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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has received about 7,000 applications for the state's first grizzly bear hunting season in 44 years. Agency spokesman Renny MacKay says the number of applications received by this past Monday's deadline means that the odds of drawing one of the 22 tags available are low.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has testified in Washington D.C. on a draft bill that would overhaul the nation's Endangered Species Act. The draft bill is sponsored by Republican Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso. It would change the Endangered Species Act substantially, in ways proponents say give states a role they were originally intended to have, without restricting the authority of federal agencies.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Commerce Department has started an investigation into the impact of uranium imports on U.S. national security, a move that could result in tariffs and add another front to the Trump administration's trade fight. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the United States produces just 5 percent of the uranium needed for the military and for electricity generation, down from nearly half in 1987.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Cheyenne police are asking state lawmakers to consider passing stricter penalties for drivers who flee from police. Officer Kevin Malatesta says recent chases including a Saturday pursuit that ended in a fatal crash show why stricter penalties are needed. KGAB-AM reports eluding is only a misdemeanor in Wyoming.

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