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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

March 12, 2019

Wyoming at 1:15 p.m.

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TRUMP-PUBLIC LANDS

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump has signed a wide-ranging public lands bill that creates five new national monuments and expands several national parks. The new law also withdraws 370,000 acres in Montana and Washington state from mineral development. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

TRUMP-NATIONAL MONUMENTS

SALT LAKE CITY _ As Democrats in Congress prepare to scrutinize President Donald Trump’s review of 27 national monuments, most of the recommendations made by ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke remain unfinished. By Brady McCombs and Matthew Brown. Upcoming.

COLORADO RIVER DROUGHT PLAN

PHOENIX _ A major Southern California water agency is trying to push the state through a final hurdle in joining a larger plan to preserve a key river in the U.S. West that serves 40 million people. Most of the seven states that get water from the Colorado River have signed off on plans to keep the waterway from crashing amid a prolonged drought, climate change and increased demands. But California and Arizona have not, missing deadlines from the federal government. By Felicia Fonseca and Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 600 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ROCKIES WEATHER _ A developing late winter storm is expected to bring blizzard conditions to parts of southeast Wyoming and eastern Colorado. The National Weather Service says the storm was expected to begin in Wyoming early Wednesday and become more intense throughout the day as it spreads into Colorado.

_ UNEMPLOYMENT RATE _ The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 4.1 percent in December to 4.0 percent in January. The January rate is the same as the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.0 percent.

_ ELK REFUGE _ Wyoming wildlife manager have counted fewer elk and bison this winter on the National Elk Refuge near Jackson than in past winters.

SPORTS:

DENVER _ The Denver Nuggets try to get back on track Tuesday night against Minnesota. The Nuggets are 4-4 since the All-Star break, including a blowout loss at Golden State on Friday. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 8:30 p.m.

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