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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

WYOMING GOVERNOR'S RACE

CHEYENNE — Republican candidates for Wyoming governor take part in a debate hosted by Wyoming Public Media.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

WYOMING WOLVES

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission on Wednesday approved a wolf hunting season this fall that allows for hunters to take up to 58 wolves, which is up from the 44 wolves that were allowed to be hunted last year. There are about 350 wolves roaming Wyoming, including about 210 in areas where the state manages their numbers with hunting. By Bob Moen. SENT: 350 words, photo.

YELLOWSTONE GOLD

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Environmental groups seeking to block a Canadian company's search effort for gold on private land near Yellowstone National Park face a setback after a judge found they didn't follow procedural rules in challenging a state law. The Park County Environmental Council and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition argue a 2011 law violates Montana's constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment. The law prevents a judge from blocking exploration work while state-issued permits are being challenged. SENT: 200 words.

OIL PRODUCTION-US

The U.S. is on pace to leapfrog both Saudi Arabia and Russia and reclaim the title of the world's biggest oil producer for the first time since the 1970s. The latest forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that U.S. output will grow next year to 11.8 million barrels a day. By Business Writer David Koenig. SENT: 610 words, photo on national lines.

EPA-WHEELER

WASHINGTON — Andrew Wheeler, the new acting chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, signaled a more inclusive approach at the agency, telling staffers roiled by months of ethics allegations against his predecessor, "You will find me and my team ready to listen." In his first remarks to agency staffers since Scott Pruitt's resignation last week, Wheeler said he recognized the stress that many might be feeling about the change at the top and sought to reassure them. "I value your input and your feedback," he said. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 620 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— YELLOWSTONE VISITORS — Nearly 810,900 people visited Yellowstone National Park in June.

— WYOMING WILDFIRES — Firefighters have made good progress in battling a large grass fire in northern Wyoming.

— MAFIA KILLING-POT SENTENCE — An 82-year-old man who was convicted in the 1970s killing of a nephew of notorious mob boss Carlo Gambino has been sentenced to three years of probation for a felony drug charge in Wyoming.

— GRAND TETON-HIDDEN FALLS — Grand Teton National Park has closed the Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point tourist attractions because of concerns that a fissuring rock wall could pose a danger.

— LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN-SURVEY — A grouse that has been the focus of an ongoing legal battle over whether it warrants federal protection has seen its numbers increase by nearly 30 percent over the past year.

— RIVERTON HAZING — The Fremont County School District No. 25 superintendent says three Riverton High School wrestlers have been expelled for assaulting and sexually harassing eight teammates.

SPORTS:

DIAMONDBACKS-ROCKIES

DENVER — Colorado pitcher German Marquez (7-8, 4.92) takes the mound Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. Marquez is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA with 14 strikeouts and no walks in his last two starts. (Game starts at 6:40 p.m. MT)

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