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WYOMING-GOVERNOR'S RACE

CHEYENNE — Republican mega-donor Foster Friess says he considered but has decided not to run a write-in campaign for Wyoming governor. Friess lost to State Treasurer Mark Gordon in the Republican gubernatorial primary Aug. 21. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.

HUNTING GRIZZLIES

MISSOULA, Mont. — Wildlife advocates pressed a Montana judge Thursday to restore federal protections for a group of about 700 grizzly bears and block hunting that's set to begin this weekend, but the judge said he would not make an immediate ruling. US District Judge Dana Christensen said at the opening of a packed court hearing in Missoula that he knew many people present expected him to issue a quick ruling from the bench, but told those attending "that's not going to happen." By Matt Volz. SENT: 800 words. AP Photo.

ALSO OF WYOMING INTEREST:

COAL PLANT CLOSINGS

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio-based energy company said Wednesday it is closing its last coal-fired power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, a move decried by the coal industry and called inevitable by environmentalists. FirstEnergy Solutions said it plans to shut down its remaining four coal plants by 2022. The three Ohio plants are on the Ohio River in Stratton. Its last Pennsylvania coal plant is in Shippingport. The plants employ a combined 550 people. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 560 words, national lines.

IN BRIEF:

— CEMENT MIXER-POLICE CHASE — A South Dakota man who led Wyoming authorities on a chase at 100 mph (161 kph) before ditching his pickup and trying to get away in cement truck has pleaded not guilty to three felonies and four misdemeanors.

— PRIMARY ELECTION-WRITE-INS— Two people have received enough write-in votes during last week's primary election to qualify for November's general election ballot for Wyoming state offices.

— JUDGE APPOINTED — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Bobbi Dean Overfield to be District Court judge for the Fifth Judicial District, serving Big Horn, Hot Springs and Washakie counties. Overfield fills the vacancy occurring with the retirement of Judge Robert E. Skar, effective Oct. 2.

SPORTS:

BBN--ROCKIES-PADRES

SAN DIEGO — German Marquez and the Colorado Rockies, who trail Arizona by one-half game in the NL West, open a four-game series against the rookie lefty Eric Lauer and the last-place San Diego Padres. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 8:10 p.m. game.

FBN--BRONCOS-CARDINALS

Arizona rookie Josh Rosen is expected to watch from the sidelines by Denver backups Chad Kelly and Paxton Lynch will be under some intense scrutiny when the Cardinals and Broncos meet in their preseason finale. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 8 p.m. game.

COLORADO-COLORADO ST

DENVER — Colorado senior linebacker Rick Gamboa can instantly summon some of his favorite recollections of games against Colorado State: Win, win and another win. That simple. By Pat Graham. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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