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Jun 19, 2014 - The Associated Press

Retirement system shows good return

LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Retirement System is doing better than expected thanks to increases in the state's contributions to the fund and investment returns that came in above projections.

Executive Director Ruth Ryerson says the long term outlook for the retirement fund is excellent.

Ryerson says of the seven pension plans that are part of the Wyoming Retirement System, the judicial plan is in the best shape at 100 percent funding right now.

But the plan for salaried firefighters will run out of money in 15 years. It's a plan for people already in retirement.

The Wyoming Legislature plans to look into funding sources for it next year.

Labor shortage halts school plans

SHERIDAN -- School officials in Sheridan County say a tight labor market is driving up costs, causing them to reject all bids for building an elementary school in Ranchester.

The existing Tongue River Elementary School needs significant roof repairs and school officials have been looking at building a new school.

The district has received four bids for the project but each bid topped $15 million. That's more than $3 million above the amount the Wyoming Legislature has budgeted for the school.

The school board voted Tuesday to reject all bids.

Superintendent Marty Kobza said one problem is not enough construction workers. He says insufficient labor is causing construction firms to bid high.

Kobza says options now include rebidding the project after the construction season slows down this fall.

DUI conviction was man's 14th

BILLINGS, Mont. -- A jury in Billings, Mont., deliberated for only 16 minutes before finding a 62-year-old man guilty of his 14th drunken-driving offense.

Some of the offenses were in Wyoming.

Edwin Cuch was convicted Wednesday of driving under the influence and is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 15.

Police arrested Cuch on Oct. 19 after finding him passed out behind the wheel of a parked car with a can of beer between his legs. The car's engine was not running, but a key was in the ignition.

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