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Jun 2, 2014 - The Associated Press

Lummis faces token opposition

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis drew just one Democratic opponent by Friday's registration deadline: an Arizona man who says he entered the race with no hope of winning but only to spur Wyoming Democrats to field a candidate of their own.

Richard Grayson of Apache Junction, Arizona, said Friday he's run for Congress several times before in other states. He said he's a writer who has worked as a college professor and lawyer and now divides his time between Arizona and Brooklyn.

Rig count up two in state

HOUSTON -- Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by nine this week to 1,866.

The Houston firm said in its weekly report Friday that 1,536 rigs were exploring for oil and 326 for gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,771 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Oklahoma gained eight rigs, Texas gained five Wyoming gained two and Alaska and California each increased by one apiece.

North Dakota lost five rigs while Kansas, New Mexico and Ohio each decreased by one.

Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Utah and West Virginia were all unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

Man altered juvenile records

CASPER -- A Natrona County Juvenile Detention Center employee accused of altering detainee records has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Dwight Ellias Matthews entered his plea Wednesday in 7th District Court.

Matthews had been charged with felonies for allegedly using his supervisor's log to access the center's computers from home to change the names of three inmates to profanities. One felony charge will be deferred if Matthews has no previous felony convictions. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of a crime against intellectual property/modifying data.

According to court documents, Matthews told Natrona County Sheriff's officers he had problems with a supervisor.

Matthews' deal also calls for 20 days in jail, along with one to five years probation. Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

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