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Sexual Orientation Protection Debated in Jackson

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A measure banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is up for discussion for the first time in Jackson.

Mayor Sara Flitner proposed the law after a similar measure passed in May by lawmakers in Laramie, where police say University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was targeted and beaten to death in 1998 because of his sexual orientation

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Riverton Shooting Suspect is City Employee

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Police say a Wyoming man accused of opening fire at an alcohol detoxification center is a parks employee of a small town who said he targeted the facility because he was tired of cleaning up after the homeless population

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Wyoming Rig Count Steady

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by six this week to 857.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 638 rigs were seeking oil and 218 explored for natural gas

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Video Confirms Police Shooting Account

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Video confirms the account of Gillette police officers who shot and killed a 39-year-old woman in May.

The Campbell County Attorney's Office on Friday released video in the shooting of Gillette resident Nikki Jo Burtsfield

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Evansville Man Accused of Whipping Children

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A 32-year-old Evansville man has been accused of whipping three children with a vacuum cord.

Jorge Serafin has pleaded not guilty to three counts of child abuse in Natrona County District Court

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New Bike Law in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Highway Patrol is reminding motorists that a new law has taken effect requiring a three-foot buffer around bicyclists when passing.

The law, which went into effect July 1, carries an enforceable fine of $70 dollars

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Grand Teton Park Warns Visitors About Grizzly Bear Traps

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Grizzly bear trapping at Grand Teton National Park will continue through July 12 and officials are asking visitors to stay alert.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team has been trapping bears since May 6 as part of a conservation effort to keep tabs on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's grizzly population

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South Carolina Votes to Remove Confederate Flag

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has voted to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on Statehouse grounds.

The 37-3 vote Monday allows the state to remove the flag and the flagpole where it flies as soon as it passes the House and is signed by Gov

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Wyoming Facing Nurse Shortage

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — State Department of Health Director Tom Forslund says the shortage of certified nursing assistants, especially in nursing homes, in Wyoming is reaching crisis stage.

Forslund says Medicaid officials have said the state needs to do whatever it can to help the situation

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Elk Staying Closer to Jackson

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Researchers are finding that more elk are forgoing longer migration in favor of sticking around Jackson.

In the late 1970s and early '80s less than 2 percent of the Jackson Elk Herd spent summers not far from their wintering grounds in the stretch of Jackson Hole between Moose and Wilson

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