Wyoming News Update

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. _ Legislation that would allow the state of Wyoming to take over operation of Yellowstone National Park and other facilities during a federal government shutdown was approved Wednesday by the state Senate. The measure passed 17-12 and went to the House.

CIGARETTE TAX _ A bill that would have increased Wyoming's tax on cigarettes by 50 cents a pack has failed in the state House of Representatives.

COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN _ The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has published a notice that would let Western governors weigh in on how to manage the shrinking Colorado River. The public comment period will start March 4 unless all seven states that rely on the river approve drought contingency plans.

VOTER PHOTO IDS _ The Wyoming House of Representatives has defeated a proposed measure to require voters to present photo identification before being allowed to cast a ballot. House Bill 192 failed on a 30-29 vote Wednesday.

WOLF-GRAND TETON _ A Wyoming man who illegally killed a wolf in Grand Teton National Park has been fined and will lose the right to hunt for a year.

SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT-LAWSUIT _ A northwest Wyoming school district is being sued for negligence after a school bus ran into a man in the fall of 2017.

SESSION MIDPOINT _ The Wyoming Legislature has hit its midpoint this session, which has been one of its busiest in recent years in terms of number of bills proposed.

MINIMUM WAGE _ A measure that would have increased the minimum wage in Wyoming has died on the floor of the state House of Representatives.

IMMIGRATION DETENTION-COLORADO _ The Denver area's immigration detention center has added 432 new beds to the facility and expects to have them nearly filled by the end of the week.

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