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Nov 21, 2013 - The Associated Press

Winter storm covers Wyoming

CHEYENNE -- The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory for most of Wyoming.

The only areas of the state not under a winter weather advisory are the extreme northern and western fringes.

But every bit of Wyoming is seeing sharply colder temperatures.

The Weather Service says many areas of the state could see temperatures plummet Thursday night to below zero.

The snow generally is light. Casper has received about 2 inches, and Pinedale around 5. The mountains have received higher amounts.

Most major roads and highways are open but are slick or icy in spots.

Courthouse closed in Jackson

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Federal officials are closing a courthouse in Jackson and three other U.S. cities in an effort to save money -- in addition to six closings announced previously.

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts said Wednesday that closing courthouses in Jackson, Bryson City, N.C., McAlester, Okla., and Parkersburg, W.Va. by the end of the year would save $551,000 annually. The courthouses do not have a federal judge regularly assigned there.

The government has indicated it might try to sell the courteous in Jackson.

Cheney raising funds in Colo.

DENVER -- Liz Cheney is getting some help from Colorado Republicans in her U.S. Senate campaign.

She and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, attended a fundraiser for her in Denver on Wednesday.

Dick Cheney also attended another fundraiser for the Colorado Republican Party while in town.

Both events were closed to reporters.

Those who attended said Cheney talked about a variety of issues, including health care reform, foreign policy and the White House.

The Colorado GOP is encouraged by a poll released this week that shows that the state's Democratic incumbents don't have sizeable leads over their Republican challengers.

Hospital plans cost cutbacks

CASPER -- Wyoming Medical Center in Casper says it's imposing cost-cutting measures that include unpaid furloughs for managers and directors but no layoffs.

The hospital also says its 1,100 employees won't accumulate any more paid vacation time for the rest of the year.

The hospital says no cuts in service are planned.

Senior managers, including the CEO, will take two weeks without pay.

Other managers will take one unpaid week.

The moves are expected to save $2 million at a time when patient volumes are low. A spokeswoman declined to discuss the hospital's operating budget.

The hospital is a nonprofit. According to the most recent forms filed with the Internal Revenue Service, 2011 revenues were nearly $234 million and expenses were $233 million.

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