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AP-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

September 26, 2018

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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HUNTING GRIZZLIES

CHEYENNE — State officials frustrated by a judge’s decision to prohibit grizzly bear hunting in the Yellowstone region and put the animals back on the threatened species list will likely appeal but that’s not their only option to contest the decision. They could lean on Congress to exempt the bears from the Endangered Species Act or take a totally new approach by ceasing to cooperate with the U.S. government on species management. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 700 words, photos.

MONTANA POLICE CHASE

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Wyoming man is in custody after Billings police say he led them on a 50-minute pursuit around the city that included 10 crime scenes and involved five stolen vehicles, three law enforcement agencies, occasional gunfire and a lot of property damage. Police Chief Rich St. John said Tuesday it is amazing that no one was hurt or killed during the incident, including the suspect, Ryan McElmury of Cody, Wyoming. SENT: 370 words, photo.

FILM-FREE SOLO

TORONTO — The important thing to rock climber Alex Honnold is that the movie screen be big. IMAX, whatever. But big. It’s shortly before the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of “Free Solo,” the documentary that chronicles Honnold’s legendary, ropeless ascent up Yosemite’s El Capitan, a 3,000-foot wall of sheer granite and possibly the world’s most fabled rock face. Honnold has just come from free soloing — climbing without safety gear — a 69-story luxury apartment building in Jersey City, New Jersey. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— WYOMING WILDFIRE — Authorities in Wyoming have temporarily closed a major highway southeast of Grand Teton National Park to fight a wildfire threatening hundreds of homes. (With AP Photos)

— TEACHER-SEX ABUSE — A trial is underway for a Wyoming middle school teacher charged with sexually abusing a student between May 2014 and April 2017.

— ANIMAL SHELTER-PEPPER SPRAY — Two members of a Wyoming animal shelter board have resigned after the board suspended the CEO instead of firing him for ordering a dog to be pepper sprayed after it bit a shelter employee.

SPORTS:

PHILLIES-ROCKIES

DENVER — Phillies’ RHP Vince Velasquez (9-11, 4.59 ERA) makes his second start this season against Colorado on Tuesday. He beat the Rockies on June 14 by allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)

AVALANCHE PREVIEW

DENVER — The speedy, full-tilt pace on the ice remains in place for the Colorado Avalanche. Same with that salty attitude to prove they belong. Don’t even mention any preseason hype, because they’re not listening. That’s because playing last season with a chip on their shoulder worked so well as they made the postseason for the first time since 2013-14. Colorado will stick with the same sort of demeanor this season. By Pat Graham. SENT: 790 words, photos.

With: AVALANCHE PREVIEW-CAPSULE

BRISCOE-BLACK QUARTERBACKS-ABRIDGED

Marlin Briscoe didn’t want to be pigeonholed simply because of stereotypes against black men. He was a star quarterback in college, and he believed he had the talent, intelligence and leadership skills to be one in the pros. Fifty years ago, during an era of massive social upheaval in the United States, just getting a chance to prove it took a risky ultimatum. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

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