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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

February 16, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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WESTERN STORMS

SAUSALITO, Calif. _ California turned to cleanup and damage assessment Friday as a powerful storm that drenched the state brought flood dangers to Arizona, and other parts of the West dealt with impacts from a blitz of winter weather. Firefighters rescued a motorist who called 911 to report his car was being swept down a wash in Tucson, Arizona, by runoff from the storm, which passed through overnight. Road crews in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming worked to clear avalanches that had closed mountain highways and to mitigate potential avalanche threats. By Terence Chea and John Antczak. SENT: 630 words. AP Photos.

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN

PHOENIX — Top Arizona Democrats on Friday accused the Republican House speaker of risking the collapse of a drought plan for the Colorado River by pushing legislation that has angered the Gila River Indian Community, a key player in the negotiations to protect the water supply for 40 million people. But Speaker Rusty Bowers dug in, saying he has no plans to withdraw the measure that Gila River Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis said threatens water rights that the tribe gained through a landmark settlement in 2004 at the culmination of a decadeslong battle. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 720 words.

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SOLAR POWER

FRANKFORT, Ky. _ Lawmakers in coal-loving Kentucky have approved a bill that could make solar panels less lucrative for residential customers beyond 2020. The House of Representatives voted 71-24 to pass Senate Bill 100 on Friday. It would let the Public Service Commission, a board appointed by the governor, decide how much utility companies must pay to purchase power from people who have solar panels installed on their homes. By Adam Beam. SENT: 550 words on national lines.

IN BRIEF:

_ WESTERN STORMS-WYOMING _ A 100-mile (161-kilometer) section of Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming reopened Friday after being closed the day before because of snow and strong winds.

_ ROCKIES AVALANCHES _ Road crews in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming worked Friday to clear avalanches that had closed mountain highways and to mitigate potential avalanche threats.

_ PREGNANT WOMAN KILLED _ A Wyoming man has pleaded guilty to murder and manslaughter in Idaho.

_ ENERGY EQUIPMENT _ Wyoming lawmakers have advanced a proposed property tax break on equipment used in energy production.

_ SYMPHONY CONDUCTOR RESIGNS _ The conductor of the Bozeman Symphony has resigned amid an investigation into allegations that he bullied and harassed musicians, staff and patrons.

_ VETERANS HOME _ Wyoming lawmakers have decided to build a state-run nursing home for veterans in Buffalo after going back and forth between two potential host cities.

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