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Apr 22, 2014 - The Associated Press

Landslide plan changes

JACKSON -- Officials in Jackson are hoping a mound of dirt and rock will stop a slow-moving landslide from destroying a two-story parking lot next to Sidewinders Tavern.

Crews with dump trucks spent Monday afternoon depositing earth fill while an excavator piled rubble in the parking structure's first floor.

A survey marker behind the parking area has moved 4 inches in the last three days.

The slide began April 4 and the shifting ground has sheared one house in two. Four homes, two apartment buildings and several businesses remain evacuated while road damage has blocked access to about 30 other homes.

UL planning Laramie office

LARAMIE -- Underwriters Laboratories says it hopes to employ 25 people at its new office in Laramie by the end of next year and possibly double that amount later.

Gov. Matt Mead announced Monday that it would open a technology office there in June, starting with six employees.

The global safety company puts its familiar UL seal of approval on electrical appliances and devices that meet its standards.

UL information technology director Mike Nuteson said the company is looking for people with a technical background, either from schooling or job experience. He said it plans to "invest heavily" in training new employees.

UL will open its office at the Wyoming Technology Business Center at the University of Wyoming while it looks for a permanent space.

Statewide Mead censure unlikely

CHEYENNE -- A Republican leader for Wyoming's most populated county says Gov. Matt Mead isn't likely to be censured during May's statewide GOP convention.

GOP leaders in Hot Springs and Platte counties this month censured the Republican governor for signing a bill last year replacing the superintendent of public instruction with an appointee as head of the state's Department of Education.

Superintendent Cindy Hill challenged the law and the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional. Hill is challenging Mead in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

The GOP convention begins May 1.

Laramie County Republican Party treasurer Jared Olsen said there may be more censure resolutions proposed during the gathering. But he says a small group is pushing the issue, and he does not see it passing.

Not-guilty plea in explosives case

BILLINGS, Mont. -- A Wyoming man has pleaded not guilty in the theft of 559 pounds of explosives from a government bunker near Red Lodge.

Budd James Nesius of Wheatland is charged with possession of stolen explosives. He entered his not-guilty plea Monday during a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in Billings.

Officials discovered in April that the explosives were missing from the U.S. Forest Service bunker.
 

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