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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has testified in Washington D.C. on a draft bill that would overhaul the nation's Endangered Species Act. The draft bill is sponsored by Republican Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso. It would change the Endangered Species Act substantially, in ways proponents say give states a role they were originally intended to have, without restricting the authority of federal agencies.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - John MacPherson has resigned from the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees. In a letter to board President Dave True, MacPherson says it was time for him to step aside to allow a replacement with a fresh set of ideas and experiences. The governor will appoint a replacement to finish out MacPherson's term, which runs until 2023.

BUFFALO, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a 58-year-old man who died in a mountain climbing accident earlier this month in northern Wyoming. Officials with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office and Coroner's Office say James Shassetz of Sheridan died after a fall on Black Tooth Mountain on July 7. The accident occurred at an elevation of about 12,000 feet.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A Wyoming police officer whose gun accidentally discharged at a youth baseball tournament in Colorado last month has been charged with two misdemeanors. Markum King is charged with reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct stemming from the June 15 incident in Steamboat Springs. The incident occurred after an FBI agent's gun went off June 2 as he was dancing at a Denver nightclub.

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