Wyoming News Update

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CHEYENNE _ Voters in Wyoming would not be able to switch their political party affiliation on primary election day under a measure passed Tuesday by the state Senate. The bill was approved on a 20-10 vote and sent to the House of Representatives, which is working on its own version of the measure.


PORTLAND, Ore. _ Snow, ice and shivering cold blasted normally mild cities from Seattle to Las Vegas to San Francisco on Tuesday as the winter weather sweeping across the U.S. West shuttered schools, made travel treacherous and closed all roads in Yosemite National Park. Winter storms have been hitting the West for several days and brought a surprise dusting to peaks overlooking San Francisco — the city's first notable snow in eight years. Yosemite's ski area closed, restaurants had shorter hours and shuttles were not running because of snow-covered roads.


WASHINGTON _ Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler won a Senate committee's approval of his appointment to the permanent post on Tuesday, along with praise from the panel's Republicans for his work rolling back a series of Obama-era environmental measures. The 11-10 vote by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee sends President Donald Trump's nomination of Wheeler to the full Senate.

WYOMING-MEDICAID _ The Wyoming House of Representatives shut down a bill to expand Medicaid coverage, but the Senate wants to spend more than $250,000 to continue studying the issue.

WYOMING-BLACK 14 _ Seven members of the Black 14 will return to the University of Wyoming campus this week to take part in the school's celebration of Black History Month. (Also moved on sports lines)

PROTECTING INFRASTRUCTURE _ A bill that would impose tougher penalties against protesters who intentionally disrupt the operation of refineries, power plants, pipelines, mines and other such facilities in Wyoming has died in the state House of Representatives.

RESERVOIR-BODY FOUND _ A 22-year-old Wyoming man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing a 19-year-old Cheyenne man while robbing him of marijuana and cash.


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