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Senator Blames Gun Group for Gun Bills Defeat

A leader in the Wyoming State Senate says he killed a bill that sought to exempt the state from any future federal assault weapons ban because of rude pressure tactics from a pro-gun organization. Senate Majority Floor Leader Sen. Phil Nicholas, a Laramie Republican, controls which bills get a hearing. He didn't bring up the assault weapons bill or a companion gun control bill by Friday's deadline. Nicholas says he believes the bills were intentionally poorly drafted. He says lawmakers who opposed them were targeted for personal criticism by the Wyoming Gun Owners Association, which he said tried raise funds from the controversy. Evansville Republican Rep. Kendell Kroeker sponsored the assault weapons bill. He denies he intended it to raise funds and says he believes Wyoming must support gun rights.

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UW Releases President Finalist Names

Four current or former provosts of large universities are the finalists for president of the University of Wyoming. The UW Board of Trustees released the names Friday after announcing Thursday it would no longer keep the search secret. A short statement issued by the university said the finalists had agreed to allow their names to be made public. The finalists are: Douglas D. Baker, provost and executive vice president at the University of Idaho; Warwick M. Bayly, provost and executive vice president at Washington State University; Robert Sternberg, provost at Oklahoma State University; and Kim Wilcox, former provost and executive vice president at Michigan State University. The trustees will interview each before choosing a successor to Tom Buchanan, who is retiring. UW received more than 80 applicants for the job.

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19 Year Old GR Female Leads Police On High Speed Chase

19 year old Tessa Rae Brangham of Green River was arrested on Wednesday, February 20th at around 4 AM on Uinta Drive for Eluding a Police Officer. An officer attempted to stop the car Brangham was driving when she sped up and headed south on Hwy 530. The officer pursued Brangham’s car and broke off the chase at the Blacks Fork River after reaching speeds in excess of 120 mph. Through subsequent investigation the officer learned the car’s driver and owner was Brangham. Brangham was located coming back into town in her boyfriend’s mother’s vehicle two hours after the chase began. Brangham admitted to the officer she was the driver of the car that lead the officer on the chase. She was taken into custody and transported to jail.