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Wyoming Department Of Corrections Facing Suit Over Alleged Gender Discrimination

In Wyoming, first-time offenders under the age of 25 can qualify for a six-month boot camp, but the program is only available to men. In a lawsuit against the Wyoming Department of Corrections, the American Civil Liberties Union allege the male-exclusive program is gender discrimination. ACLU attorney Stephen Pevar said the lawsuit is on behalf of 23-year-old, first-time offender, Taylor Blanchard. Blanchard was convicted on drug charges, and Pevar said her sentencing judge recommended boot...

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Evanston, WY – A company is hoping to start operating a large wind farm in the state by the end of the year. The plan is for 80 turbines to produce electricity just outside of Evanston. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports state lawmakers took some credit for the project at a press conference

Laramie, WY – After a three month search, the University of Wyoming has hired a new athletic director. He is Gary Barta, who comes from the University of Washington, where he has been Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations and Sports Programs. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern has more on the man many hope will lead Cowboy and Cowgirl sports back to a position of prominence

Cheyenne, WY – A bottle making plant that would have meant 150 new jobs will not be coming to Cheyenne. Owens-Illinois announced that it has selected Windsor, Colorado as the site to build the plant that will manufacture bottles for Anheuser-Busch. Company officials say Windsor won out because of better existing infrastructure and a larger labor pool. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern has more

Cheyenne, WY – The director of the state game and fish department has decided to leave his position after six months. But, Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports this raises the issue of whether or not the state should look outside its borders for top officials.

Wyoming – The next time you are out hiking in the mountains, you may want to look closer at the rocks under you. You could be passing by some precious or semi-precious stones. Wyoming Public Radio's Jim Morgan did a little "Rock Hounding" recently and came away with a new perspective on this hobby....

Laramie, WY – Wyoming women earn 33 cents per dollar less then men in the state. Compare that with the rest of the country where when make 23 cents less then men and you have some angry females in the equality state. Two U-W professors have studied the problem and Wyomng Public Radio's Renny MacKay says they have come up with some possible solutions...

Jackson, WY – When you think of art in Jackson, images of wildlife or the Tetons come to mind. But a local artist has unveiled an exhibit that takes a completely different look at the landscape of the community.

Yellowstone National Park, WY – In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt vacationed in Yellowstone National Park. On that trip he dedicated the stone arch that stands at the Park's north entrance. Yellowstone celebrated the 100th anniversary of that event with the Great Grandson of the President. Theodore Roosevelt the fourth had some harsh words for the Bush Adminstration's handling of national parks.

Wyoming – When people in the state talk about economic development they often bring up fiber optics. By the end of this year almost all communities in the state will have fiber optics reaching them. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny Mackay reports on whtat "fiber" is and what it means for the state.

Yellwostone, WY – The East Gate to Yellowstone remains closed, due to what is the largest wildfire of the 2003 fire season in Wyoming. The East Fire has burned 15,000 acres on both sides of the park road between the East Entrance and Fishing Bridge. Favorable weather helped firefighters perform a burnout to protect Fishing Bridge Village Sunday, so no structures are threatened. But officials are expecting the East Gate to stay closed until, at best, the latter part of this week. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron

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