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Democrats’ numbers slip in Wyo. legislative races

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Democratic Party is having an increasingly hard time fielding candidates in state legislative races.

Out of 15 Wyoming State Senate seats in the Aug. 21 primary election, Democrats are running in only three races while Republicans are running in 14. And out of the 60 state House races, Democrats are running in only 22 while Republicans are running in 57.

State Election Director Peggy Nighswonger says the number of Democrats running in legislative races has been dropping for several election cycles.

The number of registered Democratic voters in Wyoming also has been falling. There are now just over 47,000 registered Democrats in the state, down from over 60,000 in 2008. The number of registered Republicans, meanwhile, has increased from 137,000 in 2008 to 145,000 today.


Victims ID’d in suicide attack in Afghanistan

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — Military officials say three troops killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan were assigned to units based at Fort Carson in Colorado.

The Defense Department identified them Thursday as 38-year-old Air Force Maj. Walter D. Gray, of Conyers, Ga.; 35-year-old Army Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy, of West Point, N.Y.; and 45-year-old Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, of Laramie, Wyo.

Authorities had said earlier that insurgents who detonated suicide vests Wednesday in Kunar province killed three coalition service members and a civilian.

Gray was an air liaison officer and flight commander for the Fort Carson-based 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, which is part of the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing headquartered in Georgia.

Kennedy and Griffin were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.


Police cite Campbell County commissioner

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Gillette police have cited a Campbell County commissioner after one of his employees reported he touched her inappropriately.

Police ticketed Commissioner Stephen F. Hughes on Monday. He’s set to answer a misdemeanor charge of unlawful contact in Circuit Court in November.

The 65-year-old Hughes and his lawyer Nick Carter declined comment.

A police report states the woman said Hughes grabbed her by the hips and kissed her neck while she was at his business office earlier this month. The woman said Hughes told her he could back her into a corner.

Hughes later denied to police that he had kissed her or said the remark about backing her into a corner.


Hundreds try out for “American Idol” in Casper

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — About 700 people turned out to audition for “American Idol” in Casper.

Singers from Rock Springs, Gillette and Buffalo were among those who started lining up in the early morning for Wednesday’s try outs at Fort Caspar. One group from Casper camped out in their cars the night before.

Casper was the third stop on the Fox show’s tour of smaller cities and towns to find new talent.

Officials say some singers advanced to the next round of competition but they declined to say how many. Details on when and where the next round will be haven’t been announced.


Olive finds a home, and family, at UW

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Uso Olive is one of the new faces on the Wyoming defensive line.

The 6-foot-1, 305-pound freshman comes to UW from Federal Way, Wash. He was attracted to Wyoming because it provided something he didn’t have — a family.

Olive’s mother died early last year from complications after her fifth surgery for heart valve replacement. He was 17 and in his senior year at high school at the time. His father was not part of the family.

Olive says her death was hard to take but he found inspiration in her will to fight and he went to school the next day.

He says when there’s grief, there’s also greatness.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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