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Dec 4, 2013 - The Associated Press

Electrical rate increase sought

CHEYENNE -- Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power is seeking to raise rates for both electricity and natural gas in Wyoming.

The utility serves the greater Cheyenne area, where it provides electricity to some 40,000 customers and gas to about 35,000 customers.

The company filed the rate increase request with the Wyoming Public Service Commission on Monday.

The rate increases would amount to about $11 a month for the average electricity customer and $2 a month for the average gas customer.

The new rates would take effect next October.

Big gift for planetarium

LARAMIE -- A large donation will help to modernize the planetarium at the University of Wyoming.

UW Physics and Astronomy Department head Danny Dale says part of the $875,000 gift will be used to improve the planetarium's projector.

The technology in the existing projector dates to the 1960s. The new, digital projector will be able to create three-dimensional images. Dale says the audience will be able to get a better sense of the vast distances in the cosmos.

The Windy Ridge Foundation donated the funds. The planetarium will be renamed in honor of the foundation's founder, Harry Vaughan.

Vaughan was a professor of meteorology at Iowa State University. He moved to the Laramie area after he retired. He died in 2007.

Federal court rejects appeal

CHEYENNE -- A federal appeals court for the second time has denied a Casper man's efforts to challenge his child pornography conviction.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Tuesday dismissed an appeal filed by Nathaniel Solon.

Solon was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to six years in prison. He went on supervised release this January.

Solon has maintained that a computer virus infected his computer with illegal images of children.

Solon also has argued that U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer of Cheyenne undermined his defense by leaving the courtroom during closing arguments and by belittling a defense witness.

Tuesday's ruling marks the second time the Denver court has refused to overturn Solon's conviction. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his case in 2010.

FAA seeks fine against Great Lakes

CHEYENNE -- The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking a $304,000 fine against Great Lakes Airlines for alleged improper use of de-icing fluid.

The FAA says 19 flights out of Hays, Kan., in January 2011, were out of compliance with federal regulations.

The problem had to do with the temperature of the de-icing fluid. The fluid was too hot -- more than 180 degrees.

The Great Lakes de-icing manual states that de-icing fluid heated to more than 180 degrees can damage aircraft. The fluid is sprayed onto planes to remove ice prior to takeoff.

Great Lakes serves Riverton Regional Airports with three daily flights to Denver.

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