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May 22, 2013 - The Associated Press

Teen pregnancy rate declines in state

LARAMIE -- Wyoming's teen birthrate dropped by nearly 15 percent between 2007 and 2012, but officials are unclear as to why.

Ashley Busacker is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wyoming assignee.

She says the decline could be because of strong pregnancy prevention messages or increased use of birth control. Her office will study the issue in coming months.

Busacker said a more in depth analysis of the birth certificate data and of the pregnancy risk assessment monitoring system will be done to maybe get a better picture of teen births in Wyoming.

Comment time extended on griz plan

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Federal wildlife officials are extending the comment period on proposed changes to a recovery plan for threatened grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Tuesday's announcement gives the public until June 20 to weigh in on a plan that calls for maintaining a minimum grizzly population of at least 500 animals. That compares to an estimated 600-700 bears currently living in the Yellowstone area.

The plan also would give the government more flexibility in determining if too many grizzlies are dying.

The comment extension was requested by Earthjustice, an environmental law firm representing Defenders of Wildlife, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, the Natural Resources Defen se Council, and the Sierra Club.

Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso says the groups' concerns about the government proposal will be detailed in an upcoming response.

Fake death suspect arrested

CODY -- A Florida man suspected of faking his own death has been arrested in Wyoming.

Fifty-year-old David Leon Lashley was arrested Monday in the Clark area near the Montana border by U.S. Marshals and U.S. Coast Guard investigators.

Park County Sheriff Scott A. Steward said Tuesday that Lashley fled Florida in a motor home and was living under the name Wesley Byrd. Sheriff's officials say a warrant for his arrest was issued out of Gainesville, Fla.

Steward says Lashley is wanted by the Coast Guard in connection with the disappearance of a houseboat in which he allegedly attempted to fake his death. He is also wanted for failing to appear in court in March.

The Powell Tribune reports Lashley waived his right Tuesday to fight extradition to Florida.

It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

Mountain highway finally open

SHERIDAN -- The highway over the Bighorn Mountains is finally open for the summer.

U.S. Highway 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell opened for the season Tuesday, a day later than originally planned because of Monday's snow storm.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation said the storm left drifts more than 3 feet high.

The 22-mile stretch of road usually closes for the winter around Nov. 30. The road usually reopens for the summer by Memorial Day weekend.

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