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Laramie passes measure to protect gays, lesbians

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Laramie City Council has approved an anti-discrimination ordinance in the college town where Matthew Shepard's death triggered nationwide sympathy and brought a re-examination of attitudes toward gays 17 years ago.

The council voted 7-2 Wednesday night in favor of the measure that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and access to public facilities such as restaurants.

Local organizers focused their efforts on Laramie after the Legislature repeatedly rejected anti-discrimination bills, most recently early this year. The Laramie Nondiscrimination Task Force presented a draft ordinance to the City Council last summer.

Shepard, a gay university student, was murdered in Laramie in 1998, and his death became a rallying point in the gay rights movement. Congress has passed hate crimes legislation bearing his name.


Public's help sought in Yellowstone-area grizzly killing

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - Investigators are seeking the public's help as they try to find out who killed a grizzly near Yellowstone National Park.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wyoming Game and Fish Department said Wednesday a group on horseback discovered the dead bear alongside a trail last week.

The bear was found about 6 miles northeast of Yellowstone's East Entrance. Game and Fish warden Travis Crane says investigators believe the bear was shot between May 1 and May 4.

Crane says anybody who saw suspicious activity in the area around that time should call the Game and Fish Department.

Grizzlies are protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.


Delivery truck tests positive for explosives, closing base

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Air National Guard base had to close after a delivery truck initially tested positive for explosive materials.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Wyoming Military Department Spokeswoman Deidre Forster says no entry or exit was allowed as a precaution after Wednesday morning's positive test result.

She says the base is following standard protocols and working with local law enforcement groups.

In a similar situation two months ago, the base was locked down for several hours before no explosives or threats were found.


Riverton man rescued from house fire, explosion

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) - One man was hospitalized after a fire and explosion in a rural Riverton home.

Riverton Volunteer Fire Department Chief Scott Walters says the fire started Sunday afternoon in a gun room at Doc and Deanna Holloway's home.

Doc Holloway operates the cannons used to celebrate touchdowns at local high school football games.

Walters says there was ammunition going off in the house during the fire.

The rescued man has not yet been identified.

State Fire Investigator Eric Siwik says the explosion blew out a wall and sent debris about 75 yards away.

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