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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Democrats in Congress are asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to explain why he's reassigned dozens of senior agency officials, most recently Yellowstone National Park's superintendent, who was offered an unwanted transfer and then told he'd be gone in August. A group of 14 Democrats on Friday asked Zinke for a briefing on the reassignments. The personnel moves have attracted scrutiny from the Interior Department's Inspector General over complaints many were politically motivated.
WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) - A northern Wyoming man who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for supplying another man with a fatal dose of heroin will spend up to eight years in prison. The Northern Wyoming Daily News reports 29-year-old Joseph Leyva was sentenced Wednesday for the September 2016 death of 30-year-old Robert Kulze in Worland. Investigators say Kulze died after injecting heroin at Leyva's home. Leyva is accused of moving Kulze's body to his nearby home and staging the area to appear that he died there.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A criminal case involving the University of Wyoming's campus gun ban has been put on hold, pending a separate civil action against the university seeking to challenge the legality of the ban. The Laramie Boomerang reports Uinta County delegate Lyle Williams was cited during the Wyoming State Republican Party Convention held at the university in April after openly carrying a firearm in the campus without permission. Williams says the regulation conflicts with the Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act.
RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) - The Bureau of Indian Affairs is training its workers in response to an audit that faulted its oversight of spending by the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes. The Riverton Ranger says that a draft report of an audit by the Department of Interior's Office of Inspector General says the BIA didn't review tribes' financial reports submitted in 2013 and 2014 until 2016. The audit found that the agency "failed to identify the errors" which allowed $6.2 million misspending to occur.
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