News
6:22 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

WYDOT honored by DOT for Pinedale Initiative

A moose walks through the wildlife underpass at nugget canyon along US Highway 30 between Sage Junction and Kemmerer.
WYDOT

The Federal Highway Administration is honoring the Wyoming Department of Transportation this week. Today, the department received the Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative Award for its 9.7 million dollar project near Pinedale. WYDOT is building highway overpasses and underpasses that allow wildlife to safely cross major roadways.

WYDOT District Engineer John Eddins says many big game species migrate through the Pinedale area every year, and more than 130 animals end up being killed by motor vehicles. Eddins says this project should drastically reduce collisions and roadkill.

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News
6:16 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Feds: Proposed insurance rate hikes 'unreasonable'

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says proposed increases in health insurance premiums for customers in in Wyoming and four other states have been deemed "unreasonable" by the agency.

Federal officials said in a statement Thursday they've determined that Trustmark Life Insurance Co. proposed unreasonable rate increases in Alabama, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wyoming.

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News
6:15 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Fremont County agrees to pay $457k to settle suit

Fremont County and Lander Regional Hospital have reached a settlement in a yearlong lawsuit over unpaid bills for mental health examinations for residents who may need to be hospitalized.

The county will pay $457,000 for evaluations from 2009 to Dec. 15. Lander parent company LifePoint Hospitals had sought more than $800,000 in unpaid bills from the county. Both sides disputed how much the county owed for evaluations of patients who faced involuntary hospitalization for mental illness.

The Two-Way
4:10 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

VIDEO: Could It Be? A Snowboarding Bird?

A bird slides down a snowy roof.
YouTube

There seems to be some discussion as to what exactly is going on this video. But what seems to going on is a crow having some "snowboard" fun on some Russian roofs.

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Energy
3:53 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Pro-Pipeline Canada To Americans: Butt Out, Eh?

A screen shot from Ethical Oil's OurDecision.ca campaign, which calls on Canadians to write to Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver asking him to ban foreigners and "their local puppet groups" from appearing before ongoing public hearings for a new pipeline project.
OurDecision.ca

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 8:28 pm

Yet another foreign government has accused Americans of meddling in its internal affairs. It says U.S. donors are bankrolling local political activists, and it may be time for a crackdown on the political influence of outsiders.

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Around the Nation
3:48 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Heavy Lobbying Before Keystone Oil Pipeline Decision

The Syncrude tar sands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, is seen in November. Alberta's tar sands would supply the oil for the prospective Keystone XL pipeline.
Todd Korol Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 8:12 pm

The oil industry and environmentalists are fighting over the Keystone XL pipeline, and in this election year, President Obama is caught in the middle.

The industry says the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, would create jobs. Environmentalists worry it will lead to more pollution. Obama has until next month to make a decision, and that has both sides lobbying heavily.

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

With New Platform, Putin Presents Himself As A Reformer

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks during a Government Presidium meeting in Moscow on Jan. 12.
Yana Lapikova AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 3:42 pm

Russia's Vladimir Putin took to the Internet to present the platform he would persue should he be elected president on March 4.

It was a bold platform, considering that it would walk back policies he helped institute. As The Telegraph puts it, it was Putin remaking himself into a "liberal reformer."

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Afghanistan
3:26 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Viral Images, The Military's Recurring Nightmare

A still frame taken from a YouTube video purportedly shows Marines who desecrated three dead men thought to be members of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
YouTube

The U.S. military says it's investigating a video that appears to show Marines desecrating the corpses of Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan. Regardless of those findings, the outrage in the Islamic world is likely to be severe, as with other disturbing images that have surfaced during U.S. wars in Muslim countries over the past decade.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:19 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

UConn Claims Resveratrol Researcher Falsified Work

The already shaky case for the anti-aging powers of resveratrol, a substance in red wine, is looking a little shakier.

After a three-year investigation, the University of Connecticut Health Center has told 11 scientific journals that studies they published by resveratrol researcher Dipak K. Das may not be trustworthy.

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The Salt
3:08 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Could A Soda Tax Prevent 2,600 Deaths Per Year?

Researchers say that if the price of soda gets higher, people will drink less of it, which will lead to fewer deaths.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 12:33 pm

A new study in the journal Health Affairs estimates that a penny-per-ounce tax on soft drinks and other sugary beverages could prevent about 240,000 cases of diabetes per year, and 8,000 strokes and 26,000 premature deaths over a decade (or 2,600 per year).

Yes, death by soda.

So the analysis got me thinking: Our behavior is hard to predict, right? I know mine is.

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