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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

February 28, 2019

Wyoming at 1:15 p.m.

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EPA-WHEELER

WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Thursday confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, despite concerns by Democrats and one Republican about regulatory rollbacks he’s made in eight months as the agency’s acting chief. Senators voted 52-47 to confirm Wheeler, who was nominated by President Donald Trump after former administrator Scott Pruitt resigned last year amid a series of ethics allegations. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 620 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDS _ The Wyoming Legislature has adjourned for the year after a late night. Lawmakers were scheduled to adjourn by midnight but toiled until 2 a.m. Thursday on last-minute business including votes to override supplemental budget vetoes by Gov. Mark Gordon.

_ UW DORMS _ The state Legislature has passed legislation to spur more than $300 million of new student dormitories on the University of Wyoming’s campus in Laramie. The Laramie Boomerang reports that House Bill 293 was approved by lawmakers on Wednesday and now goes to Gov. Mark Gordon’s desk.

_ GRIZZLY BEAR KILLED _ A 57-year-old man has been fined nearly $12,000 for illegally killing a grizzly bear in 2017. The Cody Enterprise reports that Joel Blury, or Riverton, was sentenced Feb. 5 by Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters in Park County for illegally shooting and killing the endangered species. Blury also received a misdemeanor charge for shooting wildlife from a road.

_ FORMER GOVERNOR-ELECTORAL COLLEGE _ Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage says any elimination of the Electoral College would hurt white people. LePage says cutting the Electoral College would mean there is never another presidential candidate from small states like “Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Wyoming, Montana, Rhode Island.” AP Photos.

SPORTS:

FBC--WYOMING-WINGARD

LARAMIE, Wyo. _ The second-leading tackler in school history. One of the leading tacklers in Mountain West history. A three-time first-team all-Mountain West selection. Yet there’s still more for Andrew Wingard to prove starting this week at the NFL scouting combine. By Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune. SENT: 810 words.

BKC--WYOMING-FRESNO ST

FRESNO, Calif. _ Braxton Huggins had 30 points as Fresno State got past Wyoming 71-60 on Wednesday night. Deshon Taylor had 16 points for Fresno State (20-8, 11-5 Mountain West Conference). Nate Grimes added 15 points and 14 rebounds. Sam Bittner had eight rebounds for the hosts. SENT: 160 words.

FBN--DEMARYIUS THOMAS-CRASH

DENVER _ Former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans receiver Demaryius Thomas has been arrested on allegations including felony vehicular assault stemming from a crash earlier this month. Thomas was taken into custody Wednesday after turning himself in and was also being held on allegations of reckless driving and not having proof of insurance, both misdemeanors, police said Thursday. SENT: 335 words.

BBN--ROCKIES-DODGERS

Colorado plays Los Angeles at Camelback Ranch. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.

BKN--JAZZ NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Denver Nuggets take a nine-game home winning streak into the game against Utah on Thursday night. The Nuggets are a league-best 27-4 at the Pepsi Center. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 8:30 a.m. game.

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