugene Joyce is managing partner of a group that runs live races at Sweetwater Downs in Rock Springs.

Joyce says the change will help track operators negotiate better terms when they borrow money or sign long-term contracts with vendors.


Blowing dust warning for Powder River Basin

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Blowing dust is expected across the Powder River Basin through Monday afternoon.

The National Weather Service forecasts that winds up to 40 mph will continue, with gusts as high as 55 mph.

The Wyoming Air Quality Division says the elderly, young children and anyone with respiratory problems should mostly stay indoors and avoid intense physical activity.

The winds should subside by 3 p.m.


Wyo. troopers seize 74 pounds of marijuana on I-80

EVANSTON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming authorities are investigating following the seizure of 74 pounds of marijuana from a car on Interstate 80.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol said Monday that the marijuana — estimated to be worth about a half-million dollars — was discovered Thursday during a traffic stop near Evanston, near the Utah border.

The driver, 41-year-old Christopher Brady, was arrested and was being held in Evanston.

Investigators believe Brady was driving from the Portland, Oregon area and may have planned to deliver the marijuana in or around Kansas City.

The patrol and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation are both investigating.


Study: Statehouses at high risk for corruption

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A nationwide study finds state governments lack transparency and accountability to citizens, and remain at high risk for corruption.

In the ranking, not a single state received an A from the probe, done by the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International and Global Integrity. Wyoming was one of eight states that received an F.

There’s a surprising state atop the list of most transparent and accountable governments: New Jersey.

Despite — or perhaps because of — recent corruption scandals, New Jersey gets the top ranking because of steps it took to combat corruption, including tough ethics and anti-corruption laws it adopted in response.

Reporters in each state researched 330 corruption risk indicators across 14 government categories.


Wyoming meets Washington St Monday night

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming meets Washington State in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational.

The game is set to start at 8 p.m. mountain time Monday in Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash.

The Cowboys enter the game with a 21-11 record, while the Cougars are 16-16.

The Cowboys claimed their first nonconference postseason win since 2003 when they beat North Dakota State last Wednesday in the first round of the tournament.

Washington State beat San Francisco.

Wyoming and Washington State have played five times previously, the last time was in 2005.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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