A panel of Wyoming lawmakers says the state should designate money to county governments in the state if Congress cuts a longstanding program that compensates them for lost tax revenue on federal lands.
The Interior Department has missed a deadline to buy state land located within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park but state and federal officials say they're still optimistic about reaching a deal to swap land instead.
Several conservative Senate Republicans have swung behind a bipartisan budget bill, apparently giving it enough momentum to win a pivotal test in the Senate over the passive resistance of top GOP leaders.
The first year of automatic, across-the-board budget cuts didn't live up to the dire predictions from the Obama administration and others who warned of sweeping furloughs and big disruptions of government services. The second round just might.