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BC-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

February 15, 2019

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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WYOMING-DEATH PENALTY

CHEYENNE _ A proposal to repeal the death penalty failed in the Wyoming Legislature on Thursday after drawing far more support from state lawmakers than ever before. The 18-12 vote in the state Senate ended a fairly long run for a bill that failed early each of the past five legislative sessions. This year, concern about the death penalty’s costs amid tight state budgets won over new repeal supporters. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 470 words.

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WESTERN STORMS

SAUSALITO, Calif. — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes, and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. The powerful system swept in from the Pacific Ocean and unleashed damaging rain, snow and wind across the U.S. West into Wyoming, Montana and Colorado after walloping Northern California and southern Oregon a day earlier. By Terence Chea and John Antczak. SENT: 900 words, photos and video.

COAL PLANT-POLITICS

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A federal utility board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and handing the coal industry a defeat in its backyard. The Tennessee Valley Authority voted to retire the remaining coal-fired unit by December 2020 at the Paradise Fossil Plant along the Green River in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. The decision could put 131 people out of work and will affect an additional 135 people who work in nearby coal mines that supply the plant, including one owned by a major Trump campaign donor. By Adam Beam. SENT: 810 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ CASPER-OVERSERVED ALCOHOL _ The Casper City Council has agreed to do away with the part of a new proposed ordinance that would have made it against the law to serve alcohol to a person who’s already clearly intoxicated.

_ YELLOWSTONE BRIDGE _ The National Park Service is moving ahead with plans to replace a deteriorating bridge in Yellowstone National Park.

_ WINTER WEATHER-WYOMING-THE LATEST _ Wintry weather could keep a long section of Interstate 80 in south-central Wyoming closed until midday Friday.

SPORTS:

WYOMING-UTAH STATE

LOGAN, Utah — Neemias Queta scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Utah State pulled away in the second half to down Wyoming 76-59 on Wednesday night. SENT: 220 words.

AVALANCHE-JETS

WINNIPEG _ The Colorado Avalanche visit the Winnipeg Jets. (Game starts at 6 p.m. MT)

BKC-NORTHERN COLORADO-IDAHO

MOSCOW, Idaho _ Northern Colorado plays at Idaho at Cowan Spectrum. (Game starts at 8 p.m. MT)

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