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Jul 31, 2013 - The Associated Press

Charter school purchase OK'd

CHEYENNE -- The state Building Commission has approved spending up to $4 million to purchase a building in Laramie for a charter school.

The panel voted 3-1 on Tuesday to buy the building for the 180-student Snowy Range Academy, which has been leasing space for the last 12 years.

The Wyoming Legislature allocated $4 million in the state capital construction budget to purchase the building.

The Building Commission is made up of the five statewide elected officials, including Gov. Matt Mead.

Two hospitalized after Sinclair fire

RAWLINS -- Two people were taken to the hospital after a fire at the Sinclair Oil refinery east of Rawlins.

Sinclair Oil vice president Clint Ensign said Tuesday's fire in the crude unit was "minor" and involved an independent contractor working there.

The Rawlins Daily Times reported that condition of the two people taken to the hospital wasn't known.

The refinery has had several accidents and releases over the past several years and hired five more safety experts this year.

Ex-hospital CEO in fed custody

POWELL -- A judge says a former CEO accused of defrauding hospitals in two states will remain in federal custody pending a hearing Aug. 9.

Paul Cardwell appeared in federal court Monday in Cheyenne.

He is accused of stealing about $848,000 from Powell Valley Healthcare in Wyoming in 2011 when he was its CEO. He was arrested in Thailand in June.

An indictment says Cardwell would arrange for hospital funds to be sent to a bogus recruiting firm supposedly run by Michael Plake of West Lafayette, Ind., but the money went to Plake and Cardwell instead. Plake was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Cardwell is accused of a similar scheme when he was CEO at White County Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Ind.

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