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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

April 3, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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SAGE GROUSE-WYOMING

CHEYENNE _ Major changes to Wyoming’s rules for protecting sage grouse aren’t in the works even as U.S. officials give states more flexibility to enact their own strategies for protecting the birds, Gov. Mark Gordon said Wednesday. Wyoming’s governors have modified the state’s sage grouse conservation strategy every couple of years since its adoption in 2007. The protections include stricter rules for oil and gas drilling and other development in large areas of the state designated as core sage grouse habitat. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 440 words, photo.

OF WYOMING INTEREST:

OIL AND GAS CONFLICTS-COLORADO

DENVER _ Colorado lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a measure that would dramatically change the way the state regulates its booming oil and gas industry, shifting the focus to protecting public health instead of encouraging production. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis is expected to sign the measure. By Dan Elliott and James Anderson. SENT: 810 words, photo.

INDIANA LEGISLATURE-HATE CRIMES

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed legislation Wednesday aimed at getting Indiana off a list of five states without a hate crimes law, saying that the conservative Midwestern state has “made progress and taken a strong stand against targeted violence.” The Anti-Defamation League lists Indiana as one of five states, along with Georgia, South Carolina, Wyoming and Arkansas, without hate crimes protections. By Rick Callahan. SENT: 770 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ OIL-GAS DRILLING PERMITS _ Documents show that about one-fourth of the federal oil and gas drilling permits approved during the 35-day government shutdown was for sites in Wyoming.

_ SCHOOL FLYERS-IDENTIFIED _ A Wyoming school district says it has identified at least one student believed to be responsible for racist and anti-gay flyers.

_ HOSPITAL SHOOTING _ A hospital in Wyoming where a man recently fired a handgun at two employees is planning several security improvements.

_ UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING DEAN _ The University of Wyoming still isn’t close to hiring a dean for its college of health sciences almost two years after the last dean retired.

_ RIVERTON FIREWORKS _ A Wyoming city will now allow people to set off fireworks two days a year, on New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July.

_ TRAUNER-NONPROFIT _ An unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senate in Wyoming has been hired to lead a nonprofit.

SPORTS:

BBO--ROCKIES-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Chris Iannetta was light-hearted after coming up big again in extra innings to give Colorado’s anemic offense a needed lift. Iannetta homered with one out in the 11th, and the Rockies stopped a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 760 words, photos.

BKN--SPURS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The San Antonio Spurs visit the Denver Nuggets. Games starts at 7 p.m. With AP Photos.

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