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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

May 5, 2019

Wyoming at 3:30 p.m.

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IN BRIEF:

TAXES-WYOMING _ Wyoming lawmakers are taking another look at tax proposals that failed to pass this year, including a corporate income tax for large retailers. The Casper Star Tribune reports that the Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee met last week in Lander and voted to continue work on proposals to raise the state’s gas tax and allowing additional local option taxes as well as continuing discussions on the National Retail Fairness Act.

WYOMING FLOODING _ Forecast rain for southern Wyoming could lead to flooding in the Laramie area. National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Mokry told the Laramie Boomerang that warm temperatures and rainfall could cause flooding along the Laramie and the Little Laramie rivers in Albany County, with the largest risk coming where the two rivers meet. He said a “huge, heavy rainfall” could lead to flooding around Bosler by the end of the week.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

ELECTION 2020-WYOMING SENATE

GILLETTE, Wyo. _ Wyoming Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi announced Saturday that he will not run for a fifth term in 2020, costing the GOP a loyal conservative senator but likely not the seat. Enzi, 75, announced his pending retirement in his hometown of Gillette, where he owned a shoe store and “never intended to get into politics.” But his election as mayor in 1974 was the start of a successful political career that led him to the Senate in 1996. SENT: 450 words. AP Photos.

COLORADO RIVER-BUGS

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. _ Ted Kennedy sums up what he sees along the river in the Grand Canyon: “It’s buggy out there.” That is to say, an experiment to change the flow of water from a dam near the Arizona-Utah state line appeared to boost the number of aquatic insects that fish in the Colorado River eat. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 630 words.

WYOMING ECONOMY

CASPER _ With its natural resource-dependent economy, the amount of money Wyoming takes in at any given time lives and dies by the success of commodities like oil, gas and coal. Thanks to a positive start to the year for the drilling industry, Wyoming appears to be on the cusp of an upswing in the state’s volatile economy, taking in significantly more money than it was projected to at the start of the year. By Nick Reynolds, Casper Star-Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 1,020 words.

BIG BOY STEAM ENGINE _ One of the world’s biggest and most powerful steam locomotives is chugging to its big debut after five years of restoration work. Big Boy No. 4014 rolled out of a Union Pacific restoration shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Saturday morning as hundreds of spectators looked on. From there, it goes to Ogden, Utah, to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. With AP Photos.

SPORTS:

BBN--DIAMONDBACKS-ROCKIES

DENVER _ Zack Greinke will throw Sunday as the Arizona Diamondbacks wrap up a three-game series with Colorado. The Rockies will send German Márquez to the mound. By Michael Kelly. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 1:10 p.m. game.

HKN--FACEOFF

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ After Boston beat Columbus to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series on Saturday night, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella vowed that his team would win Monday at home and be back in Boston for Game 7. Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks are one win away from advancing in their series with Colorado. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BKN--NUGGETS-TRAIL BLAZERS

PORTLAND, After a grueling quadruple-overtime victory less than 48 hours before, the Portland Trail Blazers face the Denver Nuggets for Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 700 word and photos from 3 p.m. game.

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