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Jan 10, 2014 - The Associated Press

Medicaid bills advance

CHEYENNE -- Members of the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee voted Friday to advance two Medicaid expansion bills to the full Legislature for consideration in the budget session that starts next month.

On Thursday, several witnesses told committee members that said they can't afford health insurance on the open market.

Lawmakers voted early last year to reject $50 million in federal money for the optional expansion that would extend coverage to about 17,600 low-income adults. The federal government has pledged to pay 90 percent of the cost of expanding the coverage for the first few years.

Gov. Matt Mead has urged lawmakers to reject any expansion, saying the federal government can't be trusted to follow through on that promise.

Officials launch homicide case

CODY -- Authorities in Wyoming have launched a homicide investigation after a body was found in a remote area of Park County.

Park County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lance Mathess said Thursday that the body was found on federal land along Little Sand Coulee Road west of Powell.

The county 911 center received the first report of the body just before noon. No name was released, and Mathess declined to say if the victim was a male or female.

Sand Coulee Road was closed to traffic as investigators worked the scene. The area is under the jurisdiction of the federal Bureau of Land Management.

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