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Feb 26, 2013 - The Associated Press

UW candidates interviewed

CASPER -- The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has interviewed the four finalists to be the school's next president.

University spokesman Chad Baldwin said the board interviewed the candidates Sunday at the Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park in Aurora, Colo.

The board is seeking a replacement for Tom Buchanan, who is retiring this summer.

Board president David Bostrom said a vote on the candidates hadn't been scheduled as of Monday.

The finalists are University of Idaho Provost Douglas D. Baker, Washington State University Provost Warwick M. Bayly, Oklahoma State University Provost Robert Sternberg, and former Michigan State University Provost Kim Wilcox.

University officials disclosed the names of the finalists after media organizations argued that a secret process violates the Wyoming public meetings law.

Pension split moves forward

CHEYENNE -- Lawmakers have reached a deal to increase retirement contributions by state workers.

The state House and Senate gave final approval Monday to a bill that will require employees to increase their contributions by 0.25 percent and the state to pay 0.75 percent more a year for three years.

After that, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the state and workers would split the 1 percent increase.

The original bill would have required the state to pick up the entire 1 percent increase.

Lawmakers considered the bill dead last week after representatives of both chambers failed to reach a compromise. Republican Sen. Phil Nicholas of Laramie said lawmakers later reconsidered and set out to reach a compromise.

Tunnel project too expensive

JACKSON -- The Wyoming Department of Transportation has concluded that building a tunnel under Teton Pass would be too expensive to justify looking into the idea any further.

The two-lane tunnel would be 1.4 miles long and could make it safer for people to commute over the pass in the wintertime.

A report estimates the tunnel would cost about $260 million. That's the same amount Wyoming spent on road construction all of last year.

After the tunnel is built, maintaining it would cost $500,000 a year.

Jackson Hole resident and former chamber of commerce director Steve Duerr says the tunnel remains a good idea.

He says the tunnel would improve safety while preventing avalanches from shutting down the road during the winter.

Vandalism spree investigated

CHEYENNE -- Police are investigating after the windows of 18 vehicles were shot out in Cheyenne.

The complaints came from across Cheyenne Saturday, mostly in the northern, northeastern and southern parts of the city.

Police say two similar incidents had been reported since December, but investigators aren't sure if the vandalism is related.

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