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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

February 20, 2019

Wyoming at 1:10 p.m.

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HAZARDOUS MINES

RIMINI, Mont. _ Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,300 words, national lines. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ WYOMING-ANTLER COLLECTING _ People who collect antlers and horns shed by big-game animals could have to comply with new rules under a measure close to passing the Wyoming Legislature. Right now, Wyoming prohibits antler collecting west of the Continental Divide each Jan. 1-May 1 to discourage people from disturbing wildlife.

_ DEATH PENALTY-MONTANA _ A legislative committee has rejected bills that sought to limit or overturn the death penalty in Montana. A bill to abolish the death penalty in Wyoming recently passed the House but failed in the Senate

_ SCHOOL THREAT-STUDENT ARREST _ Authorities say a student was arrested last week after a threat was made to a Wyoming school.

_ COAL COMPANY BANKRUPTCY-WYOMING _ A coal mine in southwest Wyoming has a new owner. According to documents filed in bankruptcy court in Texas on Tuesday, Virginia businessman Tom Clarke was the sole bidder for the mine in Lincoln County.

SPORTS:

ROCKIES-MURPHY

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Accustomed to the postseason, Daniel Murphy built his free agent checklist around playoff contenders. When the ascendant Colorado Rockies showed as much interest in Murphy as he had in them, working out the details of a two-year, $24 million contract was no big deal. By Jack Magruder.

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