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Jul 18, 2012 - The Associated Press

Man pleads in shooting

CHEYENNE -- An Oregon man pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted first-degree murder and larceny in the shooting and carjacking of another man in western Wyoming last year.

Roy Fritts, 34, of Union, Ore., entered the plea before Sweetwater County District Judge Nena James in Green River. Fritts faces life in state prison without parole when he's sentenced later.

Fritts told James that he shot Edmund Thornell of Costa Mesa, Calif., last August and took his van. Fritts and his wife, Jessica Fritts, had been camping with Thornell, then 54, before the shooting.

A passing family found Thornell and got him medical attention. He told police that the Fritts had fled in his van. Wyoming authorities spotted the van and chased it 30 miles into Utah, where the pair fled on foot but were quickly captured.

Sweetwater County Attorney Brett Johnson said Tuesday that Roy Fritts was straightforward in court in explaining his role in the shooting.

State GOP avoids fine

CASPER -- The Wyoming Republican Party will not be fined $10,300 by the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS had proposed the penalty because party payroll forms were not properly filed in 2008.

State GOP Chairman Tammy Hooper says the party is pleased the issue has been resolved.

Hooper said in a news release that inaccurate press reports last year about the party paying the fine did not hurt its fundraising efforts.

The news release noted that the party had paid all its taxes on time.

BLM releases pipeline data

DENVER -- The federal government's preliminary environmental assessment of a proposed pipeline for transporting natural gas liquids in the West is ready for review.

Enterprise Mid-America Pipeline has proposed building a 95-mile, 16-inch pipeline to boost its capacity for transporting natural gas liquids from Wyoming and Colorado to Hobbs, N.M. It would follow an existing pipeline corridor across parts of western Colorado and eastern Utah. The company is hoping to build the pipeline later this year.

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