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Jun 7, 2012 - The Associated Press

Heavy storms in southeast

CHEYENNE -- Up to 2 inches of rain and hail bigger than golf balls pounded parts of southeastern Wyoming on Wednesday night and the National Weather Service warns that more of the same could be coming Thursday afternoon.

Forecaster Rob Cox with the National Weather Service in Cheyenne says 2-inch diameter hail was reported about 18 miles northeast of Cheyenne early Thursday morning. He said Cheyenne and areas to the east received from 1 to 2 inches of rain.

Cox says another storm is on track to move through southeastern Wyoming on Thursday that will likely bring large hail, damaging winds and the possibility of small tornadoes. He says the storm should start after lunch and continue until 9 p.m.

Casper considers smoking ban

CASPER -- The Casper City Council is considering a proposed indoor smoking ban, with a final vote scheduled June 19.

The ban would include restaurants, bars and private clubs, among other public places. An earlier version would have exempted private clubs, but Council members on Tuesday approved an amendment striking the exemption. Supporters say private clubs often host public events.

The City Council previously approved a smoking ban in 2000, but it was overturned in a public referendum later that year.

Businessman Pat Sweeney says he is preparing for a possible referendum to challenge a smoking ban, if one is approved this year.

State seeks input on elk herd

JACKSON -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is recommending maintaining population objectives for a popular elk hunting unit south of Jackson.

The recommendation is to keep the Fall Creek Elk Herd at 4,400 head.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will consider public comment before deciding whether to approve the proposal this summer.

T the Fall Creek herd is the second largest in Wyoming west of the Continental Divide. The herd is estimated to be about 4,650 in size, about where biologists want it to be.

About three years ago, the herd population was about 5,700 and was reduced through increased hunting.

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