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May 17, 2012 - The Associated Press

Citations at Jackson rallies

JACKSON -- Authorities in Jackson say one citation for careless driving and two citations for destruction of property have been issued during the latest round of abortion demonstrations.

Members of Operation Save America demonstrated in the town square Wednesday. Members of a local group, Jackson Hole United, were also out warning people about graphic images being displayed by the anti-abortion group.

Teton County spokeswoman Charlotte Reynolds says there have been some complaints about noise, traffic and the groups' signs.

Operation Save America plans to stage demonstrations through Sunday, but they won't be in the town square on Saturday during the Boy Scouts' annual Elkfest and antler auction.

Last week, members of a Milwaukee-based anti-abortion group also demonstrated in Jackson.

The protests follow a recent Wyoming Supreme Court ruling in favor of protesters.

Lawsuit settled over house blast

POWELL -- Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. has reached a settlement with a couple that sued the company over an explosion at their former home in Powell in 2006.

The couple's attorney notified a judge last month that the sides had reached a confidential settlement.

Jared and Lynne Collins alleged in a 2010 lawsuit that a service man who came to restore natural gas service to their home had negligently failed to detect a leaking gas line the couple had left open. No one was hurt when the house later exploded.

Lynne Collins initially was charged with arson after a police investigation, but a prosecutor dropped the charge citing unspecified new information.

Court appearance in school theft

CHEYENNE -- A woman accused of stealing more than $66,000 from a Wyoming Montessori school can return to the Boston area while the case continues.

Teresa Meadowcroft is the former head of the Village Montessori School in Cheyenne and now lives in Massachusetts. She appeared in court Tuesday in Cheyenne for her first hearing after being charged with larceny, forgery and identity theft.

She was allowed to post a $60,000 bond and the terms allow her to return home.

Meadowcroft hasn't entered a plea yet. Her lawyer, Robert Moxley, said that will happen at an arraignment hearing, which hasn't been scheduled yet.

Court records say debits from the school's bank account were made from a card in Meadowcroft's name for non-school-related items.

Grocery workers ratify contract

DENVER -- Unionized grocery store workers in Colorado and Wyoming have approved a two-year contract extension.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 7 represents 15,000 workers in the two states. It says the two-year deal, announced Wednesday, will allow its members to keep quality health care benefits through 2015.

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