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SPRING STORM

Wet spring snows hit Rockies, Nebraska

DENVER (AP) - Trucks are rolling again across a southern Wyoming artery that had been shuttered for more than 24 hours after a powerful spring storm brought up to 3 feet of snow to the Rockies.

Interstate 80, a major east-west truck route, reopened in Wyoming a day after its closure stranded thousands of travelers and truckers. The interstate quickly became crowded with the trucks that had packed rest areas.

In Colorado, the snow that began falling on Mother's Day caused some power outages as it weighed down newly greening trees.

Among those affected by the outages was Denver International Airport, where some escalators and elevators temporarily stalled Monday morning. Airport spokeswoman Julie Smith says a backup generator spared the airport any major problems. At least 27 arriving and departing flights were canceled because of the weather, but Smith says there were no major delays.

The storm is the result of a low-pressure system moving east colliding with a cold air mass from the north. While temperatures were expected to drop below freezing Monday night, spring-like weather was expected to return to the Rockies by Tuesday.

NATURAL GAS

Wyoming teams with industry on LNG report

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A report says Wyoming could benefit from private development of a liquefied natural gas production and distribution system to supply mining operations, railroads and other heavy industrial users.

Gov. Matt Mead on Monday released the report commissioned by the state and a number of private energy companies.

It states that investing up to $400 million to develop a liquefied natural gas system primarily serving the state's coal-producing Powder River Basin region could result in $166 million annual fuel savings versus continued use of diesel fuel.

The report states industrial users including on-road semitrailers are now burning over 630 million gallons a year of diesel in Wyoming.

Mead says the investment would create thousands of high-paying jobs in Wyoming.

AIRPLANE SEARCH

Missing plane found near Yellowstone Park

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - Officials have found a single-engine plane that was missing.

The Park County Sheriff Office says the crashed plane was found Monday morning on a rugged, snowy mountain just outside Yellowstone National Park. It was carrying two brothers in their 80s.

The fear of an avalanche has prevented rescuers from reaching the crash site, which is at about 9,900-foot elevation. So officials can't determine the condition of the occupants.

The 1963 Mooney M20C was last seen last Tuesday departing Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody. On board were 84-year-old Robert Zimmerman of Huntsville, Alabama, and 86-year-old Ward Zimmerman of Seattle. The plane was reported missing Saturday, and the search began Sunday.

DAINES-COAL

Lawmaker: Washington state coal plan hurts Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana congressman says his state's power generation and mining industries would suffer under a Washington state proposal to cut carbon pollution by eliminating imports of coal-fired power.

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines is calling on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to reconsider an executive order the Democrat signed in April to reduce Washington's greenhouse gas emissions. Inslee's plan includes phasing out electricity generated from burning coal, although no timeline has been established.

Most of Washington's electricity comes from hydropower, with just over 13 percent coming from coal. But coal is responsible for almost 80 percent of utilities' emissions of carbon dioxide - a gas that scientists say is helping drive climate change.

Most of Washington's coal-generated electricity comes from power plants in Montana and Wyoming.

Inslee has made climate change one of his key issues.

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