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Apr 18, 2012 - The Associated Press

Man saves child thrown from car

CHEYENNE (AP) -- A Cheyenne man is credited with helping save the life of a 2-year-old who ended up on Interstate 80 after being thrown from a wreck.

Travis Daniels and his father Ray Daniels were driving on I-80 near Pine Bluffs on Tuesday when they saw a car seat in the middle of the highway. The girl was still strapped to it.

Ray Daniels said his son moved the girl out of traffic and he called for help.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the car the toddler was in drifted off the side of the highway and rolled three times.

The driver, Cindy Sprey, was in critical condition and passenger, Clay Holmes, of Gering, Neb, was in good condition Tuesday.

The toddler's condition wasn't known.

Mead protests frack rules

(AP) -- Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is protesting new natural gas drilling regulations being considered by the federal government.

In a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar last week, Mead said adding new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on top of state rules would be "unnecessary, burdensome and unreasonable."

Interior Department spokesman Adam Fetcher said the department would review the letter and respond to the governor.

A draft of the proposed new rules hasn't been released yet. Fetcher said they will require disclosure of chemicals used in fracking but protect trade secrets as well as address fracking water that flows back to the surface.

Fracking involves blasting mixtures of water, sand and chemicals deep underground to release gas. It's used in nearly all of Wyoming's gas wells.

Newsman, first lady to speak

LARAMIE (AP) -- Wyoming first lady Carol Mead and NBC news correspondent Pete Williams will be among the speakers during University of Wyoming commencement ceremonies next month.

Mead will speak to the College of Education class, while Williams will address the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a Wyoming native who began his career on Casper television.

Ceremonies for the individual colleges are scheduled for May 5. College of Law ceremonies will be held May 12, and UW/Casper College Center ceremonies are scheduled for May 10.

UW is scheduled to accord degrees upon nearly 1,800 students, including 1,314 undergraduates, 354 graduate students, 75 College of Law graduates and 51 School of Pharmacy graduates.

The largest degree categories are bachelor of arts with 535 students, followed by bachelor of science with 427.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal will address the College of Law graduates.

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