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Jan 15, 2013 - The Associated Press

Changes to tip laws proposed

JACKSON -- A state lawmaker from Jackson is proposing some changes to Wyoming's tipping laws.

One bill introduced by Rep. Ruth Ann Petroff would make all tips exempt from sales tax. Currently tips automatically added to a bill, usually for large groups, are subject to sales tax.

Another bill from the Republican would allow restaurants to pool tips from everyone waiting on tables and then split the money among its employees. However, individual employees couldn't be forced to contribute more than 15 percent of their tips to a tip pool.

Existing state law says that tips are the sole property of the employee who receives them.

Idaho mulls wolf trappers

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho wildlife officials are considering hiring private trappers to kill wolves roaming in important elk zones in the state.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game bureau manager Jeff Gould says several trappers have built up some pretty good skills for trapping wolves.

The agency is mulling a range of ideas for using paid trappers as a way to lower costs and better manage and reduce the population.

State wildlife officials are still seeking to reduce wolf numbers -- now estimated at more than 500 at the end of the 2012 hunting season. Gould says trappers are needed to also catch and fit wolves with radio collars.

Film contest planned again

CHEYENNE -- For a sixth year, the Wyoming Film Office is running the Wyoming Short Film Contest.

The annual contest asks moviemakers to submit films of 15 minutes or less featuring the state of Wyoming. Contestants can choose to film in the state, set their stories in Wyoming or use the state as a central character.

A judging panel of film production, visual arts and industry representatives will choose one film to win $25,000.

The contest kicks off this week, and submissions are due by April 5.

State part of candy recall

SEVILLE, Ohio -- An Ohio candy maker recalled 492 bags of its product because it contains milk that is not declared on the label.

Island Delights Inc. of Seville announced the recall of the bags of Coconut Haystack candy earlier this week.

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