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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The name of a Wyoming Republican regional political candidate who died last week will still appear on ballots in the Nov. 6 election. The Laramie Boomerang reports that defense attorney Tony Lopez died on Tuesday at age 65. He was running for the post of Albany County Attorney. The ballots in the race have already been printed, meaning Lopez's name will still appear.

DENVER (AP) - Residents in Colorado and Wyoming woke up Sunday to find that an early season snowstorm blanketed their homes and roadways with up to a foot of snow and sent temperatures plunging as much as 40 degrees overnight. The storm caused crashes, snarled traffic and temporarily closed some major highways due to the icy conditions. The heaviest snow fell in an area stretching from Boulder, Colorado, through Wyoming to Montana's Beartooth Mountains.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming transportation officials are reopening portions of the highways they had been forced to close due to snow and ice. Officials reopened Interstate 25 at the Colorado state line on Sunday morning after hazardous driving conditions had caused an 11-hour closure. Officials also temporarily closed parts of Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 287 and U.S. Highway 87.

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - Four workers in hazardous materials suits and protective gear began cleaning up contamination at the site of a former power plant near the Tongue River in north-central Wyoming. The Department of Environmental Quality says it doesn't know how long the first phase of work will take. The site of the Acme Power Plant north of Sheridan includes abandoned buildings with asbestos and lead-based paint, drums with unknown contents, petroleum products and carcinogens.

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