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Here is the latest Wyoming news from The Associated Press

Casper man charged in fatal stabbing claims self-defense

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An attorney for a Casper man charged with fatally stabbing his roommate says his client was acting in self-defense.

Public defender Robert Oldham said during the first day of Don Johns' murder trial Monday that Johns would be dead if he didn't defend himself against his roommate, 49-year-old Donald Wickersham.

Johns, who is charged with first-degree murder, is accused of stabbing Wickersham 29 times in August 2015.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports both men had been drinking with friends the night of the killing, but the defense and the prosecution disagree on which roommate was the aggressor in the fight.

Defense attorneys argued last week that the trial should be moved out of Natrona County because media coverage would bias many potential jurors against Johns. The request was denied.

Gov. Matt Mead says Trump's election bodes well for Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says he's hopeful Donald Trump's election as president will help reverse the decline in energy production and revenues.

The Republican governor told The Associated Press on Monday that he voted for Trump and expects to communicate soon with the president-elect's team about energy issues.

Wyoming is the nation's leading coal-producing state. Wyoming coal production has dropped in recent years in response to factors including tighter environmental regulations and cheaper natural gas.

Mead has pressed to overturn tighter power plant emissions standards for coal-fired plants implemented by President Barack Obama's administration.

Mead says he's hopeful Trump will roll back the existing federal moratorium on new coal leases and also work to open ports in the Pacific Northwest that could allow coal exports to Asia.

Casper hotels close to sold out for Wyoming 2017 eclipse

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — People hoping to stay in Casper for next year's Wyoming Eclipse Festival may be out of luck as hotel rooms are essentially sold out.

K2 Radio reports that Casper lies directly in the optimal viewing path for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. Hundreds of visitors are expected.

Wyoming Eclipse Festival Executive Director Anna Wilcox says one hotel isn't taking bookings until January, but otherwise all hotels in Casper claim to be full for Aug. 21, 2017. She says some of the rooms have booked for as high as $750 per night.

Wilcox says there are still camping options for people looking to visit Casper for the eclipse, and many people are renting their homes through companies like Airbnb.

Police investigate suspicious death in Casper

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Police in Casper are investigating the suspicious death of a woman whose body was found in a house in central Casper.

Sgt. Mike Ogden says a family member found the woman dead and called police sometime after 6 a.m. Monday. Ogden says investigators do not believe the woman died of natural causes. She was believed to be in her 20s or 30s.

Officers did not immediately release any more information about how the woman died.