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Wyoming woman, 75, convicted of 2nd-degree murder

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Jurors have found a 75-year-old Missouri woman guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband in Wyoming almost 40 years ago.

The jury in Cheyenne deliberated for about 13 hours before delivering the verdict Thursday in the case of Alice Uden.

Uden had testified she shot 24-year-old Ronald Holtz in the back of the head sometime in late 1974 or early 1975. She said she shot him just as he was about to attack her 2-year-old daughter in her crib.

Prosecutors alleged Uden killed Holtz as he slept.

Investigators recovered Holtz's remains last summer from an abandoned mine shaft.

Police arrested Uden and her current husband, 71-year-old Gerald Uden, in Missouri in September.

Gerald Uden has pleaded guilty to shooting his ex-wife and her two children in central Wyoming in 1980. Prosecutors haven't linked the two cases.


Wyoming is 1st state to reject science standards

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming is the first state to reject adopting new K-12 science standards proposed by national education groups.

The Wyoming Board of Education decided recently that the Next Generation Science Standards need more review after questions were raised about how the standards address man-made global warming.

Wyoming is the nation's leading coal producing state.

Opponents argue the standards incorrectly assert that man-made emissions are the main cause of global warming.

Supporters of the standards say the climate-change components are based on sound science developed by leading scientific organizations around the world.

A California science instructor who reviewed the standards for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative think tank that focuses on education issues, says the standards are so difficult to navigate that they can cause confusion about its climate-change components.


Reported sex assaults up at UW in 2013

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - University of Wyoming Police Chief Mike Samp says his department received 15 reports of sexual assault last year.

That is up from just five in 2012 and seven in 2011.

Samp told the UW Board of Trustees on Thursday that he attributes the increase to UW's efforts to encourage reporting of sexual misconduct.

He says he expects such reports to continue to increase.

Samp noted that UW has increased its sexual assault education and support for students as well as prevention efforts.

Megan Selheim is coordinator of UW's STOP Violence Program, which provides support and information on sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.

She says the number of students seeking services through the program has more than doubled over the last few years.


Groups call for change to campaign finance rules

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Local and national groups warn that Wyoming's campaign finance laws need to be changed to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Wyoming law limits how much each resident can donate in total to candidates, political parties and political action committees during an election cycle.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled recently that donors can't be limited in how much they contribute overall to political candidates, parties and campaign groups in each election cycle.

Representatives of the Cheyenne-based Wyoming Liberty Group and the Alexandria, Va.-based Center for Competitive Politics say that means Wyoming's law is in violation of the ruling and the state could face a lawsuit if it enforces it this election year.

State Attorney General Peter Michael declined to comment on the issue, noting county authorities enforce election law.


Man charged in shooting that paralyzed another

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Goshen County prosecutor has charged a Colorado man with attempted murder in a shooting last month that authorities say left a Hawk Springs man paralyzed.

Goshen County Attorney Patrick Korell filed a complaint charging 51-year-old William Eugene Schlager Jr., of Fort Collins., Colorado, with attempted first-degree murder and four other felony counts.

The complaint charges Schlager shot Timothy Toedter, of Hawk Springs, on April 26. Goshen County Sheriff Donald J. Murphy says the shooting left Toedter paralyzed.

Schlager hasn't appeared in court yet and no attorney has filed notice of representing him.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol arrested Schlager after the shooting in Laramie County. The patrol has said Schlager was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with state troopers but no word on his condition was immediately available Thursday.


Youngest of 5 in Hudson homicides sentenced

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) - The youngest defendant in the case of a double homicide in Hudson was sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison Thursday in Lander District Court.

The Ranger reports that Jude Blackburn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in January as his family members and relatives of Eric Clinton Likes and Elva Charlotte Quiver watched.

Blackburn was among five people charged in the deaths of Likes and his girlfriend, Elva Quiver, in November 2011.

The four other defendants accused in the slayings and robbery pleaded guilty and have already been sentenced.

Blackburn was 15 at the time of the slayings. His case had been delayed as his attorneys tried to get the case moved to juvenile court and have him deemed unfit to stand trial.


Jackson paid $10,000 to settle abortion protest

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The town of Jackson paid $10,000 to settle a federal lawsuit over the arrest of a Kansas anti-abortion protester.

Mark Holick, a pastor with Spirit One Christian Ministries in Wichita, Kansas, sued the town and police officials following his 2011 arrest on the town square.

The town released records showing its settlement payment in response to a request from The Associated Press.

Holick's arrest came shortly after Jackson officials secured a state court order barring anti-abortion protesters from appearing on the town square. His lawsuit charged that the arrest violated his civil rights.

The State of Wyoming earlier announced that it had paid $60,000 in the case to settle claims against two Jackson police officers while the Local Government Liability Pool said it paid $155,000 in the case.


Wyoming to host another Cowboy Tough race

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead says there will be another adventure race in Wyoming this year.

The Cameco Cowboy Tough Adventure Race was held for the first time last year, attracting teams from across the globe.

The governor says Rev3 Adventure is returning to organize this year's events, which include an elite expedition race and several other competitions.

Mead says this year's event includes more events that cover more of Wyoming and runs July 12-21.

The Cameco Cowboy Tough Adventure Week a 500-mile expedition race that includes racers trekking, biking and paddling through Wyoming.


State cites Jackson surgery center over problems

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Officials at Teton Outpatient Services say they have fixed problems at a surgery center after being cited by health inspectors over an outdated surgical suction system.

The suction system is used to help doctors see what they are doing.

Inspectors found the problems in February while responding to a complaint. Surgeries for patients who could be at risk were canceled or rescheduled.

Teton Outpatient Services Administrator Joanne Robichau said in an email sent to the Jackson Hole News & Guide the problems found by inspectors were all fixed and the work cleared by the government.


Flood watch posted for Laramie River Valley

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The National Weather Service has posted a flood watch through Saturday for the Laramie River Valley in southeast Wyoming.

The river at Laramie has risen to less than a foot from flood stage because of melting snow and rain.

Crews in Laramie on Wednesday began building a berm along a portion of a recreation trail as a precaution.

Albany County Emergency Management coordinator Aimee Binning says the berm was scheduled to be built later this week, but it was moved up because of the flood watch being posted.

Binning tells the Laramie Boomerang that no more than minor flooding is expected, but the city has a supply of sandbags and other equipment at the ready just in case.

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