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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A bill that would raise state fuel taxes by a dime a gallon has received preliminary approval in the Wyoming Senate. The increase would raise about $70 million a year for the state highway system and local governments. The bill already has cleared the House.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming House has scuttled a measure that would have allowed silencers in hunting big game in the state. The chamber yesterday defeated a proposal to roll back an amendment it adopted on Monday that specified silencers could be used for hunting predators and small game but not for big-game species such as elk and deer.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Legislation banning deadly weapons in Wyoming courtrooms has survived its first floor vote in the state Senate. The measure faces two more votes in the chamber. The proposal makes having deadly weapons in courtrooms a misdemeanor on first offense. A second offense within five years would be a felony.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will host rival Colorado State for the second consecutive year under the 2013 football scheduled released by the Mountain West Conference. Wyoming’s other conference home games next season include Fresno State, Hawaii and New Mexico. The Cowboys will travel to Air Force, Boise State, San Jose State and Utah State. Dates of games, game times and television coverage will be announced in the weeks to come.

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