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Submitted by rebecca on March 7, 2014 – 12:19 pmNo Comment

COW CRASH

2 drivers injured in Casper cattle truck crash

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

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Highway Patrol says two men were seriously injured after a tractor-trailer carrying cattle crashed into a pickup truck.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that it wasn’t immediately clear how many of the 71 cattle died in the crash Thursday afternoon on West Yellowstone Highway.

The tractor-trailer appears to have T-boned the pickup before flipping on its side. Trooper Doug Beran said the driver of the cattle truck had to be cut out of the cabin.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital but their conditions weren’t known.

A number of people with cattle trailers and people wearing Casper College Rodeo jackets helped emergency responders remove the surviving cows from the wreck.

Dead cows were removed through an opening that was sawed into the top of the flipped tractor-trailer.

AIRMAN DEATH

Airman found dead at Cheyenne base identified

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AP) — The man found dead at F.E. Warren Air Force Base has been identified as 21-year-old Airman 1st Class Dominique Hudson.

The Air Force released Hudson’s name Thursday but didn’t say how he died or where he was from.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigation is looking into the death.

Hudson’s body was found Wednesday on the base in Cheyenne. He was assigned to the 90th Security Forces Group Tactical Response Force.

WYOMING LEGISLATURE

Wyoming Legislature adjourns budget session

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Legislature has adjourned its budget session.

Both houses of the Legislature sounded the final gavel just before 4:30 p.m. Thursday after hearing from Gov. Matt Mead.

Mead congratulated lawmakers for their work in the session that started Feb. 10.

The main accomplishment of the session was the passage of a $3.3-billion budget bill. Mead and senior lawmakers say the budget will address the state’s needs over the coming two-year period while continuing to save money for the future.

Mead emphasized to both the Senate and the House that Wyoming needs to continue to push for continued coal production.

Wyoming is the nation’s leading coal producer but production has been slipping in recent years in the face of increased federal regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants.

BISON PROTESTER

Bison-slaughter protester blocks road near park

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Park rangers have arrested a man who chained himself to a cement-filled drum to protest the slaughter of bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park.

Twenty-year-old Comfrey Jacobs was arrested Thursday morning and charged with disorderly conduct, entering a closed area around the park’s bison capture facility and interfering with government operations.

Jacobs chained himself to the 50-gallon drum and blocked the road to the Stephens Creek corrals near the park border. The Buffalo Field Campaign advocacy group says Jacobs was attempting to stop the shipment of bison to slaughter.

Park officials looking to reduce the bison population in Yellowstone hold the animals in the corrals.

Spokesman Al Nash says 318 bison have been transferred this winter, including roughly 60 animals to an experimental contraception program and the rest to slaughter.


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