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Oct 17, 2012 - The Associated Press

Voter registration deadline Oct. 22

CHEYENNE -- Monday is the deadline for Wyoming voters to register ahead of next month's election.

Secretary of State Max Maxfield says voter registration closes 14 days before the general election to give county clerks time to prepare poll books.

A person must be a U.S. citizen, a Wyoming resident and at least 18 years old to register. Maxfield urged people who aren't registered to do so by contacting their county clerk's office.

Those who don't register by the Oct. 22 deadline may still register at their polling place on Election Day, Nov. 6.

Mead: Divert savings revenue?

CHEYENNE -- Gov. Matt Mead says Wyoming should consider putting less money into savings to cover big-ticket items coming before the Legislature early next year.

Mead made the suggestion Tuesday in a speech before the Wyoming Taxpayers Association. He has ordered state agencies to prepare for 8-percent funding cuts in the face of sagging revenues.

Scalia to speak under restrictions

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming has agreed to host a public speech by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia next week on the condition that the university will restrict media coverage of the event.

Scalia's appearance Oct. 25 will include a question-and-answer session with the justice. The university says reporters won't be allowed to ask Scalia any questions.

The university also will prohibit any video or audio recording of Scalia for the purpose of broadcast.

University spokesman Chad Baldwin says the rules for media coverage are Scalia's and are consistent with the media rules for his public appearances elsewhere.

After his speech, Scalia will sign copies of his new book: "Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts." The book is available in the UW bookstore.

UW creating bi-fuel vehicle

LARAMIE -- University of Wyoming Extension is converting one of its vehicles so it can use both gasoline and natural gas thanks to a $13,000 grant from Encana.

UW Extension Director Glen Whipple says it makes sense that Wyoming would be a leader in the use of compressed natural gas as a motor fuel because of its natural gas production.

He says the 2012 Ford F-150 bi-fuel vehicle will spend the most time around Laramie, along the Interstate 80 corridor, in western Wyoming such as Sweetwater, Fremont and Big Horn counties and areas east of the Idaho/Utah border.

UW Extension maintains a fleet of 31 trucks, SUVs and sedans.

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