Jan 17, 2013 The Associated Press

Math quota may be upped

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming high school students would have to take math classes each year under a bill being considered by state lawmakers.

Currently, state law doesn't require students to study math in their senior years though some school districts still require it.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the proposal to require math classes every year won easy approval from the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. It now goes to the full Senate for debate.

Democratic Sen. Chris Rothfuss of Laramie said he introduced the bill after hearing about high school graduates failing their math placement exams in college.

Hill: Meeting was improper

CHEYENNE -- Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill has voiced concern about a possible open meetings violation by the State Building Commission.

The five statewide elected officials, including the governor and the superintendent, are members of the board.

Hill says a Laramie charter school official improperly sat in on an executive session in October.

Hill says the person is a client of state Sen. Phil Nicholas, an ex-officio member of the commission and a practicing attorney.

She says the person shouldn't have attended the session or the session should have been open to the public.

Nicholas says it was an unintentional mistake.

Gov. Matt Mead, who chairs the commission, says the commission needs to exercise more caution when it goes into executive session. The attorney general determined no open meeting violation occurred.

Guard unit set for deployment

CHEYENNE -- More than 160 Wyoming National Guard members are preparing for deployment to the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain.

The guard's 133rd Engineer Company based in Laramie will spend nine months on the deployment. The unit will provide security at a military base.

They will leave for Bahrain in June. But they undergo a two-week training session at Camp Guernsey this month and will have more training in Mississippi in April.

Drought key to '13 farm income

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Federal Reserve says U.S. farm income could decline in 2013, but it depends upon whether the drought continues.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Mo., said Thursday that if drought conditions persist, prices of corn and other crops would remain volatile because of tight supply. But if normal weather conditions return, crop prices would decline and lead to lower farm incomes.

The USDA predicted farm income in 2012 would reach $114 billion, which would be the third-highest total on record. Crop insurance and high crop prices last year contributed to that.

Current market prices suggest corn and soybean prices could be 10 to 15 percent lower by next fall.

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