Jul 17, 2013 The Associated Press

Hill's touches basis of claims

CHEYENNE -- Newly released records on Wyoming Schools Superintendent Cindy Hill include sexual harassment claims filed against her and her staff.

State officials released a previously confidential portion of a report on their investigation into the embattled superintendent. The documents include claims that one of Hill's male deputies harassed female staff and that Hill herself made employees uncomfortable by applying unwanted touches and massages.

Hill said the claims aren't true.

"It's strange kind of stuff," she said. "The charges of sexual harassment are absurd. I don't know what happened there. They simply are not true."

Hill said she never gave massages, though she might have patted people on the back with a three-second rub. She added that she now wishes she hadn't done so but didn't know it made people uncomfortable.

Patrol wants safer I-80

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Highway Patrol is teaming up with other law enforcement in other states to help make Interstate 80 safer for travelers.

The campaign is called "I-80 Challenge Highway Safety Initiative." It seeks to ramp up enforcement of life-saving traffic safety laws from July 24-31.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials serving the I-80 corridor across the U.S. will be cracking down on drivers who are speeding, driving drunk or distracted, or not wearing a seat belt.

The goal is a zero fatality rate for the eight-day period.

Officials say too many lives are being lost on I-80 from those who violate the most basic traffic safety laws.

Wyoming man in cattle theft

MARTELLE, Iowa -- Authorities say a 42-year-old man has been charged with stealing cattle in eastern Iowa.

Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver says in a news release that Barry Bieber, of rural Wyoming, is charged with felony theft.

Graver says the theft occurred over a three-day period from a farm about four miles east of Martelle and was reported July 7. The 18 animals were recovered from a sale barn near Cascade. Their value was estimated at nearly $30,500.

It's unclear whether Bieber has an attorney. A phone listing for him couldn't be found.

Tribal leader dead at age 68

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Gordon Belcourt, executive director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council who worked to prevent suicide and curb alcohol abuse among American Indians, has died. He was 68.

Belcourt died Monday at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, his family said. They did not release a cause of death but said he had been ill for some time.

Belcourt "always remembered to put the needs of others before his own and what it felt like to be hungry, poor and marginalized within society," daughter Annjeannette Belcourt said.

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