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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

January 3, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump said Wednesday the partial government shutdown will last “as long as it takes” as closures entered a 12th day over his demands for billions of dollars from Congress to build a border wall with Mexico. The meeting came as the shutdown dragged through its second week, closing some parks and leaving hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay. By Zeke Miller And Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 930 words, photos on national lines.

IN BRIEF:

_ GOP OFFICE ARSON _ A man has pleaded guilty in federal court to breaking into and burning the Wyoming Republican Party office in Laramie last September.

_ DUI THRESHOLD-ARREST _ Utah Highway Patrol troopers have made their first arrest under the state’s new lowered DUI threshold.

_ GAME AND FISH _ Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director Scott Talbott says 2018 was a year especially notable for the partnerships between his agency and the public to manage wildlife and conserve it for the future.

_ CHILD MARRIAGE _ A Laramie lawmaker and others are proposing a bill that would require individuals to reach the age of 18 before becoming eligible for marriage in Wyoming.

_ MOVING TRENDS _ Vermont’s population is among the smallest in the U.S., but a study from United Van Lines indicate people are moving to the New England state. Vermont has the second-smallest population among states, exceeding only Wyoming.

SPORTS:

BKC-BOISE STATE-WYOMING

LARAMIE _ Wyoming hosts Boise State in the Cowboys’ Mountain West Conference opener on Wednesday night at Arena-Auditorium. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

BRONCOS COACHING SEARCH

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — John Elway’s search for his fourth coach in six seasons began with former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, a native of Boulder, Colorado, on Wednesday. Elway fired Vance Joseph after he went 11-21 in two seasons. Joseph is interviewing for the Cincinnati Bengals’ opening Thursday and Friday. Joseph was a former assistant to longtime Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who was also among the eight head coaching casualties of the 2018 season. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 710 words, photo.

YANKEES-TULOWITZKI

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have obtained a low-cost infield replacement, agreeing to a one-year contract with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for the major league minimum $555,000, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The former Colorado Rocky idolized retired Yankees captain Derek Jeter and has worn No. 2 in his honorBy Ronald Blum. SENT: 390 words, photo.

SHARKS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche try to break out of a five-game skid when they host San Jose on Wednesday night. The Sharks have won two of three. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 7:30 p.m. MT)

AROUND THE NHL

DENVER — Don’t be fooled: That third-period lead isn’t so safe. Not this season, anyway. There’s been quite a comeback for the comeback. The NHL has seen 110 third-period comeback wins spanning 611 games through New Year’s Eve. That’s third-most in league history and not far off the 114 rallies in 2014-15 and 113 in ’13-14, according to research by the NHL stats and information department. By Pat Graham. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

NUGGETS-THE JOKER

DENVER _ Nikola Jokic considers himself a point guard who just so happens to be trapped in a center’s 250-pound frame. “I’m telling that to everybody,” the Denver Nuggets standout said. “But nobody believes in that except me.” It’s as good a description as any for the hard-to-label and even harder-to-stop play of the 7-footer nicknamed Joker. By Pat Graham. SENT: 930 words, photos.

ON BASKETBALL-INTERNATIONAL FLAIR

Go back to the 1999-2000 NBA season, and there were only two foreign-born players in the NBA who averaged 15 points per game: Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan. This season, there are 24 names on that list — by far the most in league history. The NBA international imprint just keeps getting bigger, providing the sort of transformative impact the likes of which the league probably hasn’t seen since the ABA merger. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 770 words, photos.

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