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Dec 11, 2013 - The Associated Press

Flu advisory issued

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Department of Health is urging state residents to take common-sense steps to prevent becoming ill with influenza or spreading it to others.

Reggie McClinton is surveillance epidemiologist with health department. He says influenza activity has increased across the state in recent weeks with the highest levels appearing in Campbell County.

State epidemiologist Dr. Tracy Murphy says people can take steps to slow or prevent the spread of influenza.

Murphy urges people to cover their mouth and nose with a sleeve or a tissue when they sneeze or cough. He also says people should wash their hands frequently and stay home when they're sick.

Murphy says the flu season hasn't peaked yet so it's still a good time for people to get flu vaccinations.

Man bound over in vehicle death

CHEYENNE -- A judge has ordered a Cheyenne man to stand trial on a felony vehicular homicide charge in connection with a November incident that left a Casper man dead.

Laramie County Circuit Court Judge Catherine Rogers on Tuesday ordered 23-year-old Gairet North of Cheyenne bound over to district court on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide-reckless driving.

Christopher Kinkade of Casper died from head injuries he suffered on Nov. 30. Police officers found him after responding to reports of a fight and a man possibly being hit by a vehicle in eastern Cheyenne.

Witnesses have given differing accounts of how the 31-year-old Kinkade suffered his injuries.

North's attorney Tim Kingston told the judge that prosecutors didn't have evidence to support the charge.

Jobless insurance tax rate goes down

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming employers will see their state unemployment insurance tax rates go down next year.

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says the formula used each year to determine employer contribution rates determined that employers will be subject to lower rates.

This month, about 22,000 Wyoming employers will receive notices outlining their respective 2014 unemployment insurance tax rates from the state.

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