WPR News
6:23 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

State Senate continues to debate marriage amendment

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate is debating a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow marriage to exist only between a man and a woman. The Senate has amended the bill to keep civil unions out of the constitutional amendment.

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WPR News
6:19 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Unemployment falls to 6.4 percent in Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming is one of 15 states where unemployment is down.

The Wyoming Department of Employment said Tuesday that December's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in December, down from 6.6 percent in November.

There were 3,900 more jobs available in December 2010 compared with December 2009. The natural resources and mining sector had the biggest gains and accounted for 3,200 of those jobs.

Nationally, the unemployment rate is 9.4 percent. The unemployment rate rose in 20 states, including Colorado, last month.

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WPR News
6:17 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Sinclar refinery evacuated after Sunday fire

Rawlins, Wyo. – A fire at the Sinclair refinery east of Rawlins over the weekend caused no injuries.

Refinery safety manager John Pfeffer says refinery personnel were evacuated after a fire started around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

He says the fire occurred inside a device that collects dust and prevents it from being released into the atmosphere.

The Rawlins Daily Times reports the refinery's fire crew put the fire out, and employees were allowed to return to work within a few hours.

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WPR News
9:11 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Wyoming Senate passes concealed carry bill

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Senate gave final approval Monday to a bill that would let citizens carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

The measure is opposed by many in the law enforcement community, and Casper Senator Charles Scott also expressed concern about it. "There is proof that there are too many literally crazy people in this world and I'm afraid this bill will task for law enforcement in dealing with these people more difficult."

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WPR News
9:09 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

State senate passes campaign finance transparency measure

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate has given final approval to a bill that brings Wyoming's election laws into compliance with new federal regulations.

Last year's Citizen's United Supreme Court decision allows third parties, like corporations and labor unions, to fund political advertisements about a person or an issue.

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WPR News
9:06 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Wyoming House considering bill for stronger DUI testing

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House is working on legislation that would make it illegal for a driver to refuse a blood alcohol test, such as a breathalyzer.

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WPR News
9:03 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Arizona-style immigration bill dies in committee

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A Wyoming House committee killed a bill that would have brought Arizona's controversial immigration law to Wyoming. That was after the committee heard many people testify against the measure.

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WPR News
9:00 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Gay marriage ban passes Wyoming House

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Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House has given final approval to an amended bill that bans all gay marriages and civil unions from being recognized in Wyoming. The bill passed on a 32-27 vote.

Cheyenne Representative Mary Throne says the bill will cause tremendous difficulty, even for people who are simply passing through Wyoming.
"If one of them dies in a car accident and they have a civil union from another state, the local coroner will not be able to release the body to the surviving partner," she said.

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7:18 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Media Roundtable: The Wyoming Legislature

Media Roundtable: The Wyoming Legislature

Wyoming – Two members of the Wyoming Media covering this year's session join Bob Beck in the studio for a round table discussion. Michelle Dynes is with the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Jeremy Pelzer is with the Casper Star Tribune.

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7:18 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Wyoming Residents React to Controversial Legislative Proposals

Wyoming Residents React to Controversial Legislative Proposals

Wyoming – Lawmakers are voting on hot-button issues in Cheyenne this legislative session. The legislature is debating issues ranging same-sex marriage to abortion. Wyoming Public Radio's Kelly Herbinson gauges public support and reaction.

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