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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

December 16, 2018

Wyoming at 2:40 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-INVESTIGATIONS

WASHINGTON _ Investigations now entangle Donald Trump’s White House, campaign, transition, inauguration, charity and business. Less than two years into Trump’s presidency, his business associates, political advisers and family members are being probed, along with the practices of his late father. On Saturday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke became the fourth Cabinet member to leave under an ethical cloud, having sparked 17 investigations into his actions on the job, by one watchdog’s count. By Calvin Woodward and Julie Pace. SENT: 1,440 words, photos.

NEXT GENERATION GPS

DENVER _ After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully available until 2022 or later because of problems in a companion program to develop a new ground control system for the satellites. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 860 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

SCHOOL SECURITY FUNDING _Wyoming legislators have endorsed allocating nearly $5 million for security improvements at K-12 schools.

STATE AGENCIES-COMPUTER UPGRADE _A Wyoming legislative panel has endorsed a bill to prepare to replace an aging and costly computer system used by multiple state agencies.

SPORTS:

FBN--BUMBLING BRONCOS

DENVER _ Even down to one healthy cornerback, another spitting up blood, three sidelined with injuries and one ejected for throwing a punch, Vance Joseph trusted his defense more than his offense. The Denver Broncos’ embattled second-year coach sent kicker Brandon McManus out for a field goal rather than go for it on fourth-and-1 from the Cleveland 6 with the Broncos trailing by four points and less than five minutes remaining. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 840 words.

FBN--CARELESS KEENUM

DENVER _ Case Keenum wasn’t the cautious quarterback his coach complained about last week. Instead, he was the careless one who made Broncos fans wonder why John Elway had spent $36 million to replace the much cheaper and just as effective Trevor Siemian. Keenum threw two costly interceptions in Denver’s damaging 17-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night when he topped 200 yards passing for the first time in a month, but didn’t throw any touchdown passes. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BKN--RAPTORS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ Not a complete surprise, Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors lead the Eastern Conference. In a complete surprise, Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets sit atop the Western Conference. The two first-place teams will meet Sunday night in Denver. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game time is 6 p.m. MT.

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