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May 27, 2014 - The Associated Press
Camper dies at Glendo State Park
CHEYENNE -- A Cheyenne man has died while camping at Glendo State Park.
State parks officials say another camper discovered 60-year-old Lonnie Harold Hauf unconscious along a roadside at around 7 a.m. Monday.
Attempts to resuscitate Hauf were unsuccessful.
Hauf was last seen at around 10 p.m. Sunday when his group of campers went to bed. State officials suspect Hauf died of natural causes after he got up early to go for a walk.
He was found about 100 yards from his campsite.
Bar Nunn fastest growing town
CHEYENNE -- U.S. Census Bureau population estimates show that Bar Nunn in Natrona County is the fastest growing town in Wyoming.
The small municipality bordering Casper has about 2,650 residents.
Bar Nunn grew 9.4 percent between July 2012 and July 2013.
The five most rapidly growing large cities and towns in the state are located in central and western Wyoming.
State economist Wenlin Liu says oil drilling and tourism related activities have attracted people to those areas.
Cheyenne and Casper are still the only cities in the state with population over 50,000. Cheyenne has over 62,000 residents, and Casper just under 60,000.
In 2013, 69 percent of Wyoming's residents lived in incorporated places and about 45 percent lived in 10 cities with population of more than 10,000.
Overall, Wyoming's population grew by 1 percent from July 2012 to July 2013.
Hantavirus a threat in Wyoming
CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Department of Health says hantavirus infection remains a potential health threat in the state.
Eleven human hantavirus cases, including six that resulted in death, have been reported in Wyoming since 1999.
Infected rodents can infest garages, campers, cabins and barns and shed hantavirus through urine, droppings and saliva.
People can become seriously ill if they exposed.
Clay Van Houten, of the state Health Department, people need to be aware of the threat and be cautious, especially if they are going into places that have been closed for a while.
Boy's mother says no fraud occurred
CASPER -- A 31-year-old Casper woman says fraud charges against her are the result of a series of misunderstandings.
Krishelle Layton's 6-year-old son has brain cancer.
But she is accused of overstating her son's cancer in order to attract donations. She received about $7,000 in donations after saying her son was dying of brain cancer. Investigators say the boy was not near death.
Layton said she has always been truthful about her son and his medical condition.
She says she described her son's brain stem tumor and prognosis as best she could and did not defraud anyone.
The boy's cancer doctor has certified his cancer as life-threatening but also said it is stable and his condition has improved since he was diagnosed in 2009.