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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters are gaining ground on a wildfire near Glendo State park in southeast Wyoming. Some 275 firefighters aided by helicopters and air tankers are battling the fire. Campgrounds on the east side of the park are scheduled to reopen today. State Forester Bill Crapser says firefighters also are attacking a number of new wildfires in northeast Wyoming’s Crook, Campbell and Weston counties.

LANDER, Wyo. (AP) — Rescue crews had to hike nearly four hours in the dark to bring an injured hiker to safety after she broke her leg in the Wind River Range. The area was too rugged for a helicopter to land. KOVE radio reports that 36-year-old Leah Bursey of New York was injured while trying to cross a boulder field near Gannet Peak. She underwent surgery yesterday morning.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis has introduced legislation that would restore more than $700 million in federal funds for Wyoming to use on coal reclamation and research projects. The bill would repeal a provision in the recently passed federal transportation funding law that put a cap on how much Abandoned Mine Land payments states can get.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two Sheridan teenagers serving life prison sentences are seeking reduced sentences based on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The court last month threw out mandatory life in prison without parole for juvenile offenders. Both Wyatt Bear Cloud and Dharminder Vir Sen were both under age 18 in 2009 when Robert Ernst was shot and killed.

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