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Wyoming state lawmaker wants to revisit marijuana

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

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming state legislator whose bid to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana failed this session isn’t giving up on the idea.

In a story Monday, James Byrd tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that marijuana legislation, jobs and education would be among his priorities if he is re-elected in November. The Laramie County Democrat is running for his fourth term.

In February, the House of Representatives voted 45-15 against introducing Byrd’s proposal for small civil penalties for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. Under current state law, it’s a felony to possess more than three ounces of marijuana, and a misdemeanor that could lead to jail time for smaller amounts. Byrd opposes sending people to jail for having small amounts of marijuana.


Crimes Against Children conference aims to help

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming child welfare officials are holding a Crimes Against Children conference over the next three days.

Officials say the goal of meetings that begin on Tuesday is to improve the response and services to child victims of crime and provide education and training.

The conference will include victim advocates, law enforcement, attorneys, judges, medical and mental health professionals.

It will also include child and family case workers, educators and clergy.


Suspects arrested in Lander home invasion

LANDER, Wyo. (AP) — The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says two people have been arrested following a home invasion and robbery on Sunday near Lander.

Authorities said Monday that Bow Hepner of Casper and Kelly Meehan of Gillete were arrested near Riverton. Charges are pending.

Deputies say two people stopped at a victim’s home and asked for directions to Rawlins. Authorities say they asked to see a map and took control, keeping victims at bay while they stole several items, including a gun, before they left. The victims were not identified.

Deputies say they pulled over a suspect vehicle in Riverton and Meehan was arrested, while Hepner ran.

Authorities say Hepner was found Monday heading toward Lander on foot and arrested following a short chase.


Bison to be pushed back into Yellowstone this week

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — State and federal agencies plan to start pushing bison into Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday in an annual event meant to keep the migrating animals away from cattle in southwestern Montana.

State Department of Livestock Executive Officer Christian Mackay said workers on horseback and ATVs plan to drive about 300 bison in the West Yellowstone are roughly 7 miles back into the park.

Unlike previous years, there is no plan to use a helicopter to assist in this year’s efforts. That practice had drawn lawsuits from environmental groups but was upheld in U.S. District court last year.

Bison migrate from the park to lower elevations in Montana in the winter. A federal-state agreement requires their return to the park in the spring to make way for cattle to graze.

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