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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A district judge in Cheyenne has rejected state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill’s request to have her powers and duties immediately restored. Judge Thomas Campbell yesterday refused to issue a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit Hill has filed challenging the constitutionality of a law stripping her of many of her responsibilities. Campbell sent the lawsuit directly to the Wyoming Supreme Court for further action.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The district attorney in Cheyenne says his office will review an old rape case in response to claims from lawyers that new DNA testing proves the innocence of a man who has served 23 years in prison. Cheyenne lawyer Aaron J. Lyttle with the Utah-based Rocky Mountain Innocence Center filed a request for a new trial for 63-year-old Andrew J. Johnson on Tuesday.

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A man who a prosecutor says was essentially the poster child for methamphetamine in Sheridan has been sentenced to up to 30 years in prison on drug charges. The Sheridan Press reports Brandy Lind is among 35 people arrested in a multiyear investigation by a regional law-enforcement body known as the Northeast Enforcement Team.

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Fremont County officials rescued four Northwest College students who became stranded in the Owl Creek Mountains. Officials say the students became stuck in a large snow drift on Blondie Pass after reportedly relying on a highway navigation devise on Sunday. One of the students used a cellphone to call law enforcement, and a deputy with two search and rescue volunteers reached the group a little over two hours later.

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