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BILL CLINTON-CHEYENNE

Weather cancels Clinton, Sanders campaigning in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A looming snowstorm is keeping Bernie Sanders and Bill Clinton from campaigning in Wyoming.

Sanders canceled just hours after announcing stops in Laramie and Casper on Wednesday. Former President Bill Clinton canceled plans to visit Cheyenne on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has put a wide swath of Wyoming from Lander to Pine Bluffs under a winter storm warning from midnight Tuesday through Wednesday. Three to 8 inches of snow is forecast.

WYOMING WEATHER

Snowstorm heads toward Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Much of Wyoming is under some kind of winter weather warning or advisory as a spring snowstorm heads toward the state.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings beginning late Tuesday night for a large area of central and southeast Wyoming that includes Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie, Lander, Wheatland and Rawlins. A part of the extreme northeast corner of the state also is under the warning.

Five to 10 inches of snow is possible in lower elevations with a foot or more possible in the mountains.

Riverton, Gillette, Sheridan, Cody and Jackson are also expected to get snow and are under a winter weather advisory.

Former President Bill Clinton canceled a planned campaign stop in Cheyenne on Wednesday because of the impending storm.

MURDER FOR HIRE

Woman accused of trying to hire hit man gets 20-25 years

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Casper woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband has been sentenced to 20 to 25 years in prison.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports Cynthia Guy was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to solicitation to commit aggravated kidnapping. She was initially charged with solicitation of first-degree murder but struck a plea deal with prosecutors to lessen the charge.

Guy, who was a therapist at Central Wyoming Counseling Center, was arrested in May 2014. She had asked a patient to arrange for the murder of her ex-husband, but the patient went to the authorities instead. Prosecutors say Guy agreed to pay $4,000 for the hit.

On Tuesday, she said her life had been spiraling downward and "I temporarily lost my moral compass."

RANCHER-DRILLING PAYMENTS

Wyoming Supreme Court sides with rancher on energy payments

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a rancher seeking more than $1 million in damages after he stopped receiving payments for methane drilling on his land.

The Supreme Court upheld a 2015 lower court ruling that awarded Sheridan County landowner Brett Sorenson $1,055,983 in damages and $332,663 for attorney fees.

Sorenson filed the suit against Pennaco Energy, Inc., when he stopped receiving payments for the use of his land for drilling and production operations. He signed an agreement with the company in 2001.

The Supreme Court ruled that Pennaco essentially abandoned the infrastructure constructed on Sorenson's land and stopped paying him.

Pennaco had argued that it was not liable under the 2001 agreement because it assigned its interest to other companies.

WYOMING LOTTERY

Wyoming Lottery looks at offering statewide raffle

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - WyoLotto officials are looking at offering a statewide raffle to the menu of draw games available to players.

WyoLotto CEO Jon Clontz says his staff is doing research and focus groups on raffles to see if players would like them.

Clontz says raffles could be held once or twice a year, beginning in 2017, for vacations or vehicles. The Wyoming Lottery Corp. board of directors would have to approve adding the raffle.

The Wyoming Lottery board last week approved adding the Lucky for Life draw game, which offers a jackpot prize of $1,000 a day for the life of the winner. Officials plan on selling the first Lucky for Life tickets by this fall.

Wyoming became a lottery state in 2014 but state law restricts it to draw games only.

WYOMING-EDWARDS

Edwards finally gets his chance as head coach

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Allen Edwards takes over as head men's basketball coach at Wyoming vowing to build consistently competitive teams.

Wyoming announced Edwards as its 21st men's coach on Monday, shortly after Larry Shyatt resigned.

It is the first head coaching job for the 40-year-old Edwards. His has been an assistant coach under Shyatt the last five years.

Edwards won national championships as a player at Kentucky in 1996 and 1998.

Edwards has agreed to a five-year contract with a total annual compensation of $490,004, which could increase with performance-based incentives.

Edwards plans to retain Shyatt's other assistant coaches and will hire a replacement for his former job.

He said as of Monday he had no indication that any players planned to leave because of the coaching change.