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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

December 21, 2018

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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BEAR BAITING

JACKSON _ Environmental groups have filed notice they intend to sue the U.S. government for letting hunters use bait to lure bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming. Hunters often use livestock parts and other food to lure black bears in states where baiting is allowed. Baiting also attracts grizzly bears, causing hunters to kill several grizzlies in national forests, Erik Molvar with the Western Watersheds Project told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. SENT: 300 words.

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.

OIL TRAIN ACCIDENTS

BILLINGS, Mont. _ President Donald Trump’s administration miscalculated the potential benefits of putting better brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it scrapped an Obama-era rule over cost concerns, The Associated Press has found. A government analysis used to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in estimated future damages from train derailments that could be avoided by using electronic brakes. Revelation of the error stoked renewed criticism Thursday from the rule’s supporters, who called the analysis biased. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

CIVIL RIGHTS-NATIVE AMERICANS

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A new report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights finds that funding levels for Native American tribes are woefully inadequate despite the federal government’s responsibility to provide for education, public safety, health care and other services under treaties, laws and other acts. The report made public Thursday is a follow-up to a 2003 report that described the shortfalls as a quiet crisis. Funding has remained mostly flat since then, leaving tribes unable to tackle an epidemic of suicide, high dropout rates, violence against women and climate change, for example, the report said. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 850 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ EX-PROSECUTOR-THEFT _ A former Wyoming prosecutor will not get an early end to his punishment for stealing more than $9,600 in Park County Bar Association funds during his time as the organization’s treasurer.

_ BANKERS SURVEY _ A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests the regional economy is growing.

_ WYOMING POPULATION _ U.S. Census Bureau numbers show the rate of people leaving Wyoming has outpaced the number of people moving in, marking the third consecutive year of population decline.

SPORTS:

LINDSAY’S RISE

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. _ No, Phillip Lindsay never once thought he’d become the first undrafted offensive player to make the Pro Bowl. He’s been too busy making tacklers miss and general managers regret passing him over in the NFL draft just because he stands 5-foot-8. “I’m an undrafted free agent. To be able to have 100 yards in a game was great. To get a touchdown, to be able to play at (Mile High Stadium), that’s the stuff right there that I dreamt about,” the Denver Broncos’ rookie running back said Wednesday. “The Pro Bowl is something that you think like five years down the line, three years down the line.” By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 800 words, photo.

BROKEN BRONCOS

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. _ Broncos pass rusher Von Miller quickly sacked any notion that there’s nothing left to play for in a season that’s gone awry. Sure, the playoffs are gone. But there’s winning the final two games to finish 8-8 and avoid back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1972. There’s also fellow pass rusher Bradley Chubb closing in on the NFL rookie sack record. Or undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay needing nine yards to reach 1,000. By Pat Graham. SENT: 790 words, photos.

BRONCOS-RAIDERS PREVIEW

OAKLAND, Calif. — For the Raiders, playing out the string of another losing season has become an all-too-regular occurrence in recent years. They are on their way to their 12th season with double-digit losses in the past 16 years. For the Denver Broncos, it’s rather new territory. The Broncos (6-8) head into Monday night’s game at Oakland (3-11) needing to win their final two games to avoid their first back-to-back losing campaigns since 1971-72. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 910 words, photos.

With: BRONCOS-RAIDERS PREVIEW CAPSULE

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