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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

February 1, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

PROTECTING INFRASTRUCTURE

CHEYENNE _ A Wyoming legislative committee meets Friday to decide whether to advance a proposal to impose tougher penalties against protesters who intentionally disrupt pipelines, power plants, refineries and other such facilities.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN

PHOENIX _ Arizona lawmakers face a deadline Thursday to let the state join a drought plan for the Colorado River or risk blowing up a compromise years in the making for the seven states that draw water from the constrained river. Arizona is the only state that requires legislative approval to join the agreement, which will require the states to take less water from the river in hopes of keeping major reservoirs from reaching catastrophically low levels. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 700 words, photos.

With: COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN-THE LATEST

OF WYOMING INTEREST:

OUTDOOR RETAIL SHOW-POLITICS

DENVER _ Two years after jumping into a fight with the Trump administration over public lands, the U.S. outdoor industry is turning up the political pressure — though its impact is difficult to measure. Thousands of manufacturers and retailers gathered in Denver starting Wednesday for the annual Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show, and some of the biggest names vowed to keep pushing to preserve public lands. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 870 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ GAME AND FISH DIRECTOR _ Wyoming Game and Fish Director Scott Talbott is retiring after 34 years of service with the agency.

_ WILDLIFE PROGRAM LAWSUIT _ Conservation groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program that kills animals to protect crops, livestock and other wildlife in Wyoming.

_ MEDICAID EXPANSION _ A state legislative committee has recommended a bill that would expand Medicaid in Wyoming.

SPORTS:

ROCKIES-ARENADO

DENVER — Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $26 million deal to avoid arbitration, the largest one-year salary for an arbitration-eligible player. Colorado announced the deal Thursday. Josh Donaldson set the previous mark at $23 million with Toronto last season. The 27-year-old Arenado was set to pass that record even if he went to arbitration. Arenado asked for $30 million earlier this month, while the Rockies offered $24 million. SENT: 130-word APNewNow, photo.

SUPER BOWL-NFL CHOIR

ATLANTA — Retired Dallas Cowboys safety Dextor Clinkscale gets a chance each year to re-experience the camaraderie of playing in the NFL when the Super Bowl Gospel Choir convenes to perform in the city hosting the league’s marquee game. The choir provides about 60 players — mostly retired and a couple of current ones — a different type of team atmosphere, one that combines a love of gospel music and pro football. By George Henry. SENT: 830 words, photos and video.

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