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Woman seeks pardon for role in string of killings in 1950s
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A woman who accompanied her older boyfriend during a string of killings in Nebraska and Wyoming more than 60 years ago is seeking an official pardon. Caril Anne Fugate was 14 years old at the time and says her then-19-year-old boyfriend, Charlie Starkweather, had threatened to kill her family if she didn't obey. Fugate, who now goes by her married name of Caril Ann Clair and lives in Michigan, says the Nebraska Board of Pardons has a chance to right a historical wrong. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the board is scheduled to consider her request on Feb. 18. Starkweather was executed in 1959.
Wyoming pharmacy agrees $1M settlement in federal drug case
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming pharmacy is expected to pay $1 million to settle allegations of federal drug law violations. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Osco Pharmacy in Casper was investigated in connection with a case against a doctor convicted of illegally distributing prescription medication. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Wyoming says the pharmacy and its employees were not named as part of the criminal prosecution of Shakeel Kahn. Authorities say an audit of the pharmacy found 128 instances of patients filling prescriptions for unusually large amounts of narcotic drugs, using multiple pharmacies to fill prescriptions and third parties filling prescriptions for out-of-state patients.
Coyote bites woman cross-country skiing in Yellowstone
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A coyote has bitten a cross-country skier in Yellowstone National Park. The attack happened Tuesday morning on Grand Loop Road in the Canyon Village area. Rangers treated the unidentified 43-year-old for punctures and lacerations on her head and arm. They took her to Mammoth Hot Springs. From there she was taken to medical facility elsewhere. Her condition wasn't immediately available. Park officials say they killed the coyote and are having it tested for rabies. Coyote attacks in the park are rare. Yellowstone wildlife biologist Doug Smith says the young coyote may have been starving because it had porcupine quills in its jaw and mouth.
Preliminary numbers show sharp rise in Wyoming road deaths
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Preliminary numbers show a sharp increase in Wyoming traffic deaths in 2019. The 147 people killed on roads in 2019 was up by 36 compared to 2018 and the most since 2015. The reason for the increase isn't clear. The Wyoming Department of Transportation hasn't yet analyzed its numbers for 2019. Department spokesman Jeff Goetz tells the Casper Star-Tribune one reason could be more deaths per wreck. Goetz says generally speaking, most crashes are attributable to driver distraction, alcohol or drug use, and driving too fast for conditions. Wyoming road deaths have largely declined since the early 2000s.
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING-PRESIDENT
University of Wyoming president job draws over 60 applicants
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — More than 60 people have applied to become the next president of the University of Wyoming. University trustees plan to choose a new president in the next month to succeed Laurie Nichols, whose contract they chose not to renew. A search committee plans to divide the 60 applicants into three groups: those to be interviewed, those meriting more discussion and those out of the running. Video interviews with 10 candidates will begin next week. Trustees plan to make an offer to a finalist in early March following on-campus interviews with three finalists.
Coal mines' owner says deal in place to pay back taxes
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Navajo Nation company says it has an agreement to pay outstanding taxes and royalties on three large coal mines that it bought last year in Wyoming and Montana. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company says it made its first payment in December under an installment agreement with the Department of Interior. The company took over the Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines in Wyoming and the Spring Creek mine in Montana in October from bankrupt coal firm Cloud Peak Energy. It agreed to pay tens of millions of dollars in royalties and taxes accumulated since May.
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