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Oct 2, 2015 The Associated Press

State OKs airport grant

CHEYENNE -- A state panel has approved a $3 million grant to help build a new passenger terminal at the Cheyenne Regional Airport.

The State Loan and Investment Board voted 4-1 on Thursday to approve the grant from the Wyoming Business Council.

The investment board is made up of the top five elected officials in Wyoming: Gov. Matt Mead, Secretary of State Ed Murray, Treasurer Mark Gordon, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow.

Gordon voted against the airport's grant request.

The new terminal is expected to cost about $18 million and should be finished in 2017.

Officer violated search policy

POWELL -- New court documents reveal that a former Cody police officer was disciplined after his strip search of a suspect in 2010 violated department policy.

Documents filed last week in the case against former Cody Assistant Police Chief George Menig say a police investigation found Menig violated the department's code of conduct in the search and arrest of Juan Paul Flores.

Police say Flores was arrested after he said he would blow himself up with nitroglycerin he had swallowed.

Flores filed a lawsuit last year alleging Menig ripped his clothes off and shocked him with a Taser, all while he was handcuffed.

Footage of the incident surfaced years later, and Menig was placed on administrative leave.

Menig has said the search of Flores was only "unconventional."

Barrasso to give weekly GOP response

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso will deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama's weekly national address on Saturday.

Barrasso's office says his address will focus on the Obama administration's new water rules and other regulations.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the water rule aims to help landowners understand which waters fall under the Clean Water Act. It says the rule will help protect the nation's waters from pollution and development and safeguard drinking water.

But opponents, including Wyoming, say the new rule illegally expands federal jurisdiction and infringes on their sovereignty. Some critics have also argued the rule does nothing to increase water quality.

Man suspected of harboring runaway

CASPER -- A 22-year-old Casper man is suspected of harboring and sexually exploiting a girl who'd run away from her home in California.

Luke Phillip Horneck has been charged with interference with custody, sexual exploitation of a child and traveling with the intent to engage in illegal sexual conduct.

The girl's age is unknown. Court records say she was born in 2001.

Court documents say Horneck traveled to Santa Rosa, California for the teenager. An affidavit says Horneck acknowledged trying to get the girl away from what he called a bad family situation.

A 911 caller told Casper police the teen ran away and was with Horneck.