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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming prison inmate is suing the state for re-sentencing that led to the loss of his possessions. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that inmate Michael Patterson is seeking $15 million. Patterson was convicted of accessory before the fact to second-degree murder in the 2006 beating death of James Blankenship. Patterson claims his civil rights were violated when the courts incorrectly sentenced him.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Some Teton County residents want semitrailers banned from using Teton Pass until transportation officials can ensure the safety of the steep mountain pass in northwest Wyoming. In addition, residents suggested stiffer fines for overweight trucks, a new runaway truck ramp closer to Wilson and a manned weigh station on the west side of the pass to help prevent accidents.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming has selected 23 people to serve on a committee that will help choose the school’s next president. The Laramie Boomerang reports the appointees, announced Friday by UW Board President Dave Bostrom, will work with a Florida-based consulting firm the board hired to help find a successor to current president Tom Buchanan, who plans to retire next summer.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Two former University of Wyoming athletes who were kicked off their teams after they were arrested last week have been charged with theft-related crimes. The Casper Star-Tribune reports former men’s basketball player Shakir Smith faces one felony count of larceny for his alleged involvement in a burglary Sept. 29. Former wrestler Patrick Martinez faces one misdemeanor count of wrongfully taking or disposing of property for allegedly having a stolen TV that belonged to the university’s athletic department.

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