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Wyoming authorities train to handle public health emergency

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Local, state and federal agencies are training how to handle an anthrax outbreak or other public health emergency in Wyoming.

During an exercise on Saturday in Cheyenne and Casper, the agencies learned how to deal with people who are scared and how they can help them.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports people who played the part of victims described their symptoms and filled out medical forms as they prepared for triage.

The organizations host a similar large-scale simulation every five years.

15-year-old boy fatally shot in Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Police are investigating after a 15-year-old boy was fatally shot in Cheyenne on Saturday night.

The Wyoming News reports that the boy was shot once in the upper chest and neck area. Deputies have not taken anyone into custody.

The Laramie County Sheriff's Department is searching for a second teenage boy in relation to the shooting, but could not confirm if he is the same age as the victim or if he is armed. It's not known if the shooting was intentional or accidental.

Authorities have not released the identity of the victim.

Laramie County Community College is about half a mile away and on lockdown as a precaution.

Montana authorities learning how to respond to nuclear theft

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Montana law enforcement agencies are learning how to respond to an attack on a nuclear weapons convoy.

Malmstrom Air Force Base is working with local authorities to plan for what Malmstrom security planner Stan Moody says could become a critical situation.

To date, there have been no attacks on convoys, but the agencies say they are prepared.

The Great Falls Tribune reports local agencies could be the first to respond to any incident that occurs off base or away from guarded nuclear sites.

WYDOT considering Yellowstone license plate

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation is looking into the idea of offering state license plates that celebrate Yellowstone National Park.

WYDOT Director Bill Panos told Transportation Commission members that a Yellowstone plate is in the early development stage and the agency is still researching the idea.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Wyoming Legislature would have to pass a law allowing the plate to be produced.

Panos said the department is looking into what the plate would cost to produce and how to make sure those costs are covered.

Besides being another plate option for drivers, Panos said the Yellowstone plate would help solidify the park's association with the state of Wyoming.

Wyoming troopers arrest 7 Tennesseans for transporting pot

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Highway Patrol says seven Tennessee residents were arrested after troopers found 82 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle.

The Rawlins Times reports that court documents say troopers on Monday found five large black garbage bags covered by a blanket in the back of a minivan travelling through Sweetwater County. They were filled with vacuum-sealed bags containing what was later confirmed to be marijuana.

Police charged a 21-year-old and 25-year-old from Clarksville, Tennessee, and a 25-year-old from Mount Juliet, Tennessee, with felony possession of marijuana and related charges. They could face up to 25 years in prison.

Two Palmyra 19-year-olds and a 33-year-old and 39-year-old from Clarksville were charged with conspiracy to deliver marijuana. They face a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Wyoming police probe letter written by senior center shooter

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Police in Wyoming say they are investigating a letter written by a 77-year-old man who shot three people at the senior citizen apartment complex where he lived before killing himself.

Larry Rosenberg gave the letter to complex resident Mary Eastman before he opened fire. Eastman says Rosenberg's letter expressed frustration about poker parties held in a common area of the complex.

Cheyenne Police Department spokesman Dan Long didn't comment Thursday on what the letter said but says there may have been "longstanding animosity" between Rosenberg and the victims.

The shooting killed 45-year-old Matthew Wilson, an employee of the apartment complex. Two apartment complex residents, 65-year-old Gregory Gilbert and 74-year-old Larry Warwick, were wounded. Police haven't disclosed their conditions.

Police say Rosenberg shot himself with a handgun as they approached him.