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Wyoming 2015-16 school ratings released

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The number of Wyoming schools meeting or exceeding state academic expectations increased in the last year.

The Wyoming Department of Education released school performance ratings Tuesday that showed 182 schools, or about 54 percent, were meeting or exceeding expectations in the 2015-16 school year. Another 86 schools partially met expectations, and 44 were rated as not meeting expectations.

In 2014-15, 161 schools met or exceeded expectations, while 99 partially met expectations and 52 did not meet expectations.

Wyoming's 21 alternative high schools weren't included in the new ratings. An alternative high school accountability model is being piloted during the 2016-17 school year.

Schools serving grades 3-8 are rated on achievement, growth and equity indicators. High schools also are rated on graduation rates, 9th grade credits earned and Hathaway Scholarship eligibility.

Red truck, red truck! Town's mundane webcam grips YouTube

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — If you're driving a red truck through downtown Jackson, Wyoming, you could be internet famous.

Live webcam video of a busy intersection near the Jackson Town Square has gripped the online masses. On Tuesday, more than 2,000 people were watching the stream on YouTube that usually has only about 20 watchers.

Red trucks are particularly popular among the many online commenters, although posters also like to point out pedestrians and other mundane happenings in a sort of online I Spy.

Bob Strobel of See Jackson Hole says his webcam is meant to promote local business. It's been up since 2014, but only caught the eye of the online community a few days ago.

The bustling scene can be mesmerizing, but why is it so popular? It's just one of those internet things.

No deaths on Wyoming highways over Labor Day weekend

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — There were no fatal crashes on Wyoming highways over the long holiday weekend.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says its troopers conducted nearly 1,700 traffic stops on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The stops resulted in the arrests for six impaired drivers.

The patrol says it investigated 73 crashes, including 15 that involved injury and 58 that involved property damage only.

By comparison, during the Labor Day weekend in 2015, Wyoming saw 122 crashes that resulted in three fatalities and 45 injuries.

Blast risk closes NE Wyoming road after gas pipeline break

DOUGLAS, Wyo. (AP) — Worries about a possible explosion caused authorities to close a highway in northeast Wyoming after a gas pipeline ruptured and began spewing gas Tuesday.

Converse County Sheriff Clint Becker says the buried line broke a few hundred yards east of Wyoming 59 about 13 miles north of Douglas.

Nobody was hurt. Becker says the gas didn't catch fire or explode. He says nobody was digging in the area so the cause isn't immediately apparent.

Becker says the highway was closed around 7 a.m. and reopened around 9:15 a.m. after workers purged gas from the line.

Body found in Grand Teton park likely that of missing hiker

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A body found in Grand Teton National Park is likely that of a Denver man who failed to return from a hike.

Park rangers searching for 21-year-old Rene Dreiling by air spotted a body Sunday evening that matches his description. Dreiling was reported missing on Friday when he didn't show up for work.

Dreiling was last seen on Wednesday and said he had planned to climb Table Mountain.

Park spokeswoman Denise Germann says rangers spotted the body on the north side of Mount Owen, on a rocky cliff band beneath deep snow fields. She says rangers would recover the body as soon as conditions allowed.

Dreiling was a summer employee of Grand Teton Lodge Co.

Montana, Wyoming tribes trained in health data software

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal health officials have trained tribal officials in Montana and Wyoming to use software to track population health data.

The Billings Gazette reports that the Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center brought in a trainer from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to teach the Epi Info 7 software in mid-August.

RMTEC epidemiologist Jordan Vandjelovic says the tribes can now develop their own surveys and track and analyze the data collected by them. The five-day training was attended by members of Montana's Blackfeet, Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap reservations and Wyoming's Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes.