WPR News
8:09 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

State personal income grows at strong pace

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Laramie, Wyo. – In recent months, Wyoming residents' personal income has grown at the second fastest rate in the nation. Personal income grew at a rate of 2.6 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to the state's Economic Analysis Division. That's compared to a point 7 percent growth rate in the final quarter of 2010.

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WPR News
8:04 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Funeral for Wyoming Marine held in Douglas

Douglas, Wyo. – Hundreds of people crowded a high school gymnasium in central Wyoming on Wednesday to pay their respects to a U.S. Marine killed earlier this month in Afghanistan.

Many held small American flags at the service in Douglas to show support for 22-year-old Lance Cpl. Sean O'Connor, a rifleman killed June 12 in Helmand province.

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WPR News
8:34 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Wyoming jobless rate holds steady at 6 percent

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming's unemployment rate is holding steady at 6 percent.

The Wyoming Department of Employment said Tuesday that the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate for May was unchanged from April.

Wyoming's jobless rate is far below the national rate of 9.1 percent. It's also below the 7.1 percent rate recorded in Wyoming in May 2010.

The western and north central parts of Wyoming have the highest jobless figures. Teton County had the highest at 9.2 percent.

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WPR News
8:32 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Updated oil and gas lease form would affect industry deductions claims

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Laramie, Wyo. – The State Board of Land Commissioners will not consider proposed changes to the state's oil and gas lease form until August. The changes would better define what industry may or may not deduct from royalty payments.

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WPR News
8:28 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Gov. Mead says danger of flood damage declining

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says it appears the danger of the state suffering extensive flood damage from this year's heavy spring runoff is declining.

Mead says Tuesday that flooding from record snowpack around Wyoming remains a big issue. But he credits proactive work by local governments and the state for keeping damage to a minimum.

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WPR News
8:59 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

State government goes Google

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Laramie, Wyo. – Government employees in Wyoming now have a Google-based email system. Wyoming became the first state in the country to go Google under an agreement reached in October of last year.

The Governor's office says the primary change is that, instead of using Microsoft Outlook and other e-mail systems, all state government employees will now use a Google-based email system.

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WPR News
8:56 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Webinars this week on Yellowstone snowmobiles

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – There's still about another month to weigh in on a proposal to restrict the number of snowmobiles allowed in Yellowstone National Park.

The National Park Service plans hold two Web-based meetings and two actual meetings on the proposal this week - one in the Denver-area and one in Washington, D.C.

Webinars are scheduled Tuesday at noon Mountain time and on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Mountain time.

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WPR News
8:52 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Cooler temperatures slow snowmelt, for now

Laramie, Wyo. – The National Weather Service's Riverton office says cooler temperatures are slowing snowmelt at high elevations.

In Carbon County, the North Platte River was expected to reach 10.8 feet on Sunday near the town of Saratoga, due to snowmelt and forecasted rain. That's more than two feet above flood stage. Instead, the river has gone down, after rainstorms missed the area.

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WPR News
10:17 am
Mon June 20, 2011

9 Million in Grants granted Statweide

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Laramie, Wyo. – Nearly 9 million dollars in community development grants have been approved by the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board. And they range from a data center grant for the city of Laramie to a Downtown Development grant in Sheridan to add a Performing Arts & Education Center.

The Wyoming Business Council's Molly Spangler says the goal is to help communities.

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