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REGIONAL HAZE-WYOMING

Mead plans lawsuit over regional haze inaction

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is planning to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for what he calls a lack of consideration for the state's regional haze plan.

Mead tells the Gillette News Record that Wyoming is a state that is interested in energy and doing it right.

Earlier this year, the EPA released its final version of a plan to reduce atmospheric haze by cutting emissions from coal-fired power plants in Wyoming. Mead says utility customers would bear most of the costs.

EPA officials say the plan will improve visibility across wide-open spaces while protecting natural resources and local economies which depend on recreation.

SAME SEX MARRIAGE

Prominent lawyers speak up for same-sex marriage

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - More than 50 Wyoming lawyers are expressing support for a group's effort to change state law to allow same-sex couples to marry.

The group, called Wyoming Equality, is challenging the state prohibition against same-sex marriage in state court in Cheyenne.

Wyoming Equality Chairman Jeran Artery said Wednesday that he hopes the lawyers' support helps spark a statewide debate on the issue.

Wyoming Equality and four same-sex Wyoming couples filed a lawsuit earlier this year challenging the state law that defines marriage as existing only between a man and a woman.

The Wyoming Attorney General's Office last month filed a response, asking District Judge Thomas Campbell of Cheyenne to dismiss the lawsuit. The state denies its refusal to allow same-sex couples to marry violates the Wyoming Constitution.

COLD CASE SLAYINGS

Jury selection suspended in Wyoming murder trial

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A defense attorney's family emergency caused a judge to temporarily suspend jury selection in the first-degree murder trial of an elderly Missouri woman accused of killing her husband nearly 40 years ago in Wyoming.

The process was set to resume Thursday morning in the trial of 75-year-old Alice Uden.

Prosecutors allege Uden, of Chadwick, Mo., shot then-husband 25-year-old Ronald Holtz with a .22-caliber rifle while he was asleep sometime between late 1974 and early 1975. Uden's attorneys plan to argue self-defense.

TROOPER INJURED

Wyoming trooper suffers minor injuries in accident

BUFFALO, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper is recovering from minor injuries after his parked patrol car was struck by a pickup north of Midwest in southern Johnson County.

The state patrol says trooper Richard Burridge was sitting in his vehicle when it was hit Wednesday morning.

Authorities say Michael Bagley of Riverton, Utah, drove through traffic cones and hit the patrol car.

Bagley, who was not injured, was cited by troopers for careless driving.

WIND RIVER VANDALISM

Tribal official upset over roadway vandalism

LANDER, Wyo. (AP) - Wind River Reservation officials say continuing vandalism of roadway signs is compromising highway safety.

Big John Smith, the transportation director for the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, is asking for help from the public to track down those responsible.

Smith says recent incidents involved vandalism of signs and flashing lights along 17 Mile Road and Yellowcalf Road.

Wyoming Department of Transportation spokesman Cody Beers says there have not been any serious accidents or injuries because of the vandalism, but there have been a number of close calls.

JACKSON LANDSLIDE

3 businesses near Wyoming slide allowed to reopen

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Three businesses evacuated because of a landslide in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson are being allowed to reopen now that the slide's movement has significantly slowed.

Incident command spokeswoman Roxanne Robinson says the owners of two restaurants and a liquor store were allowed to return Wednesday to their locations in a shopping center.

She says the slide is now moving a tenth of an inch a day. That's down from 3 inches a day when the slide started two weeks ago.

Some other businesses in the shopping center farther from the slide had been briefly closed.

Residents of about 40 homes and apartments can access them only by foot, but one lane of a road is expected to reopen later this week.

The town has hauled in 16 million pounds of fill material to slow the slide.

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