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ETHETE, Wyo. (AP) — Tribal and federal officials say a crackdown on crime over the past two years has improved the quality of life on the Wind River Indian Reservation. During a hearing held yesterday by Wyoming lawmakers, U.S. Attorney Christopher “Kip” Crofts said things are better, but he believes continued federal support for law enforcement on the reservation is essential.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — More experienced fire managers and crews have taken over the fight against a wildfire burning in a rough, mountainous area of the Medicine Bow National Forest. The fire is located about 30 miles south of Glenrock in Converse County and has burned about four square miles since Sunday. Its cause is under investigation.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s unemployment rate has dipped to 5.2 percent in May, from 5.3 percent in April. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says the May jobless rate was considerably lower than the May 2011 level of 6 percent and the current U.S. rate of 8.2 percent.

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Police in Cody say the same man may have been behind a bank robbery and an attempted bank robbery that were just an hour and a-half apart. The man first tried to hold up Sunlight Federal Credit Union yesterday, but fled after handing the teller a note demanding money. A man the same age and height later made off with an undisclosed amount of cash at the First Bank of Wyoming.

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