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Jul 18, 2014 - The Associated Press

80 mph to be enforced strictly

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Highway Patrol says all the new signs along Wyoming's interstate highways showing a speed limit of 80 mph really do mean 80 mph -- not even slightly higher.

A law that took effect July 1 raised the speed limit from 75 to 80 on almost 500 miles of interstate highway in Wyoming.

The Highway Patrol said Thursday many drivers are exceeding the new speed limit -- and they're pushing their luck.

Patrol Col. John Butler says the new speed limit is being enforced strictly.

Probation after fourth DUI arrest

CHEYENNE -- A judge in Cheyenne has sentenced a 36-year-old man to probation for his fourth driving under the influence arrest in less than 10 years.

Jordan Wheeler faced up to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty in March to the charge as part of a plea agreement.

Wheeler previously was convicted on DUI charges in 2004 and 2009 in Laramie County and in Fremont County in 2005.

'Bomb' was mosquito trap

ROCK SPRINGS -- A suspicious device at a southwest Wyoming power plant turned out not to be a bomb, but it might have hurt a mosquito or two.

Security guards spotted the object at the Jim Bridger Power Plant around midnight Wednesday. The device had wires connected to a small battery.

A bomb squad was called out to the coal-fired power plant. Sweetwater County sheriff's officials say bomb experts looked over the device and even X-rayed it.

It was a mosquito trap.

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