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Aug 10, 2012 - The Associated Press

State flag on new postage stamp

CASPER -- Wyoming's flag is being featured on a new postage stamp.

Tthe new stamp will go on sale Aug. 17. It will be sold in 50-stamp rolls that will also include stamps displaying the flags of other states and territories. It's the final set of "Flags of our Nation" stamps being produced by the U.S. Postal Service.

Gov. Matt Mead and postal officials will officially dedicate the stamp at a ceremony Aug. 23 at the Wyoming State Museum.

100th state fair starts Saturday

CASPER -- The 100th annual Wyoming State Fair kicks off Saturday in Douglas.

The annual event runs through Aug. 18.

This year's edition of the fair includes new events such as a sheep wagon contest, a fiddlers contest, coolest pickup truck contest and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Fairgoers can enjoy the usual entertainment lineup and carnival, along with various exhibits.

Also, the Wyoming Business Council plans to showcase Wyoming authors, vendors and producers throughout the week at the Wyoming Mercantile located at the State Fairgrounds.

Committee nixes insurance bill

CHEYENNE -- An interim legislative committee has declined to sponsor a proposed bill that would give the state more power to crack down on insurance companies that fail to comply with their contracts or policies.

The proposal failed on a 7-4 vote Thursday before the Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivision Committee.

Jim Mitchell of the state Department of Insurance says Wyoming law lacks a specific provision that lets the state take action on contract or policy disputes.

He said if residents have complaints, all the department can do is to refer them to the courts.

The measure drew opposition from insurance companies who said it was a case of unnecessary regulation.

Woman sentenced in embezzlement

PORTLAND, Maine -- A Maine woman has been sentenced to one year of probation for stealing more than $7,000 while working for the National Park Service at Yellowstone National Park.

Danel Nickerson of Kittery was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

The 45-year-old Nickerson pleaded guilty in May to stealing $7,429 while she worked in the Wyoming park's cash-counting office in the summer of 2007.

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