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Feb 1, 2013 - The Associated Press

Abortion bill fails in committee

CHEYENNE -- A Wyoming State Senate committee has shot down a bill that would have required doctors performing abortions in the state to provide women with specified information.

The bill would have required doctors to tell patients that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer and causes the death of an unborn fetus.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-to-1 Friday against the bill, sponsored by Sen. Leslie Nutting, a Republican from Cheyenne.

Abortion rights activists testified against the bill, saying doctors already provide patients with information about medical procedures before they're performed.

Dr. Rene Hinkle, a Cheyenne obstetrician, testified that she had never seen scientific evidence that abortion is linked to breast cancer.

Bill supporter Bob Brechtel, a former state legislator, testified he believes hundreds of unreported abortions are performed in Wyoming.

Feeding begins at elk refuge

JACKSON -- National Elk Refuge officials have decided to start providing supplemental feed to the thousands of elk and bison on the refuge.

Biologists assessing natural forage this week found it had depleted to "negligible levels" on the south end of the refuge. Officials decided to distribute alfalfa starting Thursday to prevent the animals from dispersing in search of new food.

On average, the refuge starts supplementing natural forage around Jan. 26.

Elk refuge manager Steve Kallin says feed rates vary, but on average, each elk receives about 8 pounds of pellets each day and each bison about 20 pounds a day.

Cody mentioned in commercial

POWELL -- The town of Cody is getting name checked in connection with a Coca-Cola ad set to air Sunday during the Super Bowl.

Coca-Cola's ad has a group of cowboys racing showgirls and scavengers for some soda. The cowboys' hometown isn't mentioned in the ad itself, but the fictional online biography that Coca-Cola posted for the cowboys says they hail from Cody.

Scott Balyo of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce said it's not a bad thing any time the Cody name gets out.

He says that if people check out Coca-Cola's website and are inspired to look for information about Cody and take a vacation in town, it's a good thing.

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