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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

January 17, 2019

Wyoming at 1:10 p.m.

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WYOMING-PARTY REGISTRATION

CHEYENNE, Wyo. _ Republican members of a Wyoming legislative committee are skeptical about a bill that state GOP leaders have identified as their top priority this year. The bill would bar voters from changing party affiliation during a roughly three-month period leading up to primary elections. The goal is to discourage voters from one party influencing the other party’s primary. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-WILDFIRES

PORTLAND, Ore. _ Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year’s fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use the break from the flames to prepare for the next onslaught, but much of that effort has ground to a halt on U.S. land because employees are furloughed. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 830 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CASPER KILLING-STAND YOUR GROUND _ A Casper man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man has asked a judge to throw out the case, citing a Wyoming’s new “stand your ground” law.

_ CELL TOWER-FATAL FALL _ The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a technician who fell from a cell tower in southwestern South Dakota.

SPORTS:

BKN--BULLS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Chicago Bulls have lost eight straight heading into their game against Denver on Thursday night. What’s more, the Bulls haven’t won in the Mile High City since Feb. 8, 2006. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 7 p.m.

YANKEES-OTTAVINO _ A person familiar with the negotiations says reliever Adam Ottavino and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract. AP Photos.

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