WPR News
8:10 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

STD's Increase In Wyoming

LARAMIE, wyo – Wyoming continues to see the numbers of sexually transmitted disease cases increase.

State STD Prevention Coordinator Canyon Hardesty says Wyoming is joining a national trend of increasing STD cases especially among young people

"Younger population, especially those between the ages of 18 and 19 and 20 to 24 are the highest risk for our sexually transmitted diseases in the state of Wyoming," says Hardesty.

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WPR News
7:47 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Winter Weather Headed For Wyoming Early

LARAMIE, wyo – The National Weather Service says a powerful winter storm will bring snow, wind and subzero temperatures to the entire state by Thursday.
National Weather Service forecaster Todd Baker says the amount of expected snowfall is normal for this time of year but what's abnormal is the low temperatures.

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WPR News
7:44 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Jackson airport says grouse-jet collisions up

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JACKSON, wyo – Officials say sage grouse collisions with aircraft at Jackson Hole Airport have roughly doubled in the last 12 months to about 10.

They say the increase came despite recent declines in both the number of planes and the number of grouse at the airport.

Airport officials and researchers say they can't pinpoint the cause. The increase in collisions started in fall 2009.

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WPR News
7:43 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Big, early snow has Wyo. ski resorts opening

CHEYENNE, wyo – The big, early snowfall has Wyoming ski resort opening slopes in record time this year.

Grand Targhee Ski Resort in Teton County opened last Saturday and has stayed open during the week.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort announced Tuesday that for the first time since it opened in 1966 that it will have all its lifts and runs open for its first day of skiing this Saturday.

Both resorts report more than 100 inches of snowfall already with more coming down by the hour.

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WPR News
7:42 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Asian coal exports get boost from WA port approval

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SEATTLE, wa – Efforts by the U.S. coal industry to expand its export market have taken a significant step forward, as officials in Washington state approved a plan to ship the fuel to Asia through a Columbia River port.

Commissioners in Washington voted Tuesday to allow a subsidiary of Australia-based Ambre Energy to redevelop a port in Oregon to handle five million tons of coal annually.

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WPR News
10:28 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Governor wants to fund 2 health care issues

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WPR News
8:42 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Greg Phillips Named Wyoming Attorney General

LARAMIE, wyo – Governor-elect Matt Mead says he will appoint federal prosecutor and longtime friend Greg Phillips to be the next Attorney General for the state. Hot button issues like heath care and wolf management await Phillips in that post, but Phillips says he has already begun preparing

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WPR News
8:38 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Search for lost plane cost Fremont Co. $185k

RIVERTON, Wyo – The Fremont County sheriff's and coroner's offices face bills of nearly $185-thousand dollars for locating a crashed airplane and recovering the four bodies of its occupants.

About $155,000 in costs incurred by the sheriff's office should qualify for reimbursement from the state. But the nearly $30,000 in costs incurred by the coroner's office to recover the bodies may have to be paid by the county.

The single engine plane crashed in the Wind River Range on Oct. 23, killing the pilot and his three sons.

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WPR News
2:31 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

UW wants $6M to help pay for health care increases

CHEYENNE, wyo – The University of Wyoming says it needs $6 million more in state funding to help cover increased health care costs and fees will also be raised to foot the bill.

That could include fees for residence and dining halls, parking and the campus bookstore.

The university says the extra funding is needed because claims have more than tripled in the past 10 years.

The university and employees will begin paying increased premiums starting in December.

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WPR News
2:30 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Salary boost attracts, retains teachers in Wyoming

CASPER, WY – A report says higher salaries have made a difference in recruiting and retaining new teachers in Wyoming, but didn't have an effect on teacher quality.

Seven out of every 10 new hires with bachelor's degrees in 2009 came from outside Wyoming. Compare that to about 55 percent in 2005, the year before base pay for first-year teachers increased by about $10,000.

Also, exit rates for new teachers in Wyoming are now the nation's lowest.

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