WPR News
8:41 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Senate passes DUI testing measure

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate has given final approval to a bill that will prohibit those suspected of driving drunk from refusing blood alcohol tests.

The Senate passed the measure despite many attempts to weaken the bill. Law enforcement officials say the change in policy would allow them to better combat repeat DUI offenders who have learned it is better to refuse a blood alcohol test and take their chances in court.

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WPR News
8:31 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

House passes strangulation bill, targeting domestic violence

Cheyenne, Wyo. – After much debate, the Wyoming House of Representatives has passed a bill that makes strangulation of a family member a felony. The bill was the top priority of groups that advocate for victims of domestic violence.

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WPR News
8:17 pm
Mon February 28, 2011

Open meetings bill killed in Wyo Senate

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate has killed a bill intended to enhance Wyoming's open meetings law, which has been rated as one of the worst in the country, in terms of transparency.

The controversial portion of the bill required the recording of closed meetings, known as executive sessions. Those session can be held for discussions of legal and personnel matters and the purchase of land.

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WPR News
9:44 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Economic Development Alliance CEO Resigns

Casper , Wy – Robert Barnes has resigned as president and CEO of the Casper Area Economic Development Alliance, two weeks after he was suspended with pay.
Barnes' resignation follows criticism over an evaluation process last year that deemed out-of-state companies the most qualified to manage the construction of a business incubator.

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WPR News
9:42 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Sweetwater Co. seeks to host rodeo finals

Rock Springs, Wy. – Sweetwater County is seeking to host the Mountain States Rodeo Circuit Finals.

The Sweetwater County Fair Board this past week endorsed a request to support a bid by the county Events Complex to host the rodeo.

Sweetwater County Events Complex Executive Director Larry Lloyd says the bid will seek to have the rodeo for three to five years.

The Mountain States Rodeo Circuit Finals has been held in Denver in recent years. The event has not been hosted by Sweetwater County since 2000.

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WPR News
9:39 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Gillette violent crime dropped in 2010

Gillette, Wyo. – Gillette police say violent crimes dropped by 12.5 percent in 2010.

Police say it's the third straight year there's been a drop in violent crimes, which include rape, robbery, aggravated assault and murder. The city has not had a homicide since 2007.
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The statistics were released Friday as part of the department's annual crime report.

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WPR News
9:37 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Mountain snow rasies spring flood odds

Cheyenne, Wyo. – There's plenty of snow in the headwaters of Wyoming's rivers and streams right now - and that has increased the potential for spring flooding in some areas.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration says mountain snow moisture is about 120 percent of normal across Wyoming.

Last summer, spring flooding caused serious problems in Fremont County.

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WPR News
9:30 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Education Bills Wait In Limbo

WPR News
9:27 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Wyoming Cowgirls Keep Rolling

Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Cowgirls are firmly entrenched as the third seed in the upcoming Mountain West Conference basketball tournament. The Cowgirls have a record of 21 wins with just six losses. After Saturday's 77 to 56 win over U-N-L-V on Saturday Head Coach Joe Legerski admitted that his team has exceeded his expectations

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8:46 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Survey Evaluates Conservation Perception

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