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Submitted by rebecca on February 5, 2014 – 11:47 amNo Comment


Wind chill warnings and advisories posted for Wyo.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wind chill warnings and advisories remain in effect for much of Wyoming.

Wind chills in the 20 to 30 degree below range are common throughout the state with some readings around 40 below. Worland recorded a 43-below wind chill Wednesday morning.

Air temperatures were 10 to 20 below zero.

The National Weather Service says the Arctic air gripping the state will stick around for another couple of days before temperatures return to near normal this weekend.


Wyo. seeks input on academic standards

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

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming education standards for science, social studies, physical education, and career and vocation education are under review.

And the Wyoming Department of Education is giving residents the chance to comment on the proposed standards.

The state Education Department website provides both the proposed standards and surveys to get comments and suggested revisions.

State standards team supervisor Laurie Hernandez tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that the state agency will accept comment until the end of February.

Wyoming educational standards are reviewed every five years. The state Board of Education and Gov. Matt Mead have to approve the standards.


Casper bank robbery suspect convicted in 2003

(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say that a man accused of robbing a Casper bank last week is a homeless heroin user convicted of robbing a bank in Utah in 2003.

The details were included in a report read in federal court Tuesday during a detention hearing for James Pearson Thain.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Chief Magistrate Kelly Rankin said the 37-year-old is a danger to the community and shouldn’t be released while the latest bank robbery case is pending against him.

His alleged accomplice, 33-year-old Mindy Nichole Lawrence, also appeared separately before Rankin. A hearing about whether she’ll be released was delayed until Thursday.

According to an FBI affidavit, Thain got about $3,000 from the Bank of the West on Jan. 29. He and Rankin were arrested after a chase.


Author of Matthew Shepard book speaks in Laramie

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The author of a controversial book about Matthew Shepard’s killing says it should send a sobering message about addiction to methamphetamine.

Journalist Stephen Jimenez made the comment Tuesday night in Laramie during a question and answer session about “The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard.” He claims Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, and one of his killers were involved in the methamphetamine trade and that drugs, not hate, was the main motive behind the killing.

The Laramie Boomerang reports that no one questioned the accuracy of Jimenez’s account during the forum.

Jimenez is gay and says he leans toward the political left. However, he said much of the criticism of the book is the result of “liberal orthodoxy” about the case.


Exam cheating scandal hits Navy nuclear force

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is investigating cheating allegations against about one-fifth of its trainers at a school for naval nuclear power reactor operators.

It is the second exam-cheating scandal to hit the military this year, on top of disclosures of ethical lapses at all ranks in the military as it transitions from more than a decade of war-fighting.

An Air Force cheating probe has implicated nearly 100 officers responsible for land-based nuclear missiles. Those implicated in the Navy investigation have no responsibility for nuclear weapons.

The Navy says at least 30 sailors are accused of having cheated on written tests they must pass to become instructors at a nuclear propulsion school at Charleston, S.C. The Navy uses two nuclear reactors there to train sailors for duty on U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers.


New Wyoming coach announces first recruits

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — It’s a big day for Wyoming football and new head coach Craig Bohl.

Bohl announces his first class of recruits on Wednesday afternoon. It is the first day high school football players can start signing a letter of intent with the college of their choice.

Bohl was hired by Wyoming in December to replace Dave Christensen who was fired after five seasons.

Bohl comes to Laramie after 11 seasons with North Dakota State, where he led the Bison to three straight Football Championship Subdivision titles.

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