Ex-Cheyenne teacher admits to sexually abusing student

A former Cheyenne teacher is going to prison for two decades after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a student, whom he later adopted. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Joseph Meza had sex with the girl in 2015 and 2016 when she was 15 and 16 years old.

Eastern Shoshone Tribe claims Fremont Co. hospital ‘overbilled’ them

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe in central Wyoming is accusing a Fremont County hospital of overcharging tribal members. The Casper Star-Tribune reports a tribal audit of SageWest Health Care found errors in 20 percent of charges reviewed. SageWest says the hospital is confident that it bills tribal patients fairly and isn’t aware of any errors.

Sheriff officer who fatally shot suspect cleared by grand jury

A grand jury finds a sheriff officer was justified in fatally shooting an unarmed man in Albany County. Corporal Derek Colling was accused of killing Robbie Ramirez of Laramie during a November traffic shop. Video that night shows Ramirez drove off, so Colling followed in a pursuit that ended in gunfire. Relatives say Ramirez suffered from schizoaffective disorder. Colling was also involved in two deadly shootings that were also deemed justified while he was an officer in Las Vegas. He was fired from The Las Vegas Metro PD after video showed him beating a man.

WY lawmakers consider getting rid of ‘gun-free’ zones

Gun-free zones could soon be no more in Wyoming. The Casper Star-Tribune reports a proposed measure would override local gun control laws and allow people to carry concealed weapons on school grounds, including the University of Wyoming and other public places. The bill would not pre-empty private property rights though.

State employees could get 1st pay raise in years

State employees are poised to get a pay raise under new Governor Mark Gordon; It would be their first salary hike since 2015.

Man killed in camper/barn fire in Ranchester

A man is dead in a fire in north-central Wyoming-near the Montana border. KBBS-AM reports firefighters were called to a camper trailer in a barn fire along Wyoming 345 in Ranchester. Officials say the victim was found dead inside; it took firefighters two hours to combat the flames.

Laramie Co. resident contracts ‘rare’ bacterial infection

Health officials say a patient at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center has a rare bacterial infection. The Wyoming Department of Health says the infection in the Laramie County resident is resistant to antibiotics and wasn’t contracted at the hospital. Health officials say the patient has a gene found in persons in only a handful of states over the past few years. The patient is reportedly responding to treatment and is in good condition.

Jackson Town Council votes to ban plastic bags

No more plastic bags in Jackson. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports town council has banned usage of plastic bags. The ban begins April 15th at large retailers and grocery stores. Smaller retailers have until November to rid themselves of plastic.

Property tax hike could generate $33M for WY schools

Your property taxes could be going up. Wyoming lawmakers are eyeing a tax hike to generate an additional $33 million in revenue for schools. The Casper Star-Tribune reports lawmakers believe schools are vulnerable to the drastic downturns in the economy. They say the tax increase would be a stable-reliable funding source for education.

Gordon pledges fiscal responsibility, legislature may not agree

Governor Mark Gordon promised fiscal responsibility in his inaugural remarks, but state legislative leaders appear poised to stop tightening the purse strings. In opening remarks, House Speaker Steve Harshman of Casper says the state can’t cut its way to prosperity. He pointed to $400 million in cuts to state spending and the state’s workforce that’s the smallest in a decade. Senate President Drew Perkins says he’d like to see a 5 percent statewide lodging tax.