News Minute: Here is the latest Wyoming news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. MST

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican senator from Montana says the Trump administration is trying to minimize the effects of the government shutdown by keeping some national parks open, and he accused former President Barack Obama of trying to make shutdowns painful for the American people. Sen. Steve Daines said Saturday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a former Montana congressman, wants to keep Montana's Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park open.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Marchers in Casper and Cheyenne have rallied for equal rights and to protest the presidency of Donald Trump. The rallies Saturday came on the anniversary of Trump's inauguration and were among dozens of similar women's marches across the country. Crowd estimates weren't immediately available.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A legislative panel has endorsed a proposal that would allow the state of Wyoming to grab some of the statewide lottery earnings. The Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee voted 9-3 Thursday in Cheyenne to sponsor a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would allow the state to take 5 percent of the gross proceeds earned by the Wyoming Lottery.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A winter storm warnings, watches and advisories have been posted for much of Wyoming through this weekend. The National Weather Service says snowfall will develop across central and southern Wyoming by Saturday morning. Significant snowfall is expected with Casper and Rock Springs potentially in line to get up to 12 inches.

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