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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Top Wyoming officials say congressional action to block about $700 million in federal Abandoned Mine Land payments to the state over the next 10 years could be devastating to the state budget. Gov. Matt Mead and state Sen. Phil Nicholas say the loss will leave the state hard-pressed to continue to pay for coal research and other programs it has covered with the AML dollars. The measure awaits President Barack Obama’s signature.

BUFFALO, Wyo. (AP) — A man is in jailed in Buffalo on a second-degree murder charge after a reported disturbance at a bar. The Buffalo Bulletin reports 45-year-old Buffalo resident Brian Newman was pronounced dead at the Johnson County Healthcare Center. Buffalo Police Chief Jason Carder says 30-year-old Richard Wilkerson is being held at the Johnson County jail.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Campbell County Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Karen Clarke says other patients weren’t at risk as three people were treated for “flesh-eating bacteria” at the Gillette facility. Health officials have been silent about where the three may have contracted the potentially deadly, invasive Group A Streptococcus. They say at least two of the patients were in close contact before being admitted.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Lower Wind River Campground at Boysen State Park in Cheyenne has reopened following construction work. Road repairs and resurfacing in the Upper Wind River and Tough Creek campgrounds also are complete. However, water issues have closed a fish cleaning station that serves the Brannon and Tamarask campground at the park.

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