WPR News
10:04 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Investors are buying up Jackson Hole real estate

Jackson Hole, WY – A review of Jackson Hole real estate market data from the first half of this year shows substantial pick-up in purchases of low-end properties, valued at under one million dollars.

So far this year, 69 percent of sale prices are under that price point. That's compared to 40 percent in 2008.

Co-author of The Hole Report David Viehman says most of those purchases are being made with cash, and that most of the buyers are not local.

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WPR News
10:03 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Investors are buying up Jackson Hole real estate

Jackson Hole, WY – A review of Jackson Hole real estate market data from the first half of this year shows substantial pick-up in purchases of low-end properties, valued at under one million dollars.

So far this year, 69 percent of sale prices are under that price point. That's compared to 40 percent in 2008.

Co-author of The Hole Report David Viehman says most of those purchases are being made with cash, and that most of the buyers are not local.

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WPR News
9:59 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Census: Many leaving rural areas, minorities bolster populations

Cheyenne. WY – A recent analysis of 2010 census data concludes that the United States' rural population has reached a new and historic low of 16 percent.

In the 2000 Census, 20 percent of the country's population lived in non-metropolitan areas.

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WPR News
9:57 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center plans on hold

Cheyenne, WY – GE Energy and the University of Wyoming have halted development on the long- anticipated High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center.

A release from Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's office chalks up the delay to uncertainty about how the federal government will regulate greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

The High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center is designed to research "clean coal" technology and how to get more use from coal from the Powder River Basin and other parts of Wyoming.

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WPR News
8:47 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Laramie man dead after fall from UW stadium

Laramie, WY – Officials say the body of a 43-year-old Laramie man has been found on a path at the University of Wyoming football stadium, prompting the school to limit access to the facility.

Police said it appears the man climbed over a rail at the top of the southeast corner of War Memorial Stadium and jumped Thursday night.

University Spokesman Steve Kiggins says the man fell more than 60 feet.

The man's name wasn't immediately released. The university says it has no record of him working or studying there.

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WPR News
8:18 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Feds propose air pollutions restrictions on fracking

Washington, DC – The federal government is proposing for the first time to control air pollution at oil and gas wells, particularly those drilled using a method called hydraulic
fracturing.

The proposal, issued Thursday to meet a court deadline, addresses air pollution problems reported in the midst of a natural gas drilling boom in places such as Wyoming, Texas, Pennsylvania and Colorado.

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WPR News
5:19 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Officials raise awareness on Hepatitis Day

Cheyenne, WY – The Centers for Disease Control is marking World Hepatitis Day with an information campaign. Here in Wyoming, the state health officials are doing the same.

Each year between 4-and-500 new cases of Hepatitis B and C are reported in Wyoming. Both can become chronic, life-long infections and can lead to liver cancer.

Pai Right is an epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health. She says the state is constantly working to enhance care for those with hepatitis, and prevent new cases.

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Latin America
10:12 am
Thu July 28, 2011

After 50 Years, Cuban Houses To Go Up For Sale

In the years after Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution, Havana's neighborhoods went through an extraordinary upheaval. As wealthy and middle-class families fled, poorer Cubans moved into their homes.

Now, communist authorities are preparing to legalize property sales for the first time in 50 years, and the city's old racial and class divisions are already creeping back.

House Hunting

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Asia
8:20 am
Thu July 28, 2011

How Bin Laden's Death Has Affected Al-Qaida

Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and Foreign Affairs, among others. The Longest War is his third book.
Scott Wallace

Is al-Qaida planning an attack to coincide with the tenth anniversary of September 11?

"Of course they'd like to," says national security analyst Peter Bergen. "And some of the materials recovered in the [Osama] bin Laden compound indicate a desire to do something. But a desire to do something is quite different than actual implementation. I think that this is a group that that has not only suffered the loss of its leader, but was already in very bad shape before that happened."

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WPR News
8:59 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Buffalo Pipeline rupture being investiagted

Gillette, WY – The company that owns a Wyoming gas pipeline that ruptured last week believes something hit the pipeline.

The 30-inch-wide Bison Pipeline ruptured 20 miles northwest of Gillette on July 20. It's owned by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp

Company spokesman James Millar says an initial assessment shows evidence of "mechanical damage" and that something hit the pipeline.

Officials are continuing to investigate.

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