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WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the U.S. by the mid-20th century. Since securing protection in the 1970s, wolves have bounced back in the western Great Lakes states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 430 words, photo.
HELENA, Mont. — Montana’s midterm elections saw a record number of absentee ballots overwhelm voting machines, found election officials in a dozen counties hand-counting votes and underscored the need to replace hundreds of aging voting machines for the disabled. But money for equipment is scarce and state law restricts when absentee ballots can be counted, meaning the circumstances that resulted in votes still being counted days after the Nov. 6 election aren’t likely to change anytime soon, according to Associated Press interviews with election officials across the state. By Matt Volz. SENT: 900 words, photos.
COLORADO RIVER WATER-DROUGHT
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A major Colorado River water user has proposed an interim plan for Arizona as the state faces looming a looming deadline to manage expected shortages. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 700 words.
— LOVELL COACH — Wyoming’s first female high school football coach has been let go after only one season.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Left guard Max Garcia showed up at the Denver Broncos’ headquarters Friday with a sore left knee, something that initially seemed like a minor annoyance for a team preparing for two big offensive line changes already. With right guard Connor McGovern preparing for his first NFL start at center and Elijah Wilkinson set to make his first pro start at right guard, Garcia went for an MRI. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 620 words, photo.
ON FOOTBALL-WITHER YOUR QB?
When things go sour, an NFL team’s fan base often points to two people: the guy calling plays on the sideline, and the man behind center trying to execute them. As we get deeper into the 2018 schedule, the futures of some coaches could be tied to how their quarterbacks have struggled — or outright flopped. Doug Marrone and Blake Bortles in Jacksonville? Perhaps. Vance Joseph and Case Keenum in Denver? Possibly. John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco? Could be. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.
T25-UTAH STATE-COLORADO ST PREVIEW
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — In one corner stands No. 14 Utah State, checking in with 517.5 yards of offense a game and averaging 51 points. In the other, a reeling Colorado State that’s dropped three straight. Round 7. Ring the bell. Utah State coach Matt Wells views the conference schedule almost like a boxer and focuses on one round at a time. The Aggies (9-1, 6-0 Mountain West) want to stay off the Canvas Stadium mat Saturday at Colorado State (3-7, 2-4) and shuffle into Round 8. By Pat Graham. SENT: 750 words, photos.
DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche host the defending champion Washington Capitals on Friday night in a matchup of fourth-place teams trying to gain traction. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)
SPORTS IN BRIEF:
— NUGGETS-SUE BIRD — WNBA champion Sue Bird is joining the Denver Nuggets’ front office while continuing her own professional basketball playing career.
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