Wyoming News Update

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SAGE GROUSE-ENERGY LEASES

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species across millions of acres in the American West. Land management documents released by the U.S. Interior Department show the administration intends to open more public lands to leasing and allow waivers for drilling to encroach into the habitat of greater sage grouse.

TRUMP-COAL

WASHINGTON _ The Environmental Protection Agency acted again Thursday to ease rules on the sagging U.S. coal industry, this time scaling back what would have been a tough control on climate-changing emissions from any new coal plants. The latest Trump administration targeting of legacy Obama administration efforts to slow climate change comes in the wake of multiplying warnings from the agency's scientists and others about the accelerating pace of global warming.

GOLDEN GLOBES-NOMINATIONS

NEW YORK — Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic "Vice" staged an awards-season coup Thursday, landing a leading six nominations from the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards to narrowly edge more expected favorites like Bradley Cooper's tear-jerking revival "A Star Is Born," the interracial road-trip drama "Green Book" and the period romp "The Favourite."

KIDS IN TRUNK _ A man and woman admit in court they drove from Arizona to Wyoming with two children in the trunk of their car.

HUNTING GRIZZLIES _ The state of Wyoming has filed notice it will appeal a judge's decision to restore federal protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

ELDERLY WOMAN KIDNAPPED-SENTENCE _ A 21-year-old Wyoming man could spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping a 95-year-old Casper woman, putting her in the trunk of her car, stealing the vehicle, leading police on a pursuit and failing to tell arresting officers she was in the trunk.

PEDESTRIAN FATAL _ A man was struck by a vehicle and killed while trying to cross the street in Cheyenne.

CHEYENNE HOMICIDE _ Police in Wyoming's capital city have arrested a 78-year-old man for an apparent homicide.

LEGISLATURE-ANTI-DISCRIMINATION _ Wyoming legislators have removed anti-discrimination language from their policies for lawmakers and legislative staff.

REGENTS-TUITION _ Students from six surrounding states will soon pay the same tuition rate as South Dakota residents at the state's public universities.

FATAL PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT _ A criminal charge has been dropped against a man who was accused of failing to yield when his pickup struck a 4-year-old boy at an intersection in Cheyenne.

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