Wyoming News Update

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Here is the latest Wyoming news from The Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) — An appeals court has ruled to lift federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming. Gray wolves were once hunted to the brink of extinction in the lower 48 states, but they recovered under Endangered Species Act protections and reintroduction programs. They now number around 5,500, including about 400 in Wyoming, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A compromise reached in the final hours of the legislative session cleared the way for lawmakers to approve an education finance bill containing spending cuts but no taxes. Fixing an education funding shortfall on track to top $380 million a year was one of Gov. Matt Mead's top hopes for the eight-week session.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Water managers in northwest Wyoming are considering increasing the rate at which water is released from the Jackson Lake Dam earlier than usual to clear space for what's likely to be a major runoff this spring. The Jackson Hole News and Guide reported Friday that Bureau of Reclamation managers have tentatively planned moving away from winter flow levels as early as next week.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Legislature has upheld a state hiring freeze but not certain state budget cuts that were opposed by Gov. Matt Mead. The House and Senate voted by wide margins Friday to keep the hiring freeze in place, including currently vacant positions in corrections.