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Here is the latest Wyoming news from The Associated Press

Tit for tat: Cheney, Greene exchange personal jabs in debate

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Tension mounted in a U.S. House race debate as Democrat Ryan Greene and Republican Liz Cheney traded a series of increasingly personal barbs.

The sniping culminated with Cheney saying Greene's parents guaranteed his job security with employment in his family's energy company. Greene countered that Vice President Dick Cheney did the same for Liz Cheney with her job in the State Department.

The Casper Star-Tribune and Wyoming PBS hosted the debate Thursday in Casper.

The candidates also tried to undermine each other on political issues. Greene said he doesn't support significant restrictions on guns and fossil fuels but Cheney questioned that, saying Greene would caucus with Democrats who do.

Greene said Cheney can't honestly claim to oppose tax subsidies for renewable energy when her top donors include a wind-energy developer.

Idaho man pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A 34-year-old Idaho man has pleaded not guilty in a Wyoming court to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

The Gillette News Record reports that Timothy B. Duelke, of Shoshone, Idaho, entered the plea during his arraignment in District Court last week.

Authorities say the charges against Duelke stem from when he lived in Gillette in 2009 and 2010.

An investigation had started in 2010 but was stalled when Duelke left Gillette. The case was reopened in December when an attorney called the Campbell County Sheriff's Office about an unrelated case.

Investigators tracked down a woman who says she was younger than 18 when she had sexual relations with Duelke and became pregnant.

According to court papers, DNA tests confirm Duelke is the child's father.

Grand Teton Park gears up for annual elk hunt

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The unique annual elk hunt in Grand Teton National Park is set a begin this weekend although the scope of the hunt has been scaled back because elk numbers are near the overall population objective.

The elk hunt is allowed in Grand Teton by the park's enabling 1950 legislation and is meant to help keep the size of the Jackson Elk Herd in check.

This year, 625 hunters were awarded permits authorizing the harvest of a cow elk, starting Saturday. They will have until Dec. 11 to hunt elk in the park.

Park wildlife biologist Sarah Dewey tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that this year's hunt aims to take about 200 elk.

Cheyenne teenager convicted of murder appeals life sentence

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Attorneys for a Cheyenne teenager who shot a man in the head at point-blank range are appealing their client's conviction.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that public defenders representing 17-year-old Phillip Sam submitted documents to the state Supreme Court last week arguing why the conviction should be thrown out.

Sam was sentenced in January to life in prison in connection to the Oct. 5, 2014, death of 19-year-old Tyler Burns. Sam was convicted in August of first-degree murder and 12 counts of aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

Prosecutors say he took a gun to a pre-arranged fight at a park, fired the weapon at a group of his peers and then approached Burns and shot him in the head as he pleaded for his life. Sam's attorney argued that Sam acted in self-defense.