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May 18, 2017 - From wire reports

Famous bear back home with cubs

JACKSON (AP) -- A famous bear from Grand Teton National Park has come back to her usual territory with a new family.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports that bear 399 had been spotted Tuesday with two cubs near Pilgrim Creek.

Park Service bear management specialist Kate Wilmot says she spotted what looked and acted like bear 399 with two new cubs along a road before they quickly went back into the woods.

Wilmot says the cubs looked about 3 months old and less than 50 pounds. She says bear 399 appeared healthy.

The sighting had been good news for 399 fans, who were in dismay last year when her lone cub of the year was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle.

VA touts improved care in state

CHEYENNE (AP) -- A spokesman for a Wyoming Veterans Affairs says the care at a Cheyenne center has improved.

Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center spokesman Sam House said veterans coming into the center can get a same-day appointment with a doctor or medical professional. The center has also implemented a review of operations to ensure improved care.

The changes follow a 2016 report that found that some Cheyenne center staff had manipulated a number of veterans appointments. House says the employees involved have been fired.

House invites veterans and families to give the center feedback.

Ballot petitioners get permission

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Advocates of limiting the influence of money in politics have received approval to start gathering signatures in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Secretary of State's Office certified the proposed ballot initiative sponsored and authored by the organization Wyoming Promise.

Wyoming Promise has 18 months to gather sand submit 38,818 valid signatures in order for the initiative to appear on the state's November 2018 general election ballot.

Officials say the signatures must be obtained proportionally from 15 percent of resident voters in at least 16 of Wyoming's 23 counties.

The proposed initiative would call on Congress to propose a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution specifying that the right of political speech is a right enjoyed only by natural persons and that Congress and state legislatures may regulate political contributions and spending.

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