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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

April 3, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ Two members of Arizona’s congressional delegation introduced legislation Tuesday on a plan to address a shrinking supply of water from a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West. Republican Sen. Martha McSally and Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva vowed to move identical bills quickly through the chambers. Bipartisan lawmakers from Colorado River basin states signed on as co-sponsors. SENT: 300 words.

INDIANA LEGISLATURE-HATE CRIMES

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Senate approved legislation Tuesday aimed at getting Indiana off a list of five states without a hate crimes law, and Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb promised to sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk. The Republican-dominated chamber voted 34-14 Tuesday to approve the bill’s bias crimes language after several Democratic senators urged its defeat, saying it falls short of what’s needed because its language does not explicitly cover age, sex or gender identity. SENT: 800 words, photo.

LEASE SALES

CASPER _ In September, companies spent a jaw-dropping $1 billion at a lease sale in New Mexico for potential oil and gas development along the state’s eastern border, where the Permian spills over from West Texas. The sale was the largest under the Trump administration, which has pushed a pro-business platform since taking over in 2017. Sales in Wyoming, meanwhile, have set more modest records, but operators in the Equality State have certainly had a pro-industry story to tell that is at least partially attributable to a friendly administration in Washington. By Heather Richards, Casper Star-Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 1,400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ STUDENT SHOOTS GUN-PLEA _ A student accused of using a gun to break into a vehicle outside a Wyoming high school has pleaded not guilty.

_ UNEMPLOYMENT RATE _ Wyoming’s unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in February.

_ DEVILS TOWER _ Climbing routes on the west face and southwest shoulder of Devils Tower National Monument are temporarily closed to protect nesting peregrine and prairie falcons.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS-HARRIS

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Vic Fangio Era began in Denver without one of the Broncos’ best defenders and a potential contract standoff looming. “Yeah, I won’t be there,” cornerback Chris Harris Jr. texted The Associated Press before the Broncos became the fourth team to start their offseason program. Entering the final season of a five-year, $42.5 million deal he signed in 2015, Harris is due $7.8 million in 2019, after which he’d become an unrestricted free agent. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 600 words, photo.

OILERS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ The Edmonton Oilers visit the Colorado Avalanche. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT) (With AP Photos)

ROCKIES-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell makes his second start of the season when the Tampa Bay Rays continue a three-game series against lefty Kyle Freeland and the Colorado Rockies. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. (Game started at 5 p.m. MT)

With: ROCKIES-MURPHY _ Rockies first baseman Daniel Murphy probably will be sidelined for at least a month, Colorado manager Bud Black said Tuesday. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. (With AP Photos)

NUGGETS-WARRIORS

OAKLAND, Calif. _ The Golden State Warriors hold a one-game lead on Denver for the best record in the Western Conference as the Nuggets visit Oracle Arena. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game starts at 6:30 p.m. MT)

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