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17yr Old Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

A 17-year-old Casper resident stood in court Thursday and admitted to inadvertently shooting his sleeping friend with a pistol they had stolen out of a car the previous night. The Billings Gazette reports that Matthew Dean Campbell pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated burglary. In exchange for the pleas, prosecutors agreed to seek no more than 15 years behind bars at Campbell's sentencing in coming weeks.

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November City Council Meeting

It was cold outside Tuesday night but things heated up fast when it came time for public comment at this week’s meeting. Mike Lynch a green river resident of 33 years had a lot to say about the Tomahawk Building Renovation project.  Mr. Lynch asked how much money had been spent by the city on the project, he was asked to clarify if he meant Grant money or City funds. City Administrator Barry Cook gave the exact dollar amount which was around $298,000 to date.

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Wyoming Unemployment Fraud

Improper claims for unemployment insurance in Wyoming have nearly quadrupled since 2008. The Wyoming Workforce Services Department documented $2.5 million in overpayments in 2010, up from $1.15 million in 2009 and $644,000 in 2009. The number of unemployment fraud cases jumped from 652 in 2008 to 2,012 last year. There were 811 such cases in 2009.