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Wyoming gets $3 million for signs CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Department of Transportation has been awarded a $3 million federal grant to upgrade its electronic highway warning signs.

WyDOT must match the funds, which officials say will be no problem.

Interstate highway message boards display information about weather and road conditions, but the system prevents WyDOT from posting new messages. The signs are limited to about 10 existing messages.

Already operating in 41 states, Amber Alert networks quickly distribute information about kidnapped children and their abductors, including through highway messages.

The system is named after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington, Texas, who was kidnapped and murdered in 1996. Legislation signed April 30 by President Bush expands the program to more states.

The initial focus of the project will center on a stretch of Interstate 80 known as The Summit between Cheyenne and Laramie, which becomes especially treacherous during winter storms.

Rawlins student earns UW award LARAMIE - Adrian Molina, a sociology and criminal justice major from Rawlins, has received the Tobin Memorial Award as the outstanding graduating male at the University Aztlan and the United Multicultural Council.

Molina received the honor based on contributions to the university, participation in community and campus activities, academic success and citizenship qualities. He has been accepted into the College of Law and hopes to be a civil rights attorney.

Exchange student crowned prom king NEWCASTLE, Wyo. - An exchange student from Bolivia was crowned prom king at Newcastle High School.

Gonzo Glorioso, who was born in Argentina, was crowned May 3. Hallie Boggs was named queen.

"Prom king is something that we in South America always see in movies," he said. "It's an American tradition that we don't have."

He said he had the choice of going to either England or the United States.

"I've always been curious about life in the U.S., and I've always been interested in speaking like an American," he said.

"They say when you dominate a language is when you can dream in that language," he said.

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