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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

December 15, 2018

Wyoming at 3:15 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-INTERIOR SECRETARY

WASHINGTON _ Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year’s end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said “vicious and politically motivated attacks” against him had “created an unfortunate distraction” in fulfilling the agency’s mission. By Ellen Knickmeyer, Matthew Brown And Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,400 words, national lines. AP Photos.

IDAHO TEST REACTOR

IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho _ A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants. The reactor at the U.S. Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory has performed 10 tests on nuclear fuel since late last year. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 870 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

YELLOWSTONE WINTER _ Select roads in Yellowstone National Park have opened to the public for motorized oversnow travel. Visitors on Saturday morning were able to travel the park’s interior roads on commercially-guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches from the West and South Entrances.

UW DONATION-CERCY _ The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has decided to return an $800,000 donation from convicted sex offender Tony Cercy of Casper.

EX-PROSECUTOR-THEFT _ Former Wyoming state lawmaker Sam Krone is asking a judge to reduce his supervised probation for stealing more than $9,600 from a lawyer’s group.

SPORTS:

FBN--BROWNS-BRONCOS

DENVER _ The Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos meet up Saturday night in a game pitting two of the top-5 picks in this year’s draft, Baker Mayfield and Bradley Chubb, with the winner clinging to its longshot AFC wild-card hopes. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. Game starts 6:20 p.m. AP photos planned.

HKN--STARS-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ The Dallas Stars visit the Colorado Avalanche in NHL action Saturday night. Game starts at 7 p.m. AP photos planned.

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