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Jan 16, 2013 - The Associated Press
House to hear fuel tax bill
CHEYENNE -- A proposal to raise Wyoming fuel taxes is set to get its first hearing in the full House of Representatives.
House Majority Floor Leader Kermit Brown, a Laramie Republican, says he expects the bill will come up for a hearing early Wednesday afternoon. It needs to pass in the House three times before it could head to the Senate.
The House Revenue Committee voted Monday to recommend approval of the bill to hike fuel taxes by a dime, from 14 cents to 24 cents a gallon on gasoline.
Gov. Matt Mead is pushing the tax increase, which would raise more than $70 million a year for state and local road projects. Mead has emphasized that out-of-state motorists would foot much of the cost of maintaining the state's highway system.
Jackson to perform at Frontier Days
CHEYENNE -- Country music legend Alan Jackson will perform at this year's Cheyenne Frontier Days in place of Lady Antebellum.
The show is scheduled for the evening of July 20.
Lady Antebellum had been scheduled until lead singer Hillary Scott announced in December that she was pregnant. This will be the first child for Scott and her husband, Chris Tyrrell.
Frontier Days officials are allowing people who already bought tickets for Lady Antebellum to get refunds. They also plan to honor those tickets for the Alan Jackson show.
Jackson has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and has topped the country singles charts 35 times. His hits include "Gone Country," and "Livin' on Love."
Man charged with making threat
CASPER -- An Oklahoma City man accused of threatening violence in Casper in an online rant that referred to efforts to try to ban assault rifles is facing a federal charge.
The FBI said 34-year-old Glenn Allen Kirkham, 34, was arrested in the Oklahoma City area Monday on suspicion of transmitting an interstate threat.
Kirkham allegedly told an investigator he had "posted a work of artistic falsehood" with no direct threat, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Casper police spokeswoman Sgt. Deahn Amend said the alleged threat was posted on 4chan.org, an online bulletin board that covers a range of topics. Callers from around the country and Canada alerted the department to the post starting around 7 a.m. Monday.
Amend said the man apparently was upset about a possible automatic weapons ban and spoke about using weapons like kitchen knives, a .357 revolver and a truck to cause harm.
The online post Monday began with: "Watch the news in about 1-2 two hours. Casper, Wyoming."
The author said he or she had all kinds of assault rifles and guns to mow down a small village before police arrive, according to court documents.
"But to use those would further the case that many are making now, that those types of weapons should be illegal and/or taken from us," the person wrote. "So I'm using my life to prove a point for you all, to show everyone that a very high score can be racked up using rather primitive weapons and even household objects. I'd like to see them ban all of the above."
The writer pledged to end the war on guns.