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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A truck driver has been sentenced to between 10 and 20 years in prison for falling asleep at the wheel of her semitractor-trailer and causing a fatal crash in Wyoming. The Laramie Boomerang reports 48-year-old Tonya Hightower was sentenced for the March 2018 accident that killed 57-year-old Vidal Madera of Laramie. She pleaded not guilty to aggravated homicide by vehicle but a jury found her guilty after determining she was reckless for driving while knowingly fatigued constituted recklessness.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a bill aimed at preserving the pensions of about 92,000 retired coal miners and the health-care benefits of another 13,000 working miners. Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia announced the bill Wednesday. It would transfer money to prevent the insolvency of a 1974 miners' pension plan, as well as adding coal company bankruptcies from 2018 and 2019 to health-care legislation that passed in 2017.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming legislative committee has decided not to pursue legislation to study the storage of spent nuclear fuel in the state. The Joint Committee on Minerals, Business and Economic Development announced the decision Tuesday after the proposal's sponsor noted that the governor's office has full authority to pursue the topic on its own without the consent of the Legislature.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming High School Activities Association has unanimously approved softball as a sanctioned high school sport. As a result of Tuesday's vote, the first sanctioned softball season will be played in the spring of 2021. Wyoming had been one of just two states to not have a sanctioned high school softball season.