Jan 22, 2014 The Associated Press

Air Force boss visiting Warren AFB

CHEYENNE -- The Air Force's top civilian leader is on a fact-finding mission following cheating and drug scandals in the command that oversees the nation's nuclear missiles.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James is scheduled to visit Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota on Wednesday, a day after visiting Wyoming's F.E. Warren Air Force Base, headquarters for the 20th Air Force. James will also visit Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana on a tour aimed at finding out how widespread problems in the missile program are and whether there's a problem in its culture.

James addressed a large crowd at F.E. Warren on Tuesday and also met with airmen in smaller sessions. She said she heard concerns about the career implications of missing an answer or two on the command's monthly tests.

James has only been on the job for a month. Last week, she told reporters that the Air Force's chief investigative arm is investigating 11 officers at six bases who are suspected of illegal drug possession.

Three schools nominated

CHEYENNE -- Three Wyoming schools have been nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award.

The nominated schools are year Glenn Livingston Elementary in Cody, Highland Park Elementary in Sheridan, and Southside Elementary in Powell.

They were nominated for the Blue Ribbon Schools honor by the Wyoming Department of Education.

The United States Department of Education will announce its nationwide list of Blue Ribbon Schools in Sept. of 2014.

Founded in 1982, The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at high levels or where students are making significant gains in academic achievement.

Wolf killed on private park land

MOOSE -- State and federal officials are investigating the shooting of a wolf on private land inside Grand Teton National Park.

Park officials say the person who fired the lethal shot Monday notified Wyoming Game and Fish Department wardens, who in turn notified park rangers. Park officials didn't identify the shooter.

The wolf was a 2-year-old male that wasn't wearing a radio collar. The wolf was with three or four pack mates, but park officials hadn't determined the wolves' pack affiliation.

Park rangers and a park biologist responded to the area to investigate. The Game and Fish Department also was investigating.

The National Park Service has acquired most private inholdings within Grand Teton over the years but a handful of small parcels of private land still exist inside the park.

Man pleads to second-degree murder

CASPER -- An Evansville man has pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder and 10 other felonies in the fatal shooting of another man last summer outside an Evansville bar.

Samuel Renner, 21, entered the guilty pleas Tuesday before District Judge Thomas Sullins.

Prosecutors originally had charged Renner with first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the July 25 shooting of 41-year-old Todd Callies of Casper.

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