Oct 30, 2013 The Associated Press

UW sets up online 'suggestion box'

LARAMIE -- People have a new way to make suggestions on how to run the University of Wyoming.

UW President Bob Sternberg has set up a virtual "suggestion box" that allows people to provide him with input.

Those using the suggestion box have the option of identifying themselves or submitting comments anonymously.

A "suggestion box" is available on the president's page on the UW website.

Sternberg says he hopes to hear from folks on campus and around Wyoming about their views of where the university is and where it should be heading.

Bill would tighten tax exemption

CHEYENNE -- An interim legislative committee has endorsed a proposal to tighten Wyoming's property tax exemptions for charities.

The proposed bill endorsed Monday by the Wyoming Legislature's Joint Revenue Committee says the purpose of property owned by charitable organizations must be directly beneficial to the people of the state to qualify for a property tax exemption.

The bill will be considered during the Legislature's budget session in February.

The legislation would thwart charitable organizations that buy property and claim the exemption, then use some of the property for commercial purposes.

The bill specifies that only properties used by the organizations for charitable purposes are exempt, not properties used for commercial or private profit.

Fugitive arrested near Powell

POWELL -- A fugitive from Montana is behind bars after being found working at a ranch in rural Powell.

The Park County Sheriff's Office says 57-year-old Gary Hansen of Great Falls, Mont., was apprehended Tuesday afternoon.

Hansen ran when deputies arrived at the ranch and they chased him for over a mile. At one point, deputies said he stopped and held a knife to his chest but later told them he never intended to take his own life.

Sheriff's spokesman Lance Mathess says Hansen is a transient who is wanted in Montana's Cascade County on four felony counts of incest and one misdemeanor count of obstructing a police officer. He's being held in the Park County jail until he is extradited to Montana.

It wasn't clear if he had a lawyer.

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