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May 8, 2014 - The Associated Press
Jurors weigh Alice Uden case
CHEYENNE -- Jurors on Thursday continued to deliberate in the case of a 75-year-old Missouri woman charged with killing her husband in Wyoming in the mid-1970s.
Alice Uden, of Chadwick, Mo., faces a first-degree murder charge in Ronald Holtz's death in Cheyenne almost 40 years ago.
The eight-woman, four-man jury in Cheyenne deliberated all day Wednesday without agreeing on a verdict. Deliberations resumed Thursday morning.
Uden testified she shot her 24-year-old husband at their Cheyenne home to stop Holtz as he was set to attack her 2-year-old daughter.
Prosecutors say Uden shot her husband as he slept.
Police arrested Uden and current husband Gerald Uden in September. Gerald Uden has pleaded guilty to killing his ex-wife and her two children in central Wyoming in 1980.
Prosecutors haven't linked the two cases.
State signs on with gun lawsuit
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and attorneys general from 21 other states have filed a friend of the court brief in opposition to a New York law banning certain kinds of semi-automatic weapons.
Strange was the lead author of the legal papers. They were filed in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals as part of a lawsuit filed by organizations and individual gun owners who challenged the New York ban. Strange argues the law is unconstitutional because New York failed to show that banning semi-automatic weapons would increase public safety or decrease gun violence.
Joining Alabama in the legal filing were Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
UW names new dean of students
LARAMIE -- Sean Blackburn has been named University of Wyoming associate vice president and dean of students, effective July 1.
His appointment was announced by UW on Tuesday.
Blackburn currently is the associate dean of students at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.
He holds a master of education in student affairs administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Virginia Tech. He also earned a bachelor's degree there in political science with a minor in psychology.
Blackburn says he looks forward to contributing to a campus culture that is focused on student success and engagement.
Human trafficking charges dropped
JACKSON -- The human-trafficking case against a Jackson father and son is closed for now after prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss the charges.
Jose Marco Cesar Rosales Espinosa and his son, George Alberto Rosales, no longer face charges in a case that accused them of forcing illegal immigrants to give them their paychecks at the drywall company where both work.
Teton County deputy prosecutor Becket Hinckley says the investigation is continuing.