Mar 29, 2012 The Associated Press

Appeal denied

CHEYENNE (AP) -- A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal from a Wyoming man convicted of murdering his wife.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Wednesday rejected an appeal from David Bush. He's serving a sentence of 45 years to life.

A state jury in 2007 found Bush guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Lynn Bush. She disappeared in Natrona County in 1990 and her body has never been found.

David Bush had argued that the Wyoming court system violated his rights by prohibiting him from arguing that his brother might have been responsible for the crime.

Wednesday's appeals court ruling upheld an earlier decision by U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne rejecting Bush's arguments.

Poaching alleged

(AP) -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says a 19-year-old Worland man is the first to be charged under the state's new felony poaching law.

19-year-old Colton Lapp faces five felony poaching counts under a state law that went into effect last July.

Prosecutors in Hot Springs County charge that Lapp killed four buck deer and shot at another this winter after he was convicted of two earlier poaching counts.

The new state law allows prosecutors to charge people with a felony if they're convicted of poaching three times within a 10-year period.

Lapp is free on a $10,000 bond in Hot Springs County while awaiting his next court appearance.

Woman missing

GILLETTE (AP) -- More than 50 people have been searching the area northwest of Gillette for a mother of three who has been missing since Monday. Authorities say 49-year-old Ruth Martinson was last seen after she left a class at Gillette College on Monday afternoon. She was driving her black Toyota Tundra pickup truck with the license plate 17-17542.

Martinson was wearing a pink, purple and black Harley-Davidson sweat shirt.

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