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Submitted by rebecca on February 20, 2014 – 11:48 amNo Comment

CASPER-SECRET MEETING

Secret Casper City Council meeting stirs debate

(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com)

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Casper official is insisting that an unannounced city council meeting involving a councilman’s conflict of interest case was legal.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday the meeting was held over Skype on Tuesday.

City Manager John Patterson says the meeting wasn’t an executive session that would require notifying the public it would occur. Bruce Moats, a Cheyenne attorney specializing in media law, says there are no exceptions under Wyoming’s public meetings act.

The meeting addressed the case of councilman Craig Hedquist, who is under investigation for conflict of interest because he owns Hedquist Construction, a top city contractor.

Hedquist denies any wrongdoing.

INMATE DEATH

Inmate dies at medium security prison

TORRINGTON, Wyo. (AP) — The state Department of Corrections says an inmate at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington has died after a lengthy illness.

The agency says Jack Stanley Rude died Tuesday. He was 71 years old.

Rude was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. He was sentenced in 1992 in Laramie County.

The Corrections Department says a routine autopsy has been ordered.

GUARD STRANGLED

2nd inmate charged in Nebraska jailer’s slaying

GERING, Neb. (AP) — Another teenage inmate has been charged in the strangulation of a Scotts Bluff County jailer.

Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner said in a news release Wednesday that the 16-year-old is charged as an adult with aiding and abetting assault. Warner did not specify what actions by the teen prompted the charge.

A 15-year-old Wyoming boy has been charged with murder in the slaying of 24-year-old Amanda Baker. She died Sunday after she’d been declared brain dead by doctors. The attack took place Friday.

The Associated Press typically doesn’t name juveniles accused of crimes. The boy charged with killing Baker is from Torrington, and has been held at the jail since December, charged with robbing a convenience store in Mitchell, Neb. The other boy is from Lisco in Garden County.

UW AGROECOLOGY

UW agroecology program marks 20 years

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming recently marked 20 years in offering an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in agroecology.

The program combines agronomy and ecology, and focuses on the dynamic picture of today’s agriculture, including plant and crop production, soil science and the link between agriculture and society.

Associate professor Robin Groose, of the Department of Plant Sciences, says UW was the first land-grant university to institute an agroecology undergraduate major.

Other large universities have followed since.

Groose estimates 34 of the 50 land-grant universities now have agroecology as a major or minor, or program.

Groose says agroecology continues adapting to agricultural concerns and issues using the combination of the Department of Plant Sciences and Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Both are in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


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