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Apr 26, 2013 - The Associated Press
Mother, baby killed in wreck
CASPER -- Speeding likely played a role in a crash that killed a 22-year-old Casper woman and her 11-month-old daughter.
Tianna Johnson was thrown from her car after veering off the road and sliding down a steep hill west of Casper on Thursday. Her daughter Tyler was flown to a hospital in Denver but was later pronounced dead.
Witnesses said Johnson was speeding before failing to navigate a curve and going off Highway 220.
Johnson was not wearing a seatbelt. Her baby was in a car seat.
Reporter won't be forced to talk
CHEYENNE -- Federal prosecutors on Thursday dropped their request to force a Wyoming newspaper reporter to testify about her interview with a bank robbery suspect.
Prosecutors had subpoenaed Jackson Hole News & Guide reporter Emma Breysse to testify about her interview with Corey Allan Donaldson.
Trial starts Monday for Donaldson, a 39-year-old Australian accused of taking $140,000 from a bank in Jackson on New Year's Eve.
Breysse reported that Donaldson told her in an interview from jail following his arrest in Utah that he robbed the bank to give money to the homeless.
The newspaper this week asked U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson to quash Breysse's subpoena, saying forcing her to testify for the government would have a chilling effect on its newsgathering.
Prosecutor Todd Shugart told Johnson Thursday he no longer wanted to call Breysse as a witness. John Powell, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, declined comment after the hearing on the decision to drop the subpoena.
"We felt that requiring her to testify would be tantamount to making her an 'unofficial investigator' for the government," Kevin Olson, publisher of the News & Guide, said Thursday.
Ranger station to get upgrade
REXBURG, Idaho -- The National Park Service is taking public comments on a plan to upgrade the Bechler Ranger Station, a remote outpost built more than a century ago to control poaching in Yellowstone National Park's southwest corner.
The agency has completed the environmental analysis on the project, which calls for expanding parking at the station and remodeling a series of buildings.
The Bechler Ranger Station is a popular launch point for hikers, horseback riders and anglers looking to explore the remote stretches of the park's southwest corner. The station provides access to more than 100 miles of trails to prime trout fishing and the collection of waterfalls that have earned the area the nickname "Cascade Corner."
The station, which is open from June through Nov. 1, usually draws between 5,000 and 6,500 visitors each year and issues an average of 480 backcountry permits each season.
The agency's environmental study concluded the station deserves an upgrade for better health and safety of its seasonal staff and visitors.