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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Highway Patrol has been recognized for its criminal interdiction efforts on the state's highways. The Motor Vehicle Criminal Interdiction Association recognized the patrol for its efforts in 2016, which included seizing an estimated street value of nearly $16 million worth of illegal narcotics.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - An interim legislative committee is considering higher taxes on alcohol sold in Wyoming. Bills before the Interim Joint Revenue Committee would raise the sales tax on malt beverages from one-half cent per 100 milliliter to four and three-fourths centers per liter; raise the sales tax on wine and spirits an additional one cent per 750 milliliters; and raise the tax on malt beverages an additional one cent per 12 ounces to fund an alcohol abuse recovery fund.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A student organization at the University of Wyoming is helping to teach members of the public how to protect themselves from cybercrime. The group is called Defense Against the Dark Arts and is made up of mostly computer science majors at UW. Chris Bugg is vice president of the organization. Defense Against the Dark Arts meets weekly, gives presentations and competes in cybersecurity competitions.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is urging lawmakers to take a serious look at criminal justice reform in an effort to fix inflating prison numbers and budget cuts. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports an American Civil Liberties Union report says one in 58 people in Wyoming are under state supervision. One in 130 is incarcerated. American Civil Liberties Union Wyoming's Sabrina King says those numbers are largely due to the creation of new crimes.

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