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Jan 30, 2013 - The Associated Press

Bodies of avalanche victims found

MOOSE -- Authorities have recovered the bodies of two backcountry skiers who died in avalanches in western Wyoming.

Officials in Grand Teton National Park say rangers on Monday recovered the body of 30-year-old Nick Gillespie from a canyon in the north end of Grand Teton.

Meanwhile, in Sublette County, a search and rescue team on Monday recovered the body of 28-year-old Elizabeth "Liza" Gray Benson from the Bondurant area.

Both avalanche victims were from Jackson. They were caught in small avalanches while skiing Sunday afternoon.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the avalanches occurred as a storm brought several inches of fresh snow to the region.

They were the first avalanche deaths in the area so far this winter.

Kids go to hospital after eating veggies

LARAMIE -- This isn't going to help kids eat their vegetables.

About a dozen Wyoming preschoolers at Linford Elementary School in Laramie were taken to the hospital Tuesday after eating sample-sized portions of either yucca, the cactus, or yuca, the root vegetable.

It was part of a push to get students to eat new types of fruits and vegetable.

Superintendent Brian Recht says the district's food supplier couldn't confirm which of the two was served. Both are potentially harmful if not properly prepared.

One preschooler reported nausea, but it's not clear if it was related to the food.

Samples were also served at other schools, but no one reported getting sick.

Mandatory DNA samples rejected

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming lawmakers have rejected a proposal to take DNA samples from suspects arrested or charged with serious crimes.

The House Judiciary Committee voted against the so-called "Katie's Law" bill from Democratic Rep. Ken Esquibel of Cheyenne Monday.

Such bills have been considered by legislatures across the country. They're named for a New Mexico woman who was raped and murdered in 2003. That state didn't collect DNA from arrestees at the time so her killer wasn't identified when he was arrested that same year for unrelated crimes.

People convicted of felony charges in Wyoming currently must submit DNA samples. The American Civil Liberties Union and other lawmakers argued that expanding sampling could infringe on the rights of people who are accused of crimes but not convicted.

Bill would keep UW search secret

CHEYENNE -- A bill that would allow searches for University of Wyoming and state community college presidents to be closed to the public has cleared its first floor debate on the state House.

The House of Representatives advanced House Bill 223 on Tuesday. It faces to more votes in the chamber.

The bill was proposed after media outlets in the state protested the decision by the UW Board of Trustees to hold a secret search for a new president to replace retiring President Tom Buchanan.

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