WPR News
8:31 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

State House removes two provisions from health care measure

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House on Monday voted to remove two key provisions from a bill that is intended to ensure that state residents do not have to follow the federal health care law.

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WPR News
8:26 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

House panel: Drilling companies still use diesel

Washington, DC – Congressional investigators say oil and gas companies have injected more than 32 million gallons of fluids containing diesel fuel in a widely used technique known as hydraulic fracturing.

Democratic lawmakers say the practice by large companies, such as Halliburton and BJ Services Co., appears to violate the Safe Drinking Water Act, because the companies did not obtain needed permits for use of diesel fuel.

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WPR News
8:22 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Senate Education Committee passes second accountability measure

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Senate Education Committee has approved a teacher accountability bill that bases teacher evaluations in part on teacher performance. The committee has already passed another broader accountability bill, and a bill to remove teacher tenure.

Senator Hank Coe chairs the committee, and he says that he likes aspects of all three bills. "The bills have a lot of the same stuff in it, he said. "As they meld together I think we will have one bill, but I don't know how it's going to work."

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WPR News
8:15 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Barrasso authors bill to stop greenhouse gas regs

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Sen. John Barrasso has introduced legislation that would prevent the federal government from regulating greenhouse gases for the purpose of addressing climate change without specific approval from Congress.

The Wyoming Republican has seven co-sponsors, including fellow Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi.

Barrasso says in a statement released Monday that it's time for the Obama administration to give up its attempt to implement cap and trade through administrative rulemaking.

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WPR News
8:43 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Chevron exiting coal mining

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Petroleum giant Chevron Corp. has put a coal mine in western Wyoming up for sale and plans to get out of the coal industry altogether.

Chevron Mining spokeswoman Margaret Lejuste says new coal technologies are too far off to make staying in coal a good strategy.

Lejuste tells The Associated Press that Chevron began seeking a buyer for its open pit mine outside Kemmerer last week.

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WPR News
8:40 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Teen gets life sentence in Sheridan killing

Sheridan, Wyo. – A teenager has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the home invasion killing of an elderly businessman in Sheridan.

Seventeen-year-old Dharminder Vir Sen, of Sheridan, was sentenced Thursday by District Judge John Fenn on a first-degree murder conviction.

Sen, who was 15 at the time of the crime in 2009, showed no visible emotional response to the sentence.

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WPR News
8:01 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Wyo House shows support for health care measure

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House has given initial approval to a bill that would keep government officials from enforcing provisions in the new federal health care law. The bill also calls the law "unconstitutional."

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6:39 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

State Superintendent Cindy Hill discusses reform ideas

State Superintendent Cindy Hill discusses reform ideas

Wyoming – State Superintendant Cindy Hill is watching the legislature work on all these education bills and she admits that she has mixed emotions about some of the legislation. Hill does like it when state leaders put improving education on the radar, but does worry when new regulations could cause more harm than good. She speaks with Bob Beck.

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6:38 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Wyoming lawmakers consider several education reform bills

lawmakers consider several education reform bills

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6:38 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Should Wyoming ditch federal education money?

Should Wyoming ditch federal education money?

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