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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A small-town judge who says her religious beliefs prevent her from presiding over same-sex marriages was publicly censured by the Wyoming Supreme Court on Tuesday. But while the court said her conduct undermines the integrity of the judicial system, it does not warrant removal from the bench. In a 3-2 decision, Justice Kate Fox wrote that Judge Ruth Neely violated judicial conduct code but removing Neely would "unnecessarily circumscribe protected expression."
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — When a ski instructor tried to jump between two trees while snowboarding down a Wyoming mountain, he says he crashed into the trees and impaled his lip. Natty Hagood told the Idaho State Journal that an 18-inch tree branch pierced through one side of his lower lip and out the other last week. He joked to a friend on the mountain that he got a new piercing and said the pain didn't set in until he got to the hospital.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 19-year-old Wyoming man has pleaded guilty to shooting and killing a couple and wounding their daughter after the family tried to help him along a roadside on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation. Jesus Deniz Mendoza faces life in prison on two counts of second degree murder and other crimes under an agreement with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Billings. A final sentencing decision will be up to Judge Susan Watters.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Intense wind is wreaking havoc across the Rocky Mountain region, blowing tractor-trailers off roads and keeping an injured skier from being flown to a hospital. Authorities warned truck drivers not to take risks with the wind topping 45 mph Tuesday. Even so, wind tipped at least four trailers along Interstate 25 south of Cheyenne near the Colorado line.
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