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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

December 22, 2018

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

HUNTING GRIZZLIES

BILLINGS, Mont. _ U.S. government attorneys filed notice Friday that they are appealing a court ruling that blocked the first public hunts of grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies in decades. The appeal challenges a judge’s ruling that restored threatened species protections for more than 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 570 words, photo.

FILM-VICE-CHRISTIAN BALE-AMY ADAMS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Christian Bale had a choice to make. He’d been hemming and hawing about Adam McKay’s very unconventional proposition that he play Dick Cheney in a biopic about the former vice president of the United States, and his deadline to decide was coming up. “I thought it was going to be impossible. I also didn’t want to do that much work,” Bale said recently in Beverly Hills. “I just thought, ‘this is going to be a lot of work!’ Like, ‘Do you realize how difficult this is going to be? I don’t really want to do that.’” By Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING-GUNS _ A Wyoming judge has ruled that state law does not prevent local governments from regulating guns manufactured outside of Wyoming.

_ FLU SEASON _ Health officials in Wyoming are urging people to get vaccinated against influenza following an unusually large number of flu deaths last winter.

_ I-80 IMPROVEMENTS _ The Wyoming Department of Transportation says it will use a $20 million federal grant to improve winter safety along a stretch of Interstate 80.

SPORTS:

KEEPING VANCE JOSEPH

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. _ Across the airwaves, the consensus is that Vance Joseph is about to coach his final two games in Denver. Hold on. Although the Broncos (6-8) must beat the Raiders and Chargers to avoid their first back-to-back losing seasons in 46 years, there’s a strong case for John Elway to keep the coach who’s won just 11 of 30 games since taking over a team that was a year removed from a Super Bowl title. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 870 words, photo.

ROCKIES-MURPHY

DENVER — Daniel Murphy had no second thoughts about the Colorado Rockies bringing him in to play first base. As for taking his kids to get a picture with Santa at the mall just days before the holiday? Hey, at least the whole family was wearing Rockies purple for the photo. “Stood in line for an hour and a half,” Murphy cracked Friday in a teleconference call from Jacksonville, Florida. “I’m just excited it all went through.” By Pat Graham. SENT: 830 words, photo.

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