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Cheyenne, WY (AP) - CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Todd Scott, of Casper, says his mother once told him she shot 25-year-old Ronald Holtz as he slept in the mid-1970s. Scott said the confession haunted him for years. Jurors in Cheyenne heard emotional testimony from the son of Alice Uden, an elderly Missouri woman standing trial on a charge of first-degree murder.

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Sheridan city councilors are trying to figure out what to do with Sheridan County's Optional One-Cent Sales Tax, which is up for renewal in November. The city discussion is focusing on whether a portion of tax could be used to help fund more reliable, subsidized air service at Sheridan County Airport.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has stopped giving expedited oral approvals for drilling permits, citing more applications and more complicated requirements. The Petroleum Association of Wyoming, which has argued for streamlining the process, says it's unclear if the decision will slow things down or speed them up overall.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled against conservationists who sought to force the government to protect a high-elevation pine tree whose nuts are a food source for threatened grizzly bears. The judge ruled that it's up to Congress to allocate enough money to pay for protections. Whitebark pine trees are found in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, California, Oregon, Washington and western Canada.

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