Wyoming Digest

Oct 11, 2017 From wire reports

Leaders praise EPA decision

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Wyoming's congressional delegation and Gov. Matt Mead are applauding Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to scrap limits on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Liz Cheney say the Clean Power Plan initiated by the Obama administration is burdensome and illegal.

The Republicans say the plan would essentially stop new coal power plants from being constructed as well as force most existing plants to close in the coming years.

Enzi says the federal government shouldn't pick winners and losers in the marketplace, and Barrasso says the plan would have harmed the state's economy.

Cheney says Pruitt's decision is a necessary step toward reversing the harmful Obama-era policies that strangled the economy.

Mead says the Obama plan usurped state regulatory authority.

Plea deals reached in bar fight case

ROCK SPRINGS (AP) -- Three men have entered guilty pleas in a case stemming from a bar fight in Wyoming over a rival gang member's vest with patches that identify the gang to which he belonged.

Cory Rutherford, Matthew Wedgewood, and Nicholas Hanson pleaded guilty in Sweetwater County District Court last week in plea agreements with prosecutors.

The three are members of the Sons of Silence motorcycle club.

Rutherford pleaded guilty to the robbery and intimidation charges in exchange for a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery being dismissed.

Wedgewood pleaded guilty to accessory to robbery and intimidation charges. A charge of conspiracy to commit robbery was dismissed.

Hanson pleaded guilty to accessory to robbery and intimidation charges. A conspiracy to commit robbery charge was dismissed.