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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

March 15, 2019

Wyoming at 1:25 p.m.

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WYOMING GOVERNOR-TRANSPARENCY

CHEYENNE _ Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon discusses with news media representatives how his administration can be transparent with the public. By Mead Gruver. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

SAGE GROUSE-ENERGY LEASES

BILLINGS, Mont. _ The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for Western States to ease energy industry restrictions in a way officials say will protect a struggling bird species. The changes by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will guide future efforts to conserve greater sage grouse, ground-dwelling birds that range across portions of 11 Western states. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 700 words. AP Photos.

ALSO OF WYOMING INTEREST:

WINTER WEATHER

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Rain and snowmelt from a massive late-winter storm pushed streams and rivers out of their banks, saturated rural fields and swelled on city streets from Nebraska to Wisconsin, even threatening a nuclear power plant Friday, with the flooding expected to last into the weekend. The high water pushed some waterways to record levels in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota, though a cooler and drier forecast for the next two weeks suggested some possibility of relief. Blake Nicholson. SENT: 545 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

ROCKIES BLIZZARD _ Residents of southeast Wyoming and northeast Colorado are still digging out from the blizzard that struck the area over the last two days, but life is returning to normal for most. Most schools and government offices are reopening Friday. Airplanes are flying again, and the major interstates in both states are open.

HOSPITAL SHOOTING-ENTRY _ A Wyoming man accused of firing several shots inside a medical center entered through a back security door while under the influence of LSD.

SPORTS:

BKC--WYOMING-SEASON END

LARAMIE _ As Wyoming went through what turned out to be one of the worst seasons in program history, head coach Allen Edwards consistently made reference to the Cowboys’ best player. It had as much to do with Justin James’ intangibles as his talent. By Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune. SENT: 840 words.

FBN--BRONCOS-FLACCO

DENVER _ John Elway insists Joe Flacco is at the top of his game at age 34 even though the former Baltimore Ravens quarterback he hasn’t thrown a pass in the playoffs since 2015. “Joe is a perfect fit for us,” Elway said at Flacco’s introductory news conference Friday. By Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words. AP Photos.

HKN--DUCKS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ After three days off, the Colorado Avalanche return to the ice to face Anaheim on Friday night. The Avalanche enter the day trailing Arizona by five points for the last wild-card spot in the Western Conference. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 7 p.m.

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