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AP-WY--Wyoming News Digest, WY

November 15, 2018

Wyoming at 6 p.m.

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CHEYENNE — U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis says returning three war-trophy church bells to the Philippines will help cement ties between the two countries. Mattis was at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne on Wednesday to formally begin the repatriation of the Bells of Balangiga over the next several weeks. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow, photos. Will be expanded.


WASHINGTON — Republican Kevin McCarthy easily won an internal party election Wednesday to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, a familiar role for the underestimated scrapper whose top priority will be to protect President Donald Trump’s agenda and try to build the party back to retake the majority. Rounding out the GOP leadership team will be Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who wants to bring a more aggressive stance to the GOP’s communications and messaging strategy in the No. 3 spot. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,000 words, photos on national lines.

With: BARRASSO-SENATE LEADERSHIP — Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso has been elected to serve as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow.


DENVER — Dozens of people who live near oil and gas wells pleaded with the Trump administration Wednesday not to roll back rules for methane pollution, while industry representatives said the changes should go further. The Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing in Denver on the administration’s plans to loosen regulations imposed by the Obama administration in 2016. The rules require energy companies to step up the detection and elimination of methane leaks at well sites and other oil and gas facilities. Methane is the primary component of natural gas and also is a greenhouse gas. By Dan Elliott. SENT: 630 words, photos.




ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Numerous police departments nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls as concerns mount over the level of violence they often face, according to a study released by a Native American nonprofit Wednesday. The report was conducted over the past year amid worry in tribal communities and cities that Native American and Alaska Native women are vanishing in high numbers, despite a lack of available government data to identify the full scope of the problem. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 720 words, photos on national lines.



GILLETTE — To kick off “Mingle with Engel” is an image of a golden, spinning globe throwing off city names like Hong Kong, London, Dublin, Cairo and Seoul into space. Then comes the introduction and it’s clear the show is from nowhere near those locations around the world. It’s from Gillette, Wyoming, and centers around a school of about 1,100 students. By Kathy Brown And Mark Harris, Gillette News Record. SENT: 1,500 words, photo.


RIVERTON — It was known simply as Red Rocks a generation ago, the restaurant and motel on the north side of U.S. Highway 26 just before the big curve 20 miles east of Dubois. While the meals may have been memorable, what goes on inside the former restaurant and motel complex is unexpected. By Randy Tucker, The Ranger. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


— SCHOOL-STUDENT GUNS — Police in northeast Wyoming say a 14-year-old junior high student brought two handguns and 36 rounds of ammunition to school and threatened to shoot a student and staff members because he was unhappy with them.

— RIVERTON DRINKING ORDINANCE — The Riverton City Council has delayed voting on an ordinance that would create a list of “habitually intoxicated persons” barred from purchasing alcohol in Riverton.



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Case Keenum is off to a rocky start in the shadows of John Elway, Peyton Manning and the Rocky Mountains, which he and his wife, Kimberly, visited during the Broncos’ much-needed bye week. “It’s pretty. I’ve been looking at them for the last six months,” Keenum said. “So, it was fun to go up there and enjoy that. It was good to get away.” By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 860 words, photo. (Replaces story slugged BRONCOS-NO PARADIS on some digests)


DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche host Boston on Wednesday night in a meeting of two of the top lines in hockey. The Avalanche boast the line of Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog, who’ve combined for 69 points. The Bruins feature Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak, who have a combined 68 points. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. (Game starts at 8 p.m. MT)


Does anyone really want to host the Winter Olympics? Residents in Calgary answered that question with a resounding “No,” and now the International Olympic Committee has some soul-searching to do. Again. After being rejected in yet another public vote, the IOC is down to two candidates to host the 2026 Games — Stockholm, Sweden, and a joint Italian bid from Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo. Both of those bidders also have issues , and organizers are scrambling to hand the next available Winter Games to one of them before either bid gets derailed. They will award the Games next June. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 860 words, photos.

With: WINTER OLYMPICS-SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Olympic Committee officials are touring Salt Lake City as they decide whether to choose Utah’s capital city or Denver as the U.S. bid city for the 2030 Winter Olympics. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow.


FORT COLLINS — Montana State plays Colorado State at Moby Arena on Wednesday night. (Game starts 7 p.m. MT)


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