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4:10 pm
Thu May 27, 2004

Health Officials Warn About Hantavirus

Casper, WY – Wyoming health officials suggest using caution if you're cleaning out that cabin for summer use. Doctor Marty Thone of the Casper/Natrona County Health Department says breathing in deer mice droppings while clearning that closed space could lead to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. He says there have been a total of four hantavirus cases in Wyoming since 1992. Thone says that may not seem like a lot, but all of the cases have been fatal. He says there's no cure for hantavirus so prevention is the best defense.

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WPR News
10:08 am
Thu May 27, 2004

Ivinson Hospital C-E-O Keeps Job

Laramie, WY – The Chief Executive Officer of Laramie's Ivinson Memorial Hospital will keep his job following a tense meeting Wednesday night. The Hospital's Board of Trustees met in front of a crowded room and many of those in attendance were not supporters of C-E-O Jeffrey Feike. Feike was called a liar by members of the public and one hospital staff member told trustees Feike asked him to discredit another doctor at the hospital. Feike says the allegations against him are false and he's worked to address various concerns.

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10:04 am
Thu May 27, 2004

Thursday, May 27, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Doctors and others have been asking for a special legislative session to cover the health care issue; Guest: Fred Paradis, Speaker of the House and Grant Larson, Senate Majority Floor Leader

Topic: The Governors Summit on Work Force Development will be held in Jackson; Guest: Kathy Emmonds heads the Wyoming Department of Work Force Services

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3:59 pm
Wed May 26, 2004

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Consumer Advocate, Bryce Freeman about consumer related issues facing the state of Wyoming

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Betty Malmskog with the Department of Family Services Foster Care Program and Nyla Bailey, a foster parents about the need for foster care in Wyoming

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WPR News
3:18 pm
Wed May 26, 2004

Gas Prices To Remain High

Laramie, Wy –
The end of summer is the earliest point at which gas prices may come back down to earth. That's according to Roy Turner, the Executive Vice President of the Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association, a group that represents those who sell gas. Triple-A says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Wyoming is now a dollar-92, 45 cents more then a year ago. Turner expects prices to continue their steady climb in the near future.

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WPR News
12:30 pm
Wed May 26, 2004

Three Tier System Could Be Dumped

Laramie, Wyoming – After trying it out for a couple of years, State officials are looking at doing away with the 3-tiered diploma. Currently, when high school students graduate, they can get one of three types of diplomas. State Superintendent Trent Blankenship says there is not a lot of support for keeping those diplomas, noting that he has heard complaints from districts and parents. He expects legislators will drop the diplomas in favor of a more traditional model. However, Blankenship says districts will still need to be responsible for making sure students are proficient.

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WPR News
12:01 pm
Wed May 26, 2004

Land Managers Worried About Fire

Laramie, Wy – Wildfire danger in Wyoming is low for the moment, but there is still some risk, especially when an abandoned campfire is involved. With summer around the corner, public land managers are reminding people about campfire safety.
Already this spring, there have been four abandoned campfires found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. One of those escaped its fire ring and fire crews had to be called out to deal with it. Forest Fire Prevention Officer Dean Burnham says campers should always be sure their fire is completely out, whenever leaving a campsite.

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WPR News
11:47 am
Wed May 26, 2004

Independents Balk At Phone Number Rules

Laramie, Wy – Number portability is supposed to happen in Wyoming, but a few companies are asking to be exempt. It allows for you to switch phone companies, but keep the same number. Quest has made the necessary changes, but several Independent companies are asking the Wyoming Public Service commission to exempt them. State Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman says some of the companies want more time to get everything in order, and he does not have a problem with them. But he is concerned about those who want a waiver.

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WPR News
11:05 am
Wed May 26, 2004

Lack Of Wyoming Candidates A Concern

Laramie, WY – One Wyoming group has concerns about the lack of candidates seeking legislative seats. There are 76 seats up for election, but only 24 of those races have more than one candidate. Marguerite Herman of the Wyoming League of Women Voters says this is bad for the democratic process. Herman urges people who are willing to run for office to do it, even if it means facing an incumbent. The deadline to run for office in Wyoming is Friday.

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WPR News
10:01 am
Wed May 26, 2004

Newcastle Refinery Accident Prompts Health Probe

Newcastle, WY – Federal environmental officials want to know how a refinery accident in Newcastle has affected the health of area residents. The 2002 accident at Wyoming Refinery released 20 tons of powdered silica into the air. The Environmental Protection Agency has asked for a public health assessment of the Newcastle community by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency wants to focus on whether inhaling the powdered silica caused asthma, chronic bronchitis, lung fibrosis and other respiratory ailments.

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WPR News
9:39 am
Wed May 26, 2004

Wyoming Toad Plan Proposed

Laramie, Wy – The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking
public comment on a plan to expand the habitat of the endangered
Wyoming toad by using ranch land.
The toads are only found at Mortenson Lake southwest of Laramie.
They were put on the endangered species list in 1984.
Wildlife biologists say the lake has grown too salty and
alkaline due to the drought and might be hindering reintroduction.
Under proposed "safe harbor" agreements, ranchers who allow
toads to be released on their land would be protected if the toads

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WPR News
4:00 pm
Tue May 25, 2004

Turmoil at Laramie Hospital

Laramie, Wy – The Medical Director of the Cancer Center that's part of Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie says the administration has made a series of mistakes and failures. On top of that doctor Clinton Merrill says the administration instructed employees to discredit him.
Merrill says the C-E-O of the hospital is the major cause of the shortfalls at the institution. In response C-E-O, Jeffrey Feike, would only say the hospital has a tremendous staff and offers quality care.
There will be a public meeting of the hospital board of trustees Wednesday night at 5:15.

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WPR News
3:51 pm
Tue May 25, 2004

Republican House Candidates Will Discuss Their Future

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Cheyenne, Wy – A crowded field of Republicans hoping to unseat Representative Barbara Cubin may get a little smaller.
State Senator Cale Case says he and Cheyenne attorney Bruce Asay
have agreed to meet this summer about the possibility one of them
ending their campaigns.
Case and Asay are among six Republicans running against Cubin in
the primary.
Three Democrats and one Libertarian are also campaigning.
Cubin has served five terms since first elected in 1994.

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WPR News
2:12 pm
Tue May 25, 2004

U-W Trustees Approve New Academic Plan

Laramie, WY – University of Wyoming Trustees approved the second five year plan governing academic goals for the institution. Vice President for Academic Affairs Tom Buchanan says nearly 100 percent of the first academic plan's goals have been met. He says the second plan continues some of the important goals started under the first document. Buchanan says academic areas such as natural resources, life sciences and energy sciences speak to the heart of U-W's academic mission.

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12:30 pm
Tue May 25, 2004

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck speaks with State Super Intentant of Public Instruction, Trent Blankenship about some common concerns he found among school districts across the state

Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with lobbyist for the League of Women's Voters, Marguerite Herman about the campaign for state legislature and if there is enough people signing up to run for office

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WPR News
10:29 am
Tue May 25, 2004

Disappointment Lingers On Court Funding Decision

Laramie, WY – Wyoming Schools Superintendent Trent Blankenship admits he would have preferred the state Supreme Court sign off on the legislature's school finance plan for both funding and construction. The court decided against that last month, setting the stage for more lawsuits this year. Blankenship wants education funding out of the court's jurisdiction. He says retaining jurisdiction means lawmakers will be reluctant to fine-tune the funding mechanisms further.

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WPR News
10:26 am
Tue May 25, 2004

Governor Meets With Mexican Official

Cheyenne, Wy – Denver Based Consul General Juan Marcos Guitierrez told Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal that his country is interested in having closer ties with Wyoming. He suggested having Wyoming officials meet with Mexico's Energy Secretary. Guitierrez would like the Wyoming Business Council to make a visit to Mexico to discuss trade possibilities. Governor Freudenthal says Mexico is one of three countries under consideration for such a trip.

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WPR News
9:57 am
Tue May 25, 2004

Byrd Likely Will Not Be Chosen For School Name

Cheyenne, Wy – Members of Cheyenne's black community say they are disappointed the school board is leaning against naming a school for a longtime educator who was the only black member of the Wyoming Senate.
Liz Byrd taught in the district for 27 years. According to the
Reverend Clinton Lewis, Byrd almost single-handedly got the Martin
Luther King Day bill through the Legislature.
He says Byrd also made numerous contributions to education.
The school board has instead narrowed the possible names for the

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WPR News
3:57 pm
Mon May 24, 2004

Stock Growers Are Watching Checkoff Ruling

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Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Stock Growers Association on will
closely watch the Supreme Court as it rules on the Beef Checkoff program. Currently producers pay a fee for both advertisements and promotion of beef. Wyoming Stock Growers Executive Vice President Jim Magagna says most Wyoming cattle producers support the checkoff and have benefited from it. The Supreme Court has been asked to determine whether the program is constitutional.

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WPR News
3:52 pm
Mon May 24, 2004

State Senator Hopeful About Land Swap

Kaycee, WY – A state Senator from Kaycee is optimistic Chevron/Texaco will accept Wyoming's latest offer to acquire land around the Fort Phil Kearney historic site. John Schiffer believes the offer is equitable for the oil company. He says the state has a great opportunity to protect the area's viewshed. Schiffer says the land in question resembles what the area looked like in the 1860's.

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WPR News
3:22 pm
Mon May 24, 2004

Casper Chamber Calls For Special Legislative Session

Casper, WY – Growing concern over the rising cost of medical malpractice insurance is prompting calls for a special session of the Wyoming legislature. The Casper Area Chamber of Commerce recently adopted a resolution urging the Governor to call a special session. Chamber Executive Director Chris Holden says their members are all being impacted by the insurance increases, hearing their doctors talk about retiring early or taking jobs elsewhere. Holden says it it's going to take a constitutional amendment to fix the problem, a sense of urgency is needed.

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1:27 pm
Mon May 24, 2004

Monday, May 24, 2004 --

Wyoming – No Wyoming Today because of Presidential Speech

Wyoming Features
11:02 am
Mon May 24, 2004

Ft. Phil Kearny Deal Proposed

Wyoming – Chevron/Texaco officials are mulling over the latest Wyoming proposal to acquire land around the Fort Phil Kearny historic site. Wyoming Public Radio's Jim Morgan reports concerns are mounting about the oil company's plans to sell it's ranch surrounding the fort.

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WPR News
10:41 am
Mon May 24, 2004

Applequist Enters House Race

Farson, Wy – A rancher and veterinarian is joining the race for Wyoming's lone congressional seat. Marvin Applequist the 2nd says he wants to be elected to represent the more rural elements of the state. Applequist says one issue he would watch carefully is government spending.
Applequist will run as a Republican.

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WPR News
10:01 am
Mon May 24, 2004

Fire Season Could Be A Major Concern

Cheyenne, Wy – Months ago, national fire managers predicted the
2004 wildfire season would be a bad one.
Now, they're changing their forecast: It's going to be worse.
With unseasonably warm temperatures in March and April, the
potential loss of heavy air tankers for safety reasons, and a
years-long drought continuing, Western states and the federal
government are grimly facing the possibility of another devastating
fire season.
Years of drought have left states across the West vulnerable to
extreme fire conditions.

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WPR News
9:27 am
Mon May 24, 2004

Rulon Gardner Heading To Athens Olympics

Indianapolis, IN – Rulon Gardner will be heading back to the Olympic Games. Gardner won a pair of tight 2-to-1 overtime decisions over top-seeded Dremiel Byers Sunday to secure the return trip to the Olympics. The Afton native was the 2000 Greco-Roman super heavyweight gold medalist at the Sydney Games. Gardner thought going to the Olympics was an impossible goal after losing a toe to frostbite when he was stranded in a Wyoming blizzard on a snomobile in early 2002. He's had to adjust to wrestling without the balance and leverage he lost when his toe was removed.

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WPR News
3:45 pm
Fri May 21, 2004

U-W Golf Plan Pitched

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Laramie, Wy –
University of Wyoming trustees have agreed to continue looking at a proposal for a new 27-hole golf course and residential housing development behind Jacoby Golf. It would add a 3 million dollar clubhouse, a nine million dollar golf course and a million and half in other structures. University of Wyoming President Phil Dubois says it should have a positive cash flow in five years. Area banker and Laramie Economic Development Council member Gary Negich says it could be a tremendous boost to Laramie's economy.

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3:02 pm
Fri May 21, 2004

Friday, May 21, 2004 --

Wyoming – Topic: Bob Beck reports on enhanced drunk driving laws
Topic: Wyoming Reporter's Roundtable

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2:46 pm
Fri May 21, 2004

Friday, May 21, 2004 --

Wyoming –

Topic: Bob Beck reports on enhanced drunk driving laws
Topic: Wyoming Reporter's Roundtable

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WPR News
2:10 pm
Fri May 21, 2004

"Beer with Your Burger?"

Laramie, Wy – Beer could now be on the menu along with
burgers and fries at some local fast-food joints and convenience
stores in Green River.
The City Council has given final approval to an amendment that
allows fast-food restaurants and drug and convenience stores to
apply for liquor licenses.
The city has three retail liquor licenses still available.
An unlimited number of restaurant liquor licenses exist.
Each request will still require the City Council's approval.

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