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May 14, 2013 - The Associated Press

Hill says she's cooperating

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming public schools Superintendent Cindy Hill says she has cooperated with an inquiry into the operations of the state Education Department.

But Hill is declining to discuss specifics until the inquiry has concluded.

In February, Gov. Matt Mead created the inquiry to check out concerns about how the agency was being run in recent years under Hill and previous superintendents.

The concerns came to a head this past winter when the state Legislature and Mead enacted major changes in how the state's K-12 education system is run. The biggest change replaced the statewide elected superintendent as head of the Education Department with a director appointed by the governor.

Old UW gym being renovated

LARAMIE -- The Half Acre Gym at the University of Wyoming facility is set to undergo a $27 million renovation project beginning this month.

The 22-month project was slated to begin on Monday. It will be handled in two phases, with a target completion of spring 2015.

Half Acre was originally dedicated in 1925.

For 30 years, the gym hosted men's and women's athletic programs, including UW's celebrated 1943 men's basketball national championship team. UW teams won 222 games, against 44 losses, in Half Acre during that timeframe.

The university has commissioned major renovation and addition projects at Half Acre throughout the years, but the new project will include improved and expanded areas on Half Acre's first, second and third floors.

Man sought in abduction try

LARAMIE -- Police in Laramie are asking for the public's help in finding a man they believe tried to abduct a boy on Monday afternoon.

Police say the 3-year-old boy was playing in an unfenced yard in Laramie when the man grabbed him by the hand and started to walk away. The man let the boy go and walked away after the boy's caregiver called to the man.

Police searched but failed to find the man.

Police say the man is in his late 30s or early 40s, about 5-foot-10, with a stocky build and short, black hair. He was wearing a gray T-shirt, blue jeans with black, lace-up boots.

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