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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A Jackson lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would make it nearly impossible to sue search and rescue volunteers individually in Wyoming. Rep. Keith Gingery’s measure would add search and rescue workers to the list of nonprofit volunteers who are exempt from being named personally in civil lawsuits.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A lawyer for a man convicted of sexual abuse of a minor has told the Wyoming Supreme Court it was improper for the trial judge to allow the jury to hear testimony from a previous victim. The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, however, argued that testimony from Kenneth James Huckfeldt’s earlier victim was proper to show his motive and intent. The state Supreme Court will rule on the appeal later.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An avalanche forecaster says while there’s short-term danger of slides in the mountains around Jackson Hole, the outlook appears good that there won’t be persistent avalanches this winter. There have been dozens of mostly minor slides recently in the Teton Range, but no one has been hurt. Bob Comey of the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center says weak layers of snow that lead to avalanches are getting covered up so deeply they might not be a problem in the coming months.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Chaundra Sewell is on her way to satisfying coach Joe Legerski’s challenge of become a player who is averaging a double-double every game for the Cowgirls. Sewell averages just less than 14 points and 10 rebounds per game so far this season. Legerski tells the Casper Star-Tribune that Sewell is quick off her feet and wants the basketball.

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