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CASPER — Candidates for governor tell a business advocacy group Wyoming has a lot of options to boost its economy. The Wyoming Business Alliance asks five Republican candidates and one Democratic candidate how they would diversify Wyoming’s economy. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 6 p.m. AP photo planned.
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 Montana-based Western Organization of Resource Councils said Wednesday that it’s concerned a bankruptcy by Westmoreland Coal could leave taxpayers to cover future reclamation costs. It asked the Interior Department to investigate. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.
BILLINGS — 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: 430 words, photos.
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. AP 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. AP 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..
—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. During a meeting Tuesday in Washington, Barrasso tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that Trump mentioned his appreciation for Wyoming because it was the only state where Trump polled over 70 percent of the vote in the 2016 election.
—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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