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Jan 8, 2013 - The Associated Press
Past mayor, legislator a suicide
CASPER -- A former Casper mayor and state legislator facing felony child pornography charges has been found dead.
Natrona County Coroner Connie Jacobson says 66-year-old Larry Clapp died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
His body was found in a city park Monday.
Clapp's death comes three months after he was charged with two counts of possession of child pornography.
Clapp was an attorney. He was mayor of Casper in 1988 and was a member of the Wyoming State House of Representatives from 1978-79. He was married and had one daughter.
According to court records, investigators found more than 100 movie files related to child porn on Clapp's computer.
Enzi lands new committee seat
CHEYENNE -- U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi will be joining the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in the Senate.
The Wyoming Republican also will continue as a senior member of the Senate Finance and Budget committees, which are responsible for setting tax policy and drafting America's budget.
In addition, Enzi remains on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the new Congress.
And he will continue to sit on the Small Business Committee.
Coal production down 9 percent
Preliminary numbers released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration indicate Wyoming mines produced about 9 percent less coal last year compared with 2011.
The EIA, a research and statistical arm of the Department of Energy, issued its final weekly coal production report of 2012 on Friday. That means the final two days of the year still need to be included in the tally.
Mines in the state produced an estimated 398 million tons in 2012, compared to 436 million tons in 2011. Nationwide, coal production dropped about 7 percent, to 1.02 billion tons.
College looks at more tech offerings
CHEYENNE -- Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne is looking at offering more welding classes along with new course options in technical and career education.
College President Joe Schaffer says local employers have needs that will require LCCC to offer new coursework by this summer or fall at the latest.
College trustees heard details on the new coursework Friday.