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AP-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

May 15, 2018

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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AGRICULTURE SECRETARY-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue kicked off a four-state tour Monday in New Mexico to highlight Trump administration priorities on support for farmers and food stamps as House Republicans on Capitol Hill push for a five-year renewal of federal farm and nutrition policy. Stakes are high for New Mexico as Congress considers a so-called farm bill that could include new work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides food aid to about one-fifth of residents in New Mexico, or more than 210,000 households that mostly include children. Democrats in Congress are warning that work-requirement changes could reduce benefits to many who need them. SENT: 550 words.

DRILLING PERMITS

CASPER — In the coal-bed methane days, then-engineer Mark Watson would arrive at the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to find boxes stacked with drilling applications and a box of thank-you doughnuts from the operators. But the volume of applications for permits to drill over the last year — about 10,000 — has eclipsed even the coal-bed methane days. By Heather Richards, Casper Star-Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 830 words.

IN BRIEF:

—CHEYENNE SHOOTING — Wyoming authorities have identified a man killed last week in south Cheyenne as 61-year-old Joseph S. Tortolito.

— WYOMING WIND-TRUCKS— Despite the efforts of the Wyoming Department of Transportation and other agencies, the number of blow-over crashes involving light and high-profile vehicles has increased on Interstates 25 and 80 over the last four years.

— SUPREME COURT-WYOMING MURDER — A Wyoming man who was 16 when he fatally shot another teenager in the head at point-blank range will be resentenced for the killing after the Supreme Court declined to step in to the case.

— SCHOOL DISTRICT INVESTIGATION — A Cheyenne school district is under federal investigation for allegations of sexual and disability discrimination.

SPORTS:

ROCKIES-PADRES

SAN DIEGO — Rookie lefty Joey Lucchesi goes for his fourth victory when the San Diego Padres face Tyler Anderson and the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a two-game series. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. (Game starts at 8:10 p.m. MT)

BRONCOS-HENDERSON ACCIDENT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos running back De’Angelo Henderson is recovering from minor shoulder and ankle injuries he sustained over the weekend when his Jeep was hit by a driver fleeing police in a stolen vehicle. KCNC-TV in Denver reported that a 36-year-old woman was in custody after she allegedly struck several vehicles while evading police Saturday night in Parker, Colorado, sending four people to the hospital, where they were held overnight. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 310 words.

NBA-LOOKING AHEAD

Even with the conference finals going on, the NBA’s eyes turn to the future this week. A future that, perhaps, will have less tanking. The draft lottery — the last before changes come next year to dissuade tanking — is Tuesday night, and then about 70 players will partake in the draft combine that starts on Wednesday. Those events are both happening in Chicago, as are some various league meetings such as a gathering of NBA general managers and other front-office executives. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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