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Sep 3, 2013 - The Associated Press

Teens in triple slaying due in court

CODY -- Two teens charged with killing three members of a Wyoming family are scheduled to appear in court after apparently reaching plea deals.

Court documents indicate that both Tanner Vanpelt and Stephen Hammer intend to change their pleas to guilty and be sentenced Tuesday during back-to-back hearings in Cody.

Details haven't been released.

Hammer and Vanpelt, both 19, are accused of fatally shooting 40-year-old Ildiko Freitas and her parents in the northwestern Wyoming town of Clark. Investigators say the motive was stealing her Audi A4 so they could go Denver to sell stolen handguns. Freitas was a friend of Hammer's family.

Man dies in rock climbing accident

Authorities are investigating after a 25-year-old man fell to his death while rock climbing in a rugged area of northwest Wyoming.

Lance Mathess with the Park County Sheriff's Office says Kevin Alexander Volkening of Salt Lake City was climbing with a group of friends in the Crandall area Friday evening when he fell about 50 feet onto a rock surface.

Emergency dispatchers received a call at about 6 p.m. Friday, and rescue crews arrived to find Volkening unresponsive about an hour later. He was pronounced dead shortly after that, and his body was removed from the area early Saturday morning.

Mathess says friends and family described Volkening as a "veteran climber" with nearly 10 years of climbing experience.

UW boosts computing capacity

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming has more than doubled its capacity for high-performance computing on campus.

Tim Brewer is UW's end user support manager for information technology.

Brewer says UW has expanded its high-performance computing cluster known as "Mount Moran."

The campus cluster has been fully operational since February.

It enables atmospheric and earth sciences faculty to learn what to expect with their software and work out bugs before taking it to the much larger NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center near Cheyenne.

In addition, the cluster provides a research resource for any UW research faculty who have a complex problem or whose research doesn't fall within the scope of the supercomputer.

Currently, Brewer says 115 UW faculty members, students, post-doctoral researchers and others use the high-performance computing center on campus for their research.

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