Aug 14, 2015 The Associated Press

'Rabbit fever' discovered in state

WORLAND -- Wyoming health officials are warning residents to keep an eye on their pets and other wildlife after several people and animals around the state have been diagnosed with the bacterial disease tularemia, better known as rabbit fever.

The Wyoming Department of Health announced there have been eight human cases to date in the state, with four cases in Weston County and one each in Big Horn, Natrona, Converse and Goshen counties.

Additionally, the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory reports that several cases of tularemia have been found in wildlife and domestic animals in Albany, Platte and Washakie counties.

Tularemia is fairly common in rodents and rabbits and occasionally spills over into other host species. It occurs almost every year somewhere in Wyoming.

Judge limits info during teen's trial

CHEYENNE -- A state district court judge has prohibited media from publishing the names of juvenile witnesses during the trial of a Cheyenne teen accused of murder.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle is challenging an order issued by Laramie County District Court Judge Thomas Campbell this week.

The newspaper reports that it filed a petition Wednesday with the Wyoming Supreme Court saying the judge's order is unconstitutional prior restraint.

Prior restraint means a governmental body is restricting speech before it has a chance to happen.

The trial of Phillip Sam is set to begin Monday.

Sam is charged with one count of first-degree murder and 12 counts of aggravated assault. Police say he killed 19-year-old Tyler Burns on Oct. 5.

Sam was 16 at the time of the shooting.

The petition makes clear that the newspaper's intention is not to delay the trial, but to seek expedited review of Campbell's order.

The Supreme Court does not have to accept the petition; it can deny the request to review the order entirely.

Campbell's order, filed on Wednesday, says the court considered "the rights of the defendant and the public, as well as issues of security and privacy."

The Tribune Eagle noted in its objection filed with the district court that it would prefer to have discretion regarding photographs of juvenile witnesses, but it is prepared to follow that order.

Man injured in fire near Cheyenne

CHEYENNE -- A homeless man is recovering after he was injured by a small grass fire on Union Pacific property in Cheyenne.

The man, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized after the fire was reported Thursday afternoon. His condition has not been released.

The short-lived fire burned about 2,500 square feet. Its cause has not been determined.

Guard unit to battle California blaze

CHEYENNE -- A Wyoming Air National Guard C-130 will be joining the effort to suppress wildfires in California.

The plane with the guard's 153rd Airlift Wing is equipped with a modular airborne firefighting system that can dump thousands of gallons of water or fire retardant.

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