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WYOMING-STATE OF STATE
CHEYENNE _ Wyoming should continue to fight to enable more U.S. coal exports overseas, the state’s new governor said in a state of the state speech Wednesday that also called for more spending restraint and better returns on state reserve funds. Republican Mark Gordon criticized permit delays that have prevented significant new coal exports from the Pacific Northwest. He promised more state advocacy on behalf of companies that mine coal. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 530 words.
AG WHISTLEBLOWER LAWSUIT
DES MOINES, Iowa _ A federal judge on Wednesday struck down an Iowa law that made it illegal to get a job at a livestock farm to conduct an animal cruelty undercover investigation, finding the law violated the constitutional right to free speech. Federal courts have struck down similar laws in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. Litigation is ongoing in North Carolina. By David Pitt. SENT: 390 words on national lines.
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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-WILDLIFE REFUGES
WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing dozens of wildlife refuges to return staffers to work to make sure hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown, according to an email obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The partial restaffing of 38 wildlife refuges is angering wildlife groups, who accuse the Trump administration of trying to minimize the public impact of the more than two-week-old shutdown to limit the political blowback for President Donald Trump. Trump and Democrats in Congress are locked in a dispute over Trump’s demand for billions of dollars for a wall on the southern U.S. border. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 900 words, photo on national lines.
_ FATAL FIRE _ Authorities say a man has died in an early-morning fire in north-central Wyoming.
_ BARRASSO-ENZI-SENATE _ Wyoming’s two Republican U.S. senators have retained their committee chairmanships in Washington.
_ RARE INFECTION-WYOMING _ The Wyoming Department of Health says a patient being treated at the Cheyenne hospital has found to have a rare antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection.
_ JACKSON-BAG BAN _ The Jackson Town Council has voted to ban plastic bags from the resort community in northwest Wyoming.
BKC-WYOMING-SAN DIEGO ST
SAN DIEGO _ The San Diego State Aztecs needed a laugher after being embarrassed at Boise State in their Mountain West Conference opener. They got it in their conference home opener against a Wyoming team that was down to seven scholarship players. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 590 words.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Forget RPOs. John Elway is going with AARP. The Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, 60, has accepted Elway’s offer to become the Denver Broncos’ next head coach, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Broncos didn’t announce the hiring, something the team won’t do until Fangio signs his contract. He’s expected to be introduced as the club’s 17th head coach on Thursday. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 850 words, photos.
CALGARY, Alberta _ The Colorado Avalanche visit the Calgary Flames. (Game starts at 7:30 p.m. MT)
SUPER BOWL TICKETS-LAWSUIT
Super Bowl tickets don’t figure to get any easier to come by — or any cheaper, probably — after a court ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit brought by a fan against the National Football League. New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled that the NFL didn’t violate state consumer fraud laws with its ticketing policies for the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, a decision that likely will spell defeat for a federal lawsuit that seeks potentially millions of dollars in damages. By David Porter. SENT: 530 words.
NEW YORK — The New York Yankees host Baltimore and Washington is at home against the New York Mets on March 28, the first games of the earliest regular major league opening day. The commissioner’s office announced games times Wednesday for the schedule, which was released in August. The previous earliest regular start was March 30 in 2003, 2008 and 2014. SENT: 430 words.
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