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Nov 10, 2013 - The Associated Press

Life sentence expected Tuesday

CHEYENNE -- A Wheatland man faces life in prison when he goes before a judge for sentencing in the 2011 shooting deaths of his three young sons and his brother.

Everett Conant III pleaded no-contest in June to the four killings and to a charge of attempted murder against his ex-wife, who also was wounded in the shootings at a Wheatland trailer park. Prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty against him. A sentencing hearing is Tuesday.

No change in Wyoming rig count

HOUSTON -- Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 12 this week to 1,754.

The Houston-based company said in its weekly report Friday that 1,383 rigs were exploring for oil and 365 for gas.A year ago there were 1,806 rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 13 rigs, New Mexico increased by six and Louisiana added one.

Oklahoma lost four rigs. Alaska declined by one. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

DUI blamed in coal truck crash

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Montana Highway Patrol says a drunken driver is to blame for a crash on U.S. Highway 314 near the Wyoming-Montana border that caused a semi to spill 38 tons of coal.

Trooper Ben Panas said the driver of a car tried to pass a semi hauling two trailers of coal as it traveled around a curve in the highway near Decker, Mont., at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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