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Oct 16, 2013 - The Associated Press
Another $100K approved for probe
CHEYENNE -- The Legislature's Management Council has unanimously approved spending $100,000 to hire a lawyer to help in the investigation of state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill's management of the Wyoming Department of Education.
Former state Attorney General Bruce Salzburg will serve as lead special counsel.
A special House committee is investigating Hill's administration of the state Education Department during the last two years. Depending on its findings, the committee investigation could recommend that the full House of Representatives initiate impeachment proceedings against Hill.
Hill, who is one of five statewide elected officials, has denied any wrongdoing and says it is a witch hunt.
Hill on Tuesday questioned why the Legislature is spending more money on the investigation.
"When is enough, enough?" she said.
During the meeting of the Management Council, which oversees legislative matters when the full Legislature is not in session, council member Sen. Eli Bebout, R-Riverton, voiced concerns about the time and money the investigation could consume.
House Speaker Tom Lubnau, who chairs the special investigation committee, said that he doesn't have a timeline for how long the investigation will take but that he hopes it will be done by the end of the year and without additional money.
"We're trying to get this thing done and to get it done in a hurry and as cheaply as possible," Lubnau, R-Gillette, said.
Wyoming man killed changing tire
PROVO, Utah -- Troopers say a 74-year-old Wyoming man who stopped to change a flat tire was struck and killed by a passing vehicle in Provo Canyon.
The crash happened about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on State Route 189 near Vivian Park.
Troopers say the Joseph Broadbent of Evanston had been driving a Dodge truck and towing a fifth-wheel trailer when he pulled to the side of the road.
Witnesses say he had walked to the left shoulder and was crossing back over to his truck on the right shoulder when he was hit by a silver Honda Accord.
Officials say that hit threw him into another traffic lane, where he was run over by a small pickup truck.
Authorities say it isn't clear why Broadbent crossed to the left side of the road.
New VP named at university
LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming has hired Bill Mai to serve as vice president for administration.
Mai is currently senior economic adviser to Gov. Matt Mead and administrator of the state's Economic Analysis Division.
Mai will begin work at UW on Nov. 6, filling a position that has been vacant since spring 2012.
UW President Bob Sternberg says Mai will be an outstanding addition to the UW management team. Sternberg praised Mai's understanding of the state economy and says he looks forward to working with Mai on the university's annual legislative funding requests.
Mai graduated from UW with a bachelor's degree in range management in 1987 and a master's of business administration in 1989.