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Opening arguments in Wyoming old-murder trial

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Opening statements are starting in the trial of an elderly Missouri woman authorities accuse of killing her husband in Wyoming nearly 40 years ago.

Jury selection wrapped up Thursday in Cheyenne in the first-degree murder trial of 75-year-old Alice Uden, of Chadwick, Missouri. Prosecutors allege Uden shot her 25-year-old husband, Ronald Holtz, sometime between Christmas Eve 1974 and early February 1975. Her attorneys plan to argue self-defense.

Authorities arrested Uden and her current husband, 71-year-old Gerald Uden, in Missouri last fall. Gerald Uden since has pleaded guilty and begun serving a life sentence for killing his ex-wife and her two sons in central Wyoming in 1980. Investigators have not linked the two cases.

Shed horn, antler gathering resumes west of divide

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) - Horn and antler collectors can return to some state land west of the Continental Divide after a four-month prohibition to avoid disturbing wildlife. The Rock Springs Rocket Miner reports Wyoming Game and Fish allowed the gathering of shed horns and antlers to resume Thursday.

Gathering was banned from Jan. 1 to April 30 on state land and most other public land west of the divide to avoid stressing wildlife during winter months when they are most vulnerable. The gathering season will close Dec. 31.

Entrances to Yellowstone to open Friday

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Visitors will be able to travel through the east, west and north entrances to Yellowstone National Park starting Friday. Park officials say many popular park destinations including Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Norris Geyser Basin and Fishing Bridge will be open although visitor services will be limited at first.

Avalanches could still cause periodic closures of the east entrance road for the next several weeks because of deep snowpack above Sylvan Pass. Vehicles will not be able to stop on the pass because of the slide potential.

Entrances to Grant Village, West Thumb Junction and Craig Pass to Old Faithful are set to open May 9 if weather cooperates. The road from the north entrance to the northeast entrance remains open all year.

Wyoming research indicates cloud seeding works

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Scientists are encouraged by preliminary research that shows seeding clouds enhanced the amount of snow in winter storms over mountain ranges in southern Wyoming. University of Wyoming atmospheric science professor Bart Geerts says there's overwhelming evidence that cloud seeding does increase the amount of snow produced in clouds.

Geerts has led a research effort in conjunction with a nearly decade-long, $13 million project by the state of Wyoming to see if cloud seeding can increase snowfall in several mountain ranges.

Cloud seeding involves injecting silver iodide into clouds either from aircraft or from generators on the ground. The practice is used in many areas, but it's uncertain whether it really works.

The National Science Foundation says the research by Geerts is promising and should encourage further cloud-seeding research.

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