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Nov 1, 2013 - The Associated Press
School dean resigns, with comments
LARAMIE -- The dean of the University of Wyoming's College of Law says he's stepping down because important decisions have been made about the school's future without any "meaningful consultation" with him.
UW announced Stephen Easton's resignation Thursday. It will take effect Nov. 15.
Earlier this week, university president Bob Sternberg moved to form a task force to give advice on how the school could serve the state in energy, natural resources, water and environmental law.
In an e-mail to colleagues, Easton said the law school should continue to offer a comprehensive legal education and not be overly focused on one aspect of the law.
He will remain on the school's faculty.
Man enters plea in wife killing
CHEYENNE -- A 31-year-old Cheyenne man accused of shooting his wife to death in front of their 10-year-old daughter has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness.
Christopher M. Town is charged with first-degree murder. He entered his plea on Thursday in state District Court.
Town will undergo a mental evaluation.
Laramie County District Attorney Scott Homar said at the hearing the state hasn't decided whether to seek the death penalty against Town.
Town is accused of shooting 29-year-old Crystal Town with a handgun on Oct. 2 and then calling police.
According to court papers, Christopher Town's mother told police he was upset and frustrated because the couple was going through a divorce.
National Bison Day proclaimed
Saturday has been designated "National Bison Day" under a U.S. Senate resolution sponsored by western lawmakers.
The measure is intended to promote the cultural and economic contributions of bison in the United States. It was introduced by Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike Enzi and passed by unanimous consent.
Bison advocates in Congress also this week introduced a broader proposal to elevate the Plains bison to a status similar to that of the iconic bald eagle. A similar measure stalled last Congress.