WPR News
9:01 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Tribes Say Equal Funding For Roads Needed

LARAMIE, wyo – Transportation officials for the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes say the formula that determines funding for roads on reservations is failing. In a field hearing with the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, tribal officials from Wyoming and across the country recommended that the federal government change the funding formula so tribes could update and expand roads on reservations.

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WPR News
8:59 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Defendant in home invasion killing claims threat

SHERIDAN, wyo – A Sheridan teenager accused of murder in the home invasion slaying of an elderly man last year told police he participated in the crime because he was threatened by a co-defendant.

Seventeen-year-old Dharminder Vir Sen stands accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 79-year-old Robert Ernest in his home last year.

Sen told police the day of the shooting that he agreed to participate in robbing Ernst's home. Sen claims co-defendant Dennis Poitra Jr. threatened to attack him if he didn't.

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WPR News
8:57 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Big money raised in Wyoming superintendent race

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CHEYENNE, wyo – Democrat Mike Massie and Republican Cindy Hill have each raised more than 100-thousand-dollars since the August primary in their race for the state's top education job.

Hill reports raising nearly $120-thousand during the last two months, while Massie has collected just over $100-thousand.

For the entire campaign, Hill has raised over $220-thousand-dollars and Massie nearly $180-thousand.

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WPR News
8:56 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Wyo. 130 over Snowy Range closed for season

SARATOGA, wyo – A portion of Wyoming Highway 130 over the Snowy Range has been closed for the season.

The road was closed Thursday between Laramie and Saratoga. The Wyoming Department of Transpiration says over four feet of snow has fallen between Libby Flats and Bellamy Lake.

On the west side, the closure begins at the Green Rock Picnic Area, about 8 miles above Centennial.
On the eastside, the closure begins near milepost 48 above Ryan Park.

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WPR News
8:54 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Wendt Distances Himself From Lummis

LARAMIE, wyo – The Democratic candidate for Wyoming's lone seat in Congress is stepping up criticism of his opponent. David Wendt is challenging incumbent Cynthia Lummis, a Republican.

Today Wendt launched a campaign critiquing Lummis for several of her votes over the last two years. Wendt was on the University of Wyoming campus, and directed one message to female students, who expect equal pay for equal work.

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WPR News
8:16 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Sheridan soldier dies in Kuwait

Sheridan, Wy – A soldier from Sheridan serving in Kuwait has died.
Defense Department officials said Wednesday that 43-year-old
Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Tanner died Tuesday at Ali Al Salem of
injuries from a non-combat incident. Tanner was assigned to the 106th Transportation Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

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WPR News
9:02 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

Search intensifies for missing plane

This picture was taken east of Gannett Peak.
Fremont County Search and Rescue
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WPR News
8:24 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

Freudenthal Skeptical Of Tri-State Wolf Committee

LARAMIE, wyo – Governor Dave Freudenthal says he's skeptical of a three-state committee which aims to rewrite Wyoming's wolf law to satisfy the federal government.

The Tri-State Wolf committee is made up of lawmakers from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and aims to have wolves removed from the endangered species list.

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WPR News
8:15 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

Computer blamed for outage at nuke site

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department says a computer component failure disrupted communication between 50 nuclear missiles and the launch control center at Warren Air Force Base.

A Defense Department spokesman says the Air Force never lost the ability to launch the missiles and that the U.S. Strategic Command is looking into the incident.

A spokesman said the disruption did not appear to be significant and described it as "a technical problem."

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WPR News
8:13 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

Too many administrators in schools

CHEYENNE, wyo – A new Wyoming Department of Education report says that there are too many administrators and not enough teachers in Wyoming's school districts.

The report found that there are 154 more administrators and 583 fewer teachers than recommended by the funding model.

The Select Committee on School Finance Recalibration was presented with the report at its meeting in Cody last week.

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