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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are preparing excavate a sinkhole-type cave in northern Wyoming that contains the ancient remains of tens of thousands of animals. One goal is to retrieve DNA from the animal bones. Natural Trap Cave is a 15-foot-wide hole in the ground that opens up into an 85-foot-deep cavern. Over many years, tens of thousands of animals accidentally fell into the pit and died.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials are asking Wyomingites to report dead sage grouse so the birds can be tested for West Nile virus. The grouse have a low resistance to the disease, which is usually fatal, and the tests by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are aimed at monitoring the effect of the disease across the state.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A $250,000 state grant is aimed at helping two community colleges and four school districts improve virtual distance education programs throughout Wyoming. The Star-Tribune reports the districts receiving the funds are in Natrona, Campbell, Fremont and Niobrara counties. Northwest Community College in Sheridan and Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne will also receive money.

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — One of Wyoming's top high school football coaches is being remembered in Powell. Residents are gathering this morning at Panther Stadium for a memorial service for Jim Stringer, who died Friday. Stringer led the Powell Panthers to four state 3A titles, most recently last fall when Powell beat Douglas in overtime. He was named as Wyoming's 3A coach of the year both in 2011 and 2013.

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