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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

February 20, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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WYOMING RECORDS LAWSUIT

CHEYENNE _ Wyoming’s state auditor has provided all state spending records that two government transparency groups sued to get from her office under the state’s public records law, the groups announced Tuesday. The groups will ask a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, Adam Andrzejewski, executive director of American Transparency, told The Associated Press. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 400 words.

WYOMING-LODGING TAX

CHEYENNE _ A proposed statewide lodging tax has cleared a Senate committee as it continues to make its way through the Wyoming Legislature. The Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee voted 3-1 Tuesday with one conflict declared to advance House Bill 66. The bill likely will be referred to the Appropriations Committee before it is considered by the full Senate. By Bob Moen. SENT: 380 words.

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN

PHOENIX _ Arizona won’t have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan finished by the federal government’s deadline to finalize protections for water used by millions across the U.S. West, state water officials said Tuesday. It’s the latest hurdle threatening the plan between seven states to take less water from the drought-starved Colorado River, which supplies 40 million people and 5.5 million acres of farmland. Missing the March 4 deadline could allow the federal government to step in and decide the rules. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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IN BRIEF:

_ INMATE DEATH _ An 81-year-old inmate at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution has died.

_ BROADBAND-TAX BREAK _ The Wyoming Senate has approved a sales-tax break for companies that provide internet and other telecommunications services to rural areas.

_ SCHOOLS-SEXUAL BATTERY _ Authorities say male students at Casper-area middle and high schools have been daring each other to inappropriately touch female classmates, leading to about 15 reports of sexual battery.

_ UW-STUDENT SURVEYS _ A national survey finds that University of Wyoming students have more interaction with faculty members, spend more time preparing for class and receive more encouragement to participate in campus activities than students at other public universities in the region.

SPORTS

BKC-UNLV-WYOMING

LARAMIE _ Wyoming hosts UNLV in Mountain West Conference action Tuesday night. (Game starts at 8 p.m. MT)

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