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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Legislature is set to act on three major issues this week. A proposal to raise fuel taxes is set to go before the House Revenue Committee today. The other major bill moving this week is a measure to reduce the powers of the state’s top public schools official. Finally, members of the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee plan to have their proposed supplemental budget bill done by the end of the week.

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials are investigating after two gray wolves wereillegally killed in the Gros Ventre area near Jackson. The Riverton Ranger reports one wolf was found shot to death in early December. Another was found fatally shot Dec. 21 a few miles from the first wolf carcass. Bill Long, a warden with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, says the killings are “plain and simple poaching.”

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — In an average year, University of Wyoming Police Department officers respond to about 12,000 total calls. UW Police Chief Mike Samp described 2012 to the Laramie Boomerang as an average year for campus law enforcement. Year-end numbers are currently being compiled and won’t be available until March. Samp says the more serious crimes last year included sexual assaults and a high volume of larcenies and burglaries.

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Gillette Mayor Tom Murphy has been appointed to a national committee on energy. The Gillette News-Record reports he was appointed by the National League of Cities. The committee has the lead responsibility for developing the league’s federal policy positions on issues involving air quality, water quality, energy policy and other issues.

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