ARMED EDUCATORS PROPOSAL
Trustees advance plan to arm educators in Wyoming district
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Trustees in a Wyoming school district have advanced regulations that would allow educators to conceal carry handguns in six rural elementary schools. The Gillette News Record reported Wednesday that five Campbell County School District trustees approved the proposal Tuesday on its first reading. Officials say the move would save the time it takes for law enforcement to respond to any incidents at rural schools. District officials say the proposal addresses concerns voiced by the public in a yearslong effort that included hearings and surveys. Officials say the board of trustees is expected to approve the measure in a final reading after three public hearings.
Wyoming lawmaker seeking two-crew minimum for trains
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A state lawmaker proposes to require that trains have at least two crew members in Wyoming. A bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Stan Blake, of Green River, would apply to trains on Wyoming's nearly 2,000 miles of Class I railroad, all of which is owned by BNSF and Union Pacific. Blake is a Union Pacific employee. A similar bill failed in the Wyoming Legislature in 2019 amid concern about interference with private businesses and collective bargaining. Railroad unions support minimum train-crew requirements but the Association of American Railroads opposes them, arguing there's no evidence two-person crews are safer than one-person crews. The association says the requirement would impose undue costs and stifle automation technology.
Coyote that bit woman in Yellowstone didn't have rabies
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A coyote that bit a cross-country skier in Yellowstone National Park didn't have rabies. Park officials announced the test results Thursday. 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 fo iniial treatment then she was taken to another medical facility. Her condition wasn't immediately available. Yellowstone wildlife biologist Doug Smith says the young coyote may have been starving because it had porcupine quills in its jaw and mouth.
MONTANA FATAL CRASH
2 people die after their car collides with a school bus
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two people were killed after the car they were in collided with a school bus on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana. No one on the bus was seriously injured. Rosebud County Sheriff Allen Fulton says the crash happened at about 6:45 a.m. on snowy U.S. Highway 212 between Lame Deer and Ashland. The victims were adults from Montana, but their names were being withheld until family members could be notified. The bus driver, a bus monitor and a student were taken for medical treatment but Fulton told The Billings Gazette his understanding was that it was precautionary. The Montana Highway Patrol says the bus was from Busby.
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.