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Nov 4, 2012 - The Associated Press

Charges against man shot by police

LARAMIE -- Three felony charges have been formally filed against a Laramie man who was shot by officers investigating a reported auto burglary in August.

Kevin R. Cook was charged this week with burglary, third-degree arson and aggravated assault. Laramie police have said officers shot Cook after he allegedly struck at an officer with an iron pry bar.

His mother says Cook, who is hearing impaired, was shot four times and sustained injuries to his right femur, lungs, spleen and an artery. The officers involved in the incident, Taun Smith and Josh Anderson, were cleared to return to duty.

Mrs. Mead's marathon run called off

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming's first lady will not be running in this weekend's New York City Marathon after all.

The city canceled its annual run on Friday amid intense criticism that this was not the time for a race. Gov. Matt Mead and his family had planned to watch Carol Mead run in person.

Mead announced last month that she was running as a member of a charity team dedicated to reducing underage drinking and impaired driving.

Organizers say the course of the 26.2-mile race suffered little damage from Superstorm Sandy this week, but opposition intensified quickly Friday afternoon from the city comptroller, the Manhattan borough president and sanitation workers unhappy that they had volunteered to help storm victims but were assigned to the race instead.

Drought means less forage at National Elk Refuge

JACKSON -- One of the worst droughts in Wyoming's history has significantly reduced natural forage at the National Elk Refuge.

Refuge biologist Eric Cole said there will be a total of 11,677 tons of herbaceous plants available for forage through this winter. He says that's about 19 percent below the average of 14,409 tons from 1998 to 2012.

The refuge says this March to September was the driest six-month, spring-summer period in history, with statewide precipitation almost 54 percent below average.

But even though forage this year is abnormal, it's nowhere near the record low, which came in 2003 when there was an estimated 6,710 tons of forage across the refuge. That was the last year of a multiyear drought, and forage increased significantly the next year.

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