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Nov 9, 2012 - The Associated Press

Lawmakers hear Hill

CHEYENNE -- An interim legislative committee is delving into proposed position changes at the Wyoming Department of Education.

The Joint Appropriations Interim Committee is meeting Friday in Cheyenne.

State schools Superintendent Cindy Hill is seeking to realign positions within her department, but Gov. Matt Mead declined to approve the changes last month.

Mead said it was best that Hill's plans be vetted by the state Legislature.

Since taking office about two years ago, Hill's management of the agency has come under fire from former employees and some lawmakers.

For instance, Hill tried unsuccessfully to classify positions as at-will jobs from which workers could be fired for no cause. The department also has seen a high turnover rate of workers since she took over.

Thief strikes during funeral

GILLETTE -- A Gillette man is accused of stealing a neighbor's belongings while she was attending her grandmother's funeral in Casper. Thirty-year-old Christopher Cermak later returned the items, including dirty dishes, saying he thought they had been abandoned.

The woman was in the process of moving at the time of the theft in July. When she returned home she told police that four packed boxes were gone along with vacuum cleaner and a flat-screen television. Her blinds were also gone and replaced with a few broken sets.

Cermak and another man delivered the items back to the woman's apartment by the time police arrived. Some of the dishes were used and the television was damaged.

Aldean, Keith CFD headliners

CHEYENNE -- Toby Keith will be back for next year's Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Other night show entertainers lined up for next summer's Daddy of 'Em All will include Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum and Dwight Yoakam.

Frontier Days announced the night show acts Wednesday.

Other shows have yet to be announced, including a rock act. As it is, one volunteer chairman says it's the best Frontier Days night show lineup ever.

Championship Bull Riding also is returning for evening entertainment at Frontier Days. Tickets for next year's shows will range from $23 to $58.

Range bans bigger bullets

CASPER -- Natrona County is banning ammunition larger than .40 calibers at a shooting range after a .50-caliber bullet ended up going through the roof of a home about a mile away.

The county commission passed the ban at the Poison Spider Shooting Range on Tuesday. The range is on county land and is used by the Platte River Rod and Gun Club. A full-time supervisor must also be on site.

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