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May 14, 2014 - The Associated Press

Wind farm permit submitted

CHEYENNE -- The developers of what could become the largest wind energy project in the U.S. have submitted their application for a state permit to build the wind farm.

The Power Company of Wyoming submitted its industrial siting permit application on Tuesday for its proposed Chokecherry/Sierra Madre wind farm south of Rawlins.

The Power Company is a wholly owned affiliate of Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz's The Anschutz Corp.

It proposes to install 1,000 turbines that would generate enough electricity to power 1 million homes.

The state Industrial Siting Council will hold a hearing on the application within 90 days. It then has another 45 days to issue a decision on whether to approve the application.

The project also is seeking various federal permits.

Non-violent felons might get to vote

RAWLINS -- The Wyoming Joint Judiciary Interim Committee will consider sponsoring legislation to automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent felons after their incarceration or probation ends.

The committee on Tuesday in Rawlins ordered legislative staff to draft a felon voting rights bill and a separate bill to relieve the Wyoming Parole Board of its current duty of restoring voting rights.

Both bills will be considered by the panel at another meeting later this year. After that, the bills would have to be approved by the 2015 Legislature.

Currently, the governor and Parole Board restore voting rights in Wyoming. The duty was given to the Parole Board in 2003.

State officials say most states automatically restore voting rights to felons after their sentence is over.

Students taking pilot test program

CHEYENNE -- Students at some Cheyenne-area schools aren't done with standardized testing for the year.

Some Laramie County School District 1 students are taking a pilot test through the Smarter Balanced assessment Consortium.

Marc LaHiff, the district's director of instruction, says the decision on whether to finish the trial was left up to individual schools. Some opted out.

LaHiff says students can get tired of tests if they're given too many in a short period.

He also says that because state officials haven't decided on the future of standardized testing, some school officials are wondering why they should participate in pilot programs.

UW looks to fill leadership posts

LARAMIE -- University of Wyoming President Dick McGinity says he hopes to start filling several vacant UW administrative positions with permanent replacements during the first half of the fall semester.

McGinity says developing the next generation of UW leaders is one of his top priorities for the second half of 2014.

UW has about a half dozen vacancies in senior administrative and dean positions. Interim appointees are filling the jobs for now.

The first two positions McGinity wants to fill are vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

After that, searches for the deans of the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Law will take place.

McGinity says details of the individual searches are to be determined.

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