PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS WEIGHING IN ON WYOMING'S U.S. SENATE RACE, ENDORSING INCUMBENT JOHN BARRASSO OVER A WEALTHY OPPONENT IN AN UPCOMING REPUBLICAN PRIMARY.

TRUMP TWEETED TUESDAY THAT BARRASSO DOESN'T NEED HIS HELP BECAUSE HE IS "ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING IN EVERY WAY" BUT HE HOPES WYOMING VOTERS WILL SUPPORT BARRASSO IN THE AUGUST 21ST PRIMARY.

NO PUBLIC POLLING TO DATE SHOWS WHETHER BARRASSO FACES A SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE FROM DAVE DODSON, A WEALTHY BUSINESSMAN FROM JACKSON HOLE.

DODSON SAYS HE'S PREPARED TO SPEND $1 MILLION OF HIS OWN MONEY ON THE RACE.

BARRASSO HAS EASILY WON ELECTION TWICE SINCE HIS APPOINTMENT TO THE SENATE IN 2007.

DODSON RAN AS AN INDEPENDENT BEFORE SWITCHING TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

DODSON SAYS TRUMP'S ENDORSEMENT SHOWS BARRASSO IS "OBVIOUSLY WORRIED" ABOUT WHETHER HE WILL WIN.
===================================

A CASPER WOMAN ON TUESDAY ENTERED A GUILTY PLEA TO A SINGLE FELONY CHARGE BROUGHT AGAINST HER FOLLOWING AN APRIL DUI CRASH THAT RESULTED IN SERIOUS INJURY TO OTHERS.

23-YEAR-OLD KELLY RENEE LABOUNTA PLEADED GUILTY TO DRIVING WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE RESULTING IN A CRASH WITH A SERIOUS BODILY INJURY TO ANOTHER PERSON. THE CHARGE IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF $2,000-$5,000 AND UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON.

IN EXCHANGE FOR THE GUILTY PLEA, ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAN ITZEN AGREED TO RECOMMEND THAT LABOUNTA RECEIVE A SUSPENDED FOUR- TO SIX-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE, AND INSTEAD SERVE THREE YEARS OF SUPERVISED PROBATION. LABOUNTA WOULD ALSO HAVE TO COMPLETE THE FELONY PROGRAM AT THE CASPER RE-ENTRY CENTER AS WELL AS THE INTENSIVE SUPERVISION PROGRAM THROUGH THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.

CHARGING PAPERS SAY THE CRASH OCCURRED AFTER 9 P.M. ON APRIL 8 NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF FIRST AND LINCOLN STREETS.

LABOUNTA'S PASSENGER WAS HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING THE CRASH AND HAD TO BE INTUBATED.

HIS INJURIES INCLUDED A BROKEN JAW, EXTENSIVE SOFT TISSUE AND NERVE DAMAGE TO HIS RIGHT HAND AND BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA TO THE ENTIRE RIGHT SIDE OF HIS BODY.

A BLOOD SAMPLE LATER SHOWED THAT LABOUNTA'S BLOOD-ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION WAS 0.23 -- NEARLY THREE TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT TO DRIVE.

LABOUNTA REMAINED IN CUSTODY AT THE TIME OF TUESDAY'S HEARING.
============================

THREE ORLANDO, FLORIDA RESIDENTS ARE FACING FELONY DRUG CHARGES AFTER AUTHORITIES FOUND A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND THC OIL IN THEIR VAN.

COURT RECORDS SAY 24-YEAR-OLD JAE EDWARDS, 29-YEAR-OLD KELLON PRYCE AND 25-YEAR-OLD JOHNATHAN SOOKNANAN WERE PULLED OVER FOR A LANE CHANGE VIOLATION AND EXPIRED REGISTRATION​ ON INTERSTATE 80 IN CHEYENNE SATURDAY​.

THE TRAFFIC STOP LEAD TO A SEARCH OF THE VAN AND 121 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA CONTAINED IN TWO LARGE BAGS AND 415 OUNCES OF LIQUID THC CONTAINED IN SIX VACUUM SEALED BAGS WERE FOUND, ACCORDING TO AN AFFIDAVIT.

THE THREE WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER THC OIL, POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER MARIJUANA, FELONY POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND FELONY POSSESSION OF THC OIL.

THEIR BONDS WERE SET AT $10,000 CASH, BUT AS OF THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON ONLY EDWARDS HAD POSTED BAIL.

THE THREE'S PRELIMINARY HEARINGS ARE SCHEDULED FOR AUG. 7 IN LARAMIE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT.
====================================
LARAMIE, WYO. (AP) - AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY AFTER SOMEONE REPLACED AN AMERICAN FLAG WITH A NAZI FLAG AT A PARK IN LARAMIE.

THE LARAMIE BOOMERANG REPORTS POLICE FOUND THE CRUMPLED AMERICAN FLAG SHOVED IN THE CORNER OF THE BAND SHELL AT WASHINGTON PARK ON MONDAY MORNING. OFFICERS FOLDED IT AND THEN HOISTED IT BACK UP THE CITY-OWNED FLAGPOLE, AND THE NAZI FLAG WAS TAKEN AS EVIDENCE.

JEREMY SHAVER WITH THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE SAYS IT'S "APPALLING AND OUTRAGEOUS" THAT SOMEONE WOULD REPLACE THE AMERICAN FLAG WITH "AN UGLY SYMBOL OF THE NAZI REGIME." HE ALSO THANKED LARAMIE POLICE FOR INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT AS A POTENTIAL BIAS-MOTIVATED CRIME.

LT. GWEN SMITH SAYS THE DISCOVERY IS AMONG A VERY FEW CASES IN THE CITY IN RECENT MEMORY THAT HAS AN OBVIOUS BIAS COMPONENT.
====================================
THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING HAS ANNOUNCED NUMEROUS EVENTS TO MARK THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF MATTHEW SHEPARD'S DEATH THIS FALL.
UW PRESIDENT LAURIE NICHOLS SAID MONDAY THAT THE COMMEMORATION REFLECTS HOW SHEPARD'S DEATH IN 1998 SHAPED THE COMMUNITY.

SHE SAYS THE UNIVERSITY IS AN INSTITUTION THAT UPHOLDS THE VALUES OF INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY.

A TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER INCLUDE A CONCERT AND FILM SCREENINGS AS WELL AS ANNUAL EVENTS SUCH AS A SOCIAL JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM AND CANDLELIGHT VIGIL.

SHEPARD, WHO WAS GAY UW STUDENT, WAS SAVAGELY BEATEN TO DEATH AT AGE 21. HIS DEATH LED TO ENACTMENT OF HATE CRIME LEGISLATION AROUND THE NATION.