News Minute: Here is the latest Wyoming news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. MDT

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A former employee of a Cheyenne transitional center has been sentenced to probation for having intimate contact with an inmate at his apartment. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that 29-year-old Mario Solano was sentenced after pleading guilty last year to one count of third-degree sexual assault.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A man who chained himself to a concrete-filled barrel in an effort to prevent trucks from hauling Yellowstone National Park bison to slaughter has pleaded guilty. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Joshua Rivera, of Clifton, Colorado, pleaded guilty Monday to trespassing and interfering with a government employee. He and another man were arrested Friday for trying to block a road in Yellowstone. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported the men belong to the group Wild Buffalo Defense.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a man who was shot to death in Casper over the weekend. The Casper Star-Tribune reports 49-year-old Troy Mabbitt was shot Sunday afternoon and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Police Sgt. Mike Ogden says investigators know the identity and location of the shooter but have not yet made any arrests. He declined to release details about the circumstances of the shooting or say why the shooter is not in custody.

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - Prosecutors in northwestern Wyoming have dropped animal neglect charges filed against two brothers after Park County officials learned the full extent of the efforts the men made to recover the horses. The Cody Enterprise reports the brothers had their horses returned to their care.

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