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Jul 24, 2014 - The Associated Press

School under-funding alleged

A coalition of seven Wyoming school districts says the state had underfunded K-12 schools by $151 million in recent years.

The districts are asking the Legislature to pay back the money and find a way to make adjustments for inflation an annual, automatic part of the state's budget.

The districts signed onto the coalition are Campbell County School District No. 1, Carbon County No. 1, Johnson County No. 1, Sheridan County No. 1, Sublette County No. 1, Sweetwater County No. 2, and Teton County School District No. 1.

State Rep. Steve Harshman, of Casper, is chairman of the Joint Appropriations Committee.

He said districts had received too much money for inflation adjustment from the state in some years.

Prosecutors say man confessed

CHEYENNE -- A Burns man told deputies he shot and killed his wife because she was yelling at their grandchildren, authorities say.

Prosecutors allege Ronald Thomas Zimmerman, 61, shot and killed Teresa Zimmerman, 51, on Sunday at the family home in Burns, a small community about 30 miles east of Cheyenne.

Zimmerman appeared Tuesday in Laramie County Circuit Court on a charge of second-degree murder. Several of Zimmerman's family members, including his father and stepson, were present as he appeared in court.

Circuit Court Judge Denise Nau set Zimmerman's bond at $100,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for July 31 to decide if there's enough evidence for him to face charges in district court.

Nau read out loud a charging document filed against Zimmerman by the Laramie County District Attorney's Office. It alleged Zimmerman shot and killed his wife without premeditation.

Zimmerman told an officer of the Laramie County Sheriff's Office that he shot his wife in the face with a 12-gauge shotgun, prosecutors said.

Judge says security lacking

LARAMIE -- A district judge in Albany County says security remains an issue at the county courthouse in Laramie.

Judge Jeffrey Donnell says basic security standards developed by the Wyoming Court Security Commission have not been adopted in Albany County.

The security standards include having proper equipment, security staffing and training.

Albany County Commission Chairman Tim Sullivan acknowledges courtroom security is a problem.

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