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Sep 28, 2017 From wire reports

Shooting at Old West show yields jail term

CODY (AP) -- A man who wounded three people by firing live rounds instead of blanks during a Wyoming gunfighter show has been sentenced to 360 days behind bars.

52-year-old Steve Winsor pleaded guilty Sept. 20 to five misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. He was given credit for 168 days served.

The shooting happened in July 2016 at the height of tourist season in Cody, a city named for the wild West showman Buffalo Bill Cody. Bullets struck one spectator in the legs and another in the chest as he held his 3-year-old daughter. The girl was wounded in the arm.

Winsor told investigators live rounds got mixed up with his blanks.

Man pleads not guilty to rape charges

CASPER (AP) -- A Wyoming businessman pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he raped a 20-year-old woman.

Tony Cercy, of Casper, entered the pleas to three felony charges during an arraignment Wednesday in Natrona County District Court. He did not speak other than to plead not guilty and answer procedural questions.

In district court, criminal trials are typically scheduled to last three days. However, both the prosecution and defense in the case say a three-day trial would be too short.

Cercy is facing first-, second- and third-degree charges of sexual assault. The first-degree charge is punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

The woman has alleged Cercy raped her on a couch June 25 at his Alcova house. She told investigators she woke to him performing oral sex on her.

State has money to keep kids insured

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Officials say Wyoming children who are enrolled in a federal health insurance program will continue to be covered for the next few months, even if Congress lets federal funding expire.

Federal money for the nationwide Children's Health Insurance Program will expire Saturday unless Congress acts, but Wyoming Department of Health spokeswoman Kim Deti says the state has enough carry-over money in the Kid Care Children's Health Insurance Program to operate unchanged for several months.

The Children's Health Insurance Program provides health insurance coverage to about 9 million children from low-income families in the United States and the District of Columbia. An estimated 3,300 children are enrolled in Wyoming.

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