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8:40 pm
Mon December 6, 2004

Lawmakers Review Governor's Proposed Budget

Cheyenne, Wy – Reaction to the Governor's proposed budget is mostly positive. The Governor presented his budget to the Joint Appropriations committee Monday and made a pitch for several million dollars in one time projects, with another eye on establishing a savings account. However, the state is going to need to put several million more dollars into the department of health. The growth of that budget concerns the Governor and several committee members as well.

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WPR News
8:38 pm
Mon December 6, 2004

State Superintendent Defends Riverton Office Spending

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Cheyenne, Wy – Denying improper use of money and contending he followed rules to the best of his ability, State Superintendent Trent Blankenship made a case for the state to purchase a Riverton school for Special Education services. The request was denied by the Governor who contends Blankenship did not follow state guidelines to move into and remodel the site. State Auditor Max Maxfield also contends that the department of education improperly spent 600-thousand dollars on the site. Something Blankenship has trouble even responding to.

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WPR News
8:27 pm
Mon December 6, 2004

Conservationists Won't Immediately Challenge Sage Grouse Decision

Laramie, Wy – Biologists working for the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service are recommending that the federal government not put the sage grouse on the Endangered Species List. Conservation groups responded saying they are disappointed by that decision, but Erik Molvar from the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance says they are not going to challenge that decision in the courts immediately because they want to see if the states can do a good job protecting sage grouse on their own.

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WPR News
8:24 pm
Mon December 6, 2004

Women Switched at Birth End Lawsuits

Gillette, Wy – Two lawsuits filed by women who were switched at birth in Gillette 46 years ago have been settled.
Shirley Larsen and Debra Morgan Delay were born in 1958 at Campbell County Memorial Hospital and were switched soon after birth.
Larsen was born to Polly Leyva, of Worland, but grew up with the Morgan family in Gillette. Delay was born to Jean Morgan, but grew up believing that Leyva was her biological mother.
The error was discovered three years ago, after Jim Morgan expressed doubt that Leyva was his biological daughter.

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WPR News
11:33 am
Mon December 6, 2004

Wyoming May Try Cloud Seeding

Cheyenne, WY – An $8 Million project to test cloud seeding in Wyoming is gaining support. The Wyoming Water Development Commission is backing the idea to see whether cloud seeding techniques could increase snowpacks in the Medicine Bow, Sierra Madre and Wind River mountain ranges. The five-year study must be approved by the state Legislature.

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WPR News
11:30 am
Mon December 6, 2004

Cheyenne Credit Card Audit

Cheyenne, WY – A report on the use of city credit cards will be presented to the Cheyenne city council and the mayor on Tuesday. The audit was called for to investigate the use of city credit cards by a former council employee who charged more than $500 to the card for personal items. Cheyenne Mayor Jack Spiker says the audit will be reviewed by the council and given to police detectives. Spiker says preliminary discussions with the auditor show no improper use of credit cards by city council members.

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WPR News
11:29 am
Mon December 6, 2004

UCLA-Wyoming in Las Vegas Bowl

Las Vegas, NV – The UCLA Bruins will be Wyoming's Las Vegas Bowl opponent. Like the Cowboys, UCLA also brings a 6-5 record into the December 23rd bowl game. This weekend, the Bruins came close to knocking off top-ranked USC, falling 29-24. Wyoming and UCLA have never played before in football.

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11:01 am
Mon December 6, 2004

Monday, December 6, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck reports on the Governor's budget proposal to the Joint Appropriations committee.

Topic: Sage Grouse do not warrant protection under the endangered species act; Guest: Wildlife Biologist of the Biodiversity conservation alliance, Eric Molvar.

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Rae Lynn Job, Rock Springs Senator about the challenges that Democrats will face in the following months.

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WPR News
9:23 pm
Fri December 3, 2004

McClintock Dies At 93

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Cheyenne, Wy – Friends and associates of former Wyoming
Supreme Court Justice A-G "Archie" McClintock are remembering him
for his gentle manner and his excellent legal skills.
McClintock died early this morning at a Cheyenne nursing home.
He was 93.
McClintock was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 1973 and
served through 1981. He served as state attorney general from 1982
to 1986 during Governor Ed Herschler's final term.
Governor Freudenthal says he is truly saddened by McClintock's
passing.

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WPR News
9:21 pm
Fri December 3, 2004

Sage Grouse Will Not Be Listed

Laramie, Wy – A federal ruling means the Sage Grouse will not be given protection under the Endangered Species Act. Oil and Gas Producers are praising the ruling, but environmental groups say recent declines in the birds should have been enough to convince biologists that the Sage Grouse needed protections. But Senator Mike Enzi says the bird can be managed without a serious ripple effect.

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WPR News
9:19 pm
Fri December 3, 2004

Powell Man Wants To Help Injured In The Military

Laramie, Wy –
A Powell man is trying to get citizens across the state to send a letter to injured troops at a Hospital in Germany. Jim Oles thinks it could be a tremendous holiday gift for people that might not get much else. He wants the letter to be handwritten.
Oles says they have a chaplin who will deliver the letters to the injured troops upon arrival. Oles is asking people to send the letters to the Powell American Legion by December 10th.

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WPR News
9:18 pm
Fri December 3, 2004

Cowboys Battle Montana State

Laramie, Wy –
The Wyoming Cowboys will try and bounce back from their dismal performance at Arizona and beat one of their rivals. The Cowboys travel to face Montana State. While the Bobcats are 1-3, Head Coach Steve McClain says M-S-U always see this as one of their big games of the season, so for that reason it will be a dangerous game.
McClain says the Bobcats feature good outside shooters and a solid post player and will likely force the Cowboys to shoot from outside. Tipoff is at seven.

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12:11 pm
Fri December 3, 2004

Friday, December 3, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Powell man is trying to get citizens across the state to send a letter to injured troops at a Hospital in Germany; Guest: Jim Oles.

Topic: Weekly Wyoming Reporter's Roundtable.

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WPR News
11:17 am
Fri December 3, 2004

13 Economic Development Grants Awarded

Cheyenne, WY – Over $10 Million worth of state economic development grants were handed out Thursday by the Wyoming Business Council. Those included office buildings in Green River and Gillette. Karla Fiebelkorn is a Business Council Board member from Gillette. She says they've had businesses express interest in Gillette, but no buildings to put them in. Fiebelkorn thinks they'll have a business for this building before it's even built. Also approved were infrastructure projects for airport business parks in Cody and Laramie.

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WPR News
11:07 am
Fri December 3, 2004

Rock Springs, Riverton, Gillette in Line for Air Service Improvements

Cheyenne, WY – Three air service projects were considered by the Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors Thursday. Proposals for Gillette, Riverton, and Rock Springs were combined into a single package that was approved. All three projects upgrade the current Great Lakes Airlines service. Gillette travelers will enjoy 30-seat planes, instead of 19-seaters, starting in March. Riverton and Rock Springs will be adding flights with a few of them on the larger aircraft.

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WPR News
4:49 pm
Thu December 2, 2004

Both Sides Ready To Battle On School Finance

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Laramie, Wy – Now that the Supreme Court has said it is up to a Laramie County District Court to hear the merits of the school finance case, attorneys on both sides will spend the next few months preparing to return to court. The state had wanted the Supreme Court to declare all the work that has been done revamping the school funding model as constitutional. But the court says that is up to District Judge Nicholas Kalokathis. State Attorneys have pointed to all the new money that has gone into education as a way to bolster their position.

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WPR News
4:47 pm
Thu December 2, 2004

Ladd New Healthcare Commission Director

Casper, Wy –
The Wyoming Health Care Commission has found a Casper native to be their new Director. Ann Ladd who has spent the last 14 years working in the Health Care sector will replace Diane Harrop who stepped down in September. Ladd most recently worked as a consultant helping a managed care organization implement the new Medicare law. She also worked developing Insurance Products. The Health care commission has studied a number of areas surrounding health care in the state and has been asked to make recommendations to the legislature on a variety of subjects.

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WPR News
4:03 pm
Thu December 2, 2004

WORLD CAFE Returns to Wyoming Public Radio

Laramie – Wyoming Public Radio is pleased to announce that World Cafe, a two-hour program of alternative contemporary music from Public Radio International will air on Sundays from 11 am to 1 pm. World Cafe will begin airing Sunday, December 5, 2004 and will replace Weekend Music with Tillie Whitt.

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12:05 pm
Thu December 2, 2004

Thursday, December 2, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Pat Hackard, Attorney for the Wyoming Education Association about the school funding.

Topic: Aaron Alpern speaks with UW Symphony Director Dr. Michael Griffith and Bob Belser, Director of Bands about several holiday concerts on the UW campus.

Topic: The UW Department Theatre and Dance will perform Copp lia.

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WPR News
9:09 pm
Wed December 1, 2004

Governors Budget Announced

Laramie, Wy – The Governor released his budget that focuses on one time projects. In his 293 million dollar budget, Dave Freudenthal wants to continue funding construction projects in the state and he proposes projects ranging from higher education to highways. He also wants to set aside around 272 million in a rainy day account. The Governor stresses that although the state has a surplus, not all the money has to be spent this year. He'd like leaders to focus on where the state should be in ten years.

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WPR News
9:00 pm
Wed December 1, 2004

U-W Accepts Bowl Invitation

Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming Cowboys will plan in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl on December 23rd. The Pokes were offered the bid and Head Coach Joe Glenn accepted it during a Tuesday press conference. Glenn says a bowl game is a major step for the program and the University. It's also a noteworthy accomplishment for a team that won just a pair of games two years ago and was picked to finish last in the Mountain West Conference this year. Glenn credits his team and assistant coaches for getting the invitation. U-W's opponent should be known after Saturday's games.

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WPR News
8:54 pm
Wed December 1, 2004

Rawlins Relying on Experience in Prison Bid

Rawlins, WY – The city of Rawlins has been the long-time home of Wyoming's main prison facilities. And Rawlins officials are playing up that history in their bid to be named as the site for the state's new medium security prison. The Department of Corrections has narrowed the field of candidate towns for the facility to Rawlins, Riverton and Torrington. Rawlins Community Development Director Ron Kilgore says experience and prior investment set their application apart. He says they offer the only site with the entire infrastructure in place and paid for already.

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WPR News
8:54 pm
Wed December 1, 2004

Rawlins Relying on Experience in Prison Bid

Rawlins, WY – The city of Rawlins has been the long-time home of Wyoming's main prison facilities. And Rawlins officials are playing up that history in their bid to be named as the site for the state's new medium security prison. The Department of Corrections has narrowed the field of candidate towns for the facility to Rawlins, Riverton and Torrington. Rawlins Community Development Director Ron Kilgore says experience and prior investment set their application apart. He says they offer the only site with the entire infrastructure in place and paid for already.

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WPR News
8:50 pm
Wed December 1, 2004

Rawlins Relying on Experience in Prison Bid

Rawlins, WY – The city of Rawlins has been the long-time home of Wyoming's main prison facilities. And Rawlins officials are playing up that history in their bid to be named as the site for the state's new medium security prison. The Department of Corrections has narrowed the field of candidate towns for the facility to Rawlins, Riverton and Torrington. Rawlins Community Development Director Ron Kilgore says experience and prior investment set their application apart. He says they offer the only site with the entire infrastructure in place and paid for already.

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WPR News
8:47 pm
Wed December 1, 2004

Sheridan Murder Now a Death Penalty Case

Sheridan, WY – The Sheridan County Attorney filed notice this week that he will seek the death penalty for accused murderer Stephen Hyatt. The 22-year-old Sheridan man faces aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 18-year-old Kaleigh Ford. Hyatt allegedly commandeered Ford's vehicle on the evening of July 2nd. A short time later, witnesses says Ford jumped from the moving car, but Hyatt chased her and shot her three times with a shotgun. Redle says it was a difficult decision to seek the death penalty against Hyatt.

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11:06 am
Wed December 1, 2004

Wednesday, December 1, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Debbie Hammond about a documentary that will air on Wyoming Public Television, Wyoming Voices.

Topic: Aaron Alpern speaks with Rawlins Community Development Director Ron Kilgore about the state's new medium-security prison.

Topic: This weekend, Centennial will hold its annual Christmas Celebration.

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WPR News
10:24 am
Wed December 1, 2004

Torrington Optimistic About New Prison

Torrington, WY – While Riverton has garnered much of the attention in the competition to land the state's new medium-security prison, Torrington officials believe they are in the driver's seat. Goshen County Economic Development Corporation Director Brad Sutherland points out Torrington had the highest score in the first round of the decision-making process, with Riverton second and Rawlins third. Questions have arisen about whether a prison in Torrington would create jobs and spending that would go across the Nebraska border.

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WPR News
8:56 pm
Tue November 30, 2004

Accidents Cause Problems

Cheyenne, Wy – A series of accidents on a snowy stretch of
Interstate 80 between Laramie and Cheyenne sent five people to the
hospital and closed the eastbound lanes of the highway for about
two hours this (Tuesday) morning.
Thirty-four-year-old Michael Jaskolski of Laramie was taken to
United Medical Center-West in Cheyenne, where he remains in
critical condition.
Townsend says the crashes, which occurred just east of Buford,
were caused by driving too fast for conditions.

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WPR News
8:54 pm
Tue November 30, 2004

Community Colleges Kept People In Mind With Increase

Laramie, Wy –
Community Colleges are raising tuition by four percent or about two dollars a credit hour. It means the average full time student will pay about 684-dollars a semester. Policy Analyst Andrea Bryant says the increase was studied closely by the Community College Commission to make sure costs were still affordable.
Bryant notes that Colorado increased its rates by seven percent, and other states increased tuition by double digits. The increase is part of the college systems five year plan.

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Wyoming Features
6:07 pm
Tue November 30, 2004

Vinich Dies

Laramie – One of the states most prominent legislators has died. John Vinich was pronounced dead Saturday morning . Those close to him say he died of a heart attack. The death ends the life of one of the states most notable democrats. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck has more

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