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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

January 28, 2019

Wyoming at 1:05 p.m.

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PROTECTING INFRASTRUCTURE

CHEYENNE, Wyo. _ Another attempt is being made in the Wyoming Legislature to impose tougher penalties against protesters who intentionally disrupt pipelines, power plants, refineries and other such facilities in the state. The House Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee heard testimony Monday from about two dozen people for and against House Bill 10. The committee will take up the bill again on Friday. By Bob Moen. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ Western states are watching with interest as Arizona comes up against a deadline to approve a plan to ensure a key reservoir doesn’t become unusable for the farmers, cities, tribes and developers that depend on it. The other six states in the Colorado River basin have agreed to plans that recognize a long-running drought, the dwindling supply of water and how they intend to cope with it. Arizona’s plan has broad support but it hasn’t been approved by the Legislature, a factor that has made the negotiations on the drought contingency plan more complex. No other state required lawmakers to sign off. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 1,150 words. AP Photos.

ALSO OF WYOMING INTEREST:

HORSE ROUNDUP-COURT ORDER

RENO, Nev. _ A federal judge hears arguments on a motion for an injunction to block the slaughter of a Nevada woman’s horse captured during a tribal roundup. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ COAL LAWSUIT-WASHINGTON _ Wyoming lawmakers are looking to sue Washington state over coal. The Casper Star-Tribune reports lawmakers will try to set aside $250,000 to sue Washington, bypassing Wyoming’s attorney general and hiring a private lawyer via a bill introduced by Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, on Thursday.

_ COAL PLANTS _ A legislative proposal would require utilities to search for buyers before retiring a coal-fired power plant in Wyoming. Senate File 159 states that failing to do so would result in the state restricting a utility’s ability to make a financial return on whatever it replaces the coal plant with, such as a wind farm or natural gas plant.

SPORTS:

BKN--NUGGETS-GRIZZLIES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ The Memphis Grizzlies wrap up a five-game home stand Monday night hosting the Denver Nuggets. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 6 p.m. game.

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