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WYOMING TOBACCO TAX
CHEYENNE — The Legislature’s interim revenue committee revisits a proposal Wednesday that would increase state taxes on tobacco products, including raising the price of a pack of cigarettes by $1. The same proposal was rejected in the 2018 budget session earlier this year.
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WASHINGTON — Bernard McNamee’s nomination to a top federal energy board cleared a Senate committee on Tuesday even as a video showed him declaring that renewable energy “screws up” the nation’s electrical grid. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 13-10 to approve McNamee’s nomination to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and send it to the full Senate. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin was the only Democrat joining Republicans in approving the nomination. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 280 words on national lines.
TOBACCO TAX INITIATIVE
HELENA, Mont. — The $26.1 million campaign over whether to keep Montana’s Medicaid expansion program alive by hiking the state’s tobacco taxes was the most expensive ballot issue in Montana since at least 2002, and likely in state history, according to reports. The hefty price tag was driven by one tobacco company that spent heavily in Montana and in South Dakota to successfully defeat tobacco tax ballot measures earlier this month, campaign finance reports filed Monday with Montana’s political practices commissioner show. By Matt Volz. SENT: 590 words, photo.
— GILLETTE BOY SHOT — Gillette police have determined that the 24-year-old man who shot his brother in the shoulder on Nov. 17 did so accidentally and no charges will be filed.
— JACKSON HOTELS — Hotel bookings in Jackson Hole for December are running behind last December’s, but January reservations are ahead.
— SODA ASH — Wyoming’s congressional delegation is urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to prioritize eliminating the Japanese tariff on U.S. natural soda ash during the U.S.-Japan trade agreement negotiations.
— FATAL CAMPER FIRE — A Wyoming man has died after setting fire to a camper following a brief interaction with officers in Cody.
DENVER — Nikola Jokic and the Northwest Division-leading Denver Nuggets seek their fourth consecutive win Tuesday night when they host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators continue a home stand hosting the Colorado Avalanche in a key Central Division showdown. By Jim Diamond. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. (Game starts at 6 p.m. MT)
BEHIND THE CALL
DENVER — Von Miller declared earlier this season that his job was to “sack quarterbacks and tell jokes.” With half a sack to show for chasing around Ben Roethlisberger all afternoon, Denver’s superstar chose not to talk about the Broncos grappling their way back to relevance but instead channeled Bill Belichick and his “We’re on to Cincinnati” credo following a stirring 24-17 win over the Steelers. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Temarrick Hemingway is the latest tight end to get his shot with the Denver Broncos, who have lost three tight ends to season-ending injuries. The Broncos (5-6), who visit the Bengals (5-6) this weekend, promoted Hemingway from their practice squad Tuesday when they placed Jeff Heuerman on injured reserve. Heuerman broke three ribs and bruised a lung in the Broncos’ 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 280 words.
BKC-SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-COLORADO ST
FORT COLLINS — Southern Illinois plays Colorado State at Moby Arena in non-conference action Tuesday night. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)
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