JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Two people are dead after a helicopter on a rescue mission crashed in remote northwest Wyoming. Teton County deputies say the rear rotor on the chopper may have failed just before yesterday's crash that killed 63-year-old Ray Shriver, one of three rescuers trying to reach a snowmobiler who also died. He's identified as 53-year-old Steven Anderson of Morris, Minn. Details of what led his party to call for help weren't immediately available.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Some Wyoming lawmakers are pushing a tongue-in-cheek bill calling on Congress to acquire New York City's Central Park to reintroduce wolves and other endangered species there. The Wyoming House measure is modeled after a bill that an Alaska lawmaker introduced last month to highlight the federal government's control of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. While the bill is meant to be humorous, the sponsor says it's also a push back at people from other states who want to tell Wyoming how to manage its affairs.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Joint Appropriations Committee has approved a $3.2-billion budget bill. Lower natural gas prices over the past two months have forced lawmakers and Gov. Matt Mead to propose less spending than the $3.4 billion budget he proposed in early December. The bill has no pay raises for state employees and includes language directing state agencies to prepare for budget cuts of up to 8 percent over the next two years. The full Legislature must still act on the bill.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Michael Lyons sank six 3-pointers and scored 24 points to lead Air Force to a 58-53 win over Wyoming last night, snapping the Falcons' seven-game losing streak and handing Dave Pilipovich his first win as a college head coach. Wyoming drew within 56-53 on a layup and free throw by JayDee Luster with 1:34 left, but he and two teammates missed 3-pointers in the final minute.

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