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Jan 23, 2014 - The Associated Press
Another Dem enters Senate race
A second Democrat is getting into Wyoming's U.S. Senate race.
Rex Wilde of Cheyenne announced his candidacy Wednesday, vowing to fight for veterans and the middle class.
The 57-year-old works for the contractor Knife River and served in the Wyoming Army National Guard and in the Army, including the 82nd Airborne.
The announcement came a day after Democrat Charlie Hardy, a former Catholic priest, said he wanted to be the Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Mike Enzi.
Enzi has an estimated $1.8 million war chest after Liz Cheney abandoned her bid.
A Wyoming Democrat hasn't held a congressional seat in more than 30 years. The last Democrat to hold a Senate seat from Wyoming was Gale McGee, who served three terms before being defeated by Malcolm Wallop in 1976.
Democrat Teno Roncalio retired from Wyoming's lone U.S. House seat in 1978, replaced by Dick Cheney.
Satellite campus gets new name
LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming's branch campus in Casper has a new name.
The UW Board of Trustees recently approved changing the name from UW/Casper College Center to the University of Wyoming at Casper.
UW Interim Provost Maggi Murdock explains that the name change will help clarify that the Casper faculty and academic programs in Casper are from UW.
Murdock says the goal is to help both UW and Casper College better explain to students and the community what UW learning opportunities are available in Casper.
The new name has received unanimous support from the executive council of Casper College and the Casper College Board of Trustees.
The Casper campus has graduated more than 3,200 people since it began in 1976 and delivers 17 undergraduate and 12 graduate degrees.
Man faces human trafficking charge
JACKSON -- An Idaho man is in custody in Jackson facing a human trafficking charge alleging that he forced a teenager to work as a prostitute.
Prosecutors charge 31-year-old Jonathan Kelly Massoletti of Pocatello, Idaho, forced the 18-year-old woman to have sex with men in at least three states. They say he was planning to do the same with a 19-year-old woman.
Court records say the 18-year-old told detectives that Massoletti had arranged about 100 sexual encounters for her.
Circuit Court Judge James Radda set Massoletti's bail at $50,000 cash at Tuesday's hearing. He faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 30.
Massoletti faces between five and 50 years in prison if convicted.''
Conservation program still alive
LARAMIE -- A University of Wyoming conservation work program is still alive.
UW had announced in December that the Wyoming Conservation Corps program had been suspended because of financial problems.
But on Thursday, UW announced a scaled down version of the program will be available this year thanks to money found within the university.
The conservation program pays students to perform conservation work around the state during the summer. Founded in 2006, the program has completed more than 200 conservation projects.
In recent years, it has been supported by state and federal funding as well as some corporate and nonprofit organizations. But state and federal funding has run out or been reduced.
Program director Patrick Call says work is being done to make the program self-sustaining in the future.