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Around Wyoming brings you news from around the state, keeping you informed with brief updates of stories you may have missed.

Thursday, May 5

A lab in Jackson is contributing research on Alzheimer's disease that could help large hospitals across the country diagnose it sooner. According to the Jackson Hole News and Guide, Brain Chemistry Labs discovered that a unique ratio of molecules in patients' blood could be an early indicator of the disease. The discovery means these tests could be performed with the equipment already found at many hospitals. The lab hopes to perform large-scale tests soon.

According to a University of Wyoming Athletics press release, Kareem Mersal set a new UW record in long jump this past weekend. Mersal jumped 25 feet 6.25 inches, which also shattered his old personal best mark. He earned second place overall in the meet.

The Campbell County Rockpile Museum is presenting the first ever Powder River Basin Sheepherders Festival on Friday and Saturday. According to the Gillette News-Record, the free event will focus on the historic culture of working sheep in the basin from the Scots and Basque to the more modern Quechua Sheepherders from South America.

Ivy started as a science news intern in the summer of 2019 and has been hooked on broadcast ever since. Her internship was supported by the Wyoming EPSCoR Summer Science Journalism Internship program. In the spring of 2020, she virtually graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in biology with minors in journalism and business. When she’s not writing for WPR, she enjoys baking, reading, playing with her dog, and caring for her many plants.