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Feb 22, 2013 - The Associated Press

Man convicted of child endangerment

GILLETTE -- A Gillette man who left his infant son in his pickup truck while he went to work has been convicted of misdemeanor child endangerment.

Kaleb Layton Laatsch faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine at a sentencing hearing scheduled for April.

Laatsch says it was the worst day of his life when he realized he had forgotten to drop off his son, Gideon, at day care before going to work on August 2011. It was hours before the boy's mother went to the day care, realized her son wasn't there, and raced to her husband's workplace.

Gideon's body temperature had reached 108 degrees. He had a traumatic brain injury, but his parents say that today, Gideon is recovering.

Officials say Fed cuts would cost state

CHEYENNE -- Hundreds of civilian military employees in Wyoming could be furloughed if cuts in U.S. defense spending go through.

The Department of Defense has announced 800,000 in total potential furloughs if Congress and President Barack Obama are unable to avert automatic budget cuts on March 1.

Officials said that more than 700 civilian workers at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne could lose about $8,000 in pay every year.

The Defense Department says the furloughs would have a $5.4 million fiscal impact on Wyoming in fiscal year 2013.

Deidre Forster of the Wyoming Military Department says 700 military technicians in the Wyoming National Guard would also be subject to the furloughs, but officials are still unsure how many will have their hours cut.

Report: River spill was quickly diluted

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The final report on a chemical spill into a Yellowstone River tributary along the Montana-Wyoming border says the initial release of 1,000 gallons of road deicer was enough to briefly double the river's total flow.

The report released Thursday said the remaining 4,900 gallons of magnesium chloride leaked out slowly after two trailers crashed into the river.

That meant the entire spill was quickly diluted by the water of the Clarks Fork River.

Dozens of fish were found dead at the site of the Feb. 12 spill.

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