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May 17, 2018

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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WYOMING-GOVERNOR’S RACE

CASPER — Candidates for governor had no shortage of ideas for boosting the economy when asked by a pro-business group Wednesday, most of them centered on building up Wyoming’s existing strengths in energy extraction, tourism and agriculture rather than striking off in bold, new directions. The Wyoming Business Alliance asked five Republican candidates and one Democratic candidate how they would diversify the economy. The group also asked how they would give a boost to Wyoming’s existing, natural-resources-based industries and fix declining state revenue. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 560 words, photo.

COAL MINING COMPANY

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal officials are being asked to investigate whether a financially-troubled coal company has posted sufficient bonds to cover future reclamation work at its mines in the U.S. and Canada. The Western Organization of Resource Councils, a Montana-based conservation group, said Wednesday that it was concerned that a bankruptcy by Westmoreland Coal Company could leave taxpayers to cover future reclamation costs. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 600 words, photo.

MINING POLLUTION

BILLINGS, Mont. — Environmental groups challenged the Trump administration in federal court Wednesday over its rejection of an Obama-era proposal that would have required mining companies to prove they have enough money to clean up their pollution. The Idaho Conservation League, Earthworks, Sierra Club and other groups filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. asking it to review last year’s move to drop the rule. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 630 words, photos.

YELLOWSTONE BISON

HELENA, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park is launching a new program to capture and quarantine wild bison with the goal of establishing new, disease-free herds across the nation, park officials said Tuesday. The program aims to help the conservation of the species by relocating wild Yellowstone bison to “suitable public and tribal lands” after they pass rigorous testing for disease, according to the National Park Service’s decision. By Matt Volz. SENT: 500 words.

EPA-PRUITT

WASHINGTON — Embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said he doesn’t remember asking his security detail to use lights and sirens to speed his government-owned SUV through Washington traffic, even as Democratic senators disclosed an internal email saying he did. By Ellen Knickmeyer And Michael Biesecker. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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NATIONAL WOMEN BUILD WEEK

CASPER — Kristen Hayes stood on the wood floor base of her future home and picked up the edge of a wall. One the count of three, she and a line of women volunteers hoisted the wall to standing. Hayes looked through a window opening and wiped away a few tears with a free hand as she helped hold the structure. Hammers pounded as crew members on Saturday secured the first wall of the home she’ll soon call her own. By Elysia Conner, Casper Star-Tribune. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

EXCHANGE NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY-GAME

JACKSON — Tensions run high when treaties are broken and gold booms turn to busts. Journeys School fourth- and fifth-graders got a taste of 1800s Wyoming life as they tested The Bozeman Trail, a new game that could teach students about Native American history and the socio-economic forces that led to change on the Northern Plains during the second half of the 19th century. By Kylie Mohr, Jackson Hole News & Guide. SENT: 2,100 words.

EXCHANGE PROTECTING YELLOWSTONE

BOZEMAN, Mont. — On a summer’s day, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is a busy place. The Hyalite Peak trail south of Bozeman features a steady stream of foot traffic, one of the most popular forest recreation destinations in Montana. East of Hyalite Peak in the adjacent Paradise Valley, rafts crowd the shore of the Yellowstone River as people jostle to launch for a day’s float. In both places, vehicles are parked along roads and ditches because the parking lot at the trailhead and fishing access sites are full. By Brett French, Billings Gazette. SENT: 670 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CASPER CITY THEFT — A 39-year-old former Casper city employee has pleaded guilty in a Wyoming court to stealing nearly $20,000 in city funds.

— TRUMP-BARRASSO — U.S. Sen. John Barrasso says President Donald Trump has offered to come to Wyoming to campaign for Barrasso’s re-election campaign.

— CHILD SHOT-BB GUN — A Wyoming man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of child abuse after authorities say he shot a girl twice with a BB gun.

— ROCK SPRINGS STABBING — A Utah man was given two concurrent life sentences without the possibility of parole for killing a woman and stabbing another during a knife attack at a Wyoming hotel.

— AGRICULTURE SECRETARY-WYOMING — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is visiting Wyoming on Wednesday and is scheduled to take part in a pair of discussions on workforce training and agriculture in Cheyenne.

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