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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead has launched an inquiry into operations at the Wyoming Department of Education. A four member panel led by a Rawlins attorney will look at concerns raised by agency employees about human resources, budget and other issues. Superintendent Cindy Hill was removed as head of the Education Department last month by a law enacted by the Legislature this session.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Lawyers for the State of Wyoming say the Legislature acted within its authority to pass a law removing schools Superintendent Cindy Hill as head of the state Education Department. Hill has filed a lawsuit challenging the law as unconstitutional. Attorneys for the state responded to the lawsuit yesterday. A court hearing is set for March 14.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who oversaw investigations that involved hydraulic fracturing in Wyoming and asbestos contamination in Montana is resigning. U.S. Sen. David Vitter says EPA Region Eight Director James Martin is likely stepping down in part because of the investigation into his alleged use of private email to conduct official business. An EPA spokeswoman said Martin is resigning for personal reasons.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Health plans to continue studying the possibility of expanding the Medicaid program this year despite the state Legislature’s rejection of adding to the rolls. Agency Director Tom Forslund says his department plans be prepared in case the Legislature decides to reverse itself and expand the Medicaid program next year.

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