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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

March 7, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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WOLVES-US PROTECTIONS

BILLINGS, Mont. _ U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the legal battle over a predator that’s running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers as its numbers rebound in some regions. The proposal would give states the authority to hold wolf hunting and trapping seasons. It was announced Wednesday by acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt at a wildlife conference in Denver. By Matthew Brown and John Flesher. SENT: 830 words, photos.

With: WOLVES-US PROTECTIONS-THE LATEST

COLORADO-DEATH PENALTY

DENVER — Democrats who control Colorado’s Legislature rushed to act on a bill to repeal the state’s little-used death penalty, holding a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposal just two days after it was introduced. Proponents on Wednesday argued the death penalty doesn’t deter violent crime and affects people of color disproportionately. Repeal opponents urged lawmakers to refer the issue to voters, and some crime victims admonished bill sponsors for not reaching out to them before introducing the bill. By James Anderson. SENT: 580 words, photos.

CLIMATE CHANGE-EDUCATION

HARTFORD, Conn. _ A Connecticut lawmaker wants to strike climate change from state science standards. A Virginia legislator worries teachers are indoctrinating students with their personal views on global warming. And an Oklahoma state senator wants educators to be able to introduce alternative viewpoints without fear of losing their jobs. As climate change becomes a hotter topic in American classrooms, politicians around the country are pushing back against the near-universal scientific consensus that global warming is real, dire and man-made. By Michael Melia. SENT: 570 words, photos on national lines.

With: CLIMATE CHANGE-EDUCATION-GLANCE

IN BRIEF:

_ JACKSON HOLE TRAFFIC _ Traffic in northwest Wyoming’s Teton County has already surpassed what the community hoped to see no sooner than 2035.

_ HOSPITAL SHOOTING _ A 20-year-old Wyoming man accused of firing multiple gunshots inside a Casper hospital has told a judge that he was on LSD at the time and went to the hospital to seek help.

_ COAL ASH POLLUTION _ A report published by environmental groups says Wyoming has two coal-fired power plants that rank high nationally in producing ash that is polluting groundwater with toxins.

SPORTS:

BKC-WYOMING-SAN JOSE ST

SAN JOSE _ The Cowboys close out the road portion of their schedule on Wednesday night at San Jose State. (Game starts at 8 p.m. MT)

NUGGETS-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES _ Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets look to end the three-game losing streak that has knocked them out of first place in the Western Conference when they visit LeBron James and the slumping Lakers. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game starts at 8:30 p.m. MT)

BRONCOS-STEWART RELEASED

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Safety Darian Stewart is joining a crowded field of free agent safeties following his release Wednesday from the Denver Broncos, where he won a Super Bowl ring. A starter in Denver since 2015, Stewart was a part of the famed “No Fly Zone” secondary that also featured safety T.J. Ward and cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib. With Stewart’s departure, Harris is the only remaining member of that secondary that helped the Broncos win Super Bowl 50 three years ago. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 340 words.

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