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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

January 5, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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ZINKE-LEGACY

BILLINGS, Mont. — As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington chased by ethics investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press he’s lived up to the conservation ideals of Theodore Roosevelt and insisted the myriad allegations against him will be proven untrue. The former Montana congressman also said he quit President Donald Trump’s cabinet on his own terms, despite indications he was pressured by the White House to resign effective Wednesday. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

ARMING TEACHERS

TAMAQUA, Pa. — Parents are going to court to block a Pennsylvania school district from allowing teachers to carry guns in school, the latest flashpoint in a debate playing out in many states over whether it’s wise to arm educators to protect students from mass shooters. The district in Tamaqua, a coal-mining region about 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Philadelphia, serves more than 2,100 students in three schools and is believed to be the first school system in Pennsylvania to let teachers carry weapons. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: 670 words, photos.

IDLING VEHICLES

BISMARCK, N.D. — When the winds howl and the bone-numbing cold sets in, scores of North Dakotans willingly become lawbreakers by warming up their vehicles without being in them, ignoring a potential $1,500 state fine and 30 days in jail. “It’s ineffective. The people ignore it. Let’s get rid of it,” said Republican Rep. Daniel Johnston, who is sponsoring a bill that would make it legal for people to leave their vehicles running unattended, amending a statute that has been on the books since the 1940s that no one can remember being enforced. By James MacPherson. SENT: 700 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ WYOMING-EARTHQUAKES _ The Wyoming State Geological Survey says more than 2,500 earthquakes were recorded in the state over the last year, but most were never noticed by residents.

_ RESTAURANTS-MONEY LAUNDERING _ Federal prosecutors say fast-food restaurants in southern Wyoming and northern Colorado are laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug trafficking proceeds.

SPORTS:

BRONCOS COACHING SEARCH

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — John Elway met with Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak about the Denver Broncos’ vacant head coaching position Friday, one Hall of Famer to another. Munchak met with Elway at Broncos headquarters just as former Colts coach Chuck Pagano did Wednesday before Elway flew to Los Angeles to interview Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor on Thursday. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 600 words.

RANGERS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ The New York Rangers visit the Colorado Avalanche. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

YANKEES-TULOWITSKI

NEW YORK — The Yankees view Troy Tulowitzki as their starting shortstop until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery this summer. Still, general manager Brian Cashman won’t rule out trying to sign Manny Machado, one of the top free agents on the market. And, in his first question-and-answer session of the year, Cashman revealed he has dragged talks to trade Sonny Gray until the Yankees know CC Sabathia will be ready to pitch following surgery to implant a stent in an artery from his heart. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 710 words, photo.

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