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Submitted by rebecca on January 6, 2014 – 12:34 pmNo Comment


Liz Cheney quitting bid to unseat Wyoming’s Enzi

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liz Cheney has abruptly abandoned her effort to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

Cheney cited “serious health issues” that “have recently arisen in our family” as the reason for her decision. She is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Her candidacy had raised hackles in the Republican Party and caused a public rift with her sister, Mary, a lesbian, over Liz Cheney’s opposition to gay marriage.

In her withdrawal statement, Cheney did not mention those controversies and she did not specify the health issues.

Cheney’s effort to replace Enzi angered and upset many Republicans and drew virtually no support from Senate Republicans, who rushed to back the Senate veteran and three-term conservative.


Committee begins hearing into Wyo. superintendent

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A special Wyoming House committee is beginning a three-day hearing in Cheyenne into whether state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill committed any impeachable offenses.

The Legislature’s Select Investigative Committee is made up of members of the state House of Representatives. It can recommend whether Hill should face impeachment by the full House.

The panel was formed to look into claims that Hill misspent federal and state money and mismanaged the state Education Department.

Hill is a Republican who was elected to a four-year term in 2010. She has denied any wrongdoing and says she’s a victim of a witch hunt.

The GOP-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Matt Mead enacted a new law last year that removed the superintendent as head of the Education Department.

Hill is challenging the law’s constitutionality.


Draft EIS ready for WY-SD transmission line

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Black Hills National Forest officials say the draft environmental impact statement for a 230 kilovolt transmission line project from northeastern Wyoming to the Rapid City area is ready for public review and comment.

The line would connect the Teckla Substation in Campbell County, Wyo., to the Osage Substation in Weston County, Wyo., and the Lange Substation in Pennington County.

The Forest Service says the transmission line would strengthen the transmission network, improve transmission system reliability and help meet future demand for electricity and economic development in the region.

The route crosses private, state and public lands, including lands managed by the Black Hills National Forest, Thunder Basin National Grassland, Wyoming Bureau of Land Management High Plains District and the state ofWyoming.

Public meetings are scheduled for later this month.


Cheyenne man accused of attacking cab driver

(Information in the following story is from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle,

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Police say a 34-year-old Cheyenne man accused of trying to cut his cab driver’s throat for taking a longer route has been charged with one felony count of aggravated assault and battery.

The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports Christopher J. Beavers was arrested Wednesday, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled on Jan. 10.

Investigators say Beavers told them he became angry because the driver took the long way to his house. As they drove to an ATM to get cash for the fare, Beavers said he became even angrier.

The cab driver was stabbed in the hand and suffered a small cut on his neck before he fought off his attacker.

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