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News
4:41 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Initiative launched to get more Wyoming women screened for breast cancer

 G-E has launched a partnership that is intended to get more Wyoming women screened for breast cancer.   It’s called the WY Women First Program, and G-E and its partners hope to increase screening for 25 thousand women in the state.  Only 67-percent of Wyoming women currently get mammograms.  The effort is being launched by G-E’s Healthy Imagination program.   The program Vice President Michael Barber says for starters, they will use social media, notably Facebook to try and encourage women to get their exams.        

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HIV suit
4:25 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Maverik, Inc. settles lawsuit after firing HIV-positive employee

A convenience store chain has agreed to pay one-hundred-fifteen-thousand dollars to settle a federal lawsuit alleging it improperly fired an HIV-positive bakery clerk in Wyoming.

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year sued Maverik, Inc., a Utah-based company that operates gas stations in Wyoming, Utah and other western states. The lawsuit charged the company fired the clerk two weeks after learning he was HIV-positive.

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Ward Election
3:59 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

League of Women Voters touts new ward system plan on Laramie ballot

 Laramie voters will decide whether or not they want to change the way city council members are elected tomorrow.

Laramie currently has seven wards, one council member for each ward and two at-large members.  It’s the largest ward system in the state.  However, the Laramie League of Women Voters says the system eliminates competition, and therefore fewer people vote.

League board member Margaret Brown says the league endorses creating just three wards, with three council members representing each one.  That way, Brown says, each ward will have a stake in each election.

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News
8:53 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Cheyenne jury awards record medical malpractice award

A jury in Cheyenne handed down the largest medical malpractice verdict in Wyoming history.  The case centered on Louis Prager, who was rushed to the emergency room after an auto accident in 2008.  The doctor, Brian Cullison, failed to diagnose his broken neck.  As a result,  Prager’s left shoulder remains paralyzed;  he’s unable to work;  and he’s in constant pain.

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News
8:24 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Wyoming man is accused of selling to Syria

A Wyoming man is accused of breaking U.S. trade sanctions by selling diesel engine parts to a company in Syria.
The Casper Star-Tribune reported Monday that Matt Kallgren of Afton allegedly sold more than $40,000
worth of parts to an unnamed company despite warnings about the sanctions. He didn't respond to the newspaper's request for comment.

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News
8:14 am
Mon November 7, 2011

U-W researchers and others will study water storage and availability

 The National Science Foundation has awarded Wyoming and Utah researchers six million dollars to study how Climate change and other factors will affect water storage and availability in the inter-mountain west.  University of Wyoming Civil Engineering Professor Fred Ogden says the researchers will develop high-performance computer models to understand complex water issues facing western states.                            .

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News
8:06 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Sheridan College Gets Large Gift

A Sheridan-based nonprofit educational foundation has given $7.6 million to Sheridan College.
The donation from Whitney Benefits is the largest single gift ever to the college.
 The money will be used for the planned Edward A. Whitney
Academic Center.   The donation will be matched by money from the state. Plans for
the academic center will be announced later.
    
 

News
4:47 pm
Sat November 5, 2011

Cowboys Lose To TCU 31-20

 The Wyoming Cowboys led, 20-17 in the third quarter, but missed tackling and an injury to Wyoming Quarterback Brett Smith allowed T-C-U pull away with a 31-20 victory.  The Cowboys created five turnovers, which kept the game close, but when Smith left with a fourth quarter injury, Wyoming could not mount a comeback.  But Head Coach Dave Christensen notes that unlike the past couple of years, this game was not a blowout.  He adds the Cowboys are making progress.

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