WPR News
7:54 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Wyoming Man Donates To Defend Arizona Immigration

Phoenix, AZ – A Wyoming man has given more than $1.5 million dollars to help defend Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement measure in court.

The donation from Timothy Mellon of Saratoga brings the total in donations to Governor Jan Brewer's legal defense fund to $3.6 million.

Civil rights groups and the U.S. Justice Department have sued to block Arizona's immigration law.

The latest legal bills released Thursday show Brewer's office has spent more than $440-thousand for the first two months of defending the law.

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WPR News
7:52 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Injunction To Block Construction On Ruby Pipeline Denied

Elko, NV – A federal appeals court has denied an environmental group's request for an emergency injunction to block construction of a gas pipeline across four Western states.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed the motion Aug. 18 with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to halt construction of the Ruby Pipeline.

The same group filed suit July 30, saying the pipeline will cross more than 1,000 rivers and streams and harm a number of endangered fish species.

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WPR News
7:46 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Proposed Changes Wyoming Energy Leases Bring Criticism

Cheyenne, WY – Oil and gas representatives are voicing criticism about the first proposed changes to Wyoming's oil and gas leasing contract in nearly three decades.

The Office of State Lands and Investments has proposed rewriting almost the entire standard oil and gas leasing contract. The most controversial proposal would raise the maximum amount for state royalties from 16 2/3 percent to 18 3/4 percent.

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WPR News
10:54 am
Thu September 2, 2010

Wyoming Flu Vaccines

Laramie, WY – During last year's swine flu pandemic the federal government paid for vaccines, which came in a separate shot from the normal season flu vaccine. The Wyoming Department of Health's spokeswoman, Kim Deti.

"This year at this point we are only planning and expecting to have one vaccine recommended for people," Deti. "It will cover H1N1 as well as some seasonal flu strains."

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WPR News
10:47 am
Thu September 2, 2010

AT&T Comes To Wyoming

Laramie, WY – A-T &T says it is bringing its wireless phone service to most of Wyoming by the end of the year. Company spokeswoman Sandy Goldberg says it will be available in northern and eastern parts of the state. She says this will especially impact those who were previously served by the Alltel network that both Verizon and AT&T acquired. AT&T is virtually non-existent in Wyoming and Goldberg says this changes things

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WPR News
10:31 am
Thu September 2, 2010

Governor pardons Meenan

WPR News
8:32 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

Veteran Enrollment Increases At UW

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WPR News
8:13 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

Wolves, Elk and Aspen: A Study

Laramie, WY – According to a new study published by the Ecological Society of America, wolves in Yellowstone National Park may not be helping to restore aspen stands as originally thought.

Previous research claimed that wolves in the park discouraged elk from eating aspen. But Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit leader and co-author of the new study, Matt Kauffman, says that may not be true.

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WPR News
7:21 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

UW Receives Historic Estate Gift

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WPR News
7:16 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

I-90 Acid Spill

Firefighters in haz-mat suits were called to clean up an acid spill on I-90.
Wyoming Highway Patrol

Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Highway Patrol had to clean up a hazardous spill yesterday when a semi carrying hydrochloric acid started leaking while on I-90. Troopers responded by closing the interstate and calling in firefighters in haz-mat suits. There were more than 4000 gallons of the acid on board and about five gallons spilled, damaging the truck, but not doing any other serious damage.

The acid was eventually moved to another semi, while the driver of the first truck was treated on the scene after inhaling fumes.

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