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Mar 29, 2013 - The Associated Press
Police: Woman shot while fleeing
CASPER -- Investigators believe a Casper man shot and killed his wife as she sought help at a neighbor's house.
Preliminary autopsy results show that 34-year-old Natalie Miller died of gunshot wounds to her chest early Wednesday.
Miller called 911 shortly before to report that her husband, Thomas, was going to kill her. Police say she ran to her next-door neighbor's house and was found on the front door step. Authorities don't believe she was shot from behind.
Thomas Miller has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and two counts of child endangerment. The couple's two children, ages 6 and 2, were home at the time of the shooting.
Thomas Miller is being held without bond. It's not clear whether he has a lawyer yet.
Sheridan firefighters win pay dispute
SHERIDAN -- The Wyoming Supreme Court has sided with firefighters who sued the city of Sheridan after they were denied pay raises.
The ruling last week means four Sheridan firefighters will receive back pay that was denied by the city of Sheridan due to budget shortfalls in September 2010.
The city will owe more than $6,500, which will be split between the firefighters according to step level and years of service.
The case centered on a disagreement between the firefighters union and the city of Sheridan on how to interpret a portion of their collective bargaining agreement regarding pay raises.
A lower court judge had ruled earlier in favor of the city.
Nursing school picked for initiative
LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming's Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing will participate in an initiative aimed at transforming nursing education in the United States.
The school's Wyoming Center for Nursing and Health Care Partnerships is one of the organizations in 20 states selected to be part of the $3 million initiative, called the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program.
The program is designed to help states prepare the nursing profession to address the nation's most pressing health care challenges of access, quality and cost amid an aging and more diverse population.
UW nursing school Dean Mary Burman says the Wyoming center plans to focus on enhancing clinical education for all Wyoming schools of nursing.
Mountain lions kill dog in yard
JACKSON -- Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials say mountain lions have killed a dog in its back yard in the Jackson area.
The dog was attacked last week outside its home near the Gros Ventre River.
Biologist Mike Boyce of the Game and Fish Department says it appears a female cougar with two large kittens dragged the carcass about 600 or 700 yards and fed on it.
Game and Fish employees tried to live-trap the cougar family for three days. Boyce says the traps were pulled Thursday after efforts to capture the animals failed.
Sixth DUI for Cheyenne man
LARAMIE (AP) -- A Cheyenne man previously convicted of driving under the influence faces a prison sentence for his latest offense.
Matthew Gregory Melander, 28, pleaded guilty this week to driving under the influence in Albany County in January. A state trooper said he was driving 90 miles per hour in a 75 mile per hour zone.
Court documents show that Melander had been arrested or convicted of driving under the influence at least five other times in Colorado and Wyoming since 2008. Under Wyoming law, a person with more than four DUIs in 10 years can be sent to prison for seven years and fined $10,000.
Melander pleaded guilty without a plea agreement so the judge has warned him he could face that sentence.