Nov 1, 2012 The Associated Press

Gordon to be sworn in

CHEYENNE -- Mark Gordon will be sworn in as Wyoming treasurer in a ceremony Thursday at the state Capitol in Cheyenne.

Gov. Matt Mead selected Gordon last week from among three finalists presented to him by the Wyoming Republican Party. Gordon succeeds former Treasurer Joe Meyer, who died in early October.

The 55-year-old Gordon is a rancher from the town of Buffalo. He recently resigned from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, where he served as a non-banking board member.

Wyoming Supreme Court Justice William Hill will preside at Gordon's swearing-in ceremony.

GOP voters outpacing Dems

CHEYENNE -- Republicans strongly outnumber Democrats in early voting in Wyoming.

With less than a week to go before the election, almost 20 percent of Wyoming's registered voters already have cast absentee ballots.

The Wyoming Secretary of State's Office says that as of Monday, 54,000 people had requested absentee ballots. About 80 percent of those absentee ballots have been cast.

Of the ballots requested, 66 percent were requested by Republicans and 23 percent were requested by Democrats. That's roughly in proportion with the party breakdown in voter registration in Wyoming right now.

According to the secretary of state, 68 percent of Wyoming voters were registered as Republicans and 21 percent were registered as Democrats as of Oct. 1.

Man to be tried for homicide

CASPER -- Authorities say a driver accused of causing a fatal crash on Interstate 25 near Bar Nunn was driving recklessly before the crash and appeared lethargic afterward.

Natrona County sheriff's deputy David Hulshizer testified Tuesday that several packages of synthetic marijuana were found in Ryan Nordstorm's vehicle after the Oct. 20 crash. He also said Nordstrom's Chevrolet Cruze was at full throttle a half-second before he rear-ended a U-Haul being pulled by Daniel Barto of Butte, Mont.

Barto was killed, leaving behind a wife and two children.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen ruled that Nordstrom should be tried for aggravated vehicular homicide in district court.

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