Feb 14, 2014 The Associated Press

G&F funding may get boost

CHEYENNE -- A Wyoming legislative committee has endorsed a bill that would transfer some of the costs of running the state game and fish department to the state's general fund.

The Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee on Thursday endorsed a bill to require the state Game and Fish Commission to prepare a separate budget requesting general funds to cover the costs of employee health insurance.

It also calls for the commission to request general funds for the department's grizzly bear management program.

Alcohol treatment bill rejected

CHEYENNE -- State lawmakers have rejected a proposal to set aside about $2 million in liquor sales revenue for substance abuse programs.

The House Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to kill a bill that would have earmarked 15 percent of all alcohol sales and profits each year. Wyoming collected about $13.6 million last year.

Lawmakers are considering another bill that would spend $2 million to create a substance abuse treatment account that would provide grants to new or existing treatment centers.

Big baby in Casper

CASPER -- A Casper couple happily welcomed their healthy baby into the world Tuesday, a boy who is being touted as possibly the largest baby ever born at the Wyoming Medical Center.

Damien Nelms was delivered through natural birth a little after 1 p.m. He weighed 12 pounds, 6.5 ounces and measured 23 inches. Dad Michael stood by as mother Kery delivered Damien.

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