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Apr 18, 2013 - The Associated Press

All interstates reopen in Wyoming

CHEYENNE -- All interstate highways in Wyoming have reopened in the wake of a spring snowstorm that closed hundreds of miles of roads over the last two days.

While interstates 80, 25 and 90 are open, the Wyoming Department of Transportation cautions that there are slick stretches and areas of blowing snow that reduces visibility.

Speed limits were reduced to 35 and 40 mph on parts of Interstate 80 in southeast Wyoming on Thursday morning.

The spring storm that brought up to 3 feet of snow to the Snowy, Laramie and Sierra Madre ranges and more than a foot to Cheyenne and Casper over the last three days has moved out of the state. But windy conditions still pose a problem for travelers by limiting visibility and creating snow drifts across roadways.

Group appeals ruling in fracking suit

CASPER -- A coalition of environmental and landowner groups is appealing a district judge's decision that individual ingredients used in hydraulic fracturing can be protected under Wyoming's trade secrets law.

The group, which includes the Powder River Basin Resource Council and the Wyoming Outdoor Council, appealed the decision by Natrona County District Judge Catherine Wilking to the Wyoming Supreme Court.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process wherein water, chemicals and sand are pumped below ground to break rock and free trapped oil and natural gas.

Man uses 'Robin Hood' defense

JACKSON -- A Utah man accused of robbing a Jackson bank claims he gave the money away to poor people and intends to mount a "Robin Hood" defense when he goes on trial later this month.

Corey Allan Donaldson, 39, an Australian citizen who was living in Sandy before his arrest, is accused of taking $147,000 from U.S. Bank on New Year's Eve.

Donaldson mailed a statement to the Jackson Hole Daily saying that he'll argue that the federal government is "not innocent enough" to prosecute him because it helps foster corruption and greed in the nation's banks. He also referred to himself as Robin Hood.

Prosecutors say Donaldson had threatened to detonate explosives around the bank if he didn't get the money. He previously told the newspaper he had given away the money.

Smoking ban changes pass hurdle

CASPER -- The Casper City Council has approved amendments that would allow smoking in bars and other adult-oriented establishments.

The council voted 5-4 in favor of the changes during a first reading of the proposed ordinance Tuesday. Another two votes are required to make the changes law.

The current smoking ban prohibits lighting up in public places, which include restaurants, bars and private clubs.

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