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AP-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

December 1, 2018

Wyoming at 5:45 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

COAL COMPANY BANKRUPTCY

BILLINGS, Mont. — A major coal mine expansion in southeastern Montana received a preliminary green light from state and federal officials on Friday even as the mine’s owner remains tied up in bankruptcy proceedings with plans to sell the property. Officials released an 800-page environmental study of Westmoreland Coal Co.’s expansion of the Rosebud Mine expansion that clears the way for a final decision in coming months. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 490 words, photo.

OF WYOMING INTEREST:

TRUMP-EPA-PRUITT

WASHINGTON — The internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency has closed two probes into the conduct of former Administrator Scott Pruitt as inconclusive because investigators were unable to interview him before he resigned. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 820 words, national lines.

IN BRIEF:

— TEACHER ARRESTED — The lawyer for a second-grade teacher arrested at a Wyoming elementary school this week says police broke an agreement to allow his client to turn himself in and risked traumatizing students.

— PLAYGROUND INJURY-LAWSUIT — A former Jackson family who sued Teton County schools in 2016 following its son’s playground brain injury has reached a final settlement agreement.

— COAL MINE PERMITS — The Powder River Basin Resource Council is objecting to the proposed transfer of mining permits for the Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte coal mines in northeast Wyoming.

— WOLF HUNT — A Montana hunter has legally killed a wolf that was popular with photographers and wolf watchers in Yellowstone National Park.

SPORTS:

BKC-WYOMING-MALDONADO

LARAMIE — Is Hunter Maldonado going to play? Depends on the day. Maldonado wants to suit up for Wyoming every game — and the Cowboys need him on the floor as much as possible — but right now, it’s a matter of pain tolerance for the sophomore guard. Maldonado is dealing with back spasms that began after he took a tumble out of bounds in Wyoming’s season opener against UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 6. By Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 770 words.

BILLS-DOLPHINS PREVIEW

MIAMI — The season is heading in opposite directions for the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, which has brought them closer together in the AFC East standings. The Bills (4-7) have won two games in a row to stoke enthusiasm about their long-term outlook with rookie quarterback Josh Allen, while the Dolphins (5-6) have lost two straight and six of eight to sour their season. By Steven Wine. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BRONCOS-HOLLAND

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Jeff Holland takes his inspiration from Von Miller on the practice field and Phillip Lindsay in the locker room. The former Auburn star met Miller while preparing for the NFL draft. When his name wasn’t called, he quickly signed with Denver so he could learn from the best — with lessons thrown in from two other first-rounders, rookie Bradley Chubb and Shane Ray, along with Shaq Barrett and pass rush consultant DeMarcus Ware. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 790 words, photos.

BLUES-AVALANCHE

DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche have won six straight heading into their game Friday night against the St. Louis Blues. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

NUGGETS-TRAIL BLAZERS

DENVER — The Denver Nuggets take on the Portland Trail Blazers. (Game starts at 8:30 p.m. MT)

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Colorado and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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