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CHURCH SHOOTING

Man shot, wounded in Centennial church

CENTENNIAL, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities say a man has been shot and wounded in a Centennial church, possibly after interrupting a burglary.

The Laramie Boomerang reports the shooting occurred late Tuesday in Centennial Valley Community Church.

Albany County Undersheriff Rob DeBree said the victim was airlifted to a Cheyenne hospital. DeBree declined to release the victim's name or any information about his injuries.

Deputies were searching for a suspect and residents were asked to stay in their homes.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol was assisting at the scene.

The exact time of the shooting wasn't clear but the search was underway by about 10 p.m.

Centennial is a picturesque village at the foot of the Medicine Bow mountains about 30 miles west of Laramie.

SCHOOL BUS CAMERAS

School buses get cameras to record illegal passers

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Cheyenne school buses are getting video cameras to record drivers who illegally pass when the lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Wednesday a state law requires all school buses in the state to have cameras by the 2016-17 academic year.

Laramie County School District 1, which includes Cheyenne, has had some cameras in place for six to eight months. Cameras for the rest of the fleet are expected to arrive in a few weeks.

If the bus driver spots a vehicle passing illegally, the video will be downloaded so officials can work with law enforcement on citing the driver.

The Laramie County district's policy calls for the video to be kept for 21 days unless it is downloaded and saved.

WYOMING DEER DECLINE

Foundation to help study Wyoming deer decline

(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com)

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A mule deer conservation group is working with state officials on a five-year, $1.3-million study on a declining mule deer herd in southwestern Wyoming.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Wednesday the Muley Fanatic Foundation, the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are cooperating on the study.

The project will study the Little Mountain herd south of Rock Springs.

Information will be collected from radio collars, satellites and implants in female deer that track birth rates. Data will be available to researchers as it is gathered.

Muley Fanatic Foundation President Joshua Coursey says the decline in the size of the herd could have several causes, including predators, fences, changing habitat and competition with elk and wild horses.

OIL SPILL

BLM: Backhoe nicked pipe at Wyoming oil spill spot

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says damage caused by a backhoe an unknown amount of time ago led to a 25,000-gallon oil spill in the Powder River Basin in May.

BLM officials say Casper-based Belle Fourche (FOOSH) Pipeline told them a backhoe nicked the 6-inch pipe during construction but they don't know when that happened.

BLM officials say the pipeline became corroded where the damage occurred and that led to the May 19 spill 45 miles southeast of Buffalo.

Belle Fourche Pipeline Environmental Coordinator Bob Dundas declined to comment Tuesday when asked about the damaged pipe.

The oil flowed three miles down a gulley and officials burned the oil to clean it up. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show high levels of petroleum residue remained after the burn-off.

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