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AP-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

August 8, 2018

Wyoming at 1:15 p.m.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh worries about federal agencies running amok. He has argued that judges have given federal agencies leeway to push policies that go well beyond what Congress allowed. Kavanaugh has objected to Environmental Protection Agency regulations on greenhouse gases; the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rule requiring an equal playing field on the internet; and IRS requirements for paid tax preparers. All went beyond what Congress allowed by law, he said. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 1,100 words, national lines. AP Photo.


— MINER’S UNION-PRESIDENT — The United Mine Workers of America has elected Cecil Roberts to a sixth term as head of the coal miner’s union. Roberts, 71, is known as a fiery, passionate speaker and has battled in recent years to protect retired union worker pensions as the coal industry has slumped.

— SCHOOLS-MENTAL HEALTH — Wyoming education officials and students say increased access to health care for students is needed to keep schools safe. Michael Harris with the Fremont County School District told members of the Federal Commission on School Safety on Tuesday that several of his students share similar characteristics with man accused in the Florida high school shooting earlier this year.

— WYOMING WILDFIRES — Two small wildfires are burning in Yellowstone National Park, but officials say they are in areas that do not pose a threat to tourists or park facilities.



GILLETTE — Megan McManamen and Erin Galloway want to talk about something that might make people uncomfortable. It happens in kitchens everywhere in America, in grocery stores and in dining rooms at all times of the day. By Patrick Filbin, Gillette News Record. SENT: 1,00 words. AP Photos.


CASPER — In Midwest, there are three local choices for food: a gas station, a church food bank and a bench outside of the post office. There was a grocery store, off of state Highway 387. It closed either five or 10 years ago, depending on whom you believe at the Arcade Bar, a watering hole in nearby Edgerton. In either case, the store is locked and boarded up now. The driveway is overgrown, and a row of storage lockers sits in the field behind it. Were it not for the bartender pointing the store out, visitors would drive by, completely unaware that at one point, there was fresh food for sale in this small community. By Seth Klamann, Casper Star-Tribune. SENT: 2,000 words. AP Photos.


CODY — Sometimes when a clown is in full face paint, it’s difficult to tell whether he is smiling for real underneath. But no doubt, Sid McFarland was grinning loudly on the recent July evening he was acting up on the Stampede Arena dirt. By Lew Freedman, Cody Enterprise. SENT: 680 words. AP Photos.



LARAMIE — Tyler Hall has a new position. College football has a new kickoff rule. But he and the Wyoming Cowboys hope that nothing changes this season when it comes to Hall’s production on kickoff returns. As a sophomore, Hall returned 15 kickoffs for 508 yards. He fell 0.6 returns short of meeting the NCAA’s threshold of 1.2 per game in order to qualify for national rankings. Otherwise, he would have ranked third in the nation at 33.9 yards per return. Only four players topped his two return touchdowns, a Wyoming record. By Brandon Foster, Casper Star-Tribune. SENT: 940 words.


DENVER — As far as preseason openers go, the Vikings-Broncos game this weekend is filled with an unusual amount of intrigue. Case Keenum faces his former Minnesota teammates whom he helped reach the NFC title game before management jettisoned him in favor of fellow free agent Kirk Cousins. Then, there’s Vikings backup QBs Trevor Siemian facing their former team that’s still mired in the Paxton Lynch experiment. By Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.


DENVER — Pittsburgh right-hander Chris Archer makes his second start since he was acquired in a trade with the Rays as the Pirates close out a three-game series Wednesday against Colorado. The Rockies will throw right-hander German Marquez. By Brent W. New. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 1:10 p.m.


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