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March 31, 2013 | By Diana Lambdin Meyer
CODY, Wyo. - The drive east of Cody is through high desert, and the February weekend of my visit was bitterly cold. But I was wearing a heavy down coat, snow pants and boots, and riding in a cozy, warm SUV. That's not how nearly 14,000 earlier visitors had arrived in Cody. They came by train from California in late August, and they weren't wearing down or fleece, nor did they have a comfy hotel room awaiting them. They were among the 100,000 Japanese Americans relocated from the West Coast to the interior of the U.S. at the beginning of World War II, shortly after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
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NATIONAL
March 11, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Nobody is sure why deer bound onto rural roads, offering themselves as sacrificial lambs to unsuspecting motorists and causing crashes that take lives nationwide every year. But a Wyoming researcher, Morgan Graham, wants to find a way to prevent such crashes. Graham, with the Conservation Research Center of Teton Science Schools, is the lead investigator in a study with the Wyoming Department of Transportation to determine whether new high-tech highway reflectors can prevent collisions between vehicles and deer.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Call this the story of Bo the Wyoming Wonder Dog. A few months back, the severely injured 3-year-old shepherding dog rushed into his owner's home in rural Worland, Wyo. (population 5,487), about 150 miles north of Casper. He'd been shot twice and then burned inside a barrel. The blue-heeler was bleeding from the face, and third-degree burns covered most of his body. But he was alive. Barely. Talk about an animal with nine lives. PHOTOS: Rescued animals “If Bo does have nine lives, he certainly used up at least a couple of them with this incident,” the dog's owner, Abby Redland, told the Los Angeles Times.
NATIONAL
January 28, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Talk about going against the flow: Wyoming state Rep. Cathy Connolly and her fellow Democrats are not only outnumbered 52 to 8 by Republicans in the state Legislature, but Connolly is the first openly gay representative in the conservative state. So what happened Monday, she says, can only be characterized as a stunning step forward. A bill that would allows same-sex couples in Wyoming most of the legal rights of heterosexual couples cleared a subcommittee by a 7-2 vote and is headed to consideration in the full House.
NATIONAL
January 28, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
In an action hailed by gay rights activists as a turning point in a solidly conservative state, a bill that would allow same-sex couples most of the legal rights of heterosexual couples cleared a Wyoming subcommittee by a 7-2 vote and is headed to consideration in the full House. The sponsor of the bill, State Rep. Cathy Connolly of Laramie, is the first openly gay representative in Wyoming. She is one of only eight Democrats in the 60-member House. "We passed the first step, but it's a big step," Connolly said in an interview.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2013 | Marc Lifsher
Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, who has pushed to bring a football stadium to Los Angeles, also wants to bring wind power to California. A plan being marketed in Sacramento would bring California utilities thousands of megawatts of electricity from a massive wind farm in Wyoming being developed by the entertainment and energy mogul, who also developed L.A. Live and Staples Center. The idea is being promoted by Wyoming state officials who say that, besides benefiting Anschutz, it could be an economic boost for the Cowboy State and an environmental plus for California, providing cleaner power at a good price.
NATIONAL
December 1, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
In the woods and on the plains of Wyoming, one traditional hunting sound may soon be headed toward extinction. "Blam! Blam! Blam!" State lawmakers are set to decide whether to allow silencers on hunting guns, a move that has divided the outdoor-oriented state. Proponents say screwing a muzzle onto a firearm to catch the blast and muffle the report will prevent hearing damage and reduce noise pollution. Many opponents insist silencers for hunting weapons gives all those Elmer Fudds in the woods an unsporting advantage with yet another high-tech gadget against game species whose defenses have always been only their alertness and ability to run away.
NATIONAL
November 30, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Three people, including the attacker, were dead after a rampage in Casper, Wyo., on Friday morning, officials said. Two bodies were found at the science building on the campus of Casper College, said Lisa Icenogle,  news coordinator at the community college. The third body was found a few miles away. One of the bodies found on campus was that of a teacher who had apparently been killed with “an edged weapon,” and the other body was believed to be that of the attacker, who killed himself with the same weapon, Icenogle said.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
A Montana man  accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Wyoming girl appeared in federal court in Bozeman on Monday and said he would not fight extradition.   Jesse Paul Speer, 39, was arrested  by the Federal Bureau of Investigation late Saturday night. He was held on $2-million bond pending  extradition to face   charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and felony use of a firearm, Gallatin County Detention Center officials told the Los Angeles Times. He didn't enter a plea and waived his right to an extradition hearing,  the Associated Press reported.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Authorities have announced the arrest of a man suspected of  the Oct. 8 kidnapping and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Cody, Wyo. Few details were available  Sunday. “The suspect and vehicle (white Toyota 4Runner) involved in the child abduction case in Cody has been captured,” the Wyoming Highway Patrol said on its   Facebook page . “Thank you for all of your assistance and information!” An FBI news release said that the man had been arrested in Belgrade, Mont., and that further details would be released at a Monday morning news conference at Cody City Hall.
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