Wyoming Digest

Oct 8, 2017 From wire reports

Mills council fights school closure

CASPER (AP) -- The Natrona County School District announced last week that it was considering closing Mountain View Elementary School in Mills and three schools in Casper because of low enrollment and budget cuts. The Mills Town Council approved a resolution on Friday opposing the closure. Mills is a town of about 3,400 people immediately adjacent to Casper. The district has 970 empty elementary seats.

Psychologist pleads no contest to sex assault

GILLETTE (AP) -- A former Wyoming psychotherapist accused of using his position of authority to have sex with two of his patients has pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree sexual assault. 33-year-old Joshua Popkin struck the deal. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 11. Under a no-contest plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors may have enough evidence to convict.

District apologizes for Trump wisecrack

JACKSON (AP) -- One of the possible answers on an English test given at a Wyoming high school was "shooting at (President Donald) Trump," angering parents and prompting school officials to take down the test and apologize. The quiz about George Orwell's 1945 novel "Animal Farm" asked Jackson Hole High School students why one of the book's characters ordered a gun to be fired. Possible answers given were, "he was shooting at Trump," "his birthday," "for completion of the windmill" and "to scare off the attackers of Animal Farm."

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