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Oct 17, 2013 - The Associated Press

Woman killed in I-80 wreck

WOOD RIVER, Neb. -- A 39-year-old Wyoming woman has been killed in a collision on Interstate 80 in south-central Nebraska.

The Hall County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred a little before 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A news release says an eastbound semitrailer veered into the path of an eastbound passenger vehicle that swerved into the median and then the westbound lanes, where it collided with another semitrailer.

The sheriff's office says Jennifer Jones of Torrington was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and two other passengers were taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.

The driver was identified as 26-year-old Karisa Bennett. The injured passengers were identified as 35-year-old Sarah Hatch and 34-year-old Larrah Gurnsey. Gurnsey is from Scottsbluff, Neb. Bennett and Hatch are from Torrington.

Cleared inmate receives $1.25M

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming government agencies paid $1.25 million last month to settle a federal lawsuit brought by a Montana man who was cleared of a murder conviction.

The state entered a confidential settlement with Troy Willoughby of Wickes, Mont.

Payment records obtained by The Associated Press show the state paid $625,000 in the settlement. The Local Government Liability Pool paid another $625,000.

Willoughby was convicted in 2010 in the 1984 killing of Lisa Ehlers. Willoughby was granted a new trial after Sublette County Attorney Neal Stelting announced in 2011 that county officials had failed to disclose possibly exculpatory evidence to Willoughby's attorneys.

Anti-smoking effort improved

CHEYENNE -- The state of Wyoming has improved a program that helps residents stop smoking or using smokeless tobacco.

The program run through the Wyoming Department of Health offers free nicotine replacement therapy for those who medically qualify and will also cover a significant portion of the costs for prescription medications meant to help individuals quit. Phone or online support is also available at no cost to Wyoming residents.

The program has been updated thanks to the state working it National Jewish Health, a Denver hospital known as a respiratory healthcare leader.Clients can now receive medications by mail rather than going to a pharmacy in person.

Coal giant reports losses

ST. LOUIS -- Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp. reported a loss for the third quarter on weaker prices for coal used to make steel. Wall Street still embraced the results and sent shares of the belt-tightening company higher.

The world's biggest private-sector coal company, with extensive holdings in Wyoming, said Thursday that its loss attributable to common shareholders was $26.1 million, or 10 cents per share, for the July-through-September period compared with net income of $42.9 million, or 16 cents per share, a year ago.

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