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Jul 24, 2013 - Associated Press

Million-dollar gift for UW

LARAMIE (AP) -- The Bernard Osher Foundation has given $1 million to the University of Wyoming to establish an endowment to support scholarships for nontraditional students re-entering the university.

The grant permanently establishes the Osher Re-entry Scholarship Program that to date has supported a total of 36 students.

The program provides scholarship support for students pursuing their first bachelor's degree after a significant break in their studies.

"Re-entry students" are defined as individuals who have experienced a cumulative gap in their postsecondary education of five or more years and who want to resume their undergraduate education. The program benefits students ages 25 to 50 who have years of employability ahead of them.

Probation ordered in sexual assault

LARAMIE (AP) -- A district judge has sentenced a Cheyenne man to serve six years of supervised probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on the University of Wyoming campus last year.

Judge Jeffrey Donnell on Monday told 22-year-old Matthew Powers of Cheyenne he faces six to nine years in prison if he violates the terms of his probation.

The victim addressed Powers in court. She told him he had no right to attack her and that he will never understand the damage he caused her.

The woman contacted UW police after waking up at a fraternity on campus and finding she had been assaulted. Police say Powers later told an officer he had sex with the victim while she was asleep.

100-foot cell tower OKd in park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- The National Park Service has decided that Verizon Wireless can build a 100-foot tall cell tower near Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park.

A permit clearing the way for construction of the new cell tower was recently approved by John Wessels, the director of the Park Service Intermountain Region.

Cell phone service originating from inside Yellowstone is currently limited to the Mammoth, Old Faithful, Canyon, Tower-Roosevelt and Grant developed areas. The new cell tower will cover the developed area on the north side of Yellowstone Lake. The Park Service says the tower won't be visible from the nearby Lake Hotel, Fishing Bridge, Lake Lodge Historic Districts as well as area hiking trails.

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