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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Cheyenne city officials are considering new regulations on carrying weapons into city buildings. Mayor Rick Kaysen tells the Associated Press that new regulations could clarify gray areas in state laws, which prohibit concealed weapons at government meetings but not open-carry weapons. State law generally prohibits local governments from enacting gun control regulations stricter than state statute.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Laramie police officers will begin wearing video cameras and pocket-sized recorders this year as the department shifts away from vehicle-mounted systems. The Associated Press reported yesterday that police expect to save $80,000 over the next five years. Police Chief Dale Stalder says officer-mounted cameras cost about $1,000, but the city is getting them free in exchange for signing a two-year contract with a vendor for secure online storage at $24,000 a year.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) —The House is set to hear a bill that would strip Wyoming’s Superintendent of Public Instruction post of much of its power. It would turn most of the important duties of the superintendent’s post over to a director appointed by the governor. Critics claim Supt. Cindy Hill has failed to heed legislative commands to provide critical information on how to improve student performance.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Some small Wyoming movie theaters are struggling to raise the money to convert to digital movies as the industry abandons film. The Associated Press reported the Ritz in Thermopolis, the Princess in Douglas and the Washakie Twin in Worland are trying various fundraisers to raise the estimated $70,000-per-screen cost.

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