CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — More than 400 Wyoming Military Department employees will be required to take off 11 days without pay this summer because of federal budget cuts. Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Wyoming's adjutant general, said he recently sent out furlough notices to 404 civilian workers. The 11 unpaid furlough days are less than the 22 initially proposed.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A former director of the Eastern Shoshone Housing Authority has entered a not-guilty plea to an indictment charging that she converted federal money to her own use. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cheyenne says Joanne Lynn Seesequasis was arraigned in federal court on Monday. She pleaded not guilty to the indictment charging her with conversion of money from an Indian tribal organization. She is set to stand trial before U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal in August.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved a three-year contract with incoming President Robert Sternberg that will pay a base salary of $425,000 a year. Trustees unanimously approved the contract yesterday. Sternberg will take over as UW president on July 1, succeeding retiring President Tom Buchanan.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission plans to seek public comments on a proposal to require baseline testing of area water quality before oil and gas drilling may proceed. Baseline testing is the practice of testing water quality before any drilling is allowed. The test results can help to settle arguments over whether later drilling contributed to ground water pollution.