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8:08 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

A number of Wyoming bridges deemed structurally deficient.

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Cheyenne, WY – Nearly 13 percent, or 395, of Wyoming's 3,060 bridges are deemed structurally deficient. A report from the national nonprofit group Transportation for
America says the deficient bridges have average daily traffic of
almost 890,000 motorists. The counties in Wyoming that have the worst bridges are Weston, Uinta, Washakie, Albany and Johnson.
Wyoming Department of Transportation state bridge engineer Keith
Fulton said the term "structurally deficient" does not necessarily mean a bridge is dangerous.

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8:02 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Man dies in Laramie plane crash

Laramie, WY – A 73-year-old man has died after the single-engine airplane he was piloting crashed east of Laramie. Authorities identified the man as Arthur "Blake" Chapman, of Wilson. Chapman was a pilot for Aviat Aircraft of Afton.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus says his
Cessna 180 plane crashed in a field on private property about 9
a.m. Wednesday, about 12 miles east of Laramie.
Albany County Undersheriff Rob DeBree tells the Laramie
Boomerang that radio traffic between two small airplanes flying

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WPR News
8:15 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

While large snowpack may be scary, it's also good.

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8:13 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Wyoming Senators vote against the EPA

Washington D-C – Wyoming Republican Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi voted for a proposal to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from controlling the gases blamed for global warming.
However, the GOP supported effort failed on a 50-50 vote in the
U.S. Senate on Wednesday. The proposal would have repealed a 2009 finding by federal
scientists that climate change caused by greenhouse gases endangers
human health and prevented the agency from using existing law to
regulate them. Barrasso says the EPA is trying to implement a back door cap and

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7:58 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Indian settlement being reworked by Congress

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3:29 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Pavillion water discussion will be later this month.

Riverton, WY – State regulators have scheduled a public meeting to discuss groundwater contamination in the Pavillion area in Fremont County.
The meeting is set for April 20 in Riverton and will be hosted
by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and the Wyoming
Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Hydrocarbon contamination exists in dozens of water wells in and around Pavillion, an area with a long history of oil and gas

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8:47 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Lummis supports House GOP budget proposal

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Rep. Cynthia Lummis is supporting the House Republican budget proposal that would cut federal spending by about $5 trillion over 10 years.

The Wyoming Republican says the proposal by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin offers bold solutions to the country's debt crisis.

Lummis says the country can either continue runaway spending that will lead to huge interest payments on debt or it can balance the budget and work to reduce the debt.

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8:43 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Equality State Policy Center advocates on budget proposals

Laramie, WY – As federal budget discussions continue and a possible government shutdown looms, the Equality State Policy Center joined advocates from dozens of other states in the nation's capitol. Executive Director Dan Neal says his purpose was to urge Wyoming's delegation to think carefully about cuts currently on the table.

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8:39 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Western coal leasing by feds challenged in court

Billings, Mont. – Environmental groups are challenging the Obama administration's plan to lease vast coal reserves in the nation's largest coal producing region.

The lawsuit announced Tuesday challenges coal leasing in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana.

The region produces almost half the nation's coal. It has seen a sharp increase in mining in recent decades as production in Eastern states tapers.

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