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Wyoming lawmaker says man killed by police needed treatment

(Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

FORT WASHAKIE, Wyo. (AP) — A state lawmaker says a Wyoming man should have been hospitalized receiving help with addiction issues on the day he was killed by police.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Tuesday that Republican state Rep. Lloyd Larsen addressed the death of 58-year-old Anderson Antelope during a Joint Committee on Tribal Relations Committee meeting Monday.

Antelope was a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe.

Authorities say a police officer shot Antelope Sept. 21 outside the Riverton Walmart after he stabbed an officer with a knife, which was blocked by body armor.

Larsen says Antelope spent months at the Wyoming State Hospital in Riverton and a hospital in Lander, but there was no room at public or private facilities for Antelope at the time of the shooting.

The shooting has prompted vigils and marches.



Wyoming governor expects more budget trimming

(Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says he's open to all ideas to reduce spending while the state deals with lower revenue from fossil fuels.

Gordon said at a news conference Tuesday he expects to propose a number of cuts in his first, two-year budget. Gordon took office in January.

He says Wyomingites expect him to look at every opportunity to reduce spending before talking about more taxes.

Gordon declined to speculate on how much of a deficit Wyoming might face amid ongoing uncertainty in the coal, oil and natural gas markets.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports an upcoming economic report will provide more information about Wyoming's fiscal outlook.



Lummis raises $150,000 for Wyoming US Senate race

(Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Republican running for U.S. Senate in Wyoming has raised $150,000 in the first three months of her campaign.

Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis is so far the only major-name Republican running to replace Republican Sen. Mike Enzi in 2020.

Enzi plans to retire after serving four terms.

Federal campaign finance figures released Tuesday show Lummis with $312,000 in cash on hand after loaning herself $155,000.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports Republican U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney raised $414,000 over the same July-September period.

Cheney has declined to say whether she might run for U.S. Senate. She plans to make an announcement next year.



Grand Teton National Park removing non-native mountain goats

(Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide,

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park officials have announced plans to begin removing non-native mountain goats from the park by lethal and non-lethal means.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Tuesday that the final plan from park officials includes hunting, capturing and relocating the goats.

Park officials say the goats migrated from the Snake River Range into the range of native bighorn sheep and could spread diseases that could kill off the native herd.

Officials say the Teton Range is home to a small herd of about 100 bighorn sheep.

Officials say mountain goat meat from the non-native goats may be donated or distributed for consumption.



Former University of Wyoming presidents asks to see records

(Information from: Laramie Boomerang,

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Former University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols has asked a judge to let her see records related to her removal that could be made public.

The Laramie Boomerang reports Nichols' attorney, Megan Overmann Goetz, filed a motion Tuesday to intervene in a case in which several news organizations contend the university unlawfully withheld documents following the decision to demote Nichols to a faculty position.

No reason was given for the March decision, and university trustees have declined to answer questions about it.

In the motion, Goetz said that Nichols wasn't aware that the university investigated her and doesn't know why she was ousted.

Nichols isn't seeking to block the release of the records at this point but wants to see them to before weighing in on their release.



Colorado appeals ruling unbinding presidential electors

DENVER (AP) — Colorado wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's decision that presidential electors can vote for the candidate of their choice and aren't bound by the popular vote in their states.

Secretary of State Jena Griswold and Attorney General Phil Weiser announced the appeal on Wednesday.

The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in August that a former Colorado secretary of state violated the Constitution in 2016 when he removed an elector for refusing to cast his Electoral College ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote.

Presidential electors almost always vote for the popular vote winner, and some states have laws requiring them to do so.

The Colorado Sun reports that Griswold says the August ruling puts the presidential electoral process at risk.

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