Wyoming and the West Digest

Apr 5, 2017 The Associated Press

Suspect in grandmother's death arrested

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) -- A man suspected in the death of his 75-year-old grandmother in Wyoming has been arrested in Colorado.

Law enforcement officers in Westminster arrested 30-year-old Trevor Sanford early Tuesday at a hotel.

He was being sought in the death of Marilyn Dlugosh of Laramie. An autopsy found she died of blunt-force trauma on March 29.

The Albany County sheriff's office in Wyoming said Sanford was jailed in Adams County in Colorado pending extradition to Laramie.

Wyoming to study male-female income gap

(AP) -- Wyoming will study why its women earn less than two-thirds as much as men, a statistic that could be caused by discrimination or possibly the state's abundance of higher-paying, male-dominated jobs in the energy industry.

Wyoming ranks behind all U.S. states and Washington, D.C., for its wide gap between the incomes of women and men. Women in Wyoming who work full-time and year-round earn 64 percent as much as men, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

Last winter, Wyoming lawmakers approved a bill directing the state Department of Workforce Services to study the issue. A report is due by October 2018.

Montana weighs air ambulance bills

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana lawmakers are taking action on multiple measures meant to keep patients from receiving whopping air ambulance bills.

Four measures are on the House floor Wednesday and one is being heard later in the day in the House Human Services Committee.

All are in response to complaints by Montana residents who were charged tens of thousands of dollars for emergency flights because their insurance didn't cover the out-of-network costs.

Justin Dillingham is the chief customer officer for Life Flight Network, an Oregon-based air ambulance provider. He says the bills that Montana lawmakers are considering are pre-empted by federal law and would be struck down in court.

Republican Sen. Gordon Vance of Belgrade told a legislative panel Tuesday that air ambulance companies and insurers are already making agreements for in-network coverage as a result of the legislation.

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