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AP-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

August 22, 2018

Wyoming at 1:15 p.m.

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CHEYENNE — President Donald Trump tried his best to appeal to coal country but amid a truckload of bad political news, the top coal-producing state didn’t love him back. Instead, Wyoming voters chose State Treasurer Mark Gordon, a rancher who grew up at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains, over political mega-donor Foster Friess in the state’s Republican primary for governor. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 640 words. AP Photos.


— WYOMING PRIMARY-FRIESS — Foster Friess took his last-minute campaigning for his unsuccessful bid for Wyoming governor a little too close to a polling place on Tuesday.


WASHINGTON — Is financial turmoil in Turkey and other emerging economies at risk of spreading? Will America’s trade war with China derail the U.S. economy? Does the Federal Reserve have the means to fight the next recession? And: Is Chairman Jerome Powell troubled by President Donald Trump’s public denunciation of the Fed’s interest rate hikes? By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 1,000 words. AP Photos.



WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials earlier this month said that a strong economy meant that it would “likely soon be appropriate” to boost their benchmark interest rate for a third time this year. But minutes of their discussions released Wednesday also revealed deepening concerns that escalating trade wars could hurt the economy. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 400 words, national lines. AP Photo.



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s largest electric utility is asking state regulators for approval to join a trading market that allows participants in several western states to buy and sell energy to better balance supply and demand. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is among those expected to join the energy imbalance market by 2020 while large utilities in Arizona, Nevada and Utah already are on board. By Susan Montoya Bryan.


— BANK OF THE WEST-FOSSIL FUELS — Rock Springs officials have decided to take city funds out of Bank of the West after the bank announced that it would no longer do business with companies that it perceived as detrimental to the environment.

— UNEMPLOYMENT RATE — The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reports that the state’s unemployment rate increased slightly from 3.7 percent in June to 3.8 percent in July.

— BANK ROBBERIES-FOUR STATES — A Topeka man has been sentenced to 6.5 years in federal prison for robbing five banks in four states. The U.S. Attorney’s office said 21-year-old Dakota Shareef Walker was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to bank robberies in Kansas, Missouri, Wyoming and two in Idaho.



CASPER — The walls of the Casper gallery began to fill with images of people, animals and other scenes. Each piece was depicted in black and white, with intricate details that stopped some people in their tracks. “Aren’t these awesome?” gallery manager Susie Grant said. “These are scratchboard.” By Elysia Conner, Casper Star-Tribune. SENT: 830 words. AP Photos.


JACKSON — “Have you met my therapist?” read Amanda Soliday’s shirt, beneath the image of a grinning pug. At her feet sat an actual dog, Otis, a 6-year-old golden retriever. Together, Soliday and Otis are an animal therapy team. They regularly visit St. John’s Medical Center, the Children’s Learning Center, the Senior Center of Jackson Hole and other places around Jackson to let Otis work his magic on patients, children and seniors. By Elizabeth Chambers, Jackson Hole News & Guide. SENT: 860 words. AP Photos.


GILLETTE — With public school classes starting in Gillette, local teachers found time to reach out to colleagues across the state. Three local teachers designed their own escape room game to puzzle participants at the Wyoming Roadmap to STEAM Conference in Gillette. By Kathy Brown, Gillette News Record. SENT: 1,000 words.



ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen will address reporters on Wednesday for the first time since being named the starter for Buffalo’s preseason home game against Cincinnati on Sunday. The decision provides the first-round draft pick out of Wyoming an opportunity to secure the No. 1 job following an offseason-long three-way competition. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


LARAMIE — There might not be a better person to judge Wyoming’s strong-side linebacker/nickel back position than Jalen Ortiz. Ortiz is a defensive graduate assistant for Wyoming who works with that position. He also started there as a senior last year. “So last year, him playing, he of course had to take care of his own things like that, so I couldn’t even use his brain then,” linebacker/nickel back Chavez Pownell Jr. said of Ortiz. “But now, it’s like I can use my abilities and I can use Jalen’s brain, too. And Tyler (Hall), too. We can both ask Jalen anything.” By Brandon Foster, Casper Star-Tribune. SENT: 800 words.


UNDATED — When Bryan Harsin returned to Boise State, he initially took over a program of Chris Petersen’s players and immediately won a New Year’s Six bowl game. Now all those players have cycled through, but the 22nd-ranked Broncos still have the same lofty expectations. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words. By 5 p.m.


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