A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS DISMISSED A LAWSUIT BROUGHT BY FORMER CASPER CITY COUNCILMAN CRAIG HEDQUIST, WHO ACCUSED A FORMER POLICE CHIEF OF VIOLATING HIS PRIVACY IN AN ATTEMPT TO SABOTAGE HIS POLITICAL CAREER.

U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE ALAN JOHNSON ON MONDAY DISMISSED THE SUIT ON GROUNDS THAT HEDQUIST'S ATTORNEYS DID NOT PRESENT ANY CASE LAW INDICATING THAT CHRIS WALSH'S SEARCH OF HEDQUIST WAS ILLEGAL.

HEDQUIST FILED THE SUIT AGAINST THE CURRENT COUNCILMAN WALSH IN OCTOBER 2016, AFTER HE LEARNED FORMER CITY MANAGER JOHN PATTERSON ASKED WALSH TO USE A POLICE RECORDS SYSTEM TO SEARCH FOR INFORMATION TO KEEP HEDQUIST FROM BEING ELECTED TO ANOTHER TERM.
DEFENSE ATTORNEYS ARGUED WALSH HAD CONDUCTED THE RECORDS SEARCH IN ORDER TO INVESTIGATE TIPS FROM CITY OFFICIALS ALLEGING HEDQUIST LIVED IN A WARD HE DIDN'T REPRESENT.

WARD 2 VOTERS ELECTED HEDQUIST IN NOVEMBER 2012, AND HE RESIGNED IN JULY 2016.
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THE U.S. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING SEPARATE INVESTIGATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING, NORTHWEST COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND THE NATRONA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT.

THE INVESTIGATIONS AT UW AND NORTHWEST COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOTH INVOLVE SEPARATE CASES OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND RETALIATION, WHILE THE NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT INVESTIGATIONS INVOLVE ONE FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND ANOTHER FOR RETALIATION RELATED TO DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION.

THE INVESTIGATIONS ARE BEING CONDUCTED BY THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENT'S OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS, WHICH PROVIDES NO DETAILS OF ACTIVE INVESTIGATIONS.

ALL FIVE WYOMING INVESTIGATIONS ARE LISTED AS PENDING.

UW'S SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND RETALIATION INVESTIGATIONS WERE BOTH OPENED ON JULY 6. NORTHWEST COMMUNITY COLLEGE'S RETALIATION INVESTIGATION WAS OPENED ON JULY 26, 2017, AND ITS SEXUAL VIOLENCE INQUIRY BEGAN ON JULY 22, 2016.
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A JURY OF EIGHT WOMEN AND SIX MEN WERE SELECTED SHORTLY AFTER 3 P.M. TUESDAY IN THE SABRINA SAWICKI (SUH-WICK-EE) MURDER CASE.

THE CHEYENNE MOTHER IS CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER AND AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE IN THE DEATH OF HER 16-MONTH-OLD SON.

AN AUTOPSY DETERMINED THE BOY DIED FROM "ABUSIVE HEAD TRAUMA" CONSISTENT WITH "SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME."

OPENING ARGUMENTS WILL BE WEDNESDAY AT 9 A.M. THE TRIAL IS EXPECTED TO LAST ABOUT TWO WEEKS.
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LARAMIE, WYO. (AP) - THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING BOARD OF TRUSTEES SAYS IT DOES NOT PLAN TO PUBLICLY RELEASE THE DETAILS OF ITS REVIEW OF ITS PRESIDENT'S PERFORMANCE.

THE LARAMIE BOOMERANG REPORTS BOARD PRESIDENT JOHN MACPHERSON SAYS, "PERSONNEL MATTERS ARE CONFIDENTIAL BY STATE STATUTE."

FACULTY SENATE CHAIR MICHAEL BARKER SAYS PART OF THE REVIEW OF UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING PRESIDENT LAURIE NICHOLS SHOULD BE MADE PUBLIC SO THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY CAN KNOW THE RESULTS.

PART OF THE REVIEW PROCESS WAS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, INCLUDING A DAY IN FEBRUARY WHEN MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY WERE INVITED TO SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE PRESIDENT'S PERFORMANCE WITH EVALUATOR STEVE PORTCH, THE FORMER CHANCELLOR OF GEORGIA'S 34-CAMPUS UNIVERSITY SYSTEM.

THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THE UNIVERSITY USED AN EXTERNAL EVALUATOR TO REVIEW THE PRESIDENT.
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CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP) - THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE SERVICES REPORTS THAT THE STATE'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL SLIGHTLY TO 4.0 PERCENT IN FEBRUARY FROM JANUARY'S 4.1 PERCENT.

THE NATIONAL JOBLESS RATE IS 4.1 PERCENT. IN FEBRUARY 2017 WYOMING'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 4.5 PERCENT.

A BIG PART OF WYOMING'S FALLING JOBLESS RATE CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO WORKERS MOVING OUT OF THE STATE.

FROM FEBRUARY 2017 TO FEBRUARY 2018, WYOMING'S LABOR FORCE FELL BY ABOUT 3,800, OR 1.3 PERCENT.

TETON COUNTY RECORDED THE LOWEST JOBLESS RATE IN THE STATE IN FEBRUARY AT 2.4 PERCENT, FOLLOWED BY NIOBRARA'S 2.6 PERCENT, GOSHEN'S 2.7 PERCENT AND ALBANY'S 2.8. THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATES WERE FOUND IN FREMONT AT 5.8 PERCENT, PARK 5.3 PERCENT, NATRONA 5.1 PERCENT AND SHERIDAN 5.1.
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