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Best of the West: Plains fires continue, West best for craft brewers, where A/Vs should roll

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The Western Governors' Association keeps you updated on news of the West. Here are the western stories for the week starting March 13, 2017, that you don't want to miss.

Craft BrewersWestern states dominate top spots in list of craft brewersDevastating wildfires continued to destroy millions of acres in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas this week.

In Kansas, fires are more than 50% contained, but have blackened more than 60% of Clark County. Damage repair is expected to cost more than $21 million in Texas, while in Oklahoma 19 counties are currently under burn bans as drought conditions and high winds continue.

Earlier this week, the governors of those states and New Mexico sought a temporary suspension of grazing restrictions in the wake of the blazes.

A/V Hot Spots: A report from INRIX ranks cities where autonomous vehicles could best be deployed. New Orleans tops the list, but the Top 10 includes western cities such as Albuquerque, Tucson, Portland and Las Vegas. In all, 15 of the top 20 cities are in WGA states. See cities on the list and what makes them best for the vehicles. (Governing)

Foam on the Range: The Brewers Association just released its ranking of the top 50 craft brewing companies, which includes 23 breweries in WGA states. Craft brewers making the list include Sierra Nevada Brewing in California, New Belgium Brewing in Colorado and Deschutes Brewery in Oregon. Find list, map.

Standoff Trial Charges Dropped: A federal judge in Oregon has dismissed all charges pending against Ammon Bundy's lawyer resulting from a scuffle during last fall's trial for the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. That ruling follows two convictions and two acquittals last week in relation to the occupation.

Historic Dearfield: Learn the story of Dearfield, Colorado, which in the 1920s  “was the most successful, best known, African-American farming community in the United States. (KCUR)

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