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Jan 8, 2014 - The Associated Press
Plant worker identified
Authorities have identified a 28-year-old woman killed in an accident at a sugar beet processing plant in Lovell.
The victim was Anfesa Marie Galaktionoff.
She died from injuries she sustained Saturday night at the Western Sugar refinery in Lovell. Memorial services will be at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating, according to an official with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.
Officials say the accident occurred in a lift station that feeds water to where beets are dropped off by trucks.
The Western Sugar Cooperative was formed in 2002. Its 1,400 grower-owners raise sugar beets in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.
One dead in I-25 wreck
CHEYENNE -- Authorities say one person was killed and two others were injured in a rollover accident north of Cheyenne.
The driver of a pickup truck pulling a 20-foot trailer lost control of the vehicle on Interstate 25 at about 4 a.m. Tuesday. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the trailer landed on top of the truck.
One passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, two others were hospitalized and the two remaining refused treatment.
The victims' names have not been released.
Legislation targets Google Glass
CHEYENNE -- A state lawmaker from Cheyenne proposes to ban the use of Google Glass while driving.
Google Glass is a computing device that is worn like glasses. The device projects images for the user to view right in front of his or her eyes.
State Sen. Floyd Esquibel says it's not good for people to be watching something besides the road while they're driving.
Lawmakers in Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey and West Virginia have introduced bills that would specifically ban driving while using Google Glass.
Esquibel is sponsoring legislation that would impose a $75 fine for using Google Glass while driving in Wyoming.
The bill would need a two-thirds majority vote to be considered during the Legislature's upcoming budget session, which begins Feb. 10.
Events Center getting cushioned seats
CASPER -- The Casper Events Center is getting new seats as part of $5.6 million in renovations.
Workers began installing cushioned navy blue seats with cup holders on Tuesday. The seats are built by the same company that built the center's original burgundy seats, the Hussey Seating Company.
The center opened in 1982 and has been getting other less visible renovations and upgrades. The other work includes upgrades to the electrical and plumbing system.
The city paid about a half-million dollars to rebuild its red roof in 2012.
The center was built with tax revenue and hosts the College National Finals Rodeo each June as well as concerts.