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Jul 2, 2014 - The Associated Press
Another bike rider killed
CASPER -- A New York state man has been killed in an accident while bicycling on a road in Wyoming.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 59-year-old Gary Griffin, of Hamburg, N.Y., was riding with a group of bicyclists when he was struck by a pickup truck outside Casper.
The accident happened around 11 a.m. Monday on Wyoming 220 about 25 miles south of Casper.
Patrol officials say Griffin for unknown reasons turned left across the highway in front of a pickup driven by a woman from Bar Nunn. Griffin died after being helicoptered to a hospital.
Patrol officials say the driver was unable to avoid colliding with Griffin and won't be cited.
Bicyclists also have been killed in vehicle collisions in Sheridan and Casper in the past month.
PAWS results to be delayed
CHEYENNE -- Results from this year's statewide standardized test for Wyoming's public school students will go out a bit later than usual.
The reason is because of changes made to the test known as the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students. State education officials say the changes are major enough that they also need to make changes to the scoring system.
Tsually the results go out to school districts before the start of the school year. Wyoming Department of Education spokesman Travis Hoff says this year's results will go out to districts around Sept. 5.
He says the data will be publicly released two or three weeks after that.
Rock Springs asked to increase air subsidy
ROCK SPRINGS -- The Rock Springs City Council is being asked to increase its subsidy for Sky West Airlines service to Salt Lake City.
The council will consider the request from the Rock Springs/Sweetwater County Airport on July 15.
Officials were uncertain about how much the city would be asked to contribute.
Sigsbee Duck, a member of the airport board, said the Salt Lake City service will be reduced to one flight daily on Sept. 3 and is in danger of being canceled.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation provides some funding for the service, and Sweetwater County, Rock Springs and Green River also contribute.
However, Green River officials have said they had to put their 2014-15 contribution on hold because of budget constraints.
Man gets 75 to life for shooting wife
CHEYENNE -- A judge has sentenced a Cheyenne man to 75 years to life in prison for shooting his estranged wife in front of their 10-year-old daughter.
Christopher Town, 31, pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder last October of 29-year-old Crystal Town.
Crystal Town had gone to her former home to pick up their daughter. Evidence submitted just before Judge Steven Sharpe sentenced Christopher Town on Monday included video footage from a surveillance camera Town had at his home.
The video showed Crystal Town entering the home and her daughter running out in obvious distress soon after. Police say the girl had just witnessed her mother's murder.