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AP-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

August 31, 2018

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

HUNTING GRIZZLIES

MISSOULA — A judge has blocked the opening of the first grizzly bear hunts to be held in the Rocky Mountains in more than 40 years. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen’s Thursday order comes as Idaho and Wyoming prepared to open the first grizzly bear hunting seasons in the Lower 48 states since 1974 on Saturday. By Matt Volz. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow, photo. Will be expanded.

With: HUNTING GRIZZLIES-THE LATEST

WYOMING-GOVERNOR’S RACE

CHEYENNE — A wealthy national Republican donor has decided not to run a write-in campaign for Wyoming governor after waging a hard-fought primary battle and finishing runner-up to a candidate with deeper roots in state politics. Top state Republicans, including one who once lost a governor’s race to a Democrat, talked him out of the idea, Foster Friess said after a GOP unity breakfast Thursday. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 370 words, photo.

OF WYOMING INTEREST:

COAL PLANT CLOSINGS

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio-based energy company said Wednesday it is closing its last coal-fired power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, a move decried by the coal industry and called inevitable by environmentalists. FirstEnergy Solutions said it plans to shut down its remaining four coal plants by 2022. The three Ohio plants are on the Ohio River in Stratton. Its last Pennsylvania coal plant is in Shippingport. The plants employ a combined 550 people. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 560 words on national lines.

IN BRIEF:

— WYOMING WILDFIRES — A wildfire in southeast Wyoming that has forced the evacuation of more than 50 residences has grown, but firefighters have been able to increase containment nonetheless.

— CEMENT MIXER-POLICE CHASE — A South Dakota man who led Wyoming authorities on a chase at 100 mph (161 kph) before ditching his pickup and trying to get away in cement truck has pleaded not guilty to three felonies and four misdemeanors.

— PRIMARY ELECTION-WRITE-INS — Two people have received enough write-in votes during last week’s primary election to qualify for November’s general election ballot for Wyoming state offices.

— JUDGE APPOINTED — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has appointed Bobbi Dean Overfield to be District Court judge for the Fifth Judicial District, serving Big Horn, Hot Springs and Washakie counties.

SPORTS:

ROCKIES-PADRES

SAN DIEGO — German Marquez and the Colorado Rockies, who trail Arizona by one-half game in the NL West, open a four-game series against the rookie lefty Eric Lauer and the last-place San Diego Padres. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. (Game starts at 8:10 p.m. MT)

BRONCOS-CARDINALS

Arizona rookie Josh Rosen is expected to watch from the sidelines by Denver backups Chad Kelly and Paxton Lynch will be under some intense scrutiny when the Cardinals and Broncos meet in their preseason finale. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. (Game starts at 8 p.m. MT)

AFC WEST

DENVER — It’s like old times in the AFC West. Jon Gruden glowering on the sideline. Philip Rivers surrounded by co-stars. An air-it-out quarterback in Kansas City. Von Miller sauntering around Denver again thanks to the arrival of a new pass rush partner in Bradley Chubb. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 930 words, photos.

COLORADO-COLORADO ST

DENVER — Colorado senior linebacker Rick Gamboa can instantly summon some of his favorite recollections of games against Colorado State: Win, win and another win. That simple. He and the Buffaloes can make it four for four on Friday night when they face the Rams in the Rocky Mountain Showdown at the home of the Denver Broncos. “It’s a cool thing to be a part of, being in a class that has won this game every single year we have played in it,” Gamboa said. “This is definitely a special game for me.” By Pat Graham. SENT: 800 words, photos.

With: PAC-12 THIS WEEK

IN BRIEF:

— DUMERVIL RETIRES — Pass rusher Elvis Dumervil is retiring from the NFL after 12 years.

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