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INTERNET ASSAULT

Wyo. Supreme Court rejects Internet assault appeal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Supreme Court has rejected a petition from a Bar Nunn man convicted of sexually assaulting a woman who had been targeted through a fraudulent Internet advertisement.

Ty Oliver McDowell had asked the court to rule that a district judge hadn't properly advised him of his right to appeal when he pleaded guilty to felony charges in connection with the 2009 attack.

The 30-year-old McDowell is serving a sentence of 60 years to life in prison.

Prosecutors say McDowell had responded to an advertisement another man had posted on the Internet site Craigslist pretending to be the victim and seeking a man to carry out a "rape fantasy."

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled the district judge had informed McDowell properly of his right to appeal.

SUPREME COURT VACANCY

Wyo. Supreme Court candidates announced

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Judicial Nominating Commission has named three Cheyenne attorneys as candidates to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Wyoming Supreme Court.

Justice Barton Voigt has announced that he plans to retire Jan. 3. Wyoming Chief Justice Marilyn Kite announced Tuesday the commission has chosen private-practice attorneys Patrick R. Day, Catherine M. Fox and Robert W. Tiedeken as candidates for the job.

Gov. Matt Mead has 30 days to appoint one of the three candidates to the high court.

Day is an attorney with Holland & Hart in Cheyenne. Fox's firm is Davis & Cannon, while Tiedeken is with Wolf, Tiedeken & Woodard.

The commission is made up of three attorneys who are selected by the Wyoming State Bar, and three non-lawyers who are appointed by the governor.

BETONITE MINE APPLICATION

2 bentonite mines proposed near Belle Fourche

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (AP) - A Wyoming company's application for a bentonite mining permit in western South Dakota was delayed because its paperwork was incomplete.

Bentonite Performance Minerals wants to open two mines northwest of Belle Fourche that would be known as the Purple Mine and the Killinger Mine.

Bentonite is a claylike material used as a drilling lubricant.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources tells the Black Hills Pioneer that the projects have yet to be approved because information in the applications was incomplete.

DENR says the apps were sent back to the company.

UW-FACEBOOK

UW launches Facebook page

The new University of Wyoming Facebook page drew more than 5,000 "likes" from individuals within 24 hours after it was launched.

UW launched its Facebook page a week ago on Oct. 9.

As of Monday, the number of "likes" has exceeded 8,150.

UW website strategist Lisa Sherrodd says the response in the first days has been amazing.

WYOMING-SLOW START OFFENSE

Cowboys struggle offensively in 1st quarter

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming offense has been shut out in the first quarter four times in seven games this season.

In Saturday's 52-22 home loss to Colorado State, UW's first three drives resulted in three punts, one first down and 34 yards of total offense.

The Cowboys have scored 28 first quarter points this season, far fewer than their tally in any other quarter. They also convert only 29.2 percent of third downs in the first quarter, with many drives ending in 3-and-outs.

Cowboys coach Dave Christensen says it's a lack of execution.

Junior quarterback Brett Smith tells the Casper Star-Tribune that he can't point to a specific cause since the plays aren't any different than the ones being called later in games.

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