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Feb 19, 2013 - The Associated Press
Cody museum center changes name
CODY -- The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody has been renamed the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
The name change was approved recently by the center's board of trustees.
The center consists of five museums and a research library that include exhibits on Yellowstone National Park, Western art, Plains Indians, firearms and William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody.
While the name change is effective immediately, it will be phased in over the coming months.
UW completes emergency review
LARAMIE -- More than 150 University of Wyoming administrators and staff members participated in a review of the university's emergency response plan.
The plan is a basic guide for providing a response system to UW faculty, staff and students for major emergencies that may threaten the health and safety of the campus community.
Emergencies can include weather events, fires, chemical spills, civil disturbances and other situations.
UW Police Chief Mike Samp says the review is part of the university's ongoing commitment to improve safety on campus.
Samp says the university is well prepared for an emergency but does not want to become complacent in light of the some of the national events that have occurred recently.
Charges to be dropped in hawk case
JACKSON -- Prosecutors want to drop charges against the Teton Raptor Center's program director, who was accused of owning more hawks than allowed.
The charges stem from a discrepancy in Jason Jones' application to own 17 raptors in 2010 and the permit he eventually received, which was for eight birds. Jones says Game and Fish Warden Bill Long assured him the difference was a mistake and that he could keep all his birds.
Prosecutor Steve Weichman says the agency failed to disclose a key e-mail sent by a permit officer to Jones, reading "looks like part of the problem is my mistake. I didn't put the correct number of birds on the permit for 2010."
Weichman says that damages the state's argument.
The raptor center wasn't named in the case.
Buffalo Bill's great-grandsons die
CODY -- Authorities have recovered the bodies of a businessman and two of "Buffalo Bill" Cody's great-grandsons from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into a central Florida marsh.
The Federal Aviation Administration lost contact with the Cessna 310 on Thursday afternoon, and the crash site was discovered Friday about 20 miles west of Vero Beach, Fla.
Authorities haven't released the names of the victims, but a family member identified them as Rob Krieger -- a Florida businessman -- and brothers Kit and Barry Cody.