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Jul 1, 2014 - The Associated Press

New speed limit takes effect

CHEYENNE -- Motorists traveling in Wyoming will soon be able to go a little faster on certain stretches of interstate highways.

On Tuesday, Wyoming Department of Transportation crews will begin changing speed limit signs along three sections of Interstates 25, 80 and 90 to 80 mph.

The higher speed limit will not be the entire length of the highways, but only in areas where WyDOT has deemed it safe.

The 80 mph limit will be posted along a total of 268 miles of I-25, 116 miles on I-80 and 104 miles of I-90.

The 75 mph speed limit will remain in force until the new 80 mph signs are in place.

WyDOT hopes to complete sign changeover work by the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Possible murder-suicide in Casper

CASPER -- Two people have been found dead in a Casper apartment, and police say it might be a murder-suicide.

The bodies of a man and a woman in their 20s were found shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday after neighbors asked police to check on them.

Investigators say both had gunshot wounds and appeared to have been deceased for a few days. An autopsy is planned.

Police say the pair are presumed to have been in a relationship.

Officers found a dog lying beside the bodies. The dog was unharmed.

Cliff jumper killed near Guernsey

GUERNSEY -- A second man has died after jumping off a cliff into the water at Guernsey Reservoir.

Wyoming state parks officials say 22-year-old Johnny Andres Ornelas, of Torrington, jumped from a height of about 110 feet Sunday.

Witnesses say Ornelas tried to do a flip but landed on his back when he hit the water.

His body was recovered close to shore in water about 8 feet deep.

The ill-fated cliff jump happened in an arm of the reservoir called Long Canyon. A 21-year-old Nebraska man died after jumping off a cliff at Long Canyon in May.

Pew Scholar honors for UW man

LARAMIE -- Jay Gatlin has become the first University of Wyoming faculty member to be named a Pew Scholar.

Gatlin is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology.

He is among 22 newly selected Pew Scholars nationally. The grant award for each is $240,000, or $60,000 per year for a four-year period.

The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health.

Launched in 1985, the program makes grants to selected academic institutions to support the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in their first few years of their appointment at the assistant professor level.

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