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  • December will bring dueling abortion hearings

    Kate Ready, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 22, 2023

    JACKSON — With a Dec. 14 hearing fast approaching, both sides in a closely watched legal fight over abortion access in Wyoming agree on one thing: pressing ahead. “This case needs to get decided and we need to move it forward,” said Special Assistant Attorney General Jay Jerde, who is defending two laws passed by the state Legislature. One is a general ban on abortions with some exceptions and the other outlaws medication abortions. Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Melissa Owens asked the parties Thursday if an upcoming Dec. 14 summa...

  • Wyoming in top three states for suicide, most by gun

    Kate Ready, Jackson Hole News & Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 9, 2022

    JACKSON — Two suicides have occurred in Teton County this year, both young adults in their early twenties and both by firearm. The first occurred March 28, a 20-year-old Teton County resident who was attending the University of Wyoming. The latest firearm suicide was a 22-year-old male resident who died Sunday. “Two suicides by handguns,” Teton County Coroner Brent Blue said. “One 20-year-old and one 22-year-old. This is craziness.” Blue said that of two suicides in 2022, both involved a firearm. Of seven total suicides in 2021, four involved...

  • Internet crimes against children on the rise

    Kate Ready, Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 3, 2022

    JACKSON — Internet crimes against children, ranging from sexual abuse and trafficking to distributing pornography, are on the rise nationally and statewide. ”We are busier than we’ve ever been in the history of Wyoming,” said Chris McDonald, special agent of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and commander of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force since early 2019. McDonald receives and investigates all tips in Wyoming, from undercover operations to phone-in tips and all reporting that social media sites are required to sha...

  • Rep. Chad Banks' mug shot bill approved in committee

    Kate Ready, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 24, 2022

    JACKSON — In a world of rapid sharing online, the Wyoming Legislature is considering a bill that may protect those charged with a crime from the harsh court of public opinion. State lawmakers heard testimony Monday on a proposed law that would prohibit the release of mug shots unless the person was convicted. The bill is being sponsored by Rep. Chad Banks, a Democrat from Sweetwater County. “This bill is not meant to disparage law enforcement or their efforts in any way,” Banks said when introducing the bill. “Citizens in my county are really...

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