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Feb 27, 2013 - The Associated Press
Juvenile incarceration decreases
A children's charity says Wyoming is locking up fewer juveniles but still ranks near the top of the nation.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation found Wyoming's juvenile detention rate was second-highest in the country, after South Dakota's.
The report says Wyoming's rate fell by 12 percent between 1997 and 2010, to 440 per 100,000. Nationwide, the rate declined by 37 percent to 225 per 100,000.
The rate measures the percentage of people under age 21 who are assigned a bed in a residential detention facility.
Wyoming has been developing alternatives emphasizing rehabilitation over punishment.
Marc Homer, who works on juvenile justice issues for the Wyoming Children's Action Alliance, says such programs can reduce the number of repeat offenders while saving the state money.
Fewer youth drinking, smoking
LARAMIE -- A new study suggests that alcohol and tobacco use is on the decline among Wyoming junior high and high school students.
The report by the University of Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center finds "substantial reductions" in teenage drinking in 17 of 19 counties surveyed.
The survey results came out Wednesday. They show that last year, 18 percent of eighth-graders reported drinking alcohol in the previous month. That was down from 24 percent between 2006 and 2010.
Tobacco use was down in 15 of 19 Wyoming counties.
The portion of 12th graders who said they'd at least tried smoking at some point was 43 percent last year. That was down from 48 percent between 2006 and 2010.
Man killed in wreck identified
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Officials have released the name of a 51-year-old Cody man who was killed when his pickup truck collided with a semitrailer in south-central Montana.
Andrew Sean Kinkade died shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 310 about 20 miles south of Bridger.
The Montana Highway Patrol says Kinkade was northbound when his pickup began to fishtail into oncoming traffic, where it collided with the semi.
The driver of the semi suffered minor injuries.
College names student killed in crash
CASPER -- Casper College has released the name of an 18-year-old student who was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 25 south of Glendo.
College president Walter Nolte said in a statement that Theodore "Teddy" Weekly of Cheyenne was heading back to Casper from a livestock judging event in Torrington on Monday evening when the driver of the pickup he was in lost control of the vehicle in icy conditions.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol says Weekly was killed and two other students were injured when the truck rolled down a steep embankment.
Two other students have since been released from a hospital.
All three were wearing seat belts.