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Apr 15, 2012 - The Associated Press
Senate president seeks re-election
CHEYENNE (AP) -- Wyoming Senate President Jim Anderson has announced that he'll seek re-election to a fourth term.
The 69-year-old Republican from Glenrock is the first candidate to publicly announce his intention to run in the newly redrawn Senate District 2, which includes Platte and western Converse counties.
Anderson is also co-chairman of the Legislative Management Council, and he serves on the Select Education Accountability Committee and the Energy Council.
He served four years in the Wyoming House before being elected to the state Senate in 2000.
Following legislative tradition, Anderson said he would step down as Senate president should he be re-elected.
Anderson also said he wouldn't want any committee chairmanships, either, because he wants to spend more time with his constituents.
Migrations under way
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- Elk, moose, bison and other animals have begun their spring migrations toward their summer ranges in Grand Teton National Park and surrounding National Forest Service land.
Park officials said Friday many animals will be crossing highways and wandering beside them, often at night. Officials cautioned drivers to be careful.
Mule deer, wolves, bears and pronghorn antelope may also be spotted along roads.
Man held in infant's death
REDDING, Calif. (AP) -- Police in Northern California have detained a 23-year-old man in the death of his girlfriend's baby, whose body was found off the side of a highway less than a day after the two failed to return to the homeless shelter where they had been staying with the boy's mother.
Sgt. Bill Schueller said that Christopher James McDonald, of Gillette is being held on suspicion of kidnapping and homicide in the death of 11-month-old Sabastian McDonald.
The baby's mother, who also is from Wyoming, reported him missing Thursday morning when she discovered that neither he nor McDonald were at the shelter. Schueller says Gifford asked McDonald to watch the boy the night before while she was waiting to be seen at the hospital.
McDonald was found alone in a park later in the day, and Sabastian's body was located Thursday based on information he supplied. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.
Agency puts on job fair for vets
CHEYENNE (AP) -- The unemployment rate for veterans who have served since September 2011 is nearly 4 percentage points above the national civilian jobless rate of 8.3 percent.
In an effort to help veterans bridge this gap from the military to a civilian career, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services hosted a tri-state job fair in Cheyenne on Friday exclusively for veterans.
Jerry Davis of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says about 45 companies were to meet with veterans.