WPR News
6:42 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Progress in talks to keep Grand Teton land public

CHEYENNE, wyo – A deal may be imminent to ensure that more than two square miles of land inside Grand Teton National Park doesn't become privately owned.

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal responded favorably Friday to an Interior Department proposal to buy the land from Wyoming in increments over no more than 10 years.

The pristine land in Jackson Hole has been appraised at 107-million-dollars.

Wyoming has owned the land since it became a state and Grand Teton was established without the land ever becoming part of the park.

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WPR News
6:40 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Low numbers recorded for West Nile Virus in 2010

CHEYENNE, wyo. – Wyoming recorded six confirmed West Nile virus infections and no deaths this year.

That's fewer cases than in any other year since West Nile virus first appeared in the state.

The Wyoming Department of Health says three of the cases were from Goshen County, and one each from Albany, Natrona and Platte counties.

Two cases involved the more serious meningitis or encephalitis conditions.

In 2009, there were 12 cases with one death reported in Wyoming.

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WPR News
1:43 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Students' scores improve on state test

WPR News
8:46 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Health care repeal effort likely

Washington, DC – Wyoming's congressional Republicans want to repeal the health care law that ensures coverage for eighty-six thousand Wyomingites.
But is a repeal possible for the GOP while the Democrats hold the White House? Or is this the beginning of a larger GOP strategy for the 2012 election?
Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.

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WPR News
8:25 am
Fri November 5, 2010

State auction of oil leases sets new record

WPR News
8:56 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

USDA To Pay Native American Farmers For Discrimination

LARAMIE, wyo – A district court judge has approved a payment of $760-million-dollars by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Native American farmers and ranchers for discrimination. And Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone says Native farmers may be eligible for repayment and debt forgiveness.

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WPR News
8:53 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Elk Mountain Mayoral Race To Be Declared Null And Void

LARAMIE, wyo – The elections are not quite over in the town of Elk Mountain. The small community in Carbon County will vote again to decide on who will be the next mayor. This is after the election came out in a draw 51 votes for both candidates, even after a recount. Normally the election would be decided by drawing lots, but County Clerk, Gwynn Bartlett says there was an error this year.

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WPR News
8:41 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Mule Deer Population Falls Amid Energy Development

LARAMIE, wyo – Natural gas development in the Pinedale Anticline may be to blame for a sharp decline in the local mule deer population. That's according to a new report, which shows a 60-percent population drop in the Sublette mule deer herd since gas development began in 2000.

The exact cause of the population drop is still unknown, however, the study shows that mule deer herds that spend the winter in adjacent areas, without natural gas development, have not seen the same population declines as the herd inside the gas field.

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WPR News
8:37 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Fremont County proceeds with voting rights appeal

LANDER, wyo – Fremont County will pay for its own appeal of a federal judge's order that it abandon at-large voting for county commissioners.

The Wyoming Local Government Liability Pool voted last week not to pay for the county's appeal. The Fremont County Commission voted 4-1 on Tuesday to press its appeal anyway.

A District Judge ordered Fremont County to stop at-large voting this spring, saying it illegally diluted the American Indian vote.

The county this week filed a brief in Denver appeals court challenging that ruling.

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WPR News
8:27 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Wyoming leads nation in smokeless tobacco use

ATLANTA – Wyoming tops the nation in chewing tobacco use, with nearly 1 in 6 adult men in the state using the product.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found men use chew, and other smokeless products at much higher rates than women.

In Wyoming about 9 percent of all adults - both men and women - use smokeless tobacco.

The report is one of the government's first attempts to gather state-level statistics on smokeless tobacco.

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