Wyoming News Update

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Here is the latest Wyoming news from The Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is delaying a proposal to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill. Newly-sworn-in EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the four-month delay announced Friday would give more opportunity for public comment. The rule has been fiercely opposed by mining companies and an environmentalist says Pruitt's move suggests he's lining up on the side of industry.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Casper woman accused of embezzling more than $52,000 from a nonprofit organization that helps people with addictions has pleaded guilty to felony theft. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Carrie Good, who entered her plea Friday, was accused of taking funds from the 12-24 Club for personal use while she was employed as the office manager of the organization from December 2013 into July 2016. Police began investigating when club director Dan Cantine noticed irregularities in the bookkeeping.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Washington D.C. man has been ticketed for flying a drone over a heard of elk in western Wyoming, frightening 1,500 of the animals into a stampede. Officials at the National Elk Refuge near Jackson Hole the elk are already stressed out due to a harsh, snowy winter.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming House and Senate will consider a compromise supplemental budget bill next Monday that could cut $45 million from public education over the next two years. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the budget agreement was reached Friday by a committee of lawmakers from both chambers.