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DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS

Wyoming Democrats are changing mail-in caucus voting

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Democratic Party has announced changes to its April caucuses to allow greater participation from those who don't attend the gatherings. Up until now, people who voted in the Democratic caucuses by mail had to request a ballot and could vote for only one candidate. If their candidate did not receive 15% of the vote, they had no option to cast a second-round ballot like people attending caucuses could. Under the new plan, mail-in ballots will allow people to rank up to five candidates. If their first-choice candidate doesn't draw 15% of the vote, their vote moves to their second candidate.

COAL BANKRUPTCY-FORMER CEO

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.

MONTANA PLANE CRASH

'No signs of life' in crash of small airplane in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office says a small airplane crashed north of Billings, and Sheriff Mike Linder says there were “no signs of life” in the wreckage. The Cessna 182 crashed at about 6 p.m. Saturday. The wreckage was found Sunday morning between Billings and Roundup. Linder told The Billings Gazette it appears the airplane hit a wire on an antenna tower and tumbled down the side of a mountain. He said his office was still trying to determine how many people were on board, though the FAA says there were four occupants. A Cessna 182 typically has four seats.

DRAFT HORSE SANCTUARY

Montana woman runs draft horse sanctuary near Livingston

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman has been running a draft horse sanctuary west of Livingston for 16 years. United in Light Draft Horse Sanctuary holds open houses on the first Saturday of each month, with more frequent hours in June and July. People can visit the horses, groom them with brushes and feed them apples and carrots. Deborah Derr says the mostly older horses have been rescued from abusive situations. Derr says she's housed more than 30 horses over the years and found homes for hundreds more. The horse sanctuary currently houses 12 draft horses and a quarter horse. The operation is run by volunteers, but donations are accepted.

LAW SCHOOL RENOVATION-FUNDS

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.

UNLV-WYOMING

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.

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