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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Transportation reports increased traffic in the state leading up to next week's solar eclipse. WYDOT spokesman Doug McGee says numbers from Wednesday and Thursday show overall traffic counts increased by more than 30,000 vehicles per day when looking at a five-year average for the same timeframes in August.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Grand Teton National Park is preparing for crowds normally seen at its more popular neighbor, Yellowstone National Park, during the total solar eclipse. Grand Teton has developed detailed plans for the influx expected Monday, including waiving vehicle entrance fees to help keep traffic moving. It joins Great Smoky Mountains National Park in being directly in the path of the eclipse.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Federal and state agencies have put fire bans in place across Wyoming in preparation of Monday's solar eclipse, which is expected to bring tens of thousands of visitors to Wyoming. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service have implemented the bans on most public areas.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A 25-year-old Wyoming woman charged in the death of her 16-month-old son has waived her preliminary hearing. Sabrina Sawicki, of Cheyenne, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

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