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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

March 16, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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CHEYENNE _ Wyoming’s governor expressed support Friday for ensuring that the news media have access to state documents and other information that must be available to the public by law. Gov. Mark Gordon met with about 20 news reporters, editors, publishers and others from around the state at the Governor’s Residence to discuss government transparency. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 330 words.


CHEYENNE — Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed the Legislature to sue the state of Washington over coal exports. It’s important for Wyoming to “speak with one voice” on coal-export litigation, Gordon said. Wyoming is the top coal-producing state. Wyoming’s coal industry seeks to export more coal overseas to offset declining demand for coal from electric utilities in the U.S. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 330 words.


BILLINGS, Mont. _ The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the West, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species. The changes by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will guide future efforts to conserve greater sage grouse, ground-dwelling birds that range across portions of 11 Western states. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 740 words, photos.



DENVER — Two Colorado campers were found safe Friday after they got caught in the blizzard that struck the region this week. Authorities say 20-year-old Michael Lee Gomez and 19-year-old Olivia Megan Schack, both of Arvada, were found near Ward, west of Boulder. They had gone camping on Tuesday. The blizzard struck southeast Wyoming and northeast Colorado on Wednesday and Thursday, and the two took refuge in their car. SENT: 290 words, photo.




BISMARCK, N.D. _ Flooding in the central U.S. on Friday swamped small towns, forced some residents along waterways to evacuate, threatened to temporarily close a nuclear power plant and shut down stretches of a major river and an interstate highway, foreshadowing a difficult spring flooding season. The high water, prompted by a massive late-winter storm, pushed some waterways to record levels in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. The flooding was the worst in nearly a decade in places, though the situation was expected to improve quickly in many places over the weekend, according to Mike Gillispie, National Weather Service hydrologist in Sioux Falls. By Margery A. Beck and Blake Nicholson. SENT: 950 words, photos.



_ DEER POACHING _ A 62-year-old Wyoming man has pleaded not guilty to poaching more than 100 deer over a two-year period.

_ SNOW FATAL _ A 67-year-old Wyoming woman has died after being buried by snow while clearing snow off a roof.

_ HOSPITAL SHOOTING-ENTRY _ A Wyoming man accused of firing several shots inside a medical center entered through a back security door while under the influence of LSD.



LARAMIE _ As Wyoming went through what turned out to be one of the worst seasons in program history, head coach Allen Edwards consistently made reference to the Cowboys’ best player. It had as much to do with Justin James’ intangibles as his talent. By Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 840 words.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. _ John Elway insists Joe Flacco is at the top of his game at age 34 even though the former Baltimore Ravens quarterback hasn’t thrown a pass in the playoffs since 2015. “Joe is a perfect fit for us,” Elway said at Flacco’s introductory news conference Friday. “He’s played in a lot of big games, he has a lot of good football left in him. At 34, (I) feel like he’s just really coming into his prime.” By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 880 words, photos.


DENVER _ After three days off, the Colorado Avalanche return to the ice to face Anaheim on Friday night. The Avalanche enter the day trailing Arizona by five points for the last wild-card spot in the Western Conference. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)


DENVER _ Luka Doncic’s emphatic dunk capped a great night for the Dallas Mavericks rookie. Nikola Jokic topped him and saved the game for the Denver Nuggets, earning him some support in the MVP race. Jokic hit a falling, one-handed shot as time expired to lift the Nuggets over the weary Mavericks 100-99 on Thursday. SENT: 770 words, photos. (Moved late Thursday)


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