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FREE-ROAMING HORSES-NEVADA

RENO, Nev. — The head of the largest industrial park in the world emphasized economic over emotional arguments Monday in urging Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to reverse plans to transfer state ownership of nearly 3,000 free-roaming horses to private owners who critics say would sell them for slaughter. "They don't understand we have an asset in Nevada that the rest of the world doesn't have," said Lance Gilman who manages the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of the Sparks area along U.S. Interstate 80 that serves as home to Tesla Motor Co.'s giant battery factory, Switch, Google and others.

MOOSE POPULATION

MONTPLIER, Vt. — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is recommending the lowest number of moose hunting permits this year in the modern era as the herd continues to decline from infestations of ticks and brain worms believed to be caused by the warming climate. The department is recommending the state issue only 14 permits, and if the decline continues, it is possible the department will recommend issuing no permits for 2019, said Vermont Director of Wildlife Mark Scott.words.

YELLOWSTONE BISON-ARRESTS — Three people who were arrested while protesting the slaughter of bison near Yellowstone National Park have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and are banned from the park for 5 years.

PROTECTING INFRASTRUCTURE — The Wyoming Legislature has approved a bill that imposes stiffer penalties for trespassing on, impeding or damaging infrastructure such as pipelines, power plants, telecommunications towers, dams, data centers and refineries.

STAND YOUR GROUND — The Wyoming Legislature has passed a so-called "stand your ground" bill and sent it to Gov. Matt Mead for his consideration.

IN GOD WE TRUST-WYOMING — A bill that would allow for displaying "In God We Trust" placards in Wyoming public school classrooms and state government buildings has died in the state Legislature.

LEGISLATURE-EXTENDED SESSION — The Wyoming Legislature has extended its session into this week after failing to agree on how to finance K-12 public education and on state construction projects.

DRILLING RIG EXPLOSION-OKLAHOMA — A second wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over a natural gas rig explosion in Oklahoma that killed five workers.

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