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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

May 2, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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TREASURER INVESTIGATION

CHEYENNE _ A Wyoming Highway Patrol investigation found no criminal violations were committed during a verbal encounter between state Treasurer Curt Meier and human resources staff members that left some workers feeling threatened. The incident occurred on March 21 after Meier complained to the state Human Resources Division about not being able to keep employees from leaving for better-compensated jobs in other state agencies, investigators said in the report released Tuesday. SENT: 250 words, photo.

WILDFIRE PROJECTIONS

SPOKANE, Wash. _ Most of the country can expect a normal wildfire season but residents along the West Coast of the United States should be ready for another busy season, the National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday. California experienced its deadliest and largest wildfires in the past two years, including a fire in the northern part of the state last year that destroyed the town of Paradise, killing more than 80 people. It was the nation’s worst death toll from a wildfire in a century. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 370 words, photos.

WILDLIFE KILLING-LAWSUIT

BOISE _ A federal agency says it will conduct an extensive environmental study on its decision to expand the killing of wolves and other predators in Idaho attacking livestock to also include predators attacking deer and elk. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in a government notice says it anticipates taking public comments this month to prepare the environmental impact statement. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 500 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ NEWCASTLE FATALS _ Two people have died and two others have been injured in a head-on crash in northeast Wyoming.

_ MISSILE TEST _ A fiery streak lit up the California sky as the U.S. Air Force conducted an early morning test of an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile. (With AP Photos)

_ FLU DEATH _ A Fremont County woman who died of flu-related complications in March was 56 years old.

_ GRIZZLY BEARS-WYOMING _ The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has opted not to hold a grizzly bear hunt this year.

_ MONTANA EAGLE-LEAD POISON _ A bald eagle found dead in Montana’s Glacier National Park died of lead poisoning.

SPORTS:

TRAIL BLAZERS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets seek to seize control of their second-round series against Portland when they host Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers for Game 2 on Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center, where they’re an NBA-best 38-8, including the playoffs. By Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. (Game starts 7 p.m. MT)

ROCKIES-BREWERS

Colorado plays Milwaukee at Miller Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game started at 5:40 p.m. MT)

FACEOFF

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to journey deeper into uncharted territory with each win in these playoffs. Among the franchise firsts so far: Winning a playoff series (they swept Tampa Bay in the opening round), first appearance in the second round, first second-round game played — and won — at home. And on Thursday night, it will be the first time many of the young Blue Jackets have played a meaningful game in the month of May. No Columbus player has played this late in 18 years of the team’s existence. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 750 words, photos.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

_ RAPIDS-HUDSON FIRED _ The Colorado Rapids fired head coach Anthony Hudson on Wednesday and replaced him with assistant Conor Casey on an interim basis. Hudson had an 8-26-9 record in Major League Soccer play since taking over in November 2017

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