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University of Wyoming requests $12M for law school project

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming has requested $12 million from the state to fund more than half of a renovation and expansion project for its College of Law. Laramie Boomerang reported Friday that the law school project did not make it into the university's formal request vetted by the State Construction Department and Republican Gov. Mark Gordon’s office last year before going to the Legislature in December. Officials say the project is designed to add about 19,000 square feet and upgrade existing space in order to fit multiple clinics into the building. University officials say they would approve funding for the rest of the project if the state approves the request.


Bankrupt coal company Blackjewel accuses former CEO of fraud

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Attorneys for bankrupt coal company Blackjewel LLC and its creditors are asking a judge to let them examine the finances of former CEO Jeff Hoops, alleging that he took millions of dollars for personal gain. In documents filed Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, lawyers for West Virginia-based Blackjewel said the company was “woefully insolvent" by the time it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the filing accuses Hoops of transferring “tens of millions of dollars” of the company's money for the benefit of him and his family. Hoops declined to comment.


Hamilton rescues UNLV in 78-69 OT win over Wyoming

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Bryce Hamilton came off the bench to score 19 points to lead UNLV to a 78-69 overtime win over Wyoming. Jonah Antonio had 15 points for UNLV. Marvin Coleman added 14 points. Donnie Tillman had 10 points and seven rebounds for the road team. Amauri Hardy, who led the Runnin' Rebels in scoring heading into the contest with 15 points per game, shot only 20 percent in the game (3 of 15). Kwane Marble II had 19 points for the Cowboys, whose losing streak stretched to four games.


Police remove 62 animals from Wyoming home

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Casper police officials have removed 62 animals that were subjected to what authorities described as unsanitary and neglectful conditions from a Natrona County home. The Casper Star-Tribune reports animal protection officers worked for more than three hours Thursday to remove 46 dogs, 15 rabbits and a cat. The animals were being evaluated by a veterinarian and are recovering in a shelter. Police officials say they previously tried to help the home owner create a plan to take better care of the animals after a complaint in December. But they say those attempts were unsuccessful, resulting in Thursday's search warrant and seizure.


School district, coalition talk responses to hateful flyers

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming coalition has asked a school district to make multiple changes to better protect students from racism and homophobia after hateful flyers were spread at a junior high in Cheyenne last year. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Wyoming Independent Citizens Coalition has asked Laramie County School District 1 to hire more minority teachers, involve community members in diversity training and change disciplinary policies against hateful actions. Officials say the coalition formed last March after hateful flyers were posted and distributed at McCormick Junior High School. Coalition members say they also shared their concerns and questions Thursday.


Fire department, neighbors save Montana horse from icy ditch

MARION, Mont. (AP) — Emergency personnel and local volunteers came together in northwestern Montana to save the life of a horse that had been submerged up to its head in icy water for hours. The Daily Inter Lake reports the 20-year-old gelding Henry is expected to make a full recovery. It took nearly 20 rescuers with heavy equipment and several hours to pull Henry from the ditch near Marion. Veterinarian Robert Genovese says Henry was extremely hypothermic and too weak to walk to a nearby trailer. Rescuers covered him with heated blankets, lifted him with heavy equipment and he eventually reached the trailer, where he was given warm IV fluids.

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