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Jul 26, 2012 - The Associated Press

Child death rate increases

CASPER -- A national study shows the death rate for children and teens in Wyoming inched up during the second half of the past decade, while the national rate declined.

The report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the rate of child and teenage deaths in Wyoming rose from 45 to 47 per 100,000 during the years 2005 to 2009. The national average dropped from 32 deaths to 27 over the same period.

The report ranked Wyoming 19th in the country for overall child well-being.

Amtrak rerouted through state

DENVER -- Amtrak train service is being restored after a track washed out in the Colorado mountains.

The washout near Glenwood Springs on Tuesday caused one train in each direction to be rerouted through Wyoming. An Amtrak spokesman says regular service would resume Thursday.

The California Zephyr passenger train runs daily between the San Francisco area and Chicago.

Suicide in Casper jail

CASPER -- Natrona County officials say a Utah man has committed suicide in the county detention center.

Officials say that 22-year-old Matthew David Brown dove headfirst off the second tier at the jail early Tuesday morning after he was released from his cell for breakfast. He was pronounced dead at 1:15 at the Wyoming Medical Center.

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