WPR News
9:12 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Senate could approve losing "very rare or uncommon" designation

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that would strip the Environmental Quality Council of its ability to declare areas of the state "very rare or uncommon" continues to move forward.

Non-coal surface mining is prohibited on lands given the designation. The State Senate on Thursday rejected an amendment by Laramie Democrat Chris Rothfuss to have legislative oversight over lands the EQC wants to protect.

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WPR News
8:53 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Wyo House considers concussions and athletes

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House is debating whether the legislature should mandate that student athletes be better protected when they suffer concussions.

The bill is sponsored by Dave Bonner of Powell who says it is a serious concern. "[It] would require that school districts, coaches and athletic trainers, receive training to understand the nature and risk of concussions," he said. "And to recognize signs and symptoms of such injuries."

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WPR News
8:45 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Wyo Senate splits on open government measures

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate split on a pair of bills that deal with open government.

The Senate barely approved a bill that puts in place new requirements for closed public meeting of government entities. That bill would also require that executive sessions be recorded.

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WPR News
8:42 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

House and Senate must resolve differences on education issues

Cheyenne, Wyo. – It will be a while before the legislature approves a number of education-related bills. Among other bills, a teacher accountability bill and a school funding bill are headed to a conference committee.

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WPR News
8:38 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Coal port sought 80M tons/yr capacity

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Billings, Mont. – A company seeking to build a major port to ship U.S. coal to Asia has cancelled a hearing on the proposal following accusations it concealed plans for a much larger project.

Documents obtained Thursday by The Associated Press show executives involved in the proposal discussed a Columbia River port that could handle 80 million tons of coal annually.

That's about 15 times the volume outlined in the port's development application.

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WPR News
8:34 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Wyo. Livestock Board director submits resignation

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The director of the Wyoming Livestock Board has submitted his resignation amid conflict with board members about how to run the state agency.

The agency is in charge of protecting the state's cattle, sheep and other livestock from disease and rustling.

Jim Schwartz has been director since 2006. The board voted Thursday to accept his resignation effective June 30 and look for a new director.

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WPR News
9:00 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Wyo Senate gives initial support to DUI measure

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate has taken a major step toward eliminating a driver's right to refuse a blood alcohol test in cases of suspected DUI. Currently, when a driver is suspected of driving under the influence he or she can refuse such a test. Law enforcement officials say that can make it difficult to prosecute repeat offenders who are savvy about the law.

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WPR News
8:58 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Wyo Senate supports elimination of "very rare or uncommon"

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that would strip the Environmental Quality Council of its ability to declare areas of the state "very rare or uncommon" has gained initial support in the State Senate.

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WPR News
8:53 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Freudenthal joins Arch Coal board

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has been elected to the board of directors of St. Louis-based Arch Coal.

The company announced Wednesday that Freudenthal joins the board effective immediately.

Arch Coal sold more than 160 million tons of coal last year, much of it mined from the Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming. Wyoming produces about 40 percent of the nation's coal, more than any other state.

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WPR News
8:50 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Oil rig worker dies 2 weeks after fall

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A man has died almost two weeks after he fell 60 feet from an oil rig in Converse County.

The Wyoming state worker's safety office says 50-year-old Mitchell Lemley, of Riverton, fell Feb. 2 at the drilling rig 22 miles north of Douglas. He died Feb. 15.

Lemley worked for Casper-based SST Energy, which was drilling the well for another company.

It was the second death in Wyoming's oil and gas industry this year. An exploding pipe killed a worker at a rig in the Pinedale area in January.

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