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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

March 29, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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WYOMING-CARBON CAPTURE

CHEYENNE _ A fund backed by a British billionaire investor who’s a major contributor to environmental causes is backing carbon-capture research in Wyoming, the top U.S. coal-mining state. Wyoming’s Republican governor, Mark Gordon, and a carbon-capture technology nonprofit announced Thursday they’re providing $1.25 million to help researchers find ways to turn greenhouse-gas emissions into valuable products. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 590 words, photo.

WOLVES-GENETIC STUDY

DURHAM, N.C. _ A panel of top scientists concluded Thursday that the endangered red wolf of the southeastern U.S. is a species unto itself, giving the beleaguered canine a scientific and political boost as its numbers plummet in the wild. The government-funded study by the National Academy of Sciences also found that the Mexican gray wolf of New Mexico and Arizona is a subspecies, which advocates say should support conservation efforts. By Jonathan Drew and Matthew Brown. SENT: 610 words, photos.

OF WYOMING INTEREST:

INTERIOR-BERNHARDT

WASHINGTON _ The former oil and gas lobbyist nominated to head the Interior Department declined on Thursday to commit to recusing himself from future regulatory decisions involving past clients, telling senators “you want to have your A quarterback on the team.” David Bernhardt appeared before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which was considering his nomination as Interior secretary. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, defended Bernhardt, saying his past work for industries and previous stints as a senior staffer at Interior gave him valuable experience. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 620 words, photo on national lines.

IN BRIEF:

_ TRIBAL JUDGE CHARGED _ The chief judge on a Wyoming Indian reservation has been indicted on two federal criminal charges.

_ SCHOOL FLIERS _ Officials are investigating who is behind fliers disparaging of gays and blacks that were found at a Cheyenne junior high school.

_ ELK EUTHANIZED _ An ill-tempered bull elk in Wyoming has been euthanized after bashing into at least two cars.

_ BEAR ATTACK-OUTFITTER FINED _ Wyoming’s workplace safety office has fined an outdoor guide company for failing to make a timely report of a death.

SPORTS:

ROCKIES-MARLINS

MIAMI _ Kyle Freeland allowed two hits and one run in seven innings in his first opening day start, and the Colorado Rockies beat the sloppy Miami Marlins 6-3 Thursday. Freeland (1-0), who had a breakout 17-win season in 2018, retired his first 11 batters before Starlin Castro lined a single. The only other hit the left-hander allowed was a pinch-hit home run by J.T Riddle leading off the sixth inning. By Steven Wine. SENT: 560 words, photos.

HOUSTON-ROCKETS

HOUSTON _ The Houston Rockets look to bounce back from a loss to the Bucks when they host the Denver Nuggets, who are just 1/2 game behind the first-place Warriors in the Western Conference. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. (Game starts at 6 p.m. MT)

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