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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a woman to prison for failing to pay restitution handed down to her for exaggerating her son's illness for financial gain. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Krishelle Layton three years ago was ordered to pay just over $5,100, but paid back just $40.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Wyoming Game and Fish Department official says he may have misstated that Wyoming was taking a portion of Montana's grizzly bear hunt allocation to set its own quotas. Large carnivore section supervisor Dan Thompson says if he did so he was wrong. Conservation groups say Wyoming proposed to round up the fractional number of grizzly bears it can hunt this year after Montana officials agreed to reduce its own allocation.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead says the Wyoming Integrated Test Center near Gillette will be used to test new carbon capture technologies being developed in Japan. Mead announced Tuesday that the Japanese Ministry of Environment has authorized the Japan Coal Energy Center and Kawasaki Heavy Industries to use the center to conduct testing, which will involve an investment of about $7.3 million to $9.1 million.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The unemployment rate in Wyoming fell slightly from 4 percent in February to 3.9 percent in March. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the 3.9 percent rate is the lowest it's been in three years and below the national jobless rate of 4.1 percent. The agency says the unemployment rate normally falls in March as workers are hired in construction, government and other sectors.
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