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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

April 4, 2019

Wyoming at 1:30 p.m.

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INTERIOR SECRETARY

WASHINGTON _ A Senate panel voted Thursday to put a veteran former lobbyist in charge of the Interior Department, despite a last-minute round of intense debate on allegations that he was using his federal position to benefit former industry clients. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 14-6 to approve David Bernhardt’s appointment to oversee the country’s public lands and resources. Two Democrats and one independent joined Republicans in voting yes. The vote sends President Donald Trump’s nomination to the full Senate, which has not yet scheduled a final vote. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 780 words, national lines. AP Photos.

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WOLF CENSUS-WASHINGTON

SPOKANE, Wash. _ The number of gray wolves in Washington state kept growing last year and for the first time the state documented a pack living west of the Cascade Range, wildlife officials said Thursday. The state has a minimum of 126 wolves in 27 packs with 15 successful breeding pairs, defined as male and female adults that have raised at least two pups that survived through the end of the year, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife found in its annual wolf census. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 550 words.

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UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING-TUITION REVENUE _ University of Wyoming officials say the university’s net tuition revenue is lower than they had expected despite the institution’s strong enrollment.

YELLOWSTONE MINING _ The executive behind a mining proposal near Yellowstone National Park says the project will proceed as planned despite concerns from local residents and the passage of a permanent ban on new mining claims on nearby public lands.

RIVERTON INTOXICANTS _ Alcohol-based mouthwash and hand sanitizer are now considered illegal intoxicants in Riverton.

DEPRESSION-PREGNANT WOMEN _ A Wyoming Department of Health report says women in the state who gave birth in 2017 reported high rates of depression before, during and after pregnancy. The agency’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System says more than 19 percent of women who gave birth two years ago reported having depression before they became pregnant.

MOUNTAIN LIONS-DEER _ New research indicates that increasing hunting pressure on mountain lions to help a struggling mule deer population in western Wyoming may not be working as intended.

SPORTS:

HKN--JETS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ Both Winnipeg and Colorado have plenty on the line Thursday in Denver. The Jets are trying to wrap up the Central Division while the Avalanche are hoping to secure the final wild-card spot. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 7 p.m. game.

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