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AP-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

July 6, 2018

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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PRUITT

WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. With Pruitt’s departure, President Donald Trump loses an administrator many conservatives regarded as one of the more effective members of his Cabinet. But Pruitt had also been dogged for months by scandals that spawned more than a dozen federal and congressional investigations. By Michael Biesecker, Zeke Miller And Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,200 words, photo.

EPA-PRUITT-ENVIRONMENTAL LEGACY

WASHINGTON — For 37 mostly female farm-workers in California’s Central Valley, U.S. policy under Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt became personal not long after sunup one day in May 2017. Picking cabbage that morning, the workers noticed a tarry smell drifting from a nearby orchard. Mouths and lips tingled or went numb. Throats went dry. Soon some workers were vomiting and collapsing. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

TRUMP-EPA-WHEELER

WASHINGTON — The new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency is a former coal industry lobbyist who helped lead an industry fight against regulations that protect Americans’ health and address climate change. Andrew Wheeler, the No. 2 official at EPA, will take over the agency Monday now that President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of embattled administrator Scott Pruitt. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 690 words, photo.

WYOMING ECONOMY

CASPER — The sales of products that can be taxed in Wyoming accelerated to $3.9 billion for the first few months of 2018, thanks largely to a buoyed energy sector. The total income from sales and use taxes increased by 64 percent in Converse County, the center of current oil interest, and 50 percent in Sublette County, home to the state’s large gas fields, from the start of 2017 to the beginning of this year, according to an economic summary from state economist Wenlin Liu released Monday. By Heather Richards, Casper Star-Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 480 words.

WESTERN WILDFIRES

DENVER — An erratic wildfire charging through extremely dry land in the heart of Colorado ski country destroyed three homes and forced people to flee in the middle of the night, authorities said Thursday. Elsewhere in Colorado, a rare high-elevation tornado touched down at the site of another wildfire Thursday but apparently caused little damage and had no effect on the fire. They were among more than 60 large blazes burning across the United States, mostly in the West, where whipping winds and increasing heat have made it easy for flames to spread. SENT: 630 words, photos.

With: WESTERN WILDFIRES-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

— WYOMING GUARD-WILDFIRES — One Wyoming Air National Guard C-130 and crew has been activated to assist with fighting wildfires in Colorado and the region.

— HIGHWAY SAFETY — A survey of truck drivers passing through Wyoming found their top safety concerns to be winter weather, high wind speeds and other drivers.

— UW SCIENCE BUILDING — The University of Wyoming’s Science Initiative Building will begin construction in spring 2019 with the goal of being completed by early 2021.

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