WPR News
8:55 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Wyo Senate debates Hathaway changes

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate is debating a bill that would change Hathaway college scholarship requirements. The most significant change would come in the upper levels of the award.

Students who qualify for the most money would be required to take two years of a foreign language and two years of either vocational education or fine and performing arts. The House version of the bill said that students would no longer be required to take a foreign language.

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WPR News
7:37 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Mont. to kill wolves that prey on elk

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Billings, Mont. – Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says the state will defy federal protections for gray wolves and kill packs that have been hurting elk herds.

Schweitzer also told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he is encouraging livestock owners north of Interstate 90 to shoot wolves that harass their animals. He says state game wardens would stop investigating wolf shootings in that part of the state.

Livestock owners in southern Montana already have authority to shoot wolves that harass their animals.

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WPR News
7:27 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Wyo. Supreme Court hears bar owner liability suit

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Supreme Court must decide whether to uphold state law protecting bar owners from legal action stemming from the actions of intoxicated patrons.

The court heard arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit filed by relatives of a couple killed by a drunken driver. The couple's relatives want to sue bar owners.

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WPR News
7:39 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Mead meets with group on Wyo. Range drilling plan

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A delegation of people opposed to plans to drill for natural gas in the upper Hoback River drainage got an audience with Gov. Matt Mead and a couple close advisers.

So far, Mead isn't staking out a position on the controversial drilling plan.

But he said Tuesday he wants to hear from people both for and against the plan by Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production to drill 136 gas wells from 17 well pads.

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WPR News
7:14 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

State Senate to take up anti-gay union measure

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that would say only marriages and civil unions between one man and one woman can be recognized in Wyoming may finally get a hearing on the Senate floor.

After delaying action on the bill, the State Senate may debate the measure as early as Wednesday. Senate Majority Floor leader Tony Ross says he fears the bill goes too far in barring recognition of civil unions between gay couples.

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WPR News
2:43 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Wind tower manufacturing plant to bring jobs to Cheyenne

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Laramie County soon will be home to a wind tower manufacturing plant that should employ 150 people.

Governor Matt Mead announced Tuesday morning that Gestamp Renewables and Worthington Industries will be involved in a joint venture at the new Swan Ranch economic development site south of Cheyenne.

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WPR News
1:26 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Public official-turned-activist plans protest of anti-gay marriage measure

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Laramie, Wyo. – A former state official and his wife plan to burn their marriage license on the steps of the Wyoming Capitol Building, to protest a bill moving forward in the Wyoming Legislature. If it's passed and signed by the governor, House Bill 74 would change Wyoming law to specify that the state only recognizes marriages between one man and one woman.

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WPR News
9:00 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Wyo lawmakers turn to the budget

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming lawmakers began work on the $215 million supplemental budget on Monday. It would leave a little over a billion dollars in reserve. Some wonder if that is too much money. But Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Phil Nicholas told the Senate that the reserve should actually be much larger than it is.

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WPR News
8:56 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Legislators so far deny request for more Medicaid money

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming lawmakers are questioning a decision to deny a request for several million dollars to help the state meet a possible shortfall in the Medicaid budget. The legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee discussed the cut on Monday, during a review of Wyoming's proposed supplemental budget.

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WPR News
8:46 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Wyoming challenges EPA greenhouse regs in court

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming has mounted a legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

State officials say the EPA didn't give Wyoming enough time to come up with a state plan to regulate greenhouse gases - just nine days before the Dec. 22 deadline.

Wyoming didn't make the deadline, so the EPA has stepped in for the state and taken charge of issuing greenhouse gas permits in Wyoming.

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