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WYOMING LODGING TAXES
CHEYENNE — A bill that would levy a 5 percent lodging tax in Wyoming has won the endorsement of a legislative panel. The bill endorsed Thursday by the Joint Revenue Committee will be presented to the full Legislature when it meets in January. By Bob Moen. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.
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ELECTION 2018-VOTECAST-MORMON VOTERS
WASHINGTON — About two-thirds of Mormon voters nationwide favored Republicans in the midterm elections, but President Donald Trump’s approval rating among members of the faith lagged behind, according to a nationwide survey of midterm voters. And as Republican Sen. Mitt Romney prepares to join the new Congress in January, most voters in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah — 64 percent — would like to see the senator confront the president, AP VoteCast found. By Hannah Fingerhut And Brady McCombs. SENT: 1,000 words, national lines. AP Photo.
COAL TAX-BLACK LUNG
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Appalachian coal miners and supporters are in Washington this week to urge lawmakers to extend a tax that benefits miners sick with black lung disease. The excise tax paid by coal companies funds the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, but if Congress doesn’t act the tax will decrease by about 55 percent at the end of the year. By Dylan Lovan. SENT: 330 words, national lines.
— YELLOWSTONE BISON — An attorney for a Montana tribe says it’s not accepting a small group of wild bison from Yellowstone National Park because of burdensome conditions proposed by federal officials.
— TEACHER ARRESTED-PLEA — A Wyoming second-grade teacher who was arrested at school has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges that allege he backed into his ex-wife with a pickup truck and previously kicked her, breaking her ribs. Kellan Holbrook of Casper entered his pleas Tuesday.
— WYOMING AIR SERVICE — Airlines interested in providing air service to rural Wyoming communities have until Dec. 20 to submit proposals to the state for consideration.
— SCHOOL SAFETY — The Legislature’s interim Joint Education Committee has advanced a bill that would require Wyoming schools to create a comprehensive safety plan and conduct nationally recognized, proactive security training.
ENGLEWOOD — Case Keenum began his first season in Denver by throwing interceptions in a career-worst eight consecutive games before stringing together three straight starts without being picked off. He has a simple explanation for the turnaround: “I’m throwing it to our guys, not throwing it to the other team.” By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton.
WYOMING-MOUNTAIN WEST HONORS — Running back Nico Evans, place kicker Cooper Rothe and safety Andrew Wingard have earned first team honors on the Mountain West Conference All-Conference football team. Rothe was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year.
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