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October 3, 2018

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

CONSERVATION FUND

WASHINGTON — A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it. Lawmakers from both parties back the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program lapsed Monday amid dispute over whether its renewal should be part of a broader package of land-use and parks bills. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 740 words, photo.

CROW TRIBE-INVESTIGATION

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana’s Crow Indian Tribe misused $4.8 million intended for water system improvements and can’t account for an additional $7.8 million that the tribe said it paid to subcontractors and vendors, according to a U.S. government audit released Tuesday. The findings mark the third time in recent years that the tribe has come under scrutiny for its handling of federal money. Those investigations have raised questions about a combined $29 million distributed to the tribe by the government. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 510 words, photo.

EPA-RADIATION ROLLBACK

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is quietly moving to weaken U.S. radiation regulations, turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight. The government’s current, decades-old guidance says that any exposure to harmful radiation is a cancer risk. And critics say the proposed change could lead to higher levels of exposure for workers at nuclear installations and oil and gas drilling sites, medical workers doing X-rays and CT scans, people living next to Superfund sites and any members of the public who one day might find themselves exposed to a radiation release. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,100 words, photos on national lines.

IN BRIEF:

— WYOMING WILDFIRES — Weather that is turning cooler and wetter is helping firefighters working to contain a wildfire in western Wyoming that has destroyed 55 homes.

— DEAD WOLF PUPS — Test results show that a litter of deceased wolf pups that were found south of Jackson this summer died primarily from a skin disease commonly known as mange.

— MINERAL FIGHT — An oil and gas firm has initiated legal action to stop Peabody Energy from destroying its wells in a case of conflicting rights to produce coal or oil and gas.

— CODY EMBEZZLEMENT — A 44-year-old woman has been sentenced to three-to-five years in prison followed by five years of probation for stealing more than $30,000 from a Cody businessman in 2016 and 2017.

— STATE HOSPITAL-LAWSUIT — The parents of a Wyoming State Hospital patient are suing the hospital after their daughter was reportedly sexually assaulted by an employee.

SPORTS:

FBC-WYOMING-HAWAII

LARAMIE — Wyoming didn’t show well in its Mountain West Conference opener last week, but the Cowboys aren’t dwelling on it. They don’t have time to. Wyoming is moving on quicker than usual from its 34-14 loss to Boise State with a trip to Hawaii looming Saturday. The Cowboys will leave Thursday, a day earlier than usual. In order to get a full week of practices in, Wyoming (2-3, 0-1 MW) began preparations for the Warriors (5-1, 2-0) on Sunday, a day the Cowboys normally have off. By Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 680 words.

ROCKIES-CUBS

CHICAGO — Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies visit Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs for the NL wild-card game. Each team lost a tiebreaker game for division championships on Monday. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. (Game starts at 6 p.m. MT)

WILD CARD ROSTERS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs left struggling reliever Carl Edwards Jr. off their roster for Tuesday night’s NL wild-card game against the Colorado Rockies. Edwards had a 5.14 ERA in 11 September appearances. He walked 12 in seven innings. Manager Joe Maddon said Edwards also is dealing with a forearm strain. SENT: 310 words, photo.

THE COORS FIELD EFFECT

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies would like to air a little grievance: They’re thin on MVP winners in their history. Even lighter on Cy Young candidates. They wouldn’t mind a little altitude adjustment when it comes to conventional thinking at Coors Field. As it stands, sometimes they feel like hitters get penalized for hitting at higher elevation half the time and the pitchers don’t get rewarded highly enough. It’s a scale that doesn’t seem balanced. By Pat Graham. SENT: 800 words, photos.

GROUNDED BRONCOS

DENVER — The Denver Broncos’ defensive scheme went perfectly according to script for 3 ½ quarters as they put the brakes on Patrick Mahomes. Then, the Kansas City QB went off-script. All the Broncos could do was chase. “He escaped us probably seven or eight times. He’s in the grasp and he escaped,” Vance Joseph said Tuesday, a day after a 27-23 loss. “Kudos to him. He made a lot of big plays for them.” By Pat Graham. SENT: 770 words, photos.

CHIEFS-BRONCOS FOLO

DENVER — The Denver Broncos reeled off big run after big run against the soft underbelly of the Kansas City Chiefs defense. Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman ran roughshod over the Chiefs. Each scored a touchdown and Freeman eluded seven defenders and dragged a linebacker into the end zone on his 14-yard score. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 940 words, photos.

CHIEFS-MAHOMES THROWS LEFT

DENVER — Patrick Mahomes was hitting all the right notes, even when he had to throw with his left hand. Is there anything the Kansas City quarterback can’t do these days? Mahomes made one of the most memorable plays of the game on a left-handed heave late in the fourth quarter that helped the Chiefs to a 27-23 comeback victory over the Denver Broncos on Monday night. By Pat Graham. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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