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May 31, 2012 The Associated Press

Saturday is free fishing day

CHEYENNE -- Saturday is free fishing day in Wyoming for residents and nonresidents alike.

Free fishing day means anglers may fish without buying a state license. Licenses are still required to fish in Yellowstone National Park and on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

All fishing regulations including creel and size limits, gear restrictions, fishing hours, and stream closures will still apply.

Whooping cough hits Rawlins

RAWLINS -- Rawlins has seen two cases of whooping cough, but health officials believe it has been contained.

Carbon County Public Health Manager Bridget Hettgar says two school children were diagnosed and treated for whooping cough last week. No new cases have shown up since.

The illness causes a chronic cough that lasts for about two to three weeks.

Hettgar said that residents have been notified of how to spot symptoms, but sometimes they are hard to identify.

Gov. Mead heads to China

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and other state officials are traveling to China this week for a conference on advanced coal technologies.

First Lady Carol Mead and the Mead's two children are traveling with the governor at their own expense.

Secretary of State Max Maxfield is serving as acting governor until Mead's scheduled June 11 return.

Members of Mead's staff, officials from the University of Wyoming and some state legislators are also attending the third meeting of the Advanced Coal Technologies International Conference, which is held every two years. Earlier conferences have been held in Queensland, Australia, and Laramie.

UW police chief leaving

LARAMIE -- University of Wyoming Police Chief Troy Lane is leaving to take the job of chief of police at the University of Tennessee.

Lane is scheduled to begin his new job on June 25. He has been UW's police chief since 2007, supervising 14 officers and 10 support personnel. At Tennessee, he'll supervise a staff of 79, including 52 officers.

During Lane's tenure at UW, he led an effort to update the university's emergency response plan, arranged mutual-assistance agreements with other law enforcement agencies and created a system of anonymous reporting of crimes and suspicious behavior.

Highway Patrol gets new colonel

CHEYENNE -- A veteran officer is taking over as the new colonel of the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Lt. Col. John Butler of Cheyenne has been selected as the new administrator of the patrol and will be promoted to the rank of colonel. He's the twelfth person to head the patrol since its formation in 1933.

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