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AP-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

November 30, 2018

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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WYOMING LODGING TAXES

CHEYENNE — A bill that would levy a 5 percent lodging tax in Wyoming won the endorsement of a legislative panel Thursday after it wrestled with how to account for cities and counties that already levy a local lodging tax. The bill endorsed on a 9-3 vote by the Joint Revenue Committee will be presented to the full Legislature when it meets in January. By Bob Moen. SENT: 540 words.

OF WYOMING INTEREST:

ELECTION 2018-VOTECAST-MORMON VOTERS

WASHINGTON — About two-thirds of Mormon voters nationwide favored Republicans in the midterm elections, but President Donald Trump’s approval rating among members of the faith lagged behind, according to a nationwide survey of midterm voters. And as Republican Sen. Mitt Romney prepares to join the new Congress in January, most voters in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah — 64 percent — would like to see the senator confront the president, AP VoteCast found. By Hannah Fingerhut And Brady McCombs. SENT: 1,000 words, photo on national lines.

COAL TAX-BLACK LUNG

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Appalachian coal miners and supporters are in Washington this week to urge lawmakers to extend a tax that benefits miners sick with black lung disease. The excise tax paid by coal companies funds the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, but if Congress doesn’t act the tax will decrease by about 55 percent at the end of the year. By Dylan Lovan. SENT: 330 words on national lines.

IN BRIEF:

— YELLOWSTONE BISON — An attorney for a Montana tribe says it’s not accepting a small group of wild bison from Yellowstone National Park because of burdensome conditions proposed by federal officials.

— TEACHER ARRESTED-PLEA — A Wyoming second-grade teacher who was arrested at school has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges that allege he backed into his ex-wife with a pickup truck and previously kicked her, breaking her ribs.

— WYOMING AIR SERVICE — Airlines interested in providing air service to rural Wyoming communities have until Dec. 20 to submit proposals to the state for consideration.

— SCHOOL SAFETY — The Legislature’s interim Joint Education Committee has advanced a bill that would require Wyoming schools to create a comprehensive safety plan and conduct nationally recognized, proactive security training.

SPORTS:

COMFORTABLE KEENUM

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Case Keenum has a simple answer for why none of his passes were picked off in November after throwing interceptions in each of his first eight games as the Denver Broncos’ new quarterback. “I’m throwing it to our guys, not throwing it to the other team,” Keenum said. “Who knew?” It’s actually more than just Keenum taking care of the football. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 850 words, photo.

With: BRONCOS-BENGALS PREVIEW CAPSULE — DENVER (5-6) at CINCINNATI (5-6) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS. By The Associated Press.

BRONCOS-BENGALS PREVIEW

CINCINNATI — A.J. Green has a collection of stories about quarterback Jeff Driskel’s athletic exploits, such as the way he can dribble between his legs and dunk. Or outrun teammates. Or play multiple positions in practice. Green suggested that Driskel might be the best all-around athlete on the Bengals. “Nice,” Driskel said in response. “But I don’t know about that.” By Joe Kay. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

— WYOMING-MOUNTAIN WEST HONORS — Running back Nico Evans, place kicker Cooper Rothe and safety Andrew Wingard have earned first team honors on the Mountain West Conference All-Conference football team.

— ROCKIES-RUSIN — Left-handed reliever Chris Rusin and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to one-year contract worth $1,687,500, a deal with a $400,000 raise that avoided salary arbitration.

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