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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Transportation says 11 vehicles on Wyoming highways blew over on Tuesday due to strong winds. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that nine vehicles blew over on Interstate 25 south of Cheyenne, while two were toppled on Interstate 80. Nobody died in the blow overs.

TORRINGTON, Wyo. (AP) - A 75-year-old Wyoming inmate has died after a lengthy illness. The Wyoming Department of Corrections says Alfonso Jose Randall died Tuesday at a medium correctional facility in Torrington. He was sentenced out of Natrona County in January 2010 to three to 15 years in prison for second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Prison officials did not release any information about Randall's illness. An autopsy has been ordered.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - U.S. officials have approved routes for two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho aimed at modernizing the Pacific Northwest's energy grid. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Wednesday the approval for the two final segments of the so-called Gateway West project proposed by the Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power utilities.

DENVER (AP) - Tension over the drought-stressed Colorado River escalated into a public feud when four U.S. states accused an Arizona utility of manipulating supply and demand, potentially threatening the river's future. Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming said the Central Arizona Project was trying to avoid a reduction in its share of the river while others are voluntarily conserving to avoid a crisis amid a prolonged drought. The Arizona utility denied the allegations.

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