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Mead, Haynes differ on refugees at Casper debate

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Republican Gov. Matt Mead and gubernatorial primary challenger Taylor Haynes disagreed over settling refugees in Wyoming and federal land management during a debate that also touched on energy, the economy and education.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports ( that Haynes said that he opposes having refugees settle in Wyoming because he is concerned about disease and even terrorism.

Mead insisted the state isn't importing refugees but is exploring the idea of a refugee resettlement program. Wyoming is the only state without such a program.

The two sparred at a Casper College debate Tuesday night sponsored by the college, the Star-Tribune and KCWY Channel 13.

Superintendent of Public Education Cindy Hill also is seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination in the Aug. 19 primary. She declined invitations to the debate.

Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

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